Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please!

Posted by: ricky_ricardo

Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/04/11 12:55 AM

Hello!

Glad to be here!

I'm new to the forum and have arrived here because my 7 year old is going to be starting piano lessons soon and my wife and I were considering getting a digital piano for her.

We don't want to purchase a regular (read: expensive) piano because we really don't know if she's going to gel, long term, with piano lessons; she's excited now, and loves to listen to music, but who knows what the future holds?

At any rate, we were considering a new Casio CDP-100 due to the good reviews, weighted keys, and economical price ($400).

However, there is also an older, used, Yamaha YDP-101 for sale locally for $500, although we are open to other suggestions as well.

Since my wife and I don't play the piano (or any other instrument for that matter - LOL), we thought it best to ask around and see what some other experienced pianists might have to say.

Thanks in advance.

Ricky
Posted by: Gyro

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/04/11 03:47 PM

The CDP 100 would be a perfectly adequate piano for any playing. This is essentially an electronic emulation of a grand piano. This apparently doesn't come with a stand and bench, and so you'll have to buy those separately.

The used YDP 101 would have the advantage of a factory stand and maybe even a bench--test all 88 keys with and without the right pedal before buying. But $500 is way too much for a used digital that may be ten yrs. or more old. Offer no more than $250 and the seller should grab for that because it's probably the only offer he will get. Any piano is hard to sell because the number of players in the population is small. There's nowhere the seller can unload it fast because a piano dealer won't buy it and a pawn shop will give him almost nothing for it. It has no warranty and you can get good new digitals with full warranty for the same price or less--like the CDP 100, for example. Digital pianos are essentially a computer with a keyboard and speakers and used ones lose value fast like a used pc--how much could you get for a 10 yr. old pc, no matter how much it cost new or how good condition it is in? No one lines up to buy used pianos and so the seller is going to have a very hard time moving it. You never pay the asking price for a used piano. Offer half price and the seller is lucky to get that even.

If your daughter is going to take lessons, don't ever tell the teacher what kind of piano she has at home--just say "we have a good piano." Piano teachers are notorious for hating digital pianos, even though we are 20 yrs. into the Digital Piano Era, and digitals are just as good as regular pianos. It has been pointed out on this forum that big-time concert pianists like Andre Watts and Valentina Lisitsa use digital pianos, and so for a teacher to not take a student with a digital piano is ridiculous.
Posted by: MacMacMac

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/04/11 05:19 PM

Yamaha says that the YDP-101 came out 12 years ago. No way is it worth $500.
Posted by: Kawai James

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/04/11 08:51 PM

I would recommend a Casio PX-130 over the CDP-100 - it's just $12 more on Amazon.

Cheers,
James
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Posted by: Vectistim

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/05/11 05:09 PM

I second the vote for the PX-130, I have the same action in my machine (330).

Just before sitting down at the computer I was playing a Mozart Sonata on mine (OK, not brilliantly, but the limitations to improving my performance lay in my fingers and not in the keyboard).

The two other options are the Yamaha P-95 and Korg SP170.
Posted by: achat

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/05/11 05:29 PM

I vote for the Yamaha P-95. You should be able to find it at 550$.

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Originally Posted By: Vectistim
I second the vote for the PX-130, I have the same action in my machine (330).

Just before sitting down at the computer I was playing a Mozart Sonata on mine (OK, not brilliantly, but the limitations to improving my performance lay in my fingers and not in the keyboard).

The two other options are the Yamaha P-95 and Korg SP170.
Posted by: ChrisA

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/05/11 07:03 PM

Originally Posted By: ricky_ricardo
Hello!

Glad to be here!

I'm new to the forum and have arrived here because my 7 year old is going to be starting piano lessons soon and my wife and I were considering getting a digital piano for her.

We don't want to purchase a regular (read: expensive) piano because we really don't know if she's going to gel, long term, with piano lessons; she's excited now, and loves to listen to music, but who knows what the future holds?

At any rate, we were considering a new Casio CDP-100 due to the good reviews, weighted keys, and economical price ($400).

However, there is also an older, used, Yamaha YDP-101 for sale locally for $500, although we are open to other suggestions as well.

Since my wife and I don't play the piano (or any other instrument for that matter - LOL), we thought it best to ask around and see what some other experienced pianists might have to say.

Thanks in advance.

Ricky



If you budget is $500 the PX130 is hard to beat. Later you can buy the three pedal unit. Some prefer the Yamaha P95 for about the same price. Mostly I think the Yamaha brand is much better except in this one case. I like the sound and key action of the Casio.

Do get a proper stand and bench.

The YDP-101 is nearly an antique by now. Technology moves fast. Think of digital pianos like computers or cell phones. $500 seem a lot for it when brand new PX130 with better specs and a warranty also sells for $500. The owners is likely remembering what he paid for it rather then comparing it to what's now on the market.

In a few years you can upgrade. There will be better digital pianos on the market by then and in just three years your daughter will be able to help decide what to get.

Concider learning with her. Some things a 7 year old will pick up faster than an adult but other things you can learn in 10 minutes that will take her a couple years
Posted by: ricky_ricardo

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/10/11 08:16 PM

Many sincere thanks to all that have replied!

Re: the Casio CDP 100 and the PX-130 - my local guitar center store has these for $350 and $499, respectively. Is the latter worth the extra $150, in anyone's opinion?
Posted by: galaxy4t

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/11/11 12:54 AM

I think you should go for the PX-130 over the CDP-100. The PX-130 has better keyboard action and also a lot better sound. The piano sample is 4 layers vs 1 or 2 for the CDP-100. Also the sound source used in the Privia is much better. GC puts these on sale from time to time for $399. If there is a BestBuy in your area with a musical instruments room they have the PX-130 bundle with stand and pedal for $549.99
Posted by: ricky_ricardo

Re: Help with Digital Piano choice for my 7 year old, please! - 03/12/11 03:02 PM

Just ordered the PX-130 with stand and pedals for $549 at Best Buy.

They were all out of them in-store here in San Diego, so I had to decide whether I wanted to drive up to LA or up to Temecula.

Since going into LA on the weekend (or any time for that matter) is a nightmare (ask me about the 1:00AM - yes AM - traffic jam on the 405 I was buried in one Saturday night), I decided on Temecula.

So....I'm just waiting on the email from them telling me it's ready to be picked up. Should be a fairly easy trip up and back (about an hour each way).

MANY thanks to all of you who took the time to help me out here.

And I will take the advice offered and only tell the piano teacher at my daughter's place of instruction that we "have a good piano at home" and feign ignorance on the rest - LOL.

Again - many sincere thanks!!