I was wondering if you could assist me in my hunt for a digital piano please. I would like a piano which can be used for my daughter to reach the higher grades 5-6 and possibly for me to finish my grade 7 and 8 at some point in the future (but which I’m not 100% sure on just yet).
I have been looking at the Yamaha YDP and CLP’s and ideally didn’t want to spend more than £1000-1200 or so maximum, so it seems the cheapest CLP is out of my price range. Would you recommend the YDP selection and which one please?
Many thanks for your help in advance.
Reply/ Dear Debbie
The Yamaha YDP164 is certainly very popular,
but the sensitivity of its keys is limited and is
only suitable for up to grade 5 level.
The piano I recommend for you is the new
It 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 really compact in depth (from
front to back), so it takes up less space than other
What’s more, it’s a good piano for your daughter
to learn and progress on… Her finger strength and
technique will develop in the correct way.
And she’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 5 dynamic levels
~ Correct resistance of touch on descent and ascent
~ Long note sustain (14 seconds on middle C)
The BW1 is suitable for up to grade 8 level.
This is my first choice out of all pianos costing under £1000.
You can read more about this piano here