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Questions and Answers
Q/ Hello Graham,
My daughter has been using a Yamaha YDP I bought new in 2008 and is now on grade 6. She and her teacher say the piano is buzzing so I guess time to change after 11 years of good service.
Her teacher says acoustic is preferable but she has no experience of DP so will not advise on them – which is fair enough.
So I would like your advice on whether a new Clavinova CLP 625 for about £1100 will be suitable for grade 8. Is there something significantly better for max price £1500 I should consider. We have no interest in any bells and whistles, only the best sound output and feel of the keys is important.
Many thanks for your help.
A/ Hi Patricia
I really don’t recommend the Yamaha CLP625 for
anything above grade 6 level.
The keys are not sensitive enough for the high level
of playing your daughter is aiming for.
As alternatives to the Yamaha I recommend the
Gewa UP360G and Kurzweil MP120.
The Gewa UP360G would be my first choice.
It’s a newly launched model (made in Germany) and
has a lovely piano tone…
The sound is taken directly from a Steinway concert
grand. It has a warm, resonant and natural tone –
refreshingly different Yamaha’s bright, hard tone.
What’s more, the UP360G has an extra dynamic level
over the equivalent priced Yamaha, Roland and
This makes it suitable for at least grade 8 level.
So it’s a piano you won’t need to upgrade later.
You can see the UP360G here:
The Kurzweil MP120 is another for you to consider.
And this is one of our best sellers in the £1200-£1500
Kurzweil make really good digital pianos.
Both the sound and feel of the keys are close to a
real, acoustic piano.
You can see the Kurzweil here:
The Gewa and Kurzweil pianos all come with a home
warranty. So we come to your home to fix the piano
anywhere in the UK.
Will you order from us, Patricia?
Let me know if you have any questions.
Q/ Hoping you can help, please. I am considering the Yamaha CLP-645 on your recommendation but previously had earmarked the CSP-170. Could you please help advise on the difference between the two? As far as I can determine they are almost identical, save for the better speakers in the 170 and the Smart Pianist functionality. Any help gratefully received.
A/ Hi Frank
The main difference between the two pianos is
that the CSP-170 has a larger range of additional
sounds, backing tracks and built-in learning features.
If you don’t think you’ll need all the extra gizmos,
Then I recommend going for the CLP645.
It will save you a few hundred pounds.
Yours pianistically, Graham Howard
I’m torn between the Roland RP501R, Yamaha Clavinova clp535 or the new Clavinova clp625, what would you recommend?
A/ Hi Pat
All three are similar pianos in regard to key feel and sound quality.
The CLP535 has a marginally weightier feel than the others… but I find the sound muffled, so it’s difficult to put enough expression into your music.
I would recommend either the RP501R or CLP625.
With my preference being the RP501R because the tone has a little more warmth to it.
Yours pianistically, Graham Howard
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