But the Classenti P1 is more portable and can be
easily stored away if you want to make some
space in a hurry.
You can buy a wooden stand for the Classenti P1
if you intend using it mainly at home.
If your budget is around £700 then the Classenti
CDP1 is the one I recommend…
The key touch is firmer than the Kawai. Especially
at the bottom of the downstroke. This helps you
to feel the resistance of the key, and gives you
Thanks a lot for your mail.
I am a complete beginner and planning to buy an electronic piano for my daughter (she is only 5 now but hoping she will learn at some point) and myself. I want to learn.
The main reason I am thinking to get an digital is the ability to practice and play in “silent mode” i.e. can play in the evening without disturbing family using a headphone, also I like the option to try/use other voices/sounds not just the piano sound.
I have been looking around which pianos to buy and thought to get one from these brands: Yamaha, Kawai or Roland. Again I am complete beginner so I am completely relying on reviews I read on the internet about these products. I have watched several videos on youtube and they all sounds very similar to me ?? Do you have any suggestion how should I choose? The ones I was looking at, and thought will serve me for many years are (in preferred order, note this selection is influenced by your book very much): CLP 470, 440 or 430, CN61, CN63, HP503.
Also I would have a few general questions if you don’t mind:
– As probably most of the people, I am not planning to buy a piano every other year in fact I would like to keep it as long as possible (maybe forever?). Do you have any idea how long an electric piano lasts with normal use? Do I need to think now that I will I need to get it replaced after a few years anyway (in this case I would go for a cheaper model if it needs replacing let us say in 2-3 years time) is there any advantage buying an ordinary upright piano for longer lifetime? I am pretty sure about the digital due to the reason I mentioned above but still I am bit curious…
– I understand as technology advances, and digital pianos are relatively new, there are new models released now and then which come with the latest technology. Is there an option to upgrade sounds set/firmware of the old model so there will be no need to replace just because a new model one sounds better (assuming it is due to the recorded sounds and not changed mechanic or speakers)?
– This one is specific on yamaha models: I have read some negative reviews about the sound quality of the internal speakers for certain tones at certain volumes, have you noticed these as well, may I ask what is your opinion about these?
About your book. I think it is very useful it is a really good comprehensive writing. There is a lot of good explanation. I have a question and feedback below
– You mentioned that the Graded hammer action is not so important. Can you detail this why? I thought having weighted keys (and having them gradually lighter as towards the right) is an important thing, it sounds to me not having this can be easily noticed when playing (switching to) an ordinary upright piano? Is that not so noticeable?
Thanks a lot in advance,
Reply/ Hi Gabor
The Yamaha CLP470 would be an excellent choice.
I love the way this piano plays.
A digital piano has a life of between 10 and 15 years.
This depends on how much it is played.
A good quality, ordinary piano would cost around
the £3,000 mark. Is this within your budget?
A good one I recommend is the Broadway BU-109.
You can see it here: www.ukpianos.co.uk/broadway-bu-109
There isn’t an option of upgrading the sound on
current digital pianos.
All digital pianos have sound problems on certain
notes. Some makes suffer from this more than
others. The Yamaha Clavinova range is a well
balanced piano. And the sound problems are minimal.
The graded hammer action is not important.
It is really difficult to tell the difference
even on a real piano.
“Casio AP620 versus Yamaha CVP501”
Could you give me your opinion of the Casio AP620,a website compared it favourably with the
yamaha CVP501 although it is nearly half the price.
Reply/ Hi Paul
The Casio AP620 is a decent piano. It has a
good piano sound and the keys feel similar
to an acoustic piano.
The AP620, much like the Yamaha CVP501, is
loaded with instrumental voices, drum kits
and preset songs.
But the Yamaha does have a richer, more
realistic piano sound. And also a firmer key
The Yamaha is a better machine all round,
of course – but value for money wise, the
Casio is excellent.
Let me know if you ‘d like a price quote on
either piano. I can get you a very good deal.
“What improvements would I be likely to notice in a new Yamaha?”
Thank you for your emailed book which I find very informative.
I have had a Yamaha CLP-250 since 1989 and have been very pleased with its performance.
Has digital piano technology improved markedly since 1989 and if so, what improvements
would I be likely to notice in a new Yamaha ?
I realise that there have been so many advances in technology. My main concern to what
extent touch sensitivity has improved – there is no choice on my model.
Reply/ Hi Barry
Digital pianos have improved an awful lot
Back then the key touch wasn’t weighted
as much as now.
Today’s digital pianos offer a much more
realistic key touch and sound.
The keys move up and down with a minimum
amount of noise – unlike the clunky keys of
the 80’s and 90’s.
What’s more, some of those 80’s pianos only
had one level of touch sensitivity – that means
you could only play at one volume level.
Modern digital pianos offer 3, 4 and sometimes
5 levels of touch sensitivity.
Here’s some pianos to check out:
Yamaha YDP161 (3 levels)
Classenti CDP1 (4 levels)
Yamaha CLP430 (4 levels)
Kawai CN23 (4 levels)
Classenti CDP2 (5 levels)
Yamaha CLP440 (5 levels)
Let me know if you would some recommendations.
“As I am interested in buying a digital piano”
I recently subscribed to your excellent report about buying one, knowing very little about these instruments. Whilst I learnt piano many years ago (pre-digital age!) I cannot now pretend to be anything other than a beginner. However, the main driver behind buying one is that our 8 yr old daughter has just started to learn, and her teacher has recommended getting a proper piano at home (rather than the basic Yamaha keyboard which she currently uses) – she has recommended a Yamaha Clavinova. We’ve not got space for a traditional wooden piano, so it will need to be digital.
As space is quite tight, rather than a clavinova, and preferring white or black, I originally thought about a new Roland F110, but I’m rather drawn to the used Classenti CDP2 which you have available in polished ebony. Is your view that a used CDP2 would be a better bet than a new F110? There may be other pianos that are better still?
As for the CDP2, I note its 3 months old? Does that mean that there is still the best part of 5 yrs warranty remaining? Also, can it be dismantled at all? I ask because we plan to place it upstairs and I suspect that we won’t get it upstairs if it has to remain in one piece!
Reply/ Hi Ian
I’m very sorry but the second hand Classenti CDP2
in polished ebony has now been sold.
Most digital pianos can be easily dismantled.
The Roland F110 is a decent piano. It doesn’t have
as nice a sound or as heavy a feel as the Classenti,
but it will still be OK for your daughter up to
about grade 6.
“Pianos approved by the piano examination board”
I am considering either the Roland F110 (at £850) or Yamaha Arius YDP 141 (at £640) as a first piano for my 10 yr old daughter who is starting lessons. I don’t play the piano.
I had settled on the Yamaha, but was told in a respected local music shop that sells both that, of the two, only the Roland was ‘approved by the piano examination board’. I have assumed they mean the ABRSM.