The Kawai has a nice touch also, but if feels quite
soft (spongy) at the bottom of the key’s downstroke.
That’s not favourable for my playing. I like to feel
the key reach the bottom. It gives me more control
and I can put more into the music I am playing.
Both the CN33 and CLP430 have a good piano sound.
The Kawai is a little brighter, especially in the mid to
So, of course, it comes down to your own taste.
Do you like a bright/hard sound, or a warm/mellow sound?
Many thanks for your piano buying guide.
At the present time my wife has an upright piano and I wanted to surprise her at Christmas with a Digital Piano. The problem I have is that I don’t play so I know nothing about them.
A friend of mine has a Rowland FP-7F what would you recommend as a good equivalent at the same price or cheaper or is the Rowland the best?
The Digital piano will be played at home am I going OTT spending around £1,500
Reply/ Hi Chris
The Roland FP-7F isn’t really meant for home us.
It’s more for gigging musicians that need to
transport their piano frequently to gigs.
The best piano you can get for about £1,500 is
the Yamaha CLP440.
This has a great sound, and the key touch is
very close to a real piano. I’m sure your wife
would enjoy playing this piano.
“Which digital piano would you suggest?”
I’m wondering is it ok to buy a digital piano ….. However, it will only get used one month a year ? Or would you recommend to but an acoustic piano instead ? Will the digital piano get spoil if it’s switch off for the entire 11 months ? ( until we get back to the UK next summer to turn it on again ?! ) Am currently looking at Yamaha CLP 440/480 or the Classenti CDP 2/3.
What would you suggest ?
Reply/ Hi Amie
Nothing would happen to a digital piano if
it was left turned off for 11 months or more.
The pianos on your short list are all good ones.
The CLP480 is the best, of course (well, you
do get what you pay for)…
If you want to spend less, then the CLP440 and
Classenti CDP3 are similar pianos. The CDP3 has
the advantage of looking like a real piano
(that goes without saying, of course).
Value for money wise I put them in this order:
I’m looking at the potential of renting (then owning?) a digital piano for a church. It needs to be robust, have excellent touch-sensitivity and also allow additional voices to be played along with the piano (strings/pads/bass). It will need to plug into the PA/sound system.
Where on your site should we start looking?
Reply/ Hi Gareth
The best type of digital piano for a church is one
that has powerful speakers, a large sturdy cabinet
and several inputs/outputs for speakers, PA systems,
computer and other electronic devices.
The most popular pianos that churches buy are
the Yamaha CLP470, CLP480 and Roland HP307.
The Yamaha CLP480 is second to none when it
come to pure power and tone. But it is quite pricey.
The Yamaha CLP470 and Roland HP307 are both
suitable for your church…
It all comes down to personal taste really.
The Roland has a lighter key touch than the Yamaha,
and the Yamaha has a slightly brighter, more strident
After trying out the classenti cdp1 I checked out some independent reviews online and it seems to be one of the better pianos for that particular price range and perfect for the casual dabbler who seeks something a few cuts above the lower end products but could never justify spending more than a grand. I also like the simple instant record facility and the proper pedals as opposed to the wired ones (i.e. the casio) which just don’t feel right!
I had a thorough look through your very comprehensive book. It helped a lot.
There are no questions remaining really.
I was maybe a bit surprised about the overrepresentation (if I may say so) of YAMAHA’s as the “overall winners” (especially in the section above 1000). But okay.
I will probably decide between either a Kawai CN43 or a Roland HP 302 or a Yamaha 440 … or stick with a CN23 ….
My son (6) and I are absolute beginners on the piano. However, we would like to purchase a piano which will last us and keep us happy for quite a while.
Reply/ Hi Conny
The Kawai CN23 will be fine if you want to save
some money. It has a good sound, but the key
touch isn’t as firm or realistic as the Yamaha
The key touch is the most important thing –
especially when learning. It’s important to
develop the correct technique from early on.
This will make the transition to an acoustic
piano much smoother later on.
The Yamaha CLP440 is the piano I recommend
for you and your son.
The CLP440 has a firmer, more realistic feel to
the keys and a richer, more vibrant tone.
Thanks very much for your reply. Ok, that was useful to know. I have decided I am happy to spend up to £1200 on a digital piano but as you say I want it to sound like an upright, so Classenti sound like a good brand/product.
I was trying to look for one with a display screen like the Chase (as it shows the notes on the screen as you play) – does this feature generally only come with basic pianos?
Thanks again for your help
Reply/ Hi Josephine
The display screen usually comes with the cheaper
all singing all dancing type pianos…
You also find display screens in the expensive
Yamaha multi-functional CVP pianos.
To get a decent piano around the £1,200 mark
you should look for one without a screen. In
this way you’re paying for the quality of sound
and touch rather than sacrificing this for a
multitude of buttons, lights and gimmicks.
The Yamaha CLP430 and Classenti CDP2 are
the two pianos that excel around the £1000 –
£1400 price point.
I am looking for the right digital piano for myself and my two children, and came across ukpianos.co.uk and your very helpful “7 things …” booklet. I am very grateful for the time and effort that has gone into these resources – I was dreading weeks and weeks of scattergun searches on the web. I hope you can give me some confirming advice to help me move forward to ordering. My consideration points are as follows:
1. My daughter (aged 7) is doing recorder lessons, can read music quite well for the time she’s been at it, and is keen to start piano. There is little doubt that she will pursue music seriously. She will get weekly lessons, where she will play an acoustic Chappell upright. The teacher insists that if she plays a digital piano for home practice, it should have a key touch as similar to an acoustic piano in weight as possible (which she thinks is only available in very expensive models). She is also against what she calls “ensemble units”. I’m not sure what these are, but perhaps this has to do with many different voices, rhythm programmes, auto-accompaniment, etc., for the child to play around with.
2. My son (aged 5) is starting to show an interest, but it’s too early to tell whether he will develop sustained interest. When he’s allowed on a Yamaha PSR79 keyboard I have from some time ago, he spends all his time messing about with voice/effects buttons to find Star Wars light sabre sounds, etc. If he’s to learn, we need something that’s got the least possible messing about potential.
3. I would like to take this opportunity to intensively develop my own piano playing. My music training was in the north Indian tradition (voice with harmonium), but I have since learned to read music, and have some right hand ability. The piano is my favourite instrument, and it will be a lifetime’s wish-fulfillment if I can learn to play some of my jazz and romantic favourites. I plan to spend a lot of time on this piano myself.
4. The piano will go in the upstairs study (fair sized but not big room), and needs to be as compact as possible. If it’s easily moved around the room, that would be a bonus. If it has good sound, that would be great, but a lot of playing will be with headphones. It will very close to my Apple Mac setup, so if it can be connected (via USB or whatever) so that we can use learning software like EarMaster, etc., that would be brilliant as well.