Special offer £999
A Good Choice For The Advanced Player On A Budget.
128 note polyphony
New 3-level DSS piano sample
14 voices including dual
USB to DEVICE
Speakers: 2 x 20 watts amplification
1408 x 917 (with music music rest 1019) x 514 mm (w x d x h)
Weight: 65 kg
“The sound quality of the piano appears to be very crisp and clear and just like an acoustic piano”
I ordered the Yamaha CLP-330 in dark rosewood from Reidys.com on the evening of Friday 22nd January. I chose the CLP-330 after reading your buyers guide and the very helpful e-mail you sent me, when I was leaning towards the CLP-340. On reflection I am glad I took your advice as I am very pleased with the CLP-330.
To re-cap I ordered on Friday 22nd January and then on the following Tuesday had a phone call from Reidys to set up a delivery date of my choosing. I chose Thursday 28th January, that was there earliest date, although they couldn’t give me a time for delivery (I didn’t really expect them to be able to anyway).
The delivery driver from Night Freight turned up at about 12.30. Unfortunately he was on his own and being that the piano weighs 100Kg obviously needed my help to carry it into my property. This would have posed a problem if my wife was taking delivery or an elderly relative was there to help.
Something to bear in mind with this type of delivery.
However that aside I think Reidys has been very professional and I have no complaints with there service.
Now down to the piano. I don’t think I have ever seen such well constructed and comprehensive packaging before. I have kept it for future use should I need it. Although the box is so big I am at a loss as to know where to store it. At the moment it has been thrown in the garage.
Assembling the piano is very easy and the instructions are again very easy to follow. Although you definitely need two people to lift the piano keyboard section out of the box and onto the frame once you have constructed it. I will go on to say that all the parts went together with precision and ease. This just backed up my opinion of Yamaha’s quality of design and build being top notch.
The sound quality of the piano in my limited experience appears to be very crisp and clear and just like an acoustic piano. And the feel and touch sensitivity of the keys is impressive I think for the money.
My daughter loves it and has really helped her get to grips with playing a full size piano. What with full size keys, true touch sensitivity and pedals to progress with also. Etc, Etc. Her teacher is impressed with her progress as she moves forward to taking her Grade 1.
Oh Yes, One final point. I chose Dark Rosewood as it would be in-keeping with our other furniture. In our case very good choice. The deep colour and quality of finish looks very attractive and we have had several pleasing comments from friends when they have seen it.
“I am very happy with my purchase and have got used to the feel within 2 days”
I had played piano as a child but gave it up 22 years ago. Since that time, I had played keyboards a little bit, but nothing intense. (I didn’t learn anything new, just re-played a few classical pieces I learned as a child).
My wife recently gave birth to our second child and was at home most of the week, so she decided to take up the piano with proper weekly lessons. Watching her practice on our little keyboard inspired me to start up again, but our keyboard did not have the full range of keys (and was not weighted), so I started shopping around for a digital piano, but because I had not touched a piano for such a long time, they all felt weird to me.
However, I read your guide and reviews and decided to follow your advice. I decided to buy the Yamaha CLP 330 as it was #1 on your list (and also, the store gave me a bigger discount than the 320).
I am very happy with my purchase and have got used to the feel within 2 days. I find re-learning all my old pieces a lot easier than on the keyboards.
Thank you so much for your advice.
Tony, Sydney, Australia
Questions and Comments on the Yamaha CLP330
Question/ I am considering buying the Yamaha CLP-330 PE set from Thomann Cyberstore but have a few questions before I do.
My first may be a silly question but anyway – I am concerned that I will need to buy a UK adapter if I buy from this particular store and if this will have any effect on the lifetime/other? of the piano?
The set comes with a ‘T bone’ headset. How good do you think this is and if i decide to buy from my second choice (probably Chappells) could you recommend any other headphones?
Reply/ Hi Helena
You will need to buy a Europe to UK converter.
They cost £3.99 + postage, from Amazon.
This converter is just a simple plug that fits into
your wall socket – just the same way a normal plug does.
The plug from your piano then fits into that.
Your warranty will not be affected in anyway. And the
converter will do no harm to your piano whatsoever.
Hadley headphones are good value for money.
These headphones cover your whole ear, so most outside
noises will be greatly reduced.
You can view them here
If you want a professional set of headphones then I
recommend the Hadley HH-88. These are particularly
good if you’re in noisy surroundings.
Digital pianos are very easy to assemble or take
apart. There’s usually just a few screws that attach
the keyboard section from its base. Some models have
extra screws to connect the back board and pedal board.
Moving a piano shouldn’t affect it in anyway, unless
its dropped down the stairs.
The Yamaha CLP330 would be directly comparable to
the Roland HP305. But the CLP330 is a much better
piano all round…
The CLP330 has a richer, more resonant piano sound.
It also has a heavier key touch.
I went to try the Yamaha CLP330 today and am just not totally convinced by the sound. I can’t seem to find anywhere that stocks Classenti at all that I can go and try. Does your shop have them in stock?
Many thanks for all your help!
Reply/ Hi Jo
Yes, we have the Classenti CDP1, CDP2 and CDP3 in our showroom:
83 Southbury Road
Many thanks for your incredibly helpful guide. I found it very reassuring, like a child being held by the hand to give it the confidence it needs to go forward in the world.
I had no prior knowledge of pianos. I was very dubious when my daughter came home saying her Clarinet teacher recommended she learn a second instrument (I presume because she has an aptitude for music). There were various alternatives, but it quickly became apparent that a piano was the first choice – something about the fingering required helping her with the Clarinet. Some years ago, my daughter acquired an old keyboard which she has taught herself to play and clearly enjoys it, so I thought a piano might be the right choice. But I was thinking, a piano, that’s too large and too heavy to get into our house! But my wife and daughter assured me that you didn’t need to get a traditional upright piano and that a digital piano wouldn’t be as big or as heavy.
I did a quick search on the internet but hadn’t got very far before we went down to the local music shop to see what they had. Yes they only had one brand – Yamaha – but there were several different models. They all displayed the RRP, but at least the sales woman said she could do a deal with a strong hint that she would try and beat any other deal we could find. The sales pitch was OK but didn’t tell me much about the attributes of the pianos. Allowing us to finger a few notes may be OK for an experienced pianist, but didn’t tell me very much. I was impressed when she showed me how light the Clavinova CLP-320 was – she lifted one end with apparent ease. We thought the 320 was about as far as we would like to go price wise. So we took away a brochure to think about it. We were intending to search for prices on the internet and see how far the sales woman would come down from the RRP.
Back at home, when my daughter read the sales literature, she was very keen on the 340. She pointed out the better technical specification, and we pointed out the much higher price. In the mean time I read your book “7 Things You MUST Know Before You Buy A Digital Piano”. It helped immensely with the technical jargon, and the listings gave me confidence with choosing Yamaha, and in particular in making a compromise of the CLP-330 with my daughter. Your comments about buying online and especially your list of trusted stores were useful and persuaded me to buy online. I eventually bought the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-330 in Rosewood (both my wife and daughter liked the look in the shop). This was from Gear4Music.
The buying experience online was very good. The delivery experience was disappointing.
The piano itself looks and sounds fantastic, and my daughter loves playing it. The only downside is that we were unable to put it into our preferred location as it was too heavy to get up the stairs. So buyer beware, although the 320 is a modest 45kg, the 330 is a monstrous 65kg! I was only expecting a slight increase in weight – may be my original thoughts weren’t too far off after all!
Thanks so much for sending through the Howard Score information. I will be sure to right a review on Trust Pilot.
I couldn’t find the CLP330 on the score. Are you familiar with this? I am looking for a Clavinova for my husband’s 50th Birthday and have seen a second hand CLP330. He is an advanced player but we currently have a piano (rather old!) which doesn’t make a very good noise and he is very keen on the Clavinovas. His priorities are obviously sound but also he would like to have fun with the tech aspect of recording and connecting. Our son is also learning.
I would be very interested in your thoughts. I have a budget of below £1000 so I am imagining we will be looking second hand.
Reply/ Hi Belinda
The Yamaha CLP330 is an old model.
I think about 7-9 years.
It’s a really good piano.
The sound is natural and clear, and its key touch
has a nice weighting and good sensitivity to touch.
It doesn’t have Bluetooth like the modern pianos,
but is easily as good a sound and feel as today’s
equivalent model the CLP745.
Yes I did, and thank you very much. It has been very insightful. My 6 year old daughter is having lessons and up to now has been practising on a Yamaha 66 key keyboard. I thought the time was right for us to upgrade to a digital piano ( because of restrictions on space ). I think Yamaha is the way to go for us and I was thinking of the CLP 340 however after reading your report I think the CLP 330 would be o/k. My only reservation would be that the 330 has 20 watt speakers and the 340 has 40 watt speakers thus producing a better quality and deeper sound. However there is quite a difference in price and I am not sure whether the benefits would out way the extra cost. Your opinion would be most appreciated. As for your report, very seldom have I come across such an impartial view that has been written so very well.
Once again Thank you very much,
I look forward to your reply.
Best regards, Greg
Reply/ Hi Greg
I would stick with the CLP330…
There’s only a slight improvement in sound
and touch between the models. And this would
only be noticed by advanced players.
The CLP330 should see you daughter through
all her piano grades.
I wish her the best of luck!
Many thanks – and in answer to your latest email, I have read it (several times,(!!!), and as a result , I would like to have the Yam. CLP 330 – your number one choice…. You do ask people to contact you for the best “buy”, so may I double up on this email by answering – Yes, received… and please where to go for your best buy
I think your writings on the piano are most informative, and I feel I now know so much more than I did before reading your work.
We have a Yamaha Clavinova CLP330 which has been damaged by water following a pipe burst during a recent cold spell.
Would it be possible for your Terry to inspect to see if it is repairable ?
Reply/ Hi Jon
I’ve sent Terry your details and asked him to get in touch with you.
If by any chance your piano is not repairable, then we can
offer you a part exchange.
Just let us know if you’re interested in this.
We also have a second hand CLP330 for sale.
Many thanks for your reply.
At the moment I have claimed on my insurance for our Clavinova in case it is un-repairable. The loss assessor involved is pleased that I have gone down the possible repair route, but has told me if nothing can be done we would just need a note from you confirming the actual state of play.
If we have to buy a new machine, what would you recommend as I understand the CLP330 is no longer made.
Reply/ Hi Jon
We have an exact replacement, if you want that,
otherwise, I advise looking at the Gewa UP365.
This would be an equivalent, but today’s model.
It has wooden keys, a Steinway sound and Bluetooth.
It’s a really great piano to play.
You can see it here
Let me know if you would like my help in any way.