” The two most important things you need from a digital piano when you’re learning is a realistic touch and an authentic piano tone. It must feel close to the weight and response of a real piano and have a minimum of 4 dynamic levels. Size, weight, and ‘bells and whistles’ shouldn’t be a deciding factor in your purchase “, Graham Howard, Piano Advisor
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Good afternoon Graham – I have contacted you in the past and received good advice – I finally purchased a Kawai KDP120 last June and have seen a Kawai CS3 online in a glossy black cabinet which really appeals to me – it seems a very straightforward no buttons and bows digital piano which suits me fine as I am only a novice – I have been offfered £350 for mine which seems quite low against the £999 second-hand piano on offer. In your professional capacity, would you consider that a good deal both in price and quality of piano?
Reply/ Dear Sheena
This seems to be a fair deal, as the cost of
collecting and delivering is quite high these days.
I would like to ask your advice on two pianos, Kawai CS7 (used in great condition) and Yamaha CLP 725 (new). I’m a beginner but would like to have the “real” piano feel as much as possible, that would be my key feature, don’t need too much extra.
Thank you for your advice in advance.
Reply/ Hi Zsofia
The Kawai CS7 is a more realistic piano
than the Yamaha CLP725.
This is because it is higher up in the Kawai range,
whereas the Yamaha is the base model of
their Clavinova series.
If the Kawai is in full working order, then
I advise going for that.
You will be able to keep it for long term,
without having to upgrade it.
Let me know if you would like my recommendation
for brand new pianos.
We have a good selection at the moment,
We also have a second hand Kawai CN37
coming in next week.
The Kawai KDP120 is not the piano I would recommend really…
Although it has a reasonable piano sound, the key touch isn’t
firm enough or sensitive enough to progress on to the higher levels.
I recommend for you the Broadway EZ-102
This piano has a warm, natural, full tone.
And the key touch is fully-weighted. It also feels
smooth and responsive under the fingers, just like
a real acoustic piano.
Also, the cabinet is compact in depth (from front
to back), so it takes up less space than many
other digital pianos.
What’s more, it’s a good piano for you to learn and
progress on… Your finger strength and technique will
develop in the correct way. And you’ll find it easier to
transfer to an upright or grand piano later…
This is because it passes the four most vital requirements:
~ Fully-weighted keys (88 full-size keys)
~ Touch sensitive key touch with 4 dynamic levels
~ Correct resistance of touch on descent and ascent
~ Long note sustain (12 seconds on middle C)
This is my first choice out of all pianos costing under
£800. And it’s our number 1 selling piano.
“I almost fell foul of the Kawai hard sell”
“Graham, I just read your fantastic guide to Digital pianos, just what I needed to know, so thank you. I almost fell foul of the Kawai hard sell at my local shop but managed to escape in time!”
My son 11 yrs is appearing for Trinity Grade 2 piano exam and I want to get him
a Kawai digital piano. I’ve seen CL35 and CN22 since they suit my budget, which
model do you suggest and it will take him till which grade in Trinity Also
highlight me about any other brand or model of digital that I can buy since I
don’t want to invest in upright just now.
Thanks and Regards
Reply/ Hi Mahuya
The Kawai CN22 has a better sound and a more realistic
touch the the CL35.
The CN22 would take your son up to around grade 6. So
this piano would be a good choice for the short to
Another piano you should definitely consider, and that
I recommend, is the Classenti CDP2…
The Classenti CDP2 is a superior piano…
The CDP2 has a warm, mellow, European piano sound,
and a heavy-weighted touch… it feels very much
like you’re playing on an upright piano.
It also has 5 touch sensitivity levels which makes
it easier to play for anyone starting out, and
essential for more advanced playing.
The Classenti CDP2 is the ideal piano for beginner
level up to grade 8.
Would you please be kind enough to give me some idea as to what I should be paying for a PN80 ( presumably discontinued ) which is approx. 4/5 yrs old and in good condition.
Many thanks. Peter
Reply/ Yes, the Kawai PN80 is discontinued.
I guess it’s worth around £500 – £600.
I’ve only just started learning piano and I’ve been using your guides for a while to look at getting a digital piano. I have my heart set on a Kawai CN32 (I’m not totally adamant about the decision, but it’s one I’ve tried out and quite like so I thought I would go with it).
I spoke to a local retailer about buying the CN32 from him and their price was about £1300, however I have found it from the Thomann website link on your site for £813 which includes a chair and headphones.
When I spoke to the local retailer, he seemed to add the fact that the piano they were selling was a ‘British’ one. I’ve had a look around on the internet to see if there are any differences between ones that might be British and ones that aren’t.
I was just wondering if you knew of any significant differences that might be between a specifically ‘British’ one, or one that I could get for quite a bit less from Thomann which might not be from the same place but is the same model.
Thanks very much, Josie
Reply/ Hi Josie
The CN32 has been replaced by the CN33.
The Kawai CN33 that’s sold in the UK is exactly the same Kawai CN33 that’s sold by Thomann.
It’s not a British piano anyway. Kawai digital pianos are made in Indonesia.
I recommend buying the CN33 from Thomann. They give you a 3 year warranty. What’s more, the delivery is free.
Their warranty covers all parts and labour. They also come to your home if anything needs fixing.
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