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#677165 - 12/13/05 02:55 PM Info on yamaha Clavinova CLP-311?
majorvonhapen Offline
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Registered: 11/19/05
Posts: 17
Loc: Ireland
Hello All,

As a pre beginner, one of these digital pianos is for sale locally for 250 euros.

When I went to have a look at it, I had the feeling that the newer Digital Pianos are of better tone, etc
Am I imagining it?? Should I snap up this relativly cheap instrument?

Any info on same would be appreciated.

Many thanks,


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#677166 - 12/13/05 03:29 PM Re: Info on yamaha Clavinova CLP-311?
Paul Y Offline
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Registered: 01/28/05
Posts: 1083
Loc: Nashua, NH
That particular Clavinova is coming up on 10 years old! That series was released in 1996 and the 311 was the intorductory-level instrument! So, as good as the Clavinova line is, a lot of digital improvements have been instituted in the past 9 years!

My advise, if you can spend the extra money, is to look at the newest 200-series models and see the difference! it's worlds apart from the CLP 311!

Retired Industry Professional

#677167 - 12/13/05 04:04 PM Re: Info on yamaha Clavinova CLP-311?
majorvonhapen Offline
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Registered: 11/19/05
Posts: 17
Loc: Ireland

Thanks so much for your detailed reply.

The chap that was selling it, had another buyer interested, so if I wanted it I had to leave him know tomorrow morning.

I'm going to put your good advice with my amateur ear, and wait to buy a new model.

Could I respectfully ask you something? do you know anything of the Brand Suzuki?

They have a model HP-97.

Anyway, thanks again Paul for your kind reply.


#677168 - 12/13/05 04:15 PM Re: Info on yamaha Clavinova CLP-311?
Paul Y Offline
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Registered: 01/28/05
Posts: 1083
Loc: Nashua, NH

Suzuki, in general, is not known as a high-quality digital piano. As a former Yamaha employee, I was privy to market share information and Suzuki rarely showed-up on the charts. While their pricing is surely attractive, their sound and touch quality have never been an attraction to piano players.

The big guns (in order of market share) were always Yamaha (about 45%), Roland (about 18%) and Technics (about 11% before they stopped building digitals). Then the Korgs', the Kawais', etc all seemed to fall into the "single digit" file.

While these numbers have surely changed in the 3 years since leaving Yamaha, I doubt the top 3 or 4 have changed places in any way. Yamaha and Roland have certainly chewed-up Technics share which will add to their own numbers I'm sure.

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