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"The following reviews are from owners of the Yamaha CLP585 Clavinova. The most
recent review is at the bottom of this page", Graham Howard, Piano Advisor

1) "It feels very different from the other CLPs I tried, with a much more realistic touch"

I finally decided on my digital piano and purchased it yesterday.
• Model: Yamaha CLP 585
• Shop: Music 3000 in Nice, France
• Main reason explained below. You are free to share or format this info.

I wanted a digital piano to be as close as possible to the touch and sound of an acoustic one. I had a budget of max 4000 euro. I spent quite some time in local shops to check various models.
I started by trying out some hybrid pianos,  I was in fact fascinated by the Yamaha Avantgrand N2, but the price (12,000 euro) was well beyond my budget and my skills. The only “hybrid” option which would fit in my budget was the new Yamaha NU1, but I was not impressed with it, I found it had uneven sound and response….. didn’t really fall in love with it.

So, giving up on hybrid pianos, I had a look at Yamaha CLP series and Roland HP, namely the two “top of line” models, CLP 585 and HP 508.
Now, for some reason the local dealer had no CLP 585 in stock but only other CLP models (575, 545), so my short list, after some tests, was CLP 575 and HP 508. They were both good, but none of them was completely satisfactory. However, having to select between them, I would have gone for the Roland HP508.
Fortunately recently the dealer received some Yamaha CLP 585 and I could try one. I was very impressed, it feels very different from the other CLPs I tried, with a much more realistic touch.
I did a side by side test between CLP 585 and  HP508 and, both from the touch and even more from the (piano) sound perspective, my choice was the CLP, which I bought for little less than 4000 euro.

I will receive the new piano in a couple of days and trade back my old and glorious Roland FP4 (which, by the way, has been a great instrument to start with and worked for 6 years without a problem).

Bottom line: The Yamaha CLP 585 seems to me a big leap forward from the rest of the CLP series, and stands in a category of its own, probably one of the best non-hybrid digital pianos as per response and sound.

Review by Paolo Cattolico (04/03/2015)

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