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#697490 - 06/05/08 10:50 AM The compromise...
lmw Offline
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Registered: 06/04/08
Posts: 1
I was going to buy a YDP223, but my husband wanted to keep the price under $1000. Now Yamaha has come out with the YDP160, which looks like a terrific compromise to me!

The problem is I can't find anyone who has actually played one. Help!

Has anyone here played one? And liked it? Is it comparable to the 223?

We live in a smallish city, so will buy over the internet. I tried to find one to play in the bigger city close to us, but no one had one. (One Yamaha dealer didn't even know what I was talking about--way to know your product!)

Thanks, Lisa

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#697491 - 06/05/08 11:18 AM Re: The compromise...
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
probably no one has played it unless one had bought one. but definitely get a YDP160 instead of 223, since it's an improved new model. i has tried to persuade a friend to buy it as well.

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#697492 - 06/05/08 12:36 PM Re: The compromise...
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
Today there are literally hundreds of
different models of digital consoles to
choose from that would be roughly comparable
to the YDP-223 in performance. The
YDP-223 is rather run-of-the-mill in
performance and specs--nothing to get
excited about, in my opinion--and also
pretty expensive (~$1600 US) for what it
offers. This is a capable piano, but
if price is a concern, then you can do
better than that.

Ideally, playing before you buy would be nice,
but in today's internet world, buying
sight-unseen online is not unusual and
should not be a problem. Digital pianos
are essentially computers with a keyboard
and speakers, and like computers, you can
buy them online and be pretty sure that
you'll get something okay. Many digital
pianos apparently use standardized parts,
so the performance of digitals is not
greatly different between models. You
can spend $30,000 on a digital piano,
but you can get a good one for as little
as $400 to 500. And I see no problem
with buying lesser-known brands sight-unseen
online, for example: Winchester, Hemingway,
Williams, Diginova, Adagio, Galileo, etc.
These can be just as good as the big brands
and are usually less-expensive. One
forum member likes Winchester digitals
more than any other brand.

To give you some perspective on this,
I bought my current digital, a Korg SP-250
lightweight console, sight-unseen online
in 2006 for $900. Previous to that I
bought a Casio AP-24 console sight-unseen
online in 2005 for $700. Both have been
okay and I've used them to work on the
most difficult classical repertoire, like
big concertos, and they've served fine
for that purpose. Actually, one could say
the bench is more important than the
piano, because you'll be sitting for
long periods on it, so this is not an
area to economize on--I see nothing wrong
with buying a $400 economy digital and
a $500 concert pianist's bench. I spent
$50 on a padded, valve-ventilated bench,
and it's been a great value.

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#697493 - 06/06/08 12:12 AM Re: The compromise...
Stephen Lacefield Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
Posts: 195
Loc: St. Louis, MO
Stick with the "big brands". You'll be glad you did.
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