The Best Value For Money Choice For Professionals
Discontinued April 2011 – replaced by Yamaha CLP440
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CLP340 Polished Ebony
30 day money back guarantee (if you’re not happy with your piano, you have up to 14 days to return it for a full refund)
3 year UK and European warranty (any faults will be repaired in your home or the piano collected and replaced)
Free delivery (includes UK, Ireland and most European countries)
Free Yamaha piano stool (non adjustable, without music storage)
* Adjustable matching piano stool (with a wide range of adjustment – up or down – allowing you to sit comfortably, and at the correct height. This is essential for developing the right technique, especially if you’re a beginner)
* Digital piano headphones (covers the whole ear and blocks out external noise. They’re superb!)
– Free Music Book – (50 Greats For The Piano)
* items only included in the CLP340 bundle offer
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I truly can endorse Thomann Musicstore in Germany. Be sure to select your native language! Folks are friendly, reply to your e-mail within a day, are knowledgeable and have ample stock. During the process of buying the digital piano, I changed my mind and ordered another type, which was no problem at all.
When phoning Thomann, you can be sure to get somebody who speaks your language (German, English, Dutch and so on) which is a relief since not all musical terms or expressions are known to me in either English or German.
Shipment is standard 8 euros and is done by a local freighter. I mean, if I drive to the next big city in my neighborhood, I’d spend more on gas and probably have to rent a car to haul the pretty big box back home. Due to Christmas time, it took a little bit longer than expected but still very reasonable: something like a week.
Matthew, The Netherlands
Purchased: Yamaha CLP-340 (including piano bench.)
Thanks for your reply. Based on your advice, I have finally bought the Yamaha CLP-340 for myself. It’s really a wonderful Piano and I’m already loving it’s touch(especially the Synthetic Ivory Keytops) and the sound.
Thanks once again.
“Superb service… my order arrived from here nearly twice as fast as from similar type stores in the uk! Keep up the good work!”
Ian Randell, London on 15.03.2007
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GH3 action with synthetic with ivory keytops
128 note polyphony
New 4-level DSS piano sample
28 voices with dual and split
USB to DEVICE
Internet Direct Connection (IDC) with LAN port
2 x 40 watt amplification
1408 x 917 (with music rest 1018) x 514 mm (w x d x h)
Choice of Finishes
Choose from dark rosewood, cherry, mahogany, or polished ebony
Free delivery to UK, Ireland and most European Countries.
The piano comes flat-packed and is easy to assemble (instructions in English provided). The electronics and keyboard are fixed in – all you have to do is assemble the base.
There are four screws that fix the base to the keyboard, four to fix the base together and a few smaller screws to fit the back board. The screw holes are already made and no gluing is required. Even the screw driver is provided!
I do advise two people to do the job though – purely because of the keyboard’s weight – It is heavy and safer to have a helping hand when lifting it on to the base.
Alternatives to the Yamaha CLP340
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Yamaha CLP340 Reviews
“Here’s the 10 reasons I bought the Yamaha CLP340”
1. Brand name. (Includes better selling potential the piano in the future)
2. The sound of the Yamaha, not too bright and not too dull. I was not able
to listen to listen to the less known pianos as some are not even sold in
the Netherlands. Though a sound sample is provided for most instruments, a
MP3 file does not really do justice to the sound…
3. The touch. I am in the lucky position to have a grand piano (Steinway &
Sons) at hand. The Yamaha mimics it the best, in my opinion, except for
the escapement found on the Steinway, it really feels the same, again in my
4. The ivory keys. I dislike the bright white shiny plastic keys on most
instruments. Though this is not a must, it certainly was worth some extra
euros. But to be frank: if I didn’t have that extra, I would’ve go for a
piano with the normal plastic keys.
5. Ecstatically I found the Yamaha the prettiest to see. Most piano’s do
not have a complete backboard. Yamaha does and it really looks better than a
partly closed backside of the piano.
6. Earlier experiences with the Yamaha brand. I’ve owned a Yamaha product
some 15 year ago and was always impressed with the quality of the
instrument. The 69 kilogram of instrument isn’t in the manuals but are found
in the wooden legs, back plate, keys and top cabinet. It is crafted
beautifully and a feast for the eye!
7. Technical possibilities. The split function is a nice touch, but again
not a must. Various settings like bright/medium/mellow various settings for
reverb and so give you a the possibility to ‘fiddle’ around with the final
sound of the piano. Not a must, must certainly nice to have. Although
(again!) not really a must for an electrical / digital piano, the option you
have, like left/right hand practice and so on are really a bonus.
8. Connection possibilities. Up- and download, USB stick, connection to a PC
(sadly enough I have an Apple iMac and Yamaha seems to ignore everything
that comes with an Apple logo on it). Download study material from the
Internet: it’s all there and I am really using it! Tons of different music
pieces, including score can be downloaded from a special site. And hey, I am
a computer user from the start of the PC in the eighties so that really
appealed to me!!
Not everybody has the means or possibility to use a direct cable connection
(UTP) and wants to use a wireless lan (WLAN) connection. What I really was
surprised of learning, is the method Yamaha uses to (wireless) connect the
piano to the Internet. Nowadays almost everybody has a wireless network at home.
To setup a safe WLAN, you should encrypt the data stream and protect it with a
(secret) key. Usually this is done with a WPA or WPA2 encryption. In the old days
a WEP encryption was sufficient. Sadly enough, WEP encryption can be broken within
5 minutes (sic!). So, an encryption that you DON’T want the use is a WEP.
Yamaha offers only a WEP encryption and that I find amazing. For a modern company
like Yamaha this is really, really stupid. So do what I did: buy yourself a LinkSys
Wireless Ethernet Bridge, connect that sucker to the UTP connection on the piano with
an UTP cable, set it up for WPA2 (the CLP340 won¹t know a thing!) and start
downloading study material an other fun stuff in a protected environment.
9. Sound. Since I was interested in an digital piano, I was not looking for
an instrument that could produce sounds like a locomotive, chirping birds,
oboe, distorted guitars or analog saw tooth and square oscillators. I would
have been happy to purchase a device that just gave me a grand piano,
upright piano, Fender Rhodes, honky-tonk and harpsichord. Well, Yamaha gave
me 16 different sound of which I¹m probably not using ten.
10. Graham Howard’s information on a lot of different digital pianos and
their manufacturers. This really helped me narrowing down the selection.
It’s understandable (for an not-native-English speaking person), very
instructional and fun to read. The top ten lists come in really handy, but
even so important is how top ten list was made. For example: it prevented
me from buying a solid wood key type for perfectly understandable reasons.
The only minor I’ve found is the metronome. I used to have mechanical
metronome that I could setup for any beat, 4/4, 12/8, 3/4 and so on. You’d
always heard what beat it was: walz: O oo O oo or 4/4: O 000 O 000 O 000
and so one. The metronome on the CLP just ticks…
Matthew van Os
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Questions and Comments (Email your questions to grahamhoward ukpianos.co.uk)
Last week i bought a Clavinova CLP340 and we are extremely happy with
our purchase…we got an amazing price $2400 for the PE version.
Today I was reading some reviews and I found out that this summer Yamaha
will be launching the CLP440 and was a bit dissapointed of learning this at this point.
After quite a bit of research (and a read of your online book which was both enjoyable and informative!)
I have decided on a CLP340. My only concern is that this model has been around for about two years now.
Do you have any idea when a new model is due? Also, if I did go ahead and buy the 340, would the arrival
of a new model devalue the old one?
Reply/ Hi Tristan
The CLP340 would be an excellent choice!
Yamaha CLP models tend to change every 2-4 years.
So there ‘might’ be a new model coming out soon.
But I’ve not heard anything yet.
The arrival of a new model shouldn’t have much
bearing on the current model’s valuation. I
wouldn’t be concerned about this really.
Thank you for taking such an interest in peoples piano-bying. My two remaining contenders are Yamaha CLP 340 and Classenti CDP 2. I’ve tried the Yamaha, it sounds and feels really nice, but the Classenti is a dark horse to me. Is it compareable to the CLP 340 in any way? My main interest is the piano sound and the keyboard feel.
Reply/ Hi Peter
The Yamaha CLP340 has a nicer sound and a
more realistic touch than the Classenti CDP2.
It is a better piano all round.
The Classenti isn’t far behind though…
With the Classenti you still get a realistic,
warm, rich, resonant piano sound. And the key
touch is the same weight as an acoustic piano.
The keys on the CLP340 are a little more
responsive than the CDP2. This is where it
If budget isn’t an issue then you would be
happier with the Yamaha.
But, if you want to spend under £1,000 then
the Classenti CDP2 is second to none.
Thanks for the replies. Although, by the time I looked at the information you provided, I had already bought a piano. Needless to say, I did do a good bit of digging around on the net, and when I had a rough idea of the pianos I wanted to look at (some Yamaha’s and Rolands), I used some of your tips to assess which I thought was the better quality piano within my price range. That, coupled with some great online reviews, I went for the Yamaha CLP 340, and I couldn’t be happier!
So thanks for the tips that you’ve made readily available on ukpianos.co.uk, they helped quite a bit! 🙂
First of all let me thank you for your extremely helpful book – it has answered almost all of my questions! However let me outline the situation now left….
I currently live with my parents (hoping to buy my own flat at some stage.) My mother has a Max Adolph baby grand which her father bought secondhand in about 1945. I played it as a child (I did get my grade 7 but a long time ago!) but for the past 15 years it has really been an ornament stand. The wood and soundboard look in good condition but the action on a lot of the keys is “sticky” and when you look at the keyboard from the side the keys are all at slightly different heights. I know from previous tuning – it hasn’t been tuned for at least 10 years – that some of the tuning pegs are loose and don’t hold their tune. My father seems to remember the piano tuner telling us that the frame was twisted but I can’t recall this.
I’d chosen to buy a CLP-340 thanks to your guide, and planned on a digital so that I could keep it upstairs, play it at night with headphones and take it with me if/when I move. I’d figured that the Max Adolph would be too expensive to renovate and wasn’t mine to play with anyway!
However my mother has now had a renewed interest in the piano! So the question now is what to do with the old one….
Do you think we should
1) Is it worth getting renovated – I’m guessing this would be expensive but we’d have a functional baby grand at the end…. (I am trying to save for my own place though, and parents don’t have any cash)
2) Now that we have the space, should I spend the £1500 on a used upright rather than the CLP-340 (??better piano but less mobile)
3) Should we sell the baby grand and just buy the clavinova (that’s my feeling).
Also any ideas on how best to sell said baby grand in said condition would be welcome! We really don’t want to scrap it, and my parents don’t want to give it away either.
Apologies for long and rambling email! Oh if it helps I haven’t really played the piano since my music degree in 2002 (mainly a trombonist) but would like to get back up to speed, mainly for own enjoyment.
Reply/ Hi Rose
It sounds very much like your grand piano isn’t
worth renovating. The costs involved just wouldn’t
be worth it at all.
The CLP340 is a very good choice. You will find
this piano has a similar touch to a grand, and
its sound is one of the best.
The best way to sell it is in the ukpianos.co.uk
Here’s the link:
At the moment I’m considering the Yamaha CLP 340. I like the idea
of the direct connection to the internet (IDC) and a few extra voices to
play around with. My next decision is where to buy.
I want to buy online for the discount but still want a decent service –
I need to go back on your web site and compare the internet sites you
recommend. Does any particular internet shop stand out for value and service?
Reply/ Hi Allison
Thomann stand out from the crowd as being the best
for after sales customer service. They are truly
You might find lower prices at rockingrooster.co.uk
and imusician.co.uk. But you won’t get the same
level of service.
Hi again Graham
I’m about to go for it with Chappells who will match the 1800 pounds price I
got online for the CLP 340.
Just to be clear. It’s definitely good value for money, in your opinion and
worth going up from the CLP 330.
You’ve sort of said this, but I just want to be sure before I part with all
Incidentally, is it not possible to get a high quality – realistic for
classical music – digital piano without all the gizmos – vibrophone etc?
I really appreciate your advice.
Reply/ Hi Jim
There isn’t any decent digital pianos without gizmos.
The Yamaha CLP340 is an excellent choice. But you
can get it online for a lot less:
1) My friend’s CLP330 has a clunky sound – particularly when the key is depressed slowly and quietly, and then released – the sound is the key returning upwards, and is quite obtrusive….
2) Looking things up on the internet, I have noticed that some people recommend the 340 as being well worth the extra £200 (+)… What is your expert opinion?
3) Are there any headphones in particular you would recommend, eg are the Numark ones OK?
Reply/ The Yamaha CLP340 is absolutely better than
If you’re anything but a beginner then it’s worth
spending a couple of hundred pounds more to get
** Yamaha CLP330 versus Yamaha CLP340 (main
With the CLP340 you get:
(1) Synthetic ivory keys – it feels just like tickling
the ivories on an old-fashioned Bechstein grand.
(2) Double the power (2 x 40 watts versus 2 x 20 watts
on the CLP330). This adds a richer tone, especially
in the bass.
(3) Higher quality speaker system.
(4) More extensive sound sampling. On a real piano a
note sounds different depending on how hard you strike
the key. It’s all to do with harmonics.
To replicate this on a digital piano a note needs to
be sampled several times so it produces the right
amount, or specific type of harmonics related to the
speed the key was pressed — it’s complicated stuff!
Anyway, Yamaha went a little bit further with the
CLP340 in developing these sound samples. The
result, which is probably all you’re interested in :-),
is a more authentic sound.
I chose the CLP340 because, after reading your and other advice and reviews, it seemed to have the highest spec for the money. As a player who has reached Grade VII Associated Board I wanted a sound and touch that corresponded to that of a good conventional piano. I was not interested in the extra ‘bells and whistles’ just the quality of the sound and the playing experience.
Regards, Marie Layng
I received the pdf piano quide and opened it without any issue. I read all at once, and
decided which one to buy indeed
One of my friends had CLP340, I am a new beginner and didn’t want to spend
that much at start – though I liked it’s touch and sound very much. Then I looked to
few Kawai samples, I didn’t like CN series at all, from CA series CA91 was good
but much very very expensive. I read one input from your forum, someone got CLP
340 and how happy he was from the synthetic ivory touch (which I felt the same).
The sales man in Kawai shop made a very nice statement saying I need to get the piano
I like, otherwise I’ll not enjoy it and not play it. This plus your pdf made me to decide
on Yamaha CLP340 : it’s nice to get one from your top 10 list, and this is the only option
in top 10 which has quite cheaper price tag than the other 9.
Hopefully in a week or so, I’ll get my own CLP340!
It’s great to be able to access so much info; I felt myself “secure” after reading your book,
at the end understanding what all these specific things are about pianos (such as GH3,
MIDI, transpose, etc..). I could understand and decide which parameter is important to
me. I felt my feet on the solid ground, thanks very much to you!
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