Prior review of the CLP430, CLP440, CLP470, CLP480 - Recommended. I really like Yamaha acoustic & digital pianos (I have two of them in my music studio incl one acoustic Yamaha - left pic). The Yamaha Clavinova CLP400 series digital pianos are very nice instruments overall with reliable sturdy key action and good piano sound. The CLP400 series models came out in early 2011 so they are quite old in terms of technology as compared with some newer digital pianos from Kawai, Roland, & Casio, but they're still popular models with their furniture cabinet styles. The Yamaha models include the CLP430 (approx $2999 retail US), CLP440 ($3899 retail US), CLP470 (approx $4799 retail US), & CLP480 (approx $6999 retail US). Polished ebony cabinets are available in all models and are priced about $500+ higher (in many Yamaha stores) than non-polished ebony. You can figure the store discount prices on Clavinova's in general should be about 20-25% off retail prices (give or take) depending on the dealer, model, and availability. These instruments get better as you go up the line with better piano tone, better piano touch (plastic keys/wood keys), more features, better internal audio system, and nicer cabinets.
|CLP430 dark rosewood|
|New CLP440 satin white|
I did notice something on the CLP430 & CLP440 (left pic) which bothered me a bit. The plastic GH3 key actions in the CLP430 & CLP440 (the number 3 stands for a 3rd key sensor key which is a good thing) is overly stiff or resistant in my opinion when you play the keys lightly or softly across the keyboard. However, the CLP470 (lower left pic) & 480 wood key action seems to be better and I didn't notice that issue quite as much based on my experiences with them. Yamaha tries to design their CLP key actions to emulate an acoustic piano as all good piano manufacturers try to do. But when you play a real acoustic upright piano, the keys should be easy to press down when playing lightly and then get slightly easier to push down as you across the keys. The keyboard action is graded in weight and overall does get progressively easier to push the keys (it is subtle) as you move up the keyboard as other digital pianos brands do. But the general heaviness and resistance of the keys when pressing down from key resting position on the CLP430 & CLP440 is still noticeable to me. This may not be apparent to the average person who may not have much acoustic piano playing experience, but if you played a good Yamaha (or other good brands) acoustic upright piano and compared it with these specific CLP digital pianos, you would likely notice the difference. To me, the Yamaha CLP430 & CLP440 have key actions that feel less like an acoustic piano as compared with Kawai & Roland digital pianos in similar price ranges, but that's just my opinion.
|CLP480 polished ebony|
|CLP480 w/key cover closed|
The lowest priced Clavinova model is the CLP430 which sells on average for somewhere between $2000-$2300US at Yamaha piano stores. However, the well known Kawai piano company has a newer digital piano available only in the US & Canadian market called the CE220 at $1899US internet discount price (left pic), which in my opinion, outperforms the Yamaha CLP430, and for less money and is an amazing instrument. The Kawai CE220 uses actual acoustic piano full length wooden keys installed over solid metal pins that creates a very stable key action with no lateral movement (left pic) along with graduated weighted hammer key action, 192-notes of polyphony (as opposed to 128 in the Yamaha CLP430), 3 traditional functioning pedals with half-damper control, 100 drum rhythm patterns for rhythm & timing training, 22 impressive instrument sounds including stereo grand pianos, 4-hand duet play function, and comes in an attractive satin black furniture style cabinet with bench. I have played and listened extensively to the Kawai CE220 and it is really impressive for its lower price. Based on what I can see, you would need to go up to the Yamaha CLP470 (sells for approx $3500US in stores) before you get the kind of digital features and wood keys the Kawai CE220 has (and even the wood keys on the Kawai seem to have a more realistic assembly), although the Yamaha internal speaker system is better on the CLP430 & 440 and the Yamaha does have wav audio recording where the Kawai does not. But the CE220 also has USB flash drive input to save recorded MIDI songs, USB to computer/iPad output for connecting iPad (and Android) for interactive learning, stereo audio inputs & outputs, and some other very cool features like being able to play back many multi-track MIDI songs for educational purposes, which is a very cool thing and I use that technology in my music studio. The Yamaha CVP Clavinova's play back mult-track MIDI songs but those pianos start at about $4000 at discount price, although they are very nice. Take a look at my Kawai CE220 review at the following link: Kawai CE220 Piano Review.
|CLP440 polished ebony|
Casio PX860 Review. As digital technology progresses and advances, it allows for better products at lower prices in many product categories (such as cell phones, tablets, TV's, digital pianos, etc), and such would seem to be the case in this new Casio PX860. I would also recommend in the higher price range (over $3000) the new Kawai CA67 & CA97 which are quite impressive with their grand piano let-off key action and also Roland's newer HP506 & HP508 which offer more sounds and the let-off grand key action like Kawai. Those models compare favorably to the Yamaha CLP470 & CLP480.
|Roland HP508 polished ebony|
The Yamaha CLP digital pianos do look attractive (particularly the polished ebony cabinets) and sound nice especially when listening through headphones, and for the most part, play very smoothly. The Yamaha CLP Clavinova's are popular pianos and have been that way for many years, and I believe most people will enjoy them. The Yamaha brand has a great reputation for reliability, service, and resale value so I do recommend them.