” I’m confident the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-440 is best value for money”
I really wish to contribute a small review here, it might sounds a little silly because I’m only getting
the Clavinova CLP-440 tomorrow, I’m so excited and it is a surprised gift for my wife! How could I
give a review without even receiving it yet? Actually it is more of taking this opportunity to thank
Graham Howard for the really valuable digital piano buying guides! Really thank you! I’ve made so
much readings and deciding if I should go for a digital or acoustic. With tight budget, I personally
really don’t wish for a very old acoustic piano, or a very beginner new acoustic piano.
Further more, I’ve never been playing piano since more than 10 years (self learning) entirely because
of the utterly lack of privacy which has been restricting me to play piano and the practising, I rather
give it up.
The digital piano is a surprise gift to my wife actually, and I will now having great chance to play
with a piano again whenever I like in my own world!
I’ve made so much researches, and especially with Graham Howard’s buying guides, I’m very
confident the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-440 is one of the best digital piano for the money it can get.
I’ve decided the CLP-440 rather than CLP-430 because I’ve done enough readings. I’m willing to
spend a little more for the 440 as so many claim it is worth the extra over the 430.
Graham Howard’s buying guide tells everything about my decision! and I’m so confident I’ve
made a right choice in every ways.
Review by Y.W.Phang
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“It looks very nice, exactly like an acoustic piano”
I like everything about it.
The only thing which I knew from beforehand is that the sound is not exactly as an acoustic piano.
But the difference is not so big that it makes it into a drawback for the CLP 340.
The touch and weight of the keys are not different to me.
And the computer facilities are very nice, specially that I can play right and left hands separately
when I practice.
It looks very nice, exactly like an acoustic piano and weighs less than a third of my previous
acoustic piano, which means i can bring it without problem when I move.
Review by Sven Hansson, Sweden
“CLP-440 was a clear winner on touch and sound”
My children have been able to compare a Kawai CN33 with a Yamaha CLP-440 and preferred the touch of the Yamaha, and able in a separate dealership to compare the CLP-440 to cheaper Arius Yamahas and a Casio AP-620; no contest the CLP-440 was a clear winner on touch and sound, and had a solid non wobbly keyboard deck. I’m not a piano player, but I could feel a clear quality difference. The only problem is the measly low number of extra tones at 28 vs the other brands ‘hundreds’
So if Roland didn’t exist, I would probably be placing an order for a new Yamaha CLP-440. But I feel the need to look at Roland before committing.
Review by Sam
“I am very pleased with it overall, particularly the keyboard, but I do miss the overtones of our old upright acoustic”
I have had the CLP440 R for two days I bought it mainly for the children to learn on, but my wife also plays, and I like to mess around with jazz . I am very pleased with it overall, particularly the keyboard, which really does have the piano feel. I think the sound is fine, but I do miss the overtones of our old upright acoustic, which made it feel more alive. Perhaps this is only an issue because I am used to essentially a honky-tonk piano, rather than a well-tempered grand. The demos sound impeccable, assuming they are midi files, then I imagine any shortcomings of the piano sound are more due to my deficiencies than the piano’s.
There were a few downsides I did not anticipate:
1) it is very heavy in the box. I am tall and athletic, but my driver and i had to struggle to get the box safely off the lorry and into the house. I unpacked it on my own, but again, the weight (98kg) meant I was putting my back and shoulders at risk.
2)the voltage appears to be fixed at 220; it cannot be switched if we want to take the piano to the USA/Canada.
3)the metronome does not appear to be programmable; I would have expected it to have, like very other electronic metronome, stressed beats for the start of each measure. I need this to keep me honest when practicing.
4)as furniture, this is like an ikea piece; functional, well-designed, but a little cheap in appearance. The music stand for instance, reminds me of those old formica kitchen tables; particleboard with veneer tape on the sides.
5)the manual is functional, but it would be nice if there were more regarding the digital aspects, perhaps a website with resources and examples. It loks as though Yamaha has given up on the web services it had aimed at the Clavinova, and I saw no forum.
Review by John Knowles
“The sound is beautiful and the touch resistance is good”
We bought a Yamaha Clavinova CLP 440. Both players in my family think it is wonderful to play on, the sound is beautiful and the touch resistance is good, quite similar to our acoustic baby grand.
One small downside is that the keyboard can get a bit ‘slippery’ but that is a very small matter indeed. Playing with the headphones on is quite a novelty as the music is so crystal clear!
Review by Lena Vaukonen
“We are both very happy with the CLP440”
I live in Munich (Bavaria/Germany) in a 8-family house and my goal was to be able to play at night.
Also my 19-year old daughter loves to play the piano and she hardly ever comes home before 6pm.
So about 6 weeks ago, I went to the 3 leading piano/music shops in Munich to see whats there in digital pianos. (Price Range about 1500 €).
In one store, they were spezialized in Kawai digital pianos, but fortunately, they had the few digital pianos in the same room as the acoustic pianos they offered for rent, so we (a czech student was also trying the different pianos) could hear and feel the difference.
There was less difference between the digital pianos than between the “best” digital and the average acoustic piano.
In the second store, I was recommended a Kawai CA 13(?) which had a much piano-like feel, but no electronics to play with, even the voices were not displayed.
In the third store (just music) the employee just gave me earphones and let me try all the instruments.
There I endend up playing on the Yamaha CLP 430 for more than 30 minutes, just forgetting the time, so much I liked it.
But it was only available in bright colour (called cherry?) before christmas, so I postponed my decision.
3 weeks before christmas, I went to the city again, now with my daughter, to show her the instruments and the different colours, the piano should fit well into our living-room.
Again they told us this piano would be available only after march 2012, so we tried the CLP440. Which we liked very much also.
As we liked to have it here before X-mas, we ordered (2000€ including delivery), were connected to the man responsible for the delivery, and he said, the only chance to get it before X-mas was just the following day.
So we had it here two weeks ago, got it assembled within two hours, and use it since then.
We are both very happy with the CLP440. We use it mostly with earphones, so nobody can hear us playing. I appreciate very much the possibility to record what I play, especially to play 4-handed piano pieces “with myself”
I think only the “grand piano 1” voice really sounds like a piano, but I like the “grand piano 3” too, which sounds like a “Zither”, which is used in bavarian music. Thats great for bavarian X-mas songs.
Also I like the furniture, we got our old (50 years) acoustic piano and our new digital piano in our small living room. First I was disappointed, it didn’t sound like my old piano, which has a dark, full sound, but my acoustic piano already had some age problems, the pedal didn’t work accurately any more, some keys couldn’t be tuned/gave a snaring sound, …
I’m glad I can even use my digital piano with loudspeakers better than my acoustic piano, as ist sounds like music from the radio and does not affect the whole house (ceiling, …)
I can say that I do really practice now, as I can record the pieces and compare the different recordings. First I was astonished I vary so much in loudness, I was not sure. if that resulted from the dicrete digitalisation, but I think, I adapted a bad technique with my old piano and I’m improving since.