~ Brighter sound than CDP1
~ Can be used with or without a stand
(Speakers are built in to keyboard section)
~ Lightweight Base (wooden stand)
~ 1 pedal
~ 4 x 5 watt speakers (20 watts total)
~ 127cm length (Space saver!)
~ 34cm depth (takes up less room)
~ Weight 23kg (28kg together with stand)
~ £120 less than the CDP1
** CDP1 **
~ Warmer sound than P1
~ Can’t be used without stand
(Speakers are built-in to wooden stand)
~ Strong, stable base (wooden stand)
~ 3 pedals
~ 2 x 15 watt speakers (30 watts total)
~ 133cm length
~ 36cm depth
~ Weight 45kg
~ Slightly larger music desk
Overall the CDP1 is performs closer to a
grand piano. This is mainly due to its
Another feature of the CDP1 worth noting is
its sturdier stand. If you intend using your
piano mainly in your home then the sturdy
base would better for you.
The three pedals of the CDP1 would also come
in useful for playing grade 6 level pieces
Thanks for the piano buyer’s guide which I must confess I have only read the
firstcouple of pages so far.
My wife found the article as we have been discussing buying a piano for
our 5 year old son to begin learning on and also for me to improve my
keyboard playing skills to help in my writing of electronic music and of
course my overall music knowledge. I still have the printed out guide
in the back of my car but will pass onto my wife one day this week so we
can both look into it more together.
One question we have asked ourselves a couple of times recently is
whether, with our son only being 5, we should be purchasing a full size
piano or a reduced size to suit our son’s small hands? Maybe this is
covered in your guide but if not I thought it worth mentioning.
I will contact you once we have finally got one, which could be several
weeks/months yet but once we do I’ll let you know what we got and why we
Reply/ Hi Peter
There aren’t any pianos that have smaller keys.
It would be best for your son to learn on a piano rather
than a keyboard. This is because the key weight on a
keyboard is too light. It feels nothing like a real piano
and will hinder his progress.
Many thanks for your very informative book.
I am leaning toward purchasing one of two digital pianos. It will be either a Yamaha P-155 or a Roland DP-990. While there are many factors to consider between these two, perhaps you can help me decide? Both of these are on the lower end, but that may be ok.
Some information that may help you to suggest one or the other:
– The price issue between the two is not an issue.
– I hear the P-155 is used by some professional musicians as a practice machine.
– The DS-990 (in cherry) is beautiful and, hopefully as good, if not better, than the P-155.
– I have also purchased a Steinway upright (from 1906) and while I’d like these digitals to sound great, almost great will do.
– At 65. I am a rank beginner at piano.
– Intend to learn piano, both classical and popular.
– I have been involved with computers for 40 years and am in the process of figuring out which piano learning software will be best for me.
Reply/ Hi Mark
If you’ve been spoiled by a fantastic Steinway piano
then both the Yamaha P-155 and Roland DP-990 will
surely be a bit of a disappointment?
You would be better off with something that feels
and sounds a bit more realistic.
I can suggest the Yamaha CLP-340 or the Classenti CDP2.
The Yamaha is better overall, of course, but both pianos
have a really good piano sound and heavy-weighted
touch. The feel is MUCH closer to your Steinway.
When I started looking for my piano, I had the following constraints and desires (I have to mention that I’m an absolute beginner and so is my 7 year son):
– Budget. Initially, I was planning to spend around 400 Euro but I had to soon raise it to approx 600 Euro if I wanted to get something decent.
– New. I wanted it to be new not second hand.
– Closest to a real piano, that is weighted keys and 88 touch keys and sound alike.
– Have a stable, solid stand. For many digital pianos, the retailers do not have in stock/do not sell the wooden stand appropriate to it (at least, here, in Romania).
After a lot of research on the internet, I was finally left with 3 choices:
– Casio CDP 100
– Orla Stage Player
– Hemingway DP-201 AT
All were in the planned budget and all met the requirements set above.
Casio CDP-100 seems to be a be very popular model, I found many reviews about it, both with pros and cons which confused me a little. Orla and Hemingway are less popular, and the reviews/comments are scarce.
Finally, I went for Casio CDP100, largely based on your book’s recommendations (7 Things You Must Know before Buying a DP). Your book was of an immense help. It would have been useful for me if your book had also compared different pianos within the same price range (like the one mentioned above, Casio, Orla and Hemingway) but I realize that, in this case, it would have turned into a 300 pages book!
I am very pleased with my new Casio but I’m still not clear on its pluses/advantages over the other 2 models (Orla and Hemingway) that I chose it against. I’d only wished it had a metronome, it’s a bit difficult to figure out the beats in a time signature… To me, that’s the only thing it lacks.
I don’t know if it adds anything valuable, as I said, I am a total beginner and I am not qualified to comment on technical or other such aspects.
After extensive searching, my short list was: CLP330, CLP340, Roland HP302. And at a
lower budget, the Classenti CDP2 (which, to my untrained fingers, felt far nicer than the
rather light Roland HP201).
After walking from 330 to 302 & being unable to split them (dont know which sound I
prefer, each can sound like the other), I decided the 340 was the easy answer. Ive not
seen one, I’m hoping the more-complex sound & ivory-feel are worth it. ??
Shame I cant have the 302’s “split the keyboard with 2 middle C’s” feature, it makes a
lot of sense to me for playing with the kids.
One answer I didnt find on the internet is: for us gadget nuts, can a PC hookup (USB or
MIDI) sate our desire to sacrifice sound and keyboard for bells and whistles. Clearly
much of the cleverness isnt available from the computer. Im disappointed by the monthly
cost (& the apparent shutting down) of Yamaha’s direct internet service, but I’ve
discovered their drive-your-piano music library & am keen to try it and anything else I
can find. I didn’t find any opinion on the CVP’s guide lights (“press this key next”),
other than they’re not as good as a real teacher (well, obviously).
Your book has been most useful. I am looking to replace an old
(virtually) un-tunable upright with something much smaller. I initially
looked at the Clavinovas (320) but having done some research it seems
that the YDP 161 is very similar with the main difference being the
casing, and its much cheaper. I have played a 141 in my local shop and
found it impressive, but the sound rather “muffled”. I gather that the
161 is noticeably better?
What are your thoughts? I am an intermediate – having gained Grade 5
some years ago, I am now returing to play more popular numbers, although
I might well look at classical music again soon. I would also like to
start involving my 2 young childrec (6 and 3) at some point so need to
consider this as well. Finally, as is so often the case, my budget is
Thanks in anticipation,
Reply/ Hi Shaun
Being grade 5 standard (even if it was a few
years ago) you would appreciate the Yamaha
YDP161 a lot more than the very basic YDP141.
The YDP161 has a better sound than the YDP141.
This is due to its bigger speakers. The key
touch is also more realistic.
Another piano you might consider is the
This is a similar set up to the YDP161. But
the key touch is slightly heavier and firmer.
It feels closer to playing a real piano.