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#684571 - 04/04/04 03:12 PM Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
madboy Offline
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Registered: 04/04/04
Posts: 6
Loc: England
Hi to all you knowlegable people out there!

I would like your advice on purchasing my first synth/digital piano,after lots of research(web based)i think i have finally narrowed it down to the rd-700 and the s-90 with an odd glance at the p-250.
Does anybody have any theories to which one i would be better off with?
The downside is that i can't read music and have never played an instrument in my life but would very much like to start learning?

I would appreciate any advice!

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#684572 - 04/04/04 08:43 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
SteveY Offline
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Registered: 11/06/01
Posts: 1820
Loc: NJ
Either keyboard is of high quality. I think at this point it just comes down to personal preference. I prefer the Roland, but I have some very talented friends who prefer the Yamaha.
Good luck!
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#684573 - 04/05/04 11:10 AM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
madboy Offline
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Registered: 04/04/04
Posts: 6
Loc: England
Thanks SteveY much apprieciated.

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#684574 - 04/05/04 02:41 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
Daren Offline
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Registered: 05/11/03
Posts: 243
Loc: Staffordshire,England
Hi madboy,
I think you should not go out and buy the best digital stage piano, which you have mentioned and save your self money by just getting a basic Yamaha either a P120 or a P90.Both these boards have the best piano sounds and key action in my epiniun.
You will be to occupied with learning how to play and reading music will take a long long time.The least amount of features in a board should be your upmost concern at the moment.

Regards,
Daz

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#684575 - 04/06/04 01:25 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
anomaly Offline
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Registered: 02/27/04
Posts: 95
Loc: Ann Arbor, MI
The Yamaha P90 would be an excellent choice. I own one and am very happy with it. Just make sure you get a good set of headphones (there are no speakers).

Also, since you are just learning how to play, you might consider buying a cheaper used piano (a couple of hundred dollars). If you are still playing in a few months, sell it and buy a nice digital.

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#684576 - 04/06/04 01:59 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
madboy Offline
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Registered: 04/04/04
Posts: 6
Loc: England
Thanks guys, i fully understand where you are coming from but there is a little method in my madness in choosing to (99% anyway) go for the dearer options.
If i have spent more money then this will also be a crucial element of motivation when the going gets tough!
also that i will have some of the best sounds and features for future use(yes i know it's a long way ahead but i am looking ahead)
And lastly whatever is left out of my budget will probably get filtered off to my better half to get her hair sorted or maybe a manicure!!
but thanks to everone for the advice
Regards madboy

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#684577 - 04/06/04 09:26 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
Zymtil Offline
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Registered: 04/13/03
Posts: 433
Loc: CS, Texas
Madboy, looks like your on the right track. I'd personally prefer a s-90 or rd-700 to a p90 or 120 any day of the week.

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#684578 - 04/07/04 05:02 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
madboy Offline
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Registered: 04/04/04
Posts: 6
Loc: England
Zymtil,spot on,good answer,well it was one that i wanted to hear anyway! The reason being that i was always worried when i brought up the subject of "No Music experience" that everybody would say that i should go for a casio or something like that(no offence to casio it just happened to be the first example that popped into my head)!
This brings me onto my next question can you recommend any good beginners books or cd's? For learning the piano and or reading music!
I have a feeling that lots of people may say to get personal tuition but i'm relatively sure that i will be moving back to England in the near future and would prefer to find a teacher there! Thanks again Madboy

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#684579 - 04/08/04 08:53 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
Zymtil Offline
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Registered: 04/13/03
Posts: 433
Loc: CS, Texas
 Quote:
Originally posted by madboy:
This brings me onto my next question can you recommend any good beginners books or cd's? For learning the piano and or reading music!
I have a feeling that lots of people may say to get personal tuition but i'm relatively sure that i will be moving back to England in the near future and would prefer to find a teacher there! Thanks again Madboy [/b]
This is an excellent question (one that I myself have been pondering, but have not really done my homework on). You might try asking that question in one of the other forums on Pianoworld (I'm not really sure which one).

That being said, here is a few links to past threads that may have some information.

here or here

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#684580 - 04/09/04 10:15 AM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
madboy Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/04/04
Posts: 6
Loc: England
Zymtil, Yes the links are a great help
Thanks once again.
Regards
Madboy

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#684581 - 04/18/04 01:51 PM Re: Yamaha S-90 v Roland RD-700
madboy Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/04/04
Posts: 6
Loc: England
Thanks to everyone for ther help and advice, I have finally purchased my very own RD700.
Maybe in the distant future i might learn enough to give advice to others!!!!
So off i go back to the middle c and start practicing again,i just hope i can count and press the keys at the same time! After all "Timing is everything"

All the best
Madboy

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