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#687912 - 04/30/04 06:31 AM My perfect instrument!
castroman Offline
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Registered: 04/29/04
Posts: 3
Loc: Porto, Portugal
I would appreciate if someone could help me choosing the best portable digital piano, according to my needs.
Iím an amateur player who studied classical piano for 5 years, a long time ago. Iím looking for an instrument that should have an 88 notes hammer action keyboard with a heavier feel in the lower range and a lighter feel in the high range, for a touch that is just like that of an acoustic piano, and fine piano sounds Ė Grand piano, piano, electric piano, vibraphone. It should also have pedal inputs, headphones outlets and incorporated speakers. All the rest is superfluous for me except the price - max. 1000 Euros
Thank you very much.

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#687913 - 04/30/04 08:47 AM Re: My perfect instrument!
GregC Offline
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Registered: 04/29/04
Posts: 136
Loc: Dublin, California
That reminds me of the Roland Rd 700, which does not have speakers. You could add Behringer powered monitors.

#687914 - 04/30/04 09:35 AM Re: My perfect instrument!
jello_g Offline
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Registered: 11/19/02
Posts: 214
Loc: Toronto, Canada
castroman, your situation closely mirrors mine not too long ago. I ended up getting a Kawai MP9500. Although it doesn't have built-in speakers, it covers the basics that you require very well. Not sure how much they cost in your part of the world, but it's an ax I'd recommend you consider. Good luck!

#687915 - 04/30/04 01:47 PM Re: My perfect instrument!
castroman Offline
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Registered: 04/29/04
Posts: 3
Loc: Porto, Portugal
Thank you for your tips, GrecC and jello_g, but both, Roland RD 700 and Kawai MP 9500, cost around 2000 Euros, twice the price I can support.In your opinion witch one is better bethween Kawai ES3, Roland FP2 and Yamaha P60?

#687916 - 05/01/04 08:16 AM Re: My perfect instrument!
GregC Offline
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Registered: 04/29/04
Posts: 136
Loc: Dublin, California
c-man, ouch, I did not realize they were so expensive in your country.

I haven't tried the models you mention. The
P60 is inexpensive but only has 32 notes of polyphony. When you demo this, run some arpeggios up and down the keyboard and see if notes cut out.
The Fp2 is more expensive and has 64 note polyphony. Reading the spec, I think it has the same progressive hammer action as my Rd 700

Maybe add the Rd 150 to your list ?

#687917 - 05/01/04 03:34 PM Re: My perfect instrument!
Zymtil Offline
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Registered: 04/13/03
Posts: 433
Loc: CS, Texas
Originally posted by GregC:
Maybe add the Rd 150 to your list ? [/b]
The RD-150 does NOT have progressively weighted keys.

I haven't had the opportunity to try the FP-2 so really can't say much (but if it really is an updated FP-3 then it should be nice). But, as far as Yamaha, I'd suggest going no lower than a P80 (just my opinion).

#687918 - 05/18/04 01:33 PM Re: My perfect instrument!
CHAS Offline
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Registered: 11/25/03
Posts: 521
Loc: Ski Country of Colorado
Try the Kawai ES3. Mine is great.
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#687919 - 05/20/04 09:28 PM Re: My perfect instrument!
kyle Offline
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Registered: 05/20/04
Posts: 52
Loc: durham,maine
Originally posted by CHAS:
Try the Kawai ES3. Mine is great. [/b]
or the kawai es1 if your really trying to stay on budget but i believe the price difference is minimal. The es3 does have a larger sound bank though. The es1 has, grand piano,modern piano,electric piano,organ, harpsi, vibra... the keys are touch sensitive, and personaly i like the feel more than any other electric piano ive tried. Its comes in at length not much more than a meter. has 2 headphone outputs, midi in and midi out. Pc1 out. 2 seperate line outs. Built in speakers. stereo line in. included pedal, music stand, and has a 1/4 in. stereo pedal port. not sure of the weight. 40 somthing pounds. hope this helps.


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