Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano Model CLP775
I hope you are well.
Back in 2015 you sold me a Yamaha Arius YDP-S51. Still very happy with the purchase.
As my daughter is progressing with her studies I am considering a Yamaha CLP-775 Clavinova Digital Piano In Polished Ebony Finish with bench and headphones. Could you consider an exchange with my old Yamaha (albeit in excellent conditions including all original papers manual and scores)?
If so, what would be the net price for the new piano?
Reply/ Dear Stefano
We don’t have any Yamaha digital pianos available at the moment.
Very sorry for that.
However, we do have the new range of Gewa digital pianos.
What I like most about the Gewa pianos are their natural,
clean piano tone. They’re sampled on a Steinway concert
grand in Hamburg… and you can hear the warm, full,
rounded tone throughout.
What’s more, all models have 5 dynamic levels.
You can play the quietest pianissimo up to a full fortissimo.
You can see the range here:
An equivalent to the Yamaha CLP775 is the Gewa UP385…
The UP385 has wooden keys and feels close to playing
on a real piano. It has a warm, natural piano tone.
We can offer you a part-exchange for your YDP-S51.
Let me know if you would like to order one or come and
try it out in our Enfield shop.
I am enjoying your book, thank you.
What would you spend your money on out of these two?
YAMAHA CLP 775 Or Kawai CA99
They seem to be in the same price range.
The only thing a can find negative about:
YAMAHA CLP 775 is the weight / heaviness of the keys.
Kawai CA99 is the smart phone app doesn’t seem to have
as much functionality as the YAMAHA SMART PIANIST.
Kind regards, Steve
Reply/ Hi Steve
I much prefer the sound quality of the Yamaha CLP775
over the Kawai CA99. It is purer and more natural
throughout its entire range.
As an alternative, I’d like to introduce the new Gewa UP385.
This piano is completely made in Germany and has
a Steinway piano sound. For me, this is the most
authentic sounding digital piano around its price point.
You can see it here
Let me know if you would like to come and try it
in our Enfield, North London store.
I am looking for a digital piano and thanks to your very helpful website and guide I am pretty sure I want to go for the Gewa 365. I won’t be able to visit a showroom to try it out so I think I am just looking for some reassurance that it’s probably right for me if possible as it’s quite a big purchase?
My background is that I played piano as a teenager and did grade 7 but then pretty much dropped it as an adult. When I say I played “piano'”, actually all we had at home was a cheap keyboard with non weighted keys, no touch sensitivity at all etc. So I actually rarely played on a real piano except during lessons.
I happened to try a Clavinova 575 at a friend’s house recently and was amazed at how like a real piano it was and I enjoyed playing so much I decided to look into buying one myself. Having looked at the current Clavinova range the 775 is more money than I want to spend. Having read on your website I think the Gewa UP365 will sound and feel pretty much the same as the CLP 575 (at least to me, given my lack of familiarity with real pianos) and the “extras” like the 88 dynamic levels of the CLP 775 isn’t going to be something I notice. I’m not fussed about bells or whistles like different voices and whatnot, I just want something as close to a real piano as possible.
Could I also ask how many dynamic levels the Gewa 365 has? In terms of value for money am I better off with the Gewa 365 or with one of the lower spec Yamaha CLPs like the 735?
Sorry this was a bit of an essay!
Reply/ Dear Louise
Both the Yamaha CLP775 and Gewa UP365 have 5 dynamic levels.
I’m not sure where you saw 88 dynamic levels.
Perhaps you mean a graded hammer action?
Both the Yamaha and Gewa have graded hammer actions.
What I like most about the Gewa UP365 is its natural,
clean piano tone. It was sampled on a Steinway concert
grand in Hamburg… and you can hear its warm, full,
rounded tone throughout.
The Yamaha tone is brighter than the Gewa.
The Yamaha CLP735 is a lower range model.
Its key touch is lighter and not as responsive.
It also doesn’t have such a full sound like the UP365 and CLP775.
We have a Gewa UP365 in stock, so please let me
know if you would like to reserve it.
Thank you – sorry yes I confused myself with the terminology, I meant the graded hammer action!
Could I ask how many different linear graded hammers the GEWA 365 has compared with the 88 of the CLP 775.
Just out of curiosity as I don’t think I would be able to tell the difference anyway.
Please can I go ahead and reserve the GEWA 365 in black? I’m in East Dulwich in south London, does that work for delivery?
Thanks so much for your help!
Reply/ Dear Louise
The Gewa UP365’s graded hammer action has weighted
zones throughout the keyboard.
The keys are also wooden. Very nice feel!
So, for example, the left end of the keyboard has more
weighting (resistance) than the next group of keys to the right,
and so on up to the very top.
You can’t feel this very slight change in weight as you play,
but you might notice it if you play some keys in the lower bass
followed by some keys in the high treble end.