Reply/ Hi Sergey
The Classenti P1 would be a good choice for
It has the heavy-weighted keys. So when you
play, it feels the same as a real piano.
You can also adjust the key weight. The
standard, default setting is the most realistic.
The Classenti P1 has a heavier key touch
than the Yamaha, Roland and Korg equivalents.
P-95, RP201 and LP-350 / SP-250 respectively.
I’m sure your daughter will get on well with
the Classenti’s weightier, firmer key touch.
“Yamaha YDP161 or the Classenti CDP1?”
Thanks for your email; I am still in the process of deciding on a digital piano model, but also haven’t had a lot of time to look into it.
I’m looking for a good digital piano that would be suitable for a beginner (my daughter) to start lessons, and for myself (though I am not really a pianist and what little I can do is entirely self-taught). We did have a real upright piano for many years, but it was not a very good instrument nor very well maintained when we inherited it. The only really important factors for me are (for the price) the most realistic piano sound and the most realistic feel to the keys.
I think I’ve narrowed it down (within in my budget) to either Yamaha YDP161 or the Classenti CDP1, but am finding it difficult to decide. One difficulty is that, because Classenti are sold on-line only, it is impossible for me to try out their pianos – and in particular side-by-side with the Yamaha.
Some of the few reviews and notes I’ve found about the Classenti actually make it sound more attractive than the Yamaha (for example the heavy-weighted keys and five year warranty), but your ‘best-buys’ listing rates the Yamaha higher – does the higher rating lead from specifics such as number of instruments, voices and effects or sampling quality or from more general qualities?
Reply/ Hi Peter
The Classenti CDP1 would be a good choice
for your daughter…
It has the same weight of touch as a real,
acoustic piano. The sound is also nicer
than other pianos at a similar price point.
Yamaha gets a higher rating ‘overall’ than
Classenti because its score is taken as an
average from the following:
(c) Build Quality
(e) Resale Value
(f) Recent popularity
(g) Value for money
The brand’s overall score is taken from the
whole range of models. Not just a direct
comparison from model to model.
The Classenti CDP1 scores higher than the
YDP161 on touch, sound, and value for money.
The Yamaha YDP161 beats the CDP1 on build
quality, reliability, and recent popularity.
It’s a close call between the two, but I recommend
going for the Classenti CDP1 because it feels
closer to playing a real piano. This would
benefit your daugher more in the long run.
“Is the Yamaha DGX640 good enough as a piano?”
I have found your advice on digital pianos very helpful and am just
about to take the plunge and buy one, however I have a bit of a dilemma.
I am new to pianos and originally started playing keyboard only
migrating to a piano a few months ago. I have been considering buying
what one manufacturer calls a versatile piano (both keyboard and piano).
I have looked at a few including the Yamaha DGX640 the Gear 4 music
DP680 and the Casio 330.
My question is; are these instruments trying to do too much so you end
up with something that is a big compromise in both quality and
reliability. I have been told by one dealer that the DGX is unreliable
and the keys stick on the Casio. I am coming round to the idea of buying
a dedicated piano like the Yamaha YPD 141 or the Classneti CPD1 and
sticking with my exiting cheap stand alone keyboard.
Your thoughts would be appreciated.
Reply/ Hi John
I class the Yamaha DGX640 as a keyboard.
This is because it has a gazillion gadgets,
and the key touch is lighter than Yamaha’s
Clavinova range or other similar quality
If you think you need all the features then
the DGX might be worth compromising on.
Otherwise, I would decide between the
Classenti CDP1 and Yamaha CLP320 if all
you want is a realistic key touch and good
“I am undecided between a Roland hp302 which I can buy locally and a classenti”
Hi. I am undecided between a Roland hp302 which I can buy locally and a classenti. I have watched the video clips and thought the classenti sounded quite tinny but perhaps that’s just because it is not in person. As only been playing two months I am unsure about paying up to £1500 at this stage for something I may not use if i give up. I am currently practicing on a keyboard and this is causing issues when I transfer over to piano with my tutor. Help!
Reply/ Hi June
If you play an acoustic piano when you visit
your teacher then I don’t recommend getting
a Roland piano…
Roland pianos have a nice sound, and are well
made, but their key touch is too lightweight.
The Classenti CDP2 would be a better match
to an acoustic piano.
The CDP2 has the same weight of touch as an
acoustic piano. This is very important, especially
when you are learning to play.
The videos online for the Classenti pianos
are pretty terrible. They were made with a
cheap, flip camera. And you can hear a lot
of background noise. They really don’t do
“My only concern about buying on line is if a fault develops”
Thank you very much for your advice which is much appreciated. My only concern about
buying on line is if a fault develops. Sending something of that size back by post is
not usually a viable option.
All good wishes, Mark
Reply/ Hi Mark
When you buy a Yamaha or Classenti digital piano online you’re covered by their 3 and 5
year warranties respectively…
Their warranty covers you for parts and labour. It’s also an ‘on-site’ warranty. This means
that all repairs are carried out in your home. You don’t have to send your piano anywhere.
If you buy from a shop, then you’ll probably have to lug it back there to get it repaired ??
You’re FAR better off buying online.
Wondered whether you could give me your opinion…
It has to be between a Classenti CDP2 or a YAMAHA CLP320.
I care about touch and sound and not so worried about reliability etc since
I intend to get rid of it in 2 years when I leave London.
Which would you recommend? Note I am currently studying for grade 8.
Reply/ Hi Adrian
If you are studying for grade 8 then you
probably won’t be entirely happy with either…
The Yamaha CLP340 would be better for you.
But you would lose more if you plan to sell
it later. You will have to think about this.
The Yamaha has too light a key touch, and the
sound is a little lifeless. Its key touch is
slightly more responsive than the Classenti
The Classenti has a richer, warmer, more
piano-like sound than the Yamaha. The keys
are also heavier weighted. Which is good.
You can call me on 020 8367 2080 if you
would like more information.
“Problem is that I only have about £300 to spend”
Thanks so much for your digital piano buying guide. Problem is that I only have about £300 to spend.
I had looked at the Yamaha NP V80 and V60 models but note from your guide that this is a light weighted digital piano/keyboard and to me it feels like a keyboard and very unlike a piano.
Neither I or my husband are pianists – other than a few lessons as a child and we liked the idea that it would teach me how to play some songs as we were
hoping to self teach to have a bit of musical fun at home with our little one – currently 2 who will, I’m sure, want to play too (supervised).
Perhaps I’d be better with something more like a piano than a keyboard e.g. the Casio CDP100 or Thomann DP-50.
Can you recommend anything on the keyboard front I should look at to compare favorably on price/quality than the Yamaha NP V80 and V60? The idea being that if we get good use out of it we can get a more expensive digital piano with a piano feel in 3-4 yrs as my little one gets older.
Reply/ Hi Ameila
I’m not comfortable recommending pianos that cost between £300 and £400…
This is because cheaper materials are used, and corners cut, in order to keep prices down.