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#677131 - 10/12/06 07:56 PM Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
So Overwhelmed Offline
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Registered: 10/11/06
Posts: 5
I guess a better question would have been what is the best deal out there for $1800-$2000.

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#677132 - 10/12/06 09:10 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
Bodhi Offline
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Registered: 09/03/06
Posts: 12
Loc: Raleigh, NC
Holy moly - like asking what's the best car in the $18-24k range. Best deal? My own personal and very humble opinion is the Kawaii MP8 is the best digital piano if you can only have one keyboard in your home and you want something that sounds and feels as close to a real piano as possible, has reasonably decent organ and orchestral sounds, and can in a pinch, be schlepped in your car to an occasional jam or recital or whatever. I don't gig, I play for my own enjoyment and occasionally get together with musical friends to have a fun jam, so I can't speak for what kind of horror a 70+ pound keyboard might or might not be to gig with night after night.
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#677133 - 10/14/06 09:34 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
MA Offline
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
Yamaha CLP-230 and CLP-240.

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#677134 - 10/15/06 01:29 AM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
rintincop Offline
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Registered: 05/11/04
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Your choice:

Roland RD-700SX $1699
Yamaha CP300 $1999
Kawai MP8 $1698
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#677135 - 10/15/06 08:26 AM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
saw Offline
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Registered: 11/28/04
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Loc: Florida
So, where are people finding the MP8 for $1698. It appears to be $1995 everywhere I look (in the states).

thanks.
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#677136 - 10/15/06 11:09 AM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
So Overwhelmed Offline
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Registered: 10/11/06
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Thank you for all the recommendations. It really helps to compare digitals in the same price range to see what you can get for your money. I'm looking for a home/concert piano, just for my own enjoyment. I have one salesman really pushing the Roland PT-3100, but I can't find anyone else who's selling it and I can't find all the specs on it - makes me nervous. I've also been looking at the Kawai CN3. Kawai has a great deal where you can upgrade any digital dollar for dollar within 15 years of purchase. I think it's great, I would love to have a CA model in the next few years. Although I've been reading about the clicking issues that have recently been posted.

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#677137 - 10/15/06 11:54 AM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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#677138 - 10/15/06 05:36 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
So Overwhelmed Offline
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I've been to the Roland website but it doesn't list all of the specs for the pt3100: size/number/power of speakers, number of sounds, recording capabilities, dimensions, weight, etc. The salesman doesn't seem to know the info either. It seems like a decent piano, but the lack of info makes it hard to compare.

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#677139 - 10/15/06 05:40 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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Registered: 07/30/05
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Loc: Madison, Wisconsin USA
The CN3 is a good choice. You also may be able to get a CN4 for about $2,000. I did, and I love it. See: http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/topic/6/1455.html#000000
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#677140 - 10/20/06 12:50 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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Registered: 10/18/06
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Loc: Orange County
is the MP4 better than the ES4?

ES4 seems to be more expensive than the MP4
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#677141 - 12/29/06 07:56 AM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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Registered: 11/04/06
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Loc: philadelphia, pa, usa
In that price range I would look at the Yamaha CLP-230 / CLP-240. Don't listen to the price they give you. They can sell it cheaper. Last month I went to buy a CLP-230 at a special sale price of $2100 (delivered). A month later the salesman called (because of year-end?) and offered it to me for $1600 delivered (Jacobs).

The PT3100 is very similiar to the Roland HP103. It is made just for Jordon Kitt Music stores / Wilmington Piano. It can be had for about $1600 also.

Also in that ranage is the Kawai CN3 / CN4.

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#677142 - 12/30/06 09:54 AM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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Registered: 12/01/06
Posts: 410
Loc: Montreal, CAN
 Quote:
Best deal? My own personal and very humble opinion is the Kawaii MP8 is the best digital piano if you can only have one keyboard in your home and you want something that sounds and feels as close to a real piano as possible, has reasonably decent organ and orchestral sounds, and can in a pinch, be schlepped in your car to an occasional jam or recital or whatever. (Bodhi)
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I wholeheartedly agree with Bodhi here. CLP230/240 and CN3/4 are all a total waste of money: you pay hundreds for a pathetic keybed, a worthless cabinet made of fiberwood, and get cheap amps and speakers inside just so as to have a "console" on display. An MP8 with a pair of studio monitors will look even better IMO and will give you the best, most credible/realistic feeling and sounding piano on the market for the same price. Want an unbeatable deal or cheap stuff? And if you wanna save even more, get the one I have, a CA-X, which is a CA5 in portable dress, AWA Pro wooden keybed included...
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Claude
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#677143 - 12/31/06 02:51 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
rintincop Offline
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Registered: 05/11/04
Posts: 1520
I played them side by side again, the Kawai MP8, Roland RD-700SX, and Yamaha CP300.

In my opinion:

The MP8 has the better action.
The Roland RD-700SX has the most detailed and realistic sound. Therefore, my favorite is the Roland RD-700SX.

An ideal setup at home would be the Ivory software based piano with the MP8 as the controller action and a pair of high end studio monitor speakers such as the ADAM models.

The Yamaha CP300 action is too stiff for me, more so than my Mason & Hamlin acoustic and poses a real problem for anybody prone to wrist problems. Also, legato eight note lines are near impossible on th P series because the attack portion of each note (hammer strike) is substantialy louder than the sustain portion. Therefore, legato eight notes sound like marcatto or "tack tack tack tack" type phrasing.
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#677144 - 12/31/06 11:33 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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Registered: 10/14/06
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Loc: College Station, TX
What is the Ivory software based piano?

From quote:"An ideal setup at home would be the Ivory software based piano with the MP8 as the controller action and a pair of high end studio monitor speakers such as the ADAM models."


I am considering a real piano, or going back to keyboard. I haven't played for about 10 years, but want to start back...
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#677145 - 01/01/07 12:20 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 66
Loc: MICHIGAN
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Originally posted by brazospiano:
What is the Ivory software based piano?

From quote:"An ideal setup at home would be the Ivory software based piano with the MP8 as the controller action and a pair of high end studio monitor speakers such as the ADAM models."


I am considering a real piano, or going back to keyboard. I haven't played for about 10 years, but want to start back... [/b]
Happy New Year!!

Well to answer your question Ivory, Synthogy Ivory I believe, is a piano plug in that is hosted on your pc that through an MIDI controller or a keyboard with MIDI capabilities can basicly "controll" it using the sounds on the computer as it's own. Personally I have heard it recomended multiple times as the best sounding piano plug-in.
Giga-studio (sp?) I've heard personally which is also quite good with piano sampling.

Hope this helps,

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#677146 - 01/01/07 12:47 PM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
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Registered: 12/23/06
Posts: 66
Loc: MICHIGAN
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Originally posted by rintincop:
Your choice:

Roland RD-700SX $1699
Yamaha CP300 $1999
Kawai MP8 $1698 [/b]
Could someone help me with the 700SX. I would really like to find whos selling it for that!!
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#677147 - 01/02/07 11:25 AM Re: Best digital piano for $1800-$2000???
Triryche Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
Posts: 1451
Loc: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The only RD-700SX I could find for under $1800 was a refurbished model.
I researched digitals in the same price range, making several trips to the local stores, and reading a gizzilion reviews for about 3 months.
If you are considering the RD-700SX, you may want to take a look at Yamaha’s S90es, even though it is technically geared towards synth applications.
The parameters for some may be more difficult to navigate than the RD-700SX, but the piano sounds out of the box (thru monitor headphones) IMO are better than the Roland, but not by much.
The action to me seems a little stiffer than the RD-700sx, but it is balanced.
It was a tough choice for me but I ended up with the S90es, as a synth it was more inspiring.
IMO both are great boards and are chalk full of goodies if you are interested in sounds other than piano.
However, I have only been playing piano for ~ 7 months.

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