Not interested in all the fancy bells and whistles – I just want a full 88 keys and an instrument that plays (as much as possible) like a “normal” piano.
Do you have any recommendations please?
Reply/ Hi Hazel
Thanks for your nice comments about the website.
The best (affordable) portable piano around today is the Yamaha
The sound is good and the touch is very realistic.
With Roland you tend to get more bang for your buck with sampled sounds and different instruments, play along bands and orchestras, “live drummer”, features, durability, and quality, as well as good aesthetics and decor.
With Yamaha you get many more popular hit songs built in, and also a big set of different rich features.
The Strings and Violins on the Roland KR series is almost like having an orchestra right there beside ya!
Cheers! Josh Tamil
Saw your website because I’m thinking of upgrading my old Technics
digital piano, which has horrid plastic keys and only one voice.
I played my friend’s Kawai CA51 last night and was very impressed. I
liked the feel of the ivory-effect keys (much, much better than my
plastic ones!) and the touch was lovely – weighted very well.
I’m going to buy a new digital piano, but am not sure which to buy. I
don’t want all the ‘bells and whistles’ of 50+ voices, but would like a
good 10 or so: Concert Grand, harpsichord, electric piano, maybe some
strings and choir. But my central need is for a good feel to the keys
(ie, not plastic) and the quality of the touch, as well as the richness
Having browsed your site, it strikes me that the Yamaha CLP220 might be
the best to get? No frills, focus on sound and touch quality. Would you
agree? I’m not a serious pianist, but I do play regularly enough to want
luxury without all the fancy gizmos (recording devices, etc) which I’d
never use anyway.
Dr Gary Fry
School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Leeds
Reply/ Hi Gary
The Kawai CA51 is very popular at the moment.
I like the sound and touch of the Yamaha more than the Kawai.
This is a personal opinion.
I recommend you try them both out and pick the one you feel
more comfortable with… This really is the best way to decide
between two very good digital pianos.
Just to throw one more piano into the equation. The Classenti
CDP2 is also worth considering.
This has an excellent touch and sound, has limited instrumental
voices and ivory-feel keys.
You can read more about it here:
Thanks for the advice.
Just one more thing, as Colombo used to say: are the keys on the CLP220 plastic or are they ivory feel? I suspect the latter, but just thought I’d check.
The keys on the CLP220 are a plastic feel.
One final point: I do intend to go try some digi pianos out, but in the meanwhile do you think a CLP220 would offer a considerably greater playing experience than the 12 year-old Technics SX-PC8 model I have?
My friend’s Kawai CA51 was far superior, and I’m after a model which offers that level of difference.
Thanks for all your advice.
Reply/ Digital pianos have advanced a lot in 12 years.
You are better off buying a new CLP220 or CA51.
Please, Could you tell me the pros and cons of Casio Privia PX-720, Yamaha clavinova CLP 220 and Yamaha YDP 131. I want to buy one of them and I don’t know what to do. Thank-you very much in advance.
Reply/ Hi Maria
The CLP220 has the very best sound and touch (that goes
without saying). It is also the most expensive.
If you can afford the price, then there is no question of
even looking at the YDP131 or PX720.
The PX720 has only one advantage. That’s the space it
takes up in your room. It is a real space-saver!
The YDP131 has most the features of the CLP220.
The sound and touch are not quite as good though.
I saw your website and decided to drop you an email to get some valuable advice from you.
12 years ago, I was at Piano Grade 7. However, I stopped completely due to many reasons.
I wanted to pick up piano again and decided to get a digital one.
May I know which digital one you will recommend, for someone who has a Grade 7 skills (but that was 12 years ago). Should consider myself a beginner/intermediate or advanced.
Thanks for your advice.
Reply/ Hi Alice
Grade 7 is a good standard so you need a decent
digital piano with a realistic touch.
The three models to consider are the Yamaha CLP220,
the Classenti CDP2 and the Roland RP101.
The more expensive pianos offer mostly additional
instrumental voices, rhythms and various functions. So,
if all you want is a good sounding piano with as realistic
a touch as possible, then you don’t need to go beyond
Here is my view on the above digital pianos:
1) Yamaha CLP220
This is (without doubt) the most popular digital piano
amongst intermediate to advanced players. The sound
and touch are superb and you can pick one up for under
2) Classenti CDP2
There is slightly more weight to the touch than the
Yamaha and the Roland. The sound is incredibly real
and the touch feels like you are in complete control.
3) Roland RP101
Nice, compact piano with a light touch. The Roland
has its own unique piano sound (you either love it
or hate it — like Marmite.) Its worth trying one out
if you get the chance. The price is about £720.
I had previously read your article on buying digital pianos on your website, and can see that Yamaha and Roland are favoured over other brands. However, we have a friend who is a school music teacher and also teaches piano part time. She purchased a Technics digital piano about 10 years ago, her selection based on feel and sound compared to upright pianos.
I searched on e-Bay, and found several good models for sale. I eventually purchased a Technics SX-PR900 digital ensemble for about £400 (in immaculate condition), and I have to say I am delighted with it. Whilst it is more complex than simply learning piano, my 10 year old son (who has been learning keyboard) has loads of fun exprimenting on it. I know you would probably recommend purchase via a reputable dealer instead, the nearest on cost I found was a same model of almost £1000 at Whitley Bay Organs!!!! The e-Bay risk was worth it.
Reply/ Hi Trevor
Technics always were very nice digital pianos.
They stopped making them around 3 years ago. Technics, which is owned by Panasonic, decided that the digital piano/keyboard market was too small for them and decided to stop making Technics instruments so they could concentrate on the their main electronics business.
I wish you and your family success with your piano playing.
Our piano is on the brink of collapsing, so I’m looking to buy a digital piano. I’ve always recorded with our upright at home and if I buy a portable piano, I can finally take it with me to gigs instead of only being able to gig at places that have a piano. I’ve never used/bought one before so I’m a “newbie” to this sort of thing. My budget is anything up to £550. It would need to be compatible with recording on GarageBand on an Apple Mac. The biggest problem I have, apart from my budget, is my girlfriend. She is a purist and refuses to play anything that doesn’t feel and sound right and I am yet to impress her with anything. I don’t think I ever will, but you will know more than I do. If there’s something with a drawbar function on it, that would be great but not essential!! I have tried the Casio PX 700 and PX 420r. I like the sound of the 700, but it isn’t portable/stage worthy. I understand Roland are the best stage make? Can you help me??
Reply/ Hi Rhys
Firstly, let me say that the Casio – even if it was portable – doesn’t
have a full enough sound or positive enough feel for what your
The Yamaha stage pianos have a very nice touch but the sound
is weak if played through their internal speakers…
Connecting them to a decent keyboard amp solves the problem
right away. Check out the new model (Yamaha P85); which is
already sold out — this shows how good it is.