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What makes Yamaha digital pianos better than the rest?
Yamaha believe that a digital piano should sound and feel like playing a real
piano and this must be achieved at all cost. The piano sound on the Yamaha clavinova digital pianos is taken
from their own concert grand piano. The reproduction is quite incredible.
Also if you listen closely to the different musical instrument sounds such as
strings, guitar, organ etc. you will find that they sound remarkably like the real instruments. Lately, they
have invested in the technology side of the digital piano, introducing smart media, USB and lots of other
useful features that can be used in connection with the internet and personal computers.
Yamaha are famous for producing some of the world's best digital pianos. They call them Yamaha Clavinova.
Portable Stage Pianos
Another type of digital piano is the Yamaha stage piano, this is a portable versions of
the Yamaha CLP and Yamaha CVP Clavinovas.
The advantage of having a Yamaha stage piano is the portability aspect. But there is a downside;
you will need to buy a decent amplifier if you want a good sound. Yamaha stage pianos are great value for money and
compete well against other brands who specialise in this area.
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The Yamaha YDP141 was Yamaha's most popular piano for beginners. A very good sound for a beginner model. The
touch could be firmer. The speakers are only 2 x 6 watts each resulting in a rather quite piano sound. You have to
turn the volume up to maximum to really enjoy it. Read more
Top of the Yamaha Arius range. The YDP-V240 is a multi-functional, versatile piano. A cheaper alternative to
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Thank you very much for sharing your opinion on the best piano brand to buy. I wish I knew you a
long time ago before I bought mine. After looking at the different brands, I ended up choosing
thought it was better than Yamaha because it had a screen that beginners can see which finger is
being placed on each note as a song is played from the song bank.
Although I have not chosen the better brand, I think that I have made a wise choice (for a
beginner). However, I must assure you that if I happen to migrate I will have to buy another piano
because this one is a bit too big to travel with. Then, I will choose Yamaha.
Thanks once again. We need more people like you in this world."
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"Hi Graham, I'm a guitarist and am a relative beginner at
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Questions and Comments
"What about clp 340?"
You are really generous with your time and knowledge. Thank you!
You give CLP 430 place nr one and clp 440 place nr two.
What about clp 340? I have a possibility to buy such a one for a good price.
What I understand there is a new kind of sound in 440 compared to 340 but otherwise not so much different.
To my ears the sound of 340 is softer than the 440. Can that be right? I think I prefer the sound of 340 and is the
new 400 model that much better than the 300 series?
Reply/ Hi Sven
The difference is marginal, and hardly noticeable.
Go for the previous model if you can get hold of
one... you will save yourself some money.
"Yamaha Arius or Clavinova, which is better for me?"
I'm in the market for a digital piano. I have decided to go with Yamaha and would welcome your views on the
arius YDP series versus the clavinova series.
I played acoustic piano up to grade 5 many years ago and now am keen to give it another go. The most important
things for me are the action and the
ability to simulate an acoustic. I'm really not bothered about fancy sounds and gizmos.
I am tempted by the CLP 440 but then began to wonder if the arius YDP 181 or even the V240 would fit the
Thanks for your help
Reply/ Hi William
The Yamaha CLP440 is a far superior piano to
the YDP181 and YDPV240...
The CLP440’s sound is much richer, fuller and
more vibrant... the key touch is also heavier
and firmer. You can control the dynamics so
If you’re playing to grade 5 standard then you
will enjoy playing the CLP440 so much more.
"YDP141, YDP161 or YDP181?"
thank you for the copy of your book, I
found it very useful and no doubt will find it a useful reference in the future. I am looking at buying a digital
piano for my daughter and maybe one day I might want to learn too. She has only just started lessons and has been
advised to practice between lessons. My initial thought was to buy a keyboard, purely because I didn’t want to
spend a lot in case she didn’t continue learning, however, I started to think about the benefits of graded hammer
action, etc and decided I might pay around £500 for a first piano. I notice that the YDP141, YDP161 and YDP181
models are rated quite highly by yourself and the YDP141 and possibly the YDP161 are affordable if I buy through
Amazon (fairly good prices; I can get 13months interest free credit and receive gift vouchers which equate to a
further discount). I’m not sure why I am attracted to these models but my problem is deciding how much do I wish to
spend and therefore decide on which model to go for. If you could summarise the benefits of the higher spec models
and whether the increase in price is justified through sound, feel and quality then I would be very grateful
Reply/ Hi Andy
The Yamaha YDP161 is the best value out of
the three models you selected.
The YDP141 is too basic. The key touch is
fairly light and the sound is thin; this is
due to its small speakers (only 2 x 6 watts).
With the YDP181 you are paying more for
the additional features without any improvement
in touch or tone.
"Is the Yamaha digital piano warranty transferable?"
By the way, can the warranty on a Yamaha piano be transferred to a subsequent owner
or must it apply solely to the original owner who must also provide an invoice for the
original purchase (from an authorised dealer) - failing which any warranty claim will be
rejected by Yamaha.
I have seen a number of private ads which boast "still under warranty" which I
suspect is not actually true. At the end of the day surely Yamaha can
decide these issues and there would appear to be little any subsequent buyer who
has a warranty claim rejected on these grounds can do. Any thoughts?
Reply/ Hi Peter
The only information I could find is about the
Yamaha YDP and P series pianos. On these
the warranty is not transferable. A claim can
only be claimed by the original purchaser.
You can read more about this here:
I think it's unlikely Yamaha would allow a
transferable warranty on any of their pianos.
"Do you think that the recent upgrades will be eventually incorporated on the CVP
Hello Mr. Howard,
I wonder if you could help me make a decision.
I'm most interested in the newest Yamaha CLP-480, but originally i was looking for the CVP-509.
Do you think that the recent upgrades made on the CLP-480 (linear graded hammer, RGE, GP soundboard speakers) will
be eventually incorporated on the CVP line in the near future?
Is it a matter of time or not?
Is it worth waiting for?
My priority is the piano sound quality, but i also like very much the features and the screen only present on
the CVP line.
Reply/ Hi Renee
I haven’t heard if Yamaha will be adding these features
to the new CVP range. I’m not even sure when the
new models will come out.
My guess is they probably will add these to at least
the top 3 CVP models.
"YDP141 or CLP430?"
My sister has just bought an Yamaha YDP141 and I am wondering whether to do the same.
I was musical in my teens (Grade 5 piano, Grade 8 clarinet) and I am keen to pick things up again now. A bit too
early to say if my children will be musical (aged 5 and 6) but would like to give them the opportunity, and who
knows how far they will go.
I wonder whether I would appreciate the difference if I spent more money - say the CLP430? Piano will be in our
lounge and we are open plan so the space is wider than my sisters room and we are detached. Headphones are
Would appreciate your comments
The Yamaha YDP141 is a nice all-round piano.
It has a decent sound and a medium-weighted
However, the CLP430 is a far superior piano
in every way...
With the CLP430 you get a fully-weighted touch
touch that has a lot more resistance on the keys.
You feel you’ve more control over the music
you’re playing because the keys are firmer and
Also, the CLP430 has a richer, more vibrant tone.
This is to do with better sampling, bigger speakers
(2x 30 watts versus only 2 x 6 watts on the YDP141),
better quality speaker system and larger cabinet.
The CLP430 is much closer to a real piano.
As far as grades go, the YDP141 is recommend
up to grade 5. The CLP430 up to grade 7.
"YDP161 versus YDP181"
First, I would like to sincerely thank you for your digital piano buyer's guide I downloaded a little more than
2 months ago. It definitively is a competently written compilation of excellent, impartial knowledge and advices
and your willingness for sharing unconditionally all those good "stuff" is in your honour . I appreciate it so much
that I now wish your opinion on one last point :
I am about to buy a digital piano for my 12 year-old-son. He is learning since last January and according to his
teacher, he is so quickly progressing that she is expecting him passing his grade 3 exam before
the end of this year ( he is indeed a piano beginner but as a "born"
musician , he has been playing other instruments since his early years (e.g. classical guitar and drums). He is a
musically talented child and generally not a boy who quickly changes his mind and resigns so that I am willing to
make some financial efforts to provide him with a good
However, I will not go further than £1200 as I already have other instruments in quite expensive maintenance
(and other kids too! ). My second condition (for many reasons) being that the piano has to be a Yamaha, I was about
to choose the YDP181 of this brand when I noticed that on the internet (beginning with your site) these is not at
all reviewed or at least far much less than the cheaper YDP161. Therefore, as the YDP161 already seems to be a
satisfying choice for my son, I wonder if the YDP181, as good as it surely is , is really the £300 difference
worth. Unfortunately my confidence and knowledge in the matter are so low that I cannot sort it out by comparing
the features .
My son's teacher is unable to help as she is not familiar with digital and because we both live in a remote place
in Wales, it is hardly possible to find a nearby shop where we could at least make a "sound"
Of course, there are surely good reasons that justify the higher price of YDP181 but are they good for my
purpose ? I mean, does 181 have something (other than gimmicks) that 161 does not, that my son could already NEED,
or at least even remark and highly appreciate before he reaches, let's says grade 8-10 ? Again, 181 still is in my
possibility but the money I could save by buying 161 would be well needed elsewhere.
I will read carefully the answer I hope you will accept to give me, but please do not feel obliged to spend time
in a long technical explanation. A yes or no for one of the pianos, according to the needs of a (well motivated and
good) beginner will be OK and at the final term of 3 months of consideration, I will be able to take the decision
my son is longing for.
I thank you very much.
Be sure of my kind and grateful regards.
Reply/ Hi Caroline
Most of the extra money you pay for the
YDP181 over the YDP161 is for the
additional voices and features.
I wouldn't say this is worth it.
Stick with the YDP161.
Alternatively you might consider either the Classenti CDP1 or Roland RP301.
These would both be excellent pianos for your son to learn and progress on.
Can u tell me whether it's worth getting a yamaha 480 rather than a 440 if I am mainly going to play with
Is the pedal on the more expensive model better and worth getting?
Finally, are wood keys just no different to play?
Thanks for your help.
Reply/ Hi Simon
If you will mainly play with headphones then
the CLP440 will sound just as good as the CLP480.
The key touch is slightly heavier on the CLP480.
This is mainly because of the wood. But the
CLP440 still has a good key touch.
I recommend sticking with the CLP440. It's just
not worth spending so much more for a little gain.
"I was thinking of buying a Yamaha CLP 320 or 430 but which one?"
Thank you for your e book. It was most helpful. I have two daughters aged 4 & 5 yrs old who are just
starting piano lessions. All their older cousins play and have their own piano (Yamaha Clavinova CLP range).
Having read around the various website, reviews and listened to their teacher & family members I was thinking
of buying a yahama CLP 320 or 430 but which one. The CLP320 is now being phased out but I can get hold of a new one
for £900 (Walnut). The CLP430 is the new model at £1300-£1400 but there is a delay until Feb 12 at earliest,
although one of the online store recommended on your site says they have one. Is learning for the next 4-5 yrs for
my children's age going to be better with the new model or will the CLP320 suffice. Is the CLP430 that much more
superior than the CLP320 for beginners etc.
Also can the CLP piano be moved as I will be moving home in 6 to 8 months time. From what I've read they do not
You're input would be most appreciated. Thank you.
Reply/ Hi Dan
The CLP430 has a slightly firmer key touch and
a richer, more resonant sound than the CLP420...
But for the price difference, I recommend
getting the CLP320 you saw available for £900.
It’s still a good piano.
"I got the impression from the Yamahas I tried out that they would all fall to
My goodness, what a lot of information there seems to be about these instruments, though I really do appreciate
that you have made the decision much easier than might otherwise be the case.
My situation is that my 1996 Technics has expired; my understanding is that it will not be possible to get it
repaired reliably. I spent a couple of hours last week at Chappell's and I don't
find any of the Yamahas (CLP 440 and M406 included) as powerful - especially in the deep bass - as my Technics
(though I'm not sure what its amplification wattage was.) I tried a new Modus
and didn't like that either.
I liked my Technics better than any of the Yamahas at the Bromley shop we went to in 1996, and I
don't even now feel they measure up to it. I do recall that our 'runner up' was a Kurzweil,
but you don't seem to think much of them; the CUP2 in their range seems to have a pretty good specification. I am
spending a morning early in March at Sheargold's in Cobham to see what I
think of the Kawais; if I find one I like, that will solve the problem. I am looking forward especially to trying
their CA63 (output wattage 50x2 I gather.)
I teach classical piano, and my pupils range from Grade 1 to post-Grade 8. Frankly, I got the
impression from the Yamahas I tried out that they would all but fall to bits if one tried to
play the final pages of, say, the last of Rakhmaninov's Preludes on them. Whatever I buy, it won't be from a shop,
Thank you for all the information you have compiled. It's a much more complicated problem to replace my poor old
Technics than I would ever have imagined! I really did find is as
rewarding to play as many of the grands I have used, including Bechstein, Grotrian-Steinweg and Broadwood. It stood
up to the most demanding physical demands, including the kind of
assault on the keyboard prescribed by such composers as Liszt and some of his contemporaries.
"What is the difference between CLP
and YDP range?"
Yes very useful but I still can't make a decision, the piano is for my grandson who plays a saxaphone but
he would need to learn piano if he wanted to teach. I first thought I would get a secondhand one but was told
a Yamaha Clavinova was the best. After reading your book I kind of still think that but I am thinking I maybe
should get new. I intended spending up to £750 but realise I can't get a new clavinova for that.
Can you tell me what is the difference between the clavinova & the YDP range
Reply/ Hi Frances
The Clavinova range has a firmer, more sensitive
and more realistic key touch to the YDP range.
The sound of the Clavinova is also markedly better.
This is due to the speaker system, speaker size,
cabinet size and other minor factors.
The YDP range has a lighter feel to the keys.
Although this is OK to start on, I don’t recommend
it for more advanced playing.
"Have you had any experience with the 400 series?"
First of all, thanks a lot for your great newsletter.
I am in the process of buying a digital piano and had already decided on the
Clavinova CLP 330. However, I just found out about the CLP 400 series, and now
consider the 430 or 440. Have you had any experience with the 400 series?
Sound rather negative, so I am in two minds. Having studied on a baby grand, I
would like to have the most authentic key touch.
Please help. Thank you.
Reply/ Hi Catalin
The CLP400 series is very similar to the CLP300
series. Yamaha have hardly made any changes at all.
The CLP440 has a much nicer key touch than the CLP330.
It has synthetic ivory key tops and more resistance.
I wouldn't be put off by just one short review.
There's usually one or two bad reviews in amongst
piles of great reviews... it just so happened that
the first review on the site was a bad egg.
"The action is rather noisy"
We have a one year old Clavinova upright piano.The action is rather noisy and at least 3 notes sound out of
tune.There is also a lack of
sustaining power as compared with a acoustic piano.It does not lend itself to playing composers such as Debussy.We
would look for an
improvement on the Yamaha as a piano for playing classical music.
Im a beginner and now i want to buy a new yamaha piano. Can you please tell me which is best between these two:
YDP 141 and P155. I heard that GHS in YDP 141 is not really good and the difference about their amplifiers also
make me confused. Thanks in advance!
Reply/ Hi Tony
The P155 and YDP141 are similar pianos.
The main difference is that the P155 is
portable whilst the YDP141 is meant more
for home use.
If you want only Yamaha then I recommend
looking at the YDP161.
This has much nicer piano sound than the
YDP141. This is due mainly to the larger
The key touch on the YDP161 is also heavier.
This make it feel closer to playing an acoustic
There are other – even nicer - pianos I could
recommend to you that aren’t Yamaha.
Let me know if you would like my recommendations.
A couple weeks before I was interested in the CLP-340 model. Unfortunately, I just noted later on that this
model has been discontinued. I have no problem that it become an older model, but the problem is that this model is
no longer available in stock anymore here in Thailand.
They still have CLP-330 available for sale, but the sound is not as good as CLP-340 as I expected. The shop told
me that CLP-430 will be available very soon, the specification is something in between the 330 and 340,
unfortunately, the price is not in between. They quoted the price of 430 equal to the older model 340 which has
better quality of amplifier/speak system(according to the specification). In addition, for the same price, I would
get 340 with PE finished while the 430 will only have dark rose wood available for the same price.
Now I still cannot make decision what should I do next, kind of shock that 340 is not available anymore. I'm
waiting to see the real 430 when it is available. Also I'm going to move to my new house in next few months, and I
think that should be better time frame for me if I would buy a new big equipment into my home.
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"Should I upgrade mine to the CLP-330?"
Many thanks for many of your helpful advices.
I've been learning piano for a year on the Yamaha CLP-320 by now. Recently I've
tried the CLP-330 at a friend's place and felt the differences. These digital pianos are
made in Indonesia and sold within the South East countries (I reside in
Malaysia). The price between the two is about GBP145.
Should I upgrade mine to the 330?
Looking forward to your say.
Reply/ Hi May
If you upgrade to the CLP330 you will feel a
difference in the key touch and the sound.
But not a significant one.
I advise waiting a bit longer for the CLP440.
The CLP440 is much nicer to play. You'll
immediately hear and feel the difference.
I was searching in the internet some information about digital pianos, and found
your website. I'm thinking about learning piano, so I alredy have all the information
about classes. But the major problem is... I need a piano!
I don't have too much space in my apartment for a upright or a grand piano, and as
I'm starting now with the lessons, I don't want the best piano of all, neither an
expensive one. I just something reliable that allows me to practice at home. The
advise some friends that play gave has no matter the brand of the piano, ensure
it has "heavy" keys, more similar to the piano in which I take the classes.
Through out my search, I found 3 pianos in the range of price that want to spend:
Classenti CDP1, ARIUS Yamaha YDP 141, and Yamaha
S31. I was planning to buy
the Yamaha YDP 141, but then found some reviews claiming the keys where noisy
and that the GHS keyboard wasn't that good. After that I found the Classenti in
your website and it seemed quite good.
So, my question is..... which of them do you think is best?
Best Regards, Marta
Reply/ Hi Marta
The Yamaha YDPS31 and YDP141 are both very basic pianos... Their key touch is
not as heavy as the Classenti CDP1 or Yamaha's CLP range. The speakers on the
YDP141 are also very small (only 2 x 6 watts). This results in a thin, tinny sound.
The Classenti CDP1 would be a far better choice.
With the CDP1 you get a cleaner, more resonant sound. This is because of the
superior sound sampling, the larger speakers (2 x 15 watts), and the position of
But the most important aspect of the Classenti CDP1 is the heavy-weighted touch...
It feels very close to playing a real piano. And the 4 levels of sensitivity allow you
to play over a wide range of dynamics.
"CLP470 or CLP480?"
Thank you for your mail. I haven’t bought the digital piano yet. I have been busy with work etc and haven’t made
up my mind which piano to go to.
My daughter is going to start taking the piano lessons from next week onwards and feel there is no rush for me
to get her piano immediately as she can practice on her key board for the time being.
Having said that, I have been looking around and gathering some information on digital piano. Could you please
tell me is there any difference in sound quality and performance on rose wood colour piano compare to polished
Yamaha CLP 480 seems good one but expensive!!! I am NOT sure it is worth investing huge sum of money On CLP 480.
What do you think of Yamaha CL480?
Reply/ Hi Kumar
The piano’s finish doesn’t affect the tone quality.
I don’t advise spending so much on the CLP480
for your daughter. The CLP480 has a marginally
nicer tone that would be lost on anyone but an
advanced level player.
The CLP470 would be just as good for her and
will take her up to grade 8 anyway.
Please save your money.
I've been reading your Digital Piano Buying Guide, and I'm getting to the point where I'd really like to make a
decision. However, I'm struggling to decide how much I should pay.
I am a keen pianist - I passed my Grade 8 several years ago and, although I haven't played properly for a few years
now (I left home and no longer have access to a piano), I would like to buy a digital piano that feels as close as
possible to a 'proper' acoustic piano (preferably a good one!).
The CLP320 is just about within my budget, but it only has GHS, rather than the GH3 of the CLP330. How much will I
notice the difference, and is there anything else I should bear in mind?
I look forward to hearing from you,
Reply/ Hi Steph
The CLP330 does have a firmer feel to the keys.
Its extra weightiness makes it feel closer to
playing on a real piano. This is its main advantage
over the CLP320.
Of course, the sound is also richer, more vibrant.
So, all in all, the CLP330 is a superior piano to
Thank you for your valuable advice... You seems to be suggesting that CLP330
is a better choice as compared to CLP320.
However, I also realised that CLP320 is perhaps the most popular digital piano
in Yamaha. May I know the reason please?
Last but not least, some of my friends told me that getting a digital piano be
it CLP320 or 330 will not last my kid beyond grade 3 and some even suggested
that she will have to change to an acoustic piano after grade 1.
Reply/ Hi George
The CLP320 is more popular than the CLP330
because it's cheaper.
The CLP330 has a firmer key touch. This is
what you need to reach the higher piano grades.
The CLP330 would be OK up to grade 8. An
acoustic piano does sound a lot better than
any digital piano, but the feel of the keys
is very similar to the CLP330. So it won't
hinder your child from progressing.
First of all may I thank you for your excellent book
regarding buying a digital piano. I have not read it in detail yet but what I have seen I am really impressed
with it - it is excellent.
I should like to ask you about a problem I have had with my Yamaha Clavinova, that of sticking keys. I'll have
to give you some background information:
I live here in Thailand and about five years ago I bought a second hand Yamaha Clavinova CLP 150. It was in
excellent condition at the time and I have suspected that it was bought by someone who had then given up on
After a year or two I started to experience the most annoying fault that of sticking keys. My local music shop
were able to dismantle the piano and repair the affected keys. This has happened a couple more times over the
I have noticed that there is a You Tube video which describes how to make this repair - this makes me think that
this is a common problem with Yamahas - do you know if it is?
I mentioned my location as Thailand - ordinarily if I was living in the UK by now I would have bought a
replacement piano but the import duty here puts the price up by about 100%. I'm therefore persevering, at least for
the time being with CLP 150.
Anyway, I look forward to any comment you might have.
Reply/ Hi Steve
I’ve not heard of sticking key problems with the CLP150.
Maybe you can get a replacement key action from Yamaha.
Try calling Yamaha UK on 01908 366 700. They should be
able to help you or put you in touch with someone that can.
I was wondering if you know if Yamaha will be bringing out a new series
of the Clavinova Digital Piano soon?
You mention that usually 2 to 3 years this happens, the CLP 320 was
introduced in 2008 I believe.
Just wanting to know if I should buy the CLP 320 now or perhaps wait a
small time if a newer version is on the cards.
Reply/ Hi Alistair
It's possible they may bring out some new models
early in 2011.
There is no news yet. I suspect Yamaha keep this
information quite for as long as they can :-)
If you need a piano now then just go ahead and
get the CLP320. Nothing major really changes
with the new models anyway.
I was searching for the CLP340 on the gear4music website (as you
recommended it for
good prices and service for yamaha) with the intention of purchasing, and I saw the
S306. This model was rated highly in your book (and ranked above the CLP340) but had
previously discounted it due to the high price. Gear4music however seem to be doing
a good deal on it. The price for the CLP340EB is £1693 and the S306EB is £2157.
Looking at the specs on the Yamaha website, the 2 models are very similar, the CLP340
being slightly better on paper. The CLP340 has 4 stage sampling as opposed to 3 on
the S306. The CLP340 also has stereo sustain and key off samples which isn't listed
on the S306. The main advantage of the S306 that I have found is that it's a little
slimmer and taller (which would be useful), however I don't feel it's worth the extra
for this alone. To make matters more confusing, when looking for reviews for the S306
I came across the Classenti CD3 which is a suggested alternative. But this model
is only £1295!
I am really confused now and was hoping you could shed some light on it!
My priorities are (in order of importance)
3. Look (because it's going in the front room!)
4. Build Quality
5. Value for money (I don't mind spending the extra as long as it's worth it!)
Hope you don't mind me emailing you again!
Reply/ Hi Stephen
You are correct in what you say about the CLP340
and S-306. The CLP340 should rank higher than the
S-306 due to its better functionality (although I
don't take this into consideration in the ratings)
and value for money.
I had overlooked the value for money aspect on
the CLP340 and have since adjusted its ranking.
Thank you for pointing that out!
The differences between the CLP340 and S-306 are
purely to do with functions...
The touch is the same on both pianos. And the
sound is very similar. There is just a little
difference in tone between the two pianos. This
is mainly due to placement of the speakers. But
it's hardly noticeable really.
Here's the differences between the Yamaha
CLP340 and the CLP-S306:
1) The CLP340 has 4 stage sampling as opposed to
3 on the S306
2) The CLP340 has stereo sustain and key off
samples. The CLP-S306 doesn't
3) The CLP340 has 14 voices with a further 14
variations. The CLP-S306 has the same voices,
but no variations
4) The CLP340 has the split function. This allows
you to split the keyboard into two different voices.
For example: You can select piano for the right
hand, and string bass for the left hand. And you
decide where you want the sound to split. The
CLP-S306 doesn't have this feature either
As far as the Classenti CDP3 goes, it has a
really nice piano sound. Perhaps more piano-like
and mellow than the Yamaha sound...
But it's not as well built as the Yamaha. And
some of the individual notes sound a little uneven.
I do hope Classenti improve this aspect, because
it's a really lovely piano to play. And fabulous
value for money.
If you're anything but an advanced or professional
player (or apsire to be) then the Classenti CDP3
would certainly be an excellent choice.
Further comments/ Hi Graham
Thanks for replying so quickly and for clearing up the differences between the two Yamaha models. I'm glad you
didn't think it was a daft question! The Classenti is tempting, but by the sound of it the Yamaha CLP340 is worth
the few extra hundred. I'm a classroom music teacher and have a clavinova (CLP150) in my department which has stood
up to hard use very well! I also have a 17 year old Roland electric piano in school - the sounds aren't great and
the keys are plasticy, but it's still going! The one I've been seeking advice on is for my house which will have a
lot easier life than the ones at school! :-)
Anyway, thanks for your help. I'll let you know how I get on!
This is a fantastic service you're offering - the digital piano market is so confusing
Anyway - here's my question. My mother thinks she's like to upgrade her Clavinova. She
has a CLP-130 purchased in 2003. Her desire is to improve the realism of the sound and
touch over her current DP. The local Yamaha dealer has advised her that she'll get a
significant improvement in sound quality and touch by going to a CLP-330. I'm not totally
convinced. Based on the specs, I'd say she might get a noticeable step up by going to a
CLP-340 , but even then, I'm not sure it's worth it and wondered if you had an opinion on
the value of this 'upgrade'. Do you have any other suggested makes/models? Priorities are
piano sound and touch realism (not bells and whistles like tons of voices, recoding,
USB...), nice (traditional) appearance, middle range price point.
Reply/ Hi Brian
The CLP130 was a nice digital piano. And,
assuming it's been looked after (which I'm
sure it has), still plays very nicely...
Exchanging for a brand new equivalent model
(this would be the CLP330) wouldn't give
your mother anything significantly better.
Sure, the CLP340 is a better piano. It has
a richer, stronger, fuller piano sound. The
key touch is also slightly surer (firmer)
than the CLP330. All in all, it feels
closer to a real piano.
But is it worth the extra money your mother
would have to fork out?
I would say probably not...
She might get £500 or £600, or £650 at a
push if she sold the CLP130 privately.
A dealer would offer her less - even in
This would leave at least £800 left to pay
for a better piano.
If the CLP130 is still working fine then
my advice is to keep hold of it for now.
Excellent info on your website for purchasing electric pianos! I've got a few
questions if you've got some time:
1. In general, how do the piano sounds compare between the Yamaha CVPs and
CLPs? The CVPs have some additional functionality but I wouldn't want to give
up the quality piano sounds/feel of the CLPs.
2. I'm wondering how you rate the Nord pianos wrt something like the Yamaha
CLP340? I realize the Nord is a stage piano so it has no built in speakers (?)
but aside from that, what do you think?
Reply/ Hi Fred
The Yamaha CVP501 and CVP503 have an inferior sound
and less realistic key touch to the equivalent in
the CLP range.
You're paying more for the versatility of the CVP;
the vast array of instrumental voices, effects,
rhythms, and percussion.
The CVP pianos also have much larger cabinets. So
if space is an issue, you'd be better off with the
The nord doesn't have as good a touch as the
The CLP340 is a superior piano all round.
Yesterday I went to look at Clavinovas and while the agent was demoing a CVP 403 using mega voices, some of the
notes didn't play (or dropped out, no sound) when the key was pressed. The dealer just called me a few minutes ago
to say that Yamaha told him that all CVP Clavinovas have this same drop out situation when using mega voices.
I'd like to ask a few questions, I'd be grateful for any feedback.
1. In Yamaha's current Clavinova range, which is the nearest to
being equivalent to the older model CLP150 (circa 2004)? The CLP150
had sympathetic string resonance.
2. Is it true that Yamaha's Clavinova after-sales and spares supply
services in the UK are not so good as they used to be?
3. Do any digital pianos offer a temperament option which is the one
specified by J.S. Bach on the title page of The Well Tempered
Clavier? Which is the closest of the Clavinova options to that
Reply/ Hi Paul
The CLP340 and CLP370 would be the closest to the CLP150.
I would put the CLP150 somewhere in between the two.
Yamaha has gone through some changes recently. They've
moved their production of digital pianos to Indonesia.
The quality is still good, but it does appear to have dipped
a little since their move. I don't have any information about
their spares service.
What makes you worried about obtaining spare Yamaha parts?
The different temperament option might be available on
the high end CVP range... but I'm not certain of this.
Further/ Thanks for your comments. The background to my querying
whether Yamaha's spares and after-sales service had declined is as follows:
Last year I was in communication with a retired electronic musical
instrument technician who had temporarily come out of retirement as
a favour to a previous employer. He said he had waited months for a
set of Clavinova contact strips to be sent from Japan and that even
after that wait it was sent incomplete. He said that in earlier times
yamaha would have had the parts with him in a day or two.
'Yamaha isn't the company it used to be', he said. He said that Yamaha
used to have a spares depot in the UK at the Kemble factory but this
had now gone with the closure of the factory. He said there were
rumours that yamaha were going to replace the UK Clavinova depot
with one in Belgium.
Anyway, I'm reassured to an extent by your not knowing of any decline
but I'm sure you'll understand why a prospective Clavinova purchaser
might be worried.
many thanks for sending the link to your piano
i've read it and really enjoyed it - it was an education...!!
hope you don't mind
i've got just a few questions..
firstly - i'll give you a bit of background to what i already have.
i've played piano since i was about 8 (now 43!)
i have a yamaha upright piano -which i'm very happy about.
i'd like to buy a yamaha digital piano (fun piano) - and i've been looking
through the range.
according to your website the CLP range are designed to sound like real
i don't really need that - as i've already got a piano.
the CVP series - Clavinova - are the ones with all the bells and whistles
on it - and really would be for having fun on!
to be honest - that's what i'm really looking for.
I see that the CLP has limited voices etc.. - but they mostly concentrate
on being a digital piano (if I'm reading you right!)
so my Q is i've looked at the CVP range - and from all of them - i'm kind of drawn to
the CVP 503.
you have it at just under £3k.
I did look at the 501 - about £1k cheaper - but i'm not too sure what the
main differences are..
i see that it does have smaller output 2 X 20 compared to 2 x 40 (on the
given what i've said Graham, and my situtation - is it worth spending that
little extra on the 503?
is the 501 any good - or am I missing another brand which would be better
or i'd get more for my money.
I must admit - i am a yamaha fan - as I do think they are class! but i'm
open to suggestions.
look forward to hear what you think..
and thanks in advance for your time...
Reply/ Hi Fraser
It does seem that the Yamaha CVP range is
the one for you...
The CVP503 has a slightly better sound,
and a firmer, more realistic touch than
the CVP501. But it's only marginally better.
I would say go for the CVP501.
--My review was 5 stars and as follows:
Professional Advice Across the World.
As I am a novice in the world of digital pianos, I really appreciate coming across Graham's online advice, and also
the opportunity to receive his emails.
I was steered away from a couple of brands I may have considered.
I have purchased my Yamaha digital piano now, and I am thrilled and very happy with it.
thanks so much for your guide to buying a
digital piano. I found it incredibly interesting and useful. I believe I have more or less decided, after
reading your recommendations along with other internet reviews and
also having now tried one out in a shop, to go with a Yamaha CLP 340. You place the CLP 370 three places above the
CLP 340 in your top 20 pianos above £1000 list, may I ask what are the main reasons you had for this?
I haven't decided where to buy from yet but probably from one of the main internet sites. Do you have an opinion
on the online store 'SoundsLive'? Also, is there a particular dust cover that you recommend for this model? The one
on your guide doesn't seem to be designed for the 340.
I do have a couple more questions if that is alright. I note that Thomann offer the T.bone HD800 as part of a
digital piano set. Do you have an opinion on which headphones are best for digital pianos? Is there a noticeable
difference between models that you have noticed?
Also, does this model always come with a matching stool that you know of? Some places seem to charge extra for one
and some say that it is included.
Reply/ Hi Joe
The CLP370 is rated higher than the CLP340 because:
(1) It has wooden keys.
I don't find this improves the touch, but physcologically,
if you're used to playing an upright or grand piano, it
does improve the experience.
(2) The CLP370 also has a sturdier and more impressive
(3) The quality of sound - especially in the bass - is
slightly better. This is to do with the speaker
positioning and acoustics of the cabinet.
thanks for your email. Im currently considering a Yamaha CLP 340 since it is on sales. I have tried on the piano
myself and is quite satisfied with most of the functions. I have a few questions which I would like you to advise
before I make my final decision.
1) Is it worthed getting the CLP 340 at the sales price of 2599 SGD (1300 pounds)? Other models I have
considered is CLP 330 (1950 SGD) and CLP 370 (3999 SGD). CLP 380 is way out of my budget (5000+ SGD)
2) Is there a big difference between rosewood and polished ebony? Im actually deciding between the two. The
difference in price between the 2 is about 600 Singapore dollars which translates to roughly 300 pounds. What would
3) I understand that the number of levels of AWM is one of the crucial factors I should consider. The CLP 340
has 4 levels. Is that sufficient in terms of playing music across a wide genre (e.g. classical, pop etc)?
4) In terms of maintainability, are there any particular issues I should take note of? (e.g. not to put near
window etc)What are the delicate parts that are likely to be damaged? How long can a digital piano typically
5) I foresee that I might be arranging some of my furnitures after the current house renovation. What is the
proper way if I have to shift the piano around the house without damaging it?
Thanks in advance and look forward to your replies!
Reply/ Hi Hin
The price for the CLP340 is really good. I would go
There's really no major advantage to go for the CLP370.
There is no difference in sound between the rosewood
and the polished ebony.
It's best to keep the piano out of direct sunlight or
too near a heat source.
The piano is light enough for two people to carry around.
My free piano guide will answer your questions in more
detail. You can get it here:
My name is Gloria and I live
in a small southern city in the U.S. I am contemplating purchasing a digital piano and today went to a dealer
who sells the Roland brand. I have been trying to research this digital but can find no really good comparisons
on the web between this piano and the Yamaha, Casio, et al. Would you be so kind as to offer your opinion on
these pianos. I have an acoustic piano and am getting along in years. I play for my own enjoyment but have
granddaughters and thought that they might really enjoy the digital. An comments from you would be greatly
appreciated. I enjoyed reading your comments about pianos.
Personally I prefer the sound and touch of the Yamaha
Clavinova. The Roland is a decent digital piano, but I think that the Yamaha feels closer to playing the real
You can read one of my articles about digital pianos here:
Further comments from
definitely decided on the Yamaha, primarily because of your recommendation. Today I visited a friend who
has a Yamaha Clavinova and I was very pleased with the sound and especially the touch. My father purchased
a Chickering studio console for me when I was 14 years of age and so I very much want the digital to approximate
that of a real piano. Thank you again for taking the
time to answer my inquiry. Cheers, Gloria Dugger
Hi Graham, this is Barry here.
I still haven't managed to buy a piano yet! My daughter has now started learning, so the issue is more urgent
Originally, I was looking for a stage piano which had a good piano sound, a good real piano-like action, and
also had strings and other "pad"-like voices. I tried a Yamaha P155(?) in a local store and nearly bought it,
because I liked the look of the instrument, and thought the sounds were quite good, though the action was a bit
However, delays set in and when I went back to the shop recently, the P155 had been sold and only an entry-level
stage Yamaha was available, and I didn't care much for its appearance, tone or action. I was advised that the P155
is now obsolete.
The sales guy was encouraging me to buy a piano in the CLP range, because he said the speakers made a much
better sound than the small ones in the stage piano. However, he also said that the P155's sound wasn't anywhere
near as good as the CLPs, or even the YDP141 because of the speakers, whereas I saw on a website that the P155
sound samples were the same as those in the CLP 340!
I quite liked the CLP 330 and 340 (which were priced at £1499 and £1799, respectively) - the instruments looked
quite nice, and the tone, in the bass especially, was really life-like.
I've also just visited a "real" piano shop, where there was a range of uprights from around £2000 to about
£6,500, and some small grands from £5,500 to £9,500. Trouble is, I liked the sound of the more expensive
So, I don't know whether to go for a CLP 340 (or 330), whether to look for a P155 that might still be available
somewhere, or whether to wait until we find out what if any new Yamaha digitals are coming out after April, when I
understand they are bringing out their new range.
Hope this is of interest. As before, any advice would be welcome.
Best wishes, Barry
Reply/ Hi Barry
The Yamaha P155 is still a current model and can
be found here: ukpianos.co.uk/yamaha-p155.html
What the salesman was saying is correct. The
speakers in the CLP range are bigger. The
size and placement of the speakers enhances
the sound of the piano. This actually makes
a BIG difference to the sound.
I've yet to hear which new models are coming
out and which ones are being replaced in April.
If you want a decent piano for your home then
I recommend going for the Yamaha CLP340.
The CLP340 is one of the best digital pianos
available at the moment. And it costs a lot
less than the top end Rolands and Kawais.
By all means you are welcome to use my comments on your website. As you know, we all are restricted to sampling
only those pianos that are in our immediate area unless we're willing to travel. It's prophetic that you suggested
the CLP320. Yesterday I found another store and spent some time trying the CLP330 and 340. I was quite impressed
with the sound funneling through 2 x 40 watt speakers in the 340, the great MIDI/USB capabilities and the extra
feel of the GH3 keys with the synthetic ivory keytops. I admit these extras inflate the final pricing. But I feel
confident that if I choose the CLP340 I will be happy that I spent the extra cash for something that should provide
years of enjoyment.
Thank you for your email recommending digital pianos.
You're right, the Yamaha CLP 320 is a little out of my
price range, but I've had a look at it and am rather taken
by it. I also tried the CLP 430 which I thought was
Do you think it is worthwhile waiting to see if I can get
one second hand? Also, do you think that the 430 is worth
the extra money?
Thanks again for your help,
Reply/ Hi Charlotte
The new model CLP430 is coming out soon, so there
may be some bargains around for the CLP320.
Many shops will want to clear their display models, so
it is worth phoning around.
I'm looking to upgrade my Yamaha stage piano P80. I use it at home
to accompany my choir so it needs to be portable & powerful enough for
a small hall or church. The P80 doesn't have inbuilt speakers so it
would be nice to have less "clutter" to carry, even if I do need to
supplement it with a smallish amp. What is your opinion of the P250? -
it looks quite heavy but the sequencing capacity could be useful.
Thanks in anticipation,
The Yamaha P250 is not available anymore. Besides...
I never liked it.
The sound was not very good and it was just too large to carry
around. It was a monster!
There are some nice stage pianos around these days.
Take a look at either the Yamaha P85 or Roland FP7.
Both have built-in speakers and offer a good sound and touch.
Thanks Graham, that's really helpful. I thought the P250 looked rather heavy!
One more question: apart from the built-in speakers, what are the advantages of the P85 over the older P80 that
I already have? I quite like the touch & sound of the P80 & am wondering whether to just get a better
quality, lighter amp - I believe Roland do a smallish keyboard amp that might be suitable?
All the best,
Reply/ Hi Nicky
The Yamaha P80 was a fantastic piano!
I think you should keep this and just buy a decent Roland keyboard amp. Either the KC60 or KC150.
Just an e-mail to thank you for your excellent advise. I did get the Yamaha P85, but as my eldest daughter is very
picky about the sound, I was concerned that it might not get used alot. How wrong could I be, both my daughters
seem to actually prefer the Yamaha over the traditional piano as it doen't go out of tune at all and it has more
options on it.
I'm looking to buy a digital piano to learn on, and for my budget it
looks like the SDP-131 or P-95 models by Yamaha would be best. If I
don't need to take the piano gigging (which I don't), should I opt for
the SDP? Is the sound quality / keyboard action better? Or is there a
better beginner's model out there?
Your site has been very useful while I've been trying to make sense of
this complex market - thank you!
I recommend you buy the Yamaha YDP141. This is the replacement
for the YDP140.
The sound is slightly better than the P85. The touch is as good.
You can read more about it here:
Thank you for your recommendation of the YDP141. Since I wrote to you,
I have also come across the YDP-S31, and was wondering whether you had
any thoughts on that - I cannot find any information that tells me how
it differs from the YDP141/140 etc. It is not a portable model, and it
is a similar price, so do you know what the difference is?
Reply/ Hi Chris
I wouldn't consider the Yamaha YDP-S30. I don't like
it at all. The touch is false and too springy on the up-stroke.
My sincere compliments with your website, I've really enjoyed it (and stil do). And the same goes for your lessons
and information for beginners.
Because I'm on the look out for a piano, I've also read the review on digital piano's. Pff, so many choices and
possibilities....I'll like to do some research, but I've found myself rather lost in the forrest of the various
brands. Would it be possible for you to give me some directions what specific types/series of the Clavinova are
recommendable. I'm just a beginner, so, I think, my wishes for a piano are fairly modest: I would like a full piano
keyboard with a nice sound/touch. I don't need much digital extra's or the newest gadgets.
I'm from the Netherlands, and as you obviously can see English is not my first language. I do my utmost, but
nevertheless I'll appologize for the inevitable language errors.
Reply/ Hi Ellen
The Yamaha CLP320 or the new Yamaha YDP141 will be
a good choice for you.
The CLP320 has a better sound and touch over the YDP141.
Dear Graham Howard
After visiting Japan recently I looked at a "YDP-223c" Digital Piano and
beautiful it was too.
Do you know if it is available in the UK and who is the supplier ?
John R Lowry
Reply/ Hi John
The Yamaha YDP-223 is not available in the UK. It is
primarily a US product.
The pianos to watch out for are the Yamaha YDP141
The YDP141 will probably replace the YDP140 and the
YDP160 is a more powerful piano with a higher spec;
bigger and warmer piano sound and more realistic touch.
I guess it's similar to the YDP-223 you've seen in Japan.
I'll be reviewing (quite extensively) both the YDP141 and
YDP161 fairly soon. Keep an eye out on the ukpianos.co.uk
for more information.
Hi, I'm looking to buy a digital piano. I'm grade 7 standard at the moment and am looking to progress further. I
would like a digital piano that sounds and feels like an acoustic one (and one who's pedals work like the real
thing) or as close as you can get to one. I'm not that interested in all the 'bells and whistles' that you get. My
price range is under £1000 and preferably around the £500-£600 mark.
I've looked at the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-220 and the Yamaha YDP-131 but the Clavinova is quite expensive, and I was
wondering if you could reccommend me a digital piano that fits this specification.
Reply/ Hi Michelle
From what you're looking for in a digital piano, there is
only one that I recommend, the Classenti CDP2.
This piano has a nice, realistic tone and the touch is
at least as good as the Yamaha.
You can read more about it here:
I have one query about the digital piano that your recommended - everywhere I've read, I've been told it's a
beginners piano. Is this accurate?
Reply/ Hi Michelle
The Classenti CDP1 digital piano has been designed
with the needs of the beginner in mind.
The CDP1 and CDP2 pianos are not just for beginners. Intermediate to
advanced level pianists will still be very happy to play on this piano.
The quality of sound and touch is even better on the CDP2. You might prefer to choose this one instead.
I was wondering if you can give some advice on buying a digital piano. I have never played but I always wanted
I am looking at Yamaha YDP 141 and Yamaha CLP 430 and less probably clp 440.
Is the 430 justify the price diference compared with 141? is the gh on 430 so much better than the standard
touch on 141? or is it worth to upgrade from clp 430 to clp 440 for gh3 touch?
Reply/ Hi Lucian
The first thing I advice you is not to spend too much money.
There is absolutely no point in spending extra money on a Yamaha CLP440 -- or even a CLP430.
The YDP141 is an OK starter piano and has a graded hammer action, touch sensitive keys, a nice touch and
realistic piano sound...
What more could you ask for?
Here is the link to the YDP141 on the ukpianos.co.uk website: http://www.ukpianos.co.uk/yamaha-ydp141.html
Your advice is based on the fact I have never played ?
Reading in the forum on your site I have noticed you like Clavinova clp 430 followed by YDP 141. So the
difference in touch it is not that significant for a beginner?
Reply/ Hi Lucian
All I'm saying is that a beginner would probably not notice the difference in touch between the YDP141 and
The sound IS better on the CLP430 and I do rate it as a better piano. It all comes down to what you are
preprared to pay for your first piano.
After reading your advertisment on your website, I have a few questions which I hope you wil be so kind to
For some time I have been looking for a quality digital piano, which should be a nice furniture as well. ( I
already have a quality Roland stage piano)
1 ) The Yamaha CLP 265 GP is what I think I can afford, but what is the big differens between this piano and the
Yamaha GT2 ( except from the price which is marked in Denmark)
2) When I look at your web, CLP 265GP come up with 2 differnt prices: 2080.80£ - and another, about 200£ more.
What is the real price incl. shipping to Denmark?
3)- and do you have any experience with tax and custom from UK to DK, which you could communicate to me.
In other words: how much should I pay altoghter before the piano is ready to play in my room :-)
4) And last. Is it possible to hide the buttons and mechanism with the lid, like on the cheaper Yamaha models.?
(You drow the lid out in half possition)( I want a piano to look like a piano- not a mechanic tool)
My English vocabulary and spelling is limitid. I hope you undersatand, and ythat I don't take too much of your
Reply/ Hi Erling
The current price for the CLP265GP is £2226 including delivery to Denmark.
I believe you can cover the control panel with the lid.
The GT2 is no longer available.
As most people I'm a first time digital piano buyer and have a question.
As far as I understand it the CLP-240 is better in following areas:-
The weight grading of the CLP-240 is GH3 instead of just GH.
The sampling of the CLP-240 is dynamic (i.e. depending on
how hard you press a key a different sample is used).
To me it seems that this should give a more realistic feel & sound.
Are you saying that the difference is not noticeable or just not worth
the extra money?
Like you, I'm not concerned about 'extras' but am more concerned about
getting a more realistic feel and sound out of the piano especially the
ability to produce more subtle nuances and expressions of sound.
Although we're all beginners in my family we would not want to have to
replace the piano after a few years because suddenly we become more
attuned to its' shortcomings'.
Currently I'm looking at buying one of following:-
CLP-240 - GH3 grading + dynamic sampling
CLP-270 - GH3 grading + dynamic sampling + iAFC accoustics
I guess my next step should be to find a piano store and compare them
in real life.
Would you agree that Yamaha is (still) the best at the moment in
recreating the most accurate feel & sound of a real piano or should
I also include other brands in my quest?
Thanks and regards,
Reply/ Hi Ruud
You bring up some valid points here.
It is true to say that the sound and touch is slightly
better as you go up the range.
The difference is so slight that buying a more
expensive model should be because you want
the added instrumental voices, rhythms etc.
NOT really because of a better sound and touch.
The touch and sound on the CLP220 is good
enough for any player - no matter what their
All these GH3 grading, dynamic sampling, iAFC accoustics
are fancy terms to SELL you a more expensive piano - which
any shop will be happy to do ;-)
It's not worth it!
I practiced for my grade 8 on the basic Yamaha
Clavinova (15 years ago). It did me well.
To wrap it up, yes I still believe that Yamaha
offer the best sound and touch. No point in
looking at other makes.
The thing is, I've just spoken with my son's piano teacher and she
recommends to go for as high within the CLP range as my budget
allows. She obviously feels that the better touch and sound will help
him in switching between Clavinova and her acoustic grand that
she teaches on.
However, I must admit that the price hikes between models seem too
high to justify the benefits (especially between the CLP-270 and CLP-280
where you almost pay £500 more for the privilege of having wooden keys!).
I still have some more thinking to do :-)
I am glad to finally find a website that offers good digital piano buying advice. I am looking at YDP-213,
YDP-223 & P140 and would like your opinion on which one is the best of all? Meaning which one has the most
piano sound and feel?
I am gravitating towards YDP223 and wanted to know if there will be better brands in that price range?
Thanks a lot for your time, Lalitha
Hi Lalitha, I believe the Yamaha YDP-213 and YDP-223 have been discontinued. The latest model is the YDP-131.
The Yamaha YDP131 or Yamaha CLP220 are the best digital pianos in the low to mid-end price bracket.
The P140 has a poor sound and touch. The only way to improve the sound quality is to hook it up to an amp -
which rather defeats the object of having a compact and easy-to-move piano.
I'll tell you why I've been investigating piano lessons. I'm coming up to
retirement and I'd like to learn the piano purely for my own satisfaction. I'm trying to decide if this is
feasible for a sixty year old and if it is, what sort of piano would I look for and do I need personal
lessons or is teach yourself from the internet better. I've looked at the Rocket piano website and it looks a
bit American for my taste but it does seem to feature in most recommended lists. I've been thinking about a
You are completely right about the Rocket Piano course - it is
'a little bit American'. BUT, nevertheless, it is the best 'complete'
piano course available at the moment.
It is nice to hear that you want to take up the piano as you near
retirement. It seems that more and more people are learning
piano around this of their life. I can't think of ANY hobby that offers
such a sense of fulfillment and joy.
As far as choosing a digital piano goes. A Yamaha Clavinova is
definitely the BEST CHOICE.
The model I recommend is the Yamaha CLP220. The CLP220 is
BY FAR the most popular digital piano today.
You might also want to read an article I wrote (if you haven't
already) about the different digital piano makes and what
I think about them.
Regards, Graham Howard
Hi Graham. I was thinking of changing my Yamaha Calviona 206 but having read your
article doesnt seem to be much better out there than i have. I have had the piano for 4 years now did I read
somewhere they go out of tune,or is it just real pianos. I must say some cords you have to play sound really
awfull unless its just my bad playing.
Answer/ Hi Charles -- GREAT QUESTION!
Digital pianos cannot go out of tune because the sound you hear when you press a key is a digital recording of an
It sounds like you have sensitive hearing. This is a possible reason that the chords sound awful to you. When a
piano is tuned, the intervals between notes are not perfect -- this is known as equal temperament.
The unison and octave are the only intervals that are tuned perfectly, the fourths
and fifths are tuned slightly flat and the thirds and sixths tuned sharp. Your sensitive hearing is probably
picking up the higher harmonics of the thirds and sixths. Being an ex piano tuner, I notice that these
harmonics (or overtones) are more prominent in digital pianos.
Check out the resources below for other digital pianos
similar to Yamaha.
Discontinued Yamaha Digital Pianos
Yamaha CVP Digital Pianos
Yamaha CVP301, CVP303, CVP305, CVP307, CVP309,
CVP401, CVP403, CVP405, CVP407, CVP409, CVP501, CVP503, CVP505, CVP509
Yamaha CLP Digital Pianos
Yamaha CLP115, CLP120, CLP130, CLP140, CLP150, CLP170, CLP220, CLP230, CLP240, CLP270, CLP280, CLP320,
CLP330, CLP340, CLP370, CLP380, CLP-S306, CLP-S308, CLP265GP, CLP-F01
Yamaha YDP113, YDP131, YDP135, YDP141, YDP-S30, YDP-S31, YDP140, YDP160, YDP161
Yamaha P60, P70, P70S, P80, P85, P85S, P90, P95, P250
Yamaha CLP175, CLP295GP, CVP309GP, CVP409GP, CGP1000
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