When we finally got rid of the piano my father decided to replace it with an electric organ. He has always had a facination with them but my mother has never given itthe time of day.
Just a side note: my father’s hearing was badly dammaged from his days as a tank commander in the British army when they faught on the beaches of Normandy – a time when ear protection was not manditory. My parents finally got rid of the organ. So for a number of years my mother has had nothing to play and time is running out.
I’m not shure when my parents will be moving to a seniors home, I suspect in a couple of years – something I’m considering when choosing a piano.
I have been looking at everything from the Yamaha P155 to the CLP 430. I guess what dictates my thinking is the Rolling Stones tune ‘You can’t always get what you want but you can get what you need’.
So there you have it.
Any feedback will be most appreciated.
Reply/ Hi Charlie
The Yamaha P155 would certainly be easier to move
around than the CLP430. So that’s its major advantage
over the CLP430…
But the sound quality and feel of the keys is nowhere
near as good. Of course, your mother being grade 8
standard, would enjoy hearing the richer, more vibrant
sounds of the CLP430.
She would also appreciate the firmer feel of the keys.
Thank you very much for your email and all the invaluable information. I thought I would take advantage of you follow-up email.
I had initially been looking at the Yamaha YDP-141 but having read your book and reviewing my needs I think the Classenti CDP1 would be a better purchase.
I am buying a digital piano principally to support my singing practice at home. But I also thought it an ideal opportunity to start playing the piano again – I had lessons for a number of years and miss playing. I’m not unmusical and I know poor quality touch and/or sound would annoy me but I also haven’t got a large budget, as you can tell from my choice. Your interest-free loan offer also makes the extra cost of the Classenti over the Yamaha worthwhile.
I guess I’m just looking for a bit of confirmation! I can’t see many other options.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Regards, Ian Helm
Reply/ Hi Ian
The Classenti CDP1 would be an excellent choice.
Its heavy-weighted keys feel the same as an
acoustic piano and it has a pretty good sound.
You also get a 5 year warranty (parts, labour
and home visit) — this is very useful to have.
choosing the right digital piano is not simple task – as you know.
After reading your booklet, I am in the phase of choosing between Yamaha CLP 430 (still available in local store), Kawai CA-13 (wooden keys and probably high quality sound/keyboard temptes me) and Kurzweil CUP-2 with interesting look and probably excellent sound/keyboard quality.
I hope to touch CLP today, but probably not the others.
What would you choose out of the 3? Sound and keyboard quality is the primary with design being important for emotions, too.
Reply/ Hi Petr
The Kawai has a nice, smooth, responsive key touch.
But for me, it would be between the Yamaha
The Yamaha CLP430 has a nice feel to the keys
and a good sound. But the Kurzweil CUP2
would be my first choice.
The main reason I prefer the Kurzweil is
the firmer key touch. It just feels more
like playing a real piano.
Dear Mr. Howard,
I’m going to buy myself a digital piano. and I’d love some advice please:
Here’s what I know I want:
A good choice of serious/classical voicing – including harpsichord, fortepiano would be nice but not essential. I’m a semi-house-trained classical pianist who strays as far as Scott Joplin but not much further;
The ability to play duets with myself, i.e. record one part and play it back while playing the other; enough memory to handle something like Mozart/Schubert/Brahms works for piano4hands, and I’d like to be able to store my attempts because I won’t get it right first time and in the event that I do get it right I shall want to keep same;
I’d like to play Music Minus One and the like, thereby pretending that I’m playing along with a great orchestra.
Standard features like a metronome, those ‘ears’ on the music holder that keep the book open and in place (not everybody has them, I find), sustaining pedal, etc.
Oh – it’s got to be upright, ‘cos I haven’t got much room, and of course I’ll need earphones/a silencer so as not to annoy the cat.
Here’s what I know I don’t need:
The ability to add a rhythm section, or indeed anything that gives me the facility to be or accompany a rock/pop group in the privacy of my own home.
Fancy lighting, patronising welcome messages, and the like;
And I’m not the world’s best when it comes to instruction books and I don’t know much about modern electronics (I don’t even have a mobile phone) but Him Indoors probably does.
Here’s the constraints I know about:
The space I’ve got is about 60″ wide, which looks OK according to the specs I’ve read;
The piano’s going downstairs and my computer lives upstairs, so anything that relies on the one talking to the other isn’t going to work (though I’m going to have to buy a new laptop at some point);
I don’t own an iPod, iPad, nor nuffin’ like that – so please understand that you’re talking to an utter techie-klutz.
Budget: I’d happily go up to £3000 for the right instrument.
I do like your guidebook – you know your stuff. Therefore may I ask what you would advise? You’re right that it seems better to buy online – looking at local piano emporiums they don’t seem to offer much choice, especially the sort I’m looking for.
Thank you for listening,
Dr. Valerie Stewart.
Reply/ Hi Valerie
Having read all your requirements I recommend
going for the Yamaha CLP470.
The Yamaha pianos offer a rich, vibrant piano
sound that’s closer to an acoustic piano than
all other makes.
The CLP470 is near the top of Yamaha’s range.
It has a nice, heavy-weighted touch, wooden keys,
and a superb, full sound.
The price is also less than £2,000.
I want to buy myself a digital piano. I am looking to the Kawaï CN-23 or Kawaï CN-33 (which would be my maximum range price, and even a little bit over it), or the CLP-430. I know someone who have a CLP-320, and he is very happy with it (and before that, he had played on the same piano as me, so if he thinks it has realistic touch, I should probably think the same, being used to the same upright piano).
However, I just went to the piano store, and the seller told me that the CLP 430 was really hard to find and they didn’t have it in store. So I’ve only been able to play the Kawaï and the CLP-440. The seller seemed to prefer a lot the Kawaï, telling me a couple of times that it was the most popular ones for now, and that it had a great sound and everything, and he looked like he didn’t like the CLP-430… I even heard him say that it wasn’t a good piano (not as good as the others on the same range price) (he was of course not talking to me, he was on phone, but still).
So I am a bit confused… I though I would buy the 430, but the guy made me unsure about that. And the fact that I couldn’t try it made it even worst.
However, when I asked him if they had one in their other shop, he said yes (even if he said before that it was really really hard to find that piano). So I don’t know what to think about that. Was he only trying to sell me the Kawaï because he is making more money out of it (as what written on your website or someone else’s) or is he right and I should go with Kawaï. If so, should I go with the CN-23 or go for the 33?
I’ll probably go try the 430 in their other shop, but still, he made me really confused because he really liked to dislike the 430.
Thanks for your help
Reply/ Hi Joelle
I’ve played all the Yamaha and Kawai digital pianos.
Personally I much prefer the key touch of the Yamaha.
Its firmness of touch feels much closer to a real piano.