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#692564 - 09/16/01 09:08 PM Roland vs. Yamaha vs. Acustic
Melanie Bartels Offline
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Registered: 09/16/01
Posts: 1
Loc: Madison, WI
HI!
My husband and I were out looking for a piano for Daughter she is 7 and has been playing since she was 4. She practices without a problem. We have a keyboard that does not have weighted keys. We started looking today and we found a nice Roland KR-377PE for $4488.00. Is this too much, is there a comprable out there? or should we really be looking acustic?
My husband would like something he can use to do some recording with that had different sounds also.

I'm sooo confused.

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#692565 - 09/16/01 09:54 PM Re: Roland vs. Yamaha vs. Acustic
RKVS1 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/01
Posts: 3192
Loc: Topeka, Kansas
Melanie,
It IS confusing for sure. I played as youngster on a acoustic piano then picked it up again a couple of years ago on a Technics SX-PX226 that was a bit less than $2000. It has weighted keys and has a good feel, but I can tell the difference when I do play an acoustic piano. The price of $4400 to me seems a little high for a digital...$2000 more and you're into reasonable upright acoustic. Used digitals are not uncommon and the price would be less I think. If you do enough research to find out what Model digital you'd like you might find a better deal on the net.

A basic rule repeated in this forum a lot is "never buy a piano you havent played!" but this applies more to acoustic than digital, I believe.

Some piano makers are now building "stringed digitals" which are,I think, an acoustic piano with addition of digital output for those extra electronic features. I havent played any of these nor do I know the price ranges. Sorry I dont have specifics on these.

Im guessing that it would be better to spend the digital money on a good-feeling keyboard than on higher end electronic effects.


Thats it, good luck.

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#692566 - 10/16/01 01:37 PM Re: Roland vs. Yamaha vs. Acustic
Felix Offline
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Registered: 07/13/01
Posts: 59
Loc: New York
You can get a new Yamaha P80 digital or P200 digital with weighted action for $1,000 and $1,300, respectively. Alternatively, you can get a new Yamaha U1 (acoustic) for $6,000. A used Yamaha U1 will cost you about $4,000 (I mention the U1 because that is what I am currently shopping for but I am sure there are other brands in this range as well). I agree with the prior post that you should be looking at acoustics if you are willing to spend more than $4,000 and can get a decent digital for under $2,000.

Felix. :p

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#692567 - 10/16/01 10:39 PM Re: Roland vs. Yamaha vs. Acustic
German Offline
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Registered: 08/09/01
Posts: 107
Loc: Argentina
As your daughter is so young I guess it's important to buy her an instrument that let her develops a good technique.
I don't know if a digital piano is a good instrument for that.
IMO, an acoustic piano is better.

Regards.

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