I am about to move to a flat that is surrounded by other flats and really need to go digital so the sound can be controlled through headphones.
i need to therefore somehow sell my beloved Zender and find a close digital version
could you please advise me?
Reply/ Hi Marjo
The Yamaha AvantGrand range sounds and feels closest
to the real thing… but the price is high.
Do you have a budget in mind so I can recommend
something good that fits within that?
“I’m confused as there seems to be so many options”
I have been looking at your articles about digital pianos (along with a range of other information) a lot recently and am becoming more and more confused as there seems to be so many options. I am also finding many conflicting views – some people say Yamaha aren’t reliable and the quailty is poor, while others say Roland is the best. I am taking piano lessons and currently only have a keyboard which I am finding it hard to practice on given my lessons are on pianos, so I decided to buy a portable piano (I haven’t got much room). The problem is that I don’t want to be in a position where I need to get something better in a year or two, so would rather just pay a little extra now and have it for ever! I was wondering if you could offer me any advice on this – my budget is probably from £500 up to £1200 maximum. The following are a few models that I’ve been looking at but I’m no longer sure given all the mixed feedback i’ve had:
Yamaha P115 (though one shop told me not to waste my money on this!)
The problem I have is that I liev in Orkney so can’t access any shops to try these out, so I am really depending on what others say when it comes to this. I would really appreciate any advice you could give me on this as I am at a bit of a loss!
Reply/ Hi Mharee
Your short list contains portable pianos.
If it’s mainly for home use then I recommend
getting a digital piano that has a fixed wooden
stand with three pedals.
A piano with a fixed base is more sturdy, usually
has much larger speakers (better sound) and a
firmer, more realistic key touch.
This leaves the following models:
The YDP181 has a slightly richer piano sound
and a few extra voices. It is a better piano than
the YDP163, but it’s not worth all that extra money.
The Roland F140R has a nice sound and smooth
feel to the keys, but I would give the edge to
This is the order I rate them based on value for money:
“Piano for 5 year old daughter”
I want to buy a digital piano for my 5year old daughter who has been having keyboard classes and absolutely loves playing piano.
My budget is very limited (350 – 400), but I would like to have a dig.piano with pedals( as I would like my daughter to work
towards her Gardes later), and a cover ( at the moment we have a Casio Celviano AP-220 to practice on, but that is going soon).
What I have found so far are these models: DP10 Digital Piano by Gear4music; Hemingway DP-501; Axus D2. Would you please give
your opinions on these? Thanks.
Reply/ Hi Sanita
If you could nudge your budget up to £550
or £600 then you have the choice of a better
range of better pianos.
Here are some I recommend:
The Broadway EZ-102 is the best value. It’s a
nice sounding piano with a fully-weighted
key touch. Ideal for children learning to play.
The Korg SP170S also has a nice key touch.
But, being more of a portable-type piano,
the speaker system isn’t so nice.
The Classenti P1 has a very nice, fully-weighted
key touch – a tad more responsive than the
Broadway. Its speakers are also bigger. This
results in a richer, more vibrant piano tone.
You can see these pianos here:
“We need a digital piano with USB for writing songs”
My daughter has just tried out a Korg SP280 in a shop, which she really loved. Although she is very musical and sings, this is our first digital piano, hence needing advice! On further inspection she realised that this model does not have a recording facility or a USB port. It is a reasonable price for me, so we were dissappointed. I would appreciate it if you could offer me any advice, as she is currently writing her own songs, I feel she needs to be able to record easily.
Reply/ Hi Jackie
If you’re looking for a piano that has a USB port
then I recommend the Roland RP501R.
The Roland has a lovely piano sound. The key
touch is also nicely weighted and responsive.
This piano is ideal for your daughter to learn
and progress on.
You can read more about it here:
“Why is the sound quality better through headphones?”
I have a question for you if you are able to answer it. I noticed that when I play my digital piano,
the sound quality seems to be better than when when the sound comes through the speakers of the piano.
I noticed that with my old piano too. I was wondering if the speakers were a limiting factor with
regard to the sound quality, and that if it was played through different, and better, speakers
then the overall sound might be better. Any ideas on that?
Reply/ Hi Ian
All digital pianos sound better when played
through headphones. This is because you
are listening to the original sound source.
When played through the speakers of the
piano the sound quality is significantly reduced.
Connecting to larger, external speakers
will improve the sound markedly.
“Could you advise me how many Dynamic Levels each of the following”
Thank you for sending me the ‘7 things you must know..’ booklet – it’s a very useful read.
Could you advise me how many Dynamic Levels each of the following has:
Thanks again and best wishes,
Reply/ Hi Andrew
They all have 5 dynamic levels.
“Will learning on a digital piano impair technique?”
Thank you so much for your excellent e-book. It is very generous of you to offer your knowledge and experience in this way.
My main reservation about digital pianos is whether they are likely to impair technique – e.g. if my daughter were to learn on a Yamaha CLP-430, would she fail to develop the technique she might acquire with an upright?
I don’t mean to prey upon your generosity – this was intended primarily as a thank you – but if you do have any thoughts on this I’d be grateful for them.
Reply/ Hi Tim
It is, of course, always best to learn on a real piano.
But if you must get a digital one then I recommend
something that has fully-weighted keys with at least
4 levels of touch sensitivity.
The Yamaha CLP635 is a good one.
As a comparison I also recommend the Roland
RP501R and Kurzweil MP120. Both these pianos
cost a lot less and would be just as good for her
to learn and progress on.
You can read more about these pianos here:
“Do ‘toys’ reduce the piano’s sound quality?”
We’re replacing a technics
The “toys” like rhythms and sound effects are not essential but they can be fun
or useful. Is there a piano that includes this kind of features or does it mean a
significant reduction in the quality of the piano?
Reply/ Hi Nathan
Having toys on a digital piano either means a
reduction in quality of the piano sound or, if
you want a decent piano sound, a big increase
There’s no middle ground, unfortunately.
“Yamaha is not affordable, is the Classenti a good second best in my price range?”
I’ve just reluctantly sold my Yamaha upright (‘real’) piano as we just didn’t have room in our little living room for it. I’ve been playing on and off since I was a child and studied music at university; I now play for pleasure (classical) and sometimes for performances, usually accompanying singers. So I’m looking for an electronic piano in about the £700 range that I can have upstairs (narrow steep stairs) in my study, and that would be fairly easy to bring downstairs and/or take in the car to a performance if possible. But I don’t want a stage piano – I don’t like the way the pedal creeps away along the carpet as you play! And I find most stage electric pianos that I use are really strange on my fingers – they always ache afterwards.