Suzuki MDG200, SD10, SL1, DP1000, HP99 - I first wrote this review over two years ago when some of these pianos first came out, and since then the some of them have been discontinued. The current models are the HP99, SD10, SL1, and MDG200 micro grand. The MDG200 Micro Grand is basically the exact same piano as the Suzuki DG10 Micro Grand normally found at Costco US. Go to the following link for my review of the DG10: Suzuki DG10 Review. The other Suzuki models I reviewed here are not offered on the Suzuki web site any longer. I still do not recommend any of the Suzuki digital pianos because of poor key action response and unrealistic piano sound as well as poor pedaling function.
In my opinion it does not really matter where a piano is made and who makes it, as long as it is a good quality instrument which closely (as much as possible) plays like a real acoustic upright or grand piano, has good construction, and is reliable. I have played all of the new Suzuki digital pianos and put them through their paces and the most important things necessary in digital pianos is key action feel, tone quality & velocity response, proper damper pedal movement along with sustain & half damper response, and finally construction. The Suzuki's do look like quality digital pianos but there are some definite problems with their playability in my opinion. The DP1000, R21, & HP99 are identical in key action movement and piano sound velocity response in how hard or soft you press the keys.
$995 internet discount (above left pic), DP1000 polished ebony - at Costco for $999 - left pic) but also on-line at music store sites for $1495, HP99 - $1795 internet discount (below left pic), & TSI-1ei - $1695 internet discount (not pictured) all have a problem in this area. The key touch velocity & dynamic response is very uneven and the sound is not smooth and gradual in volume (because of that) when playing the keys. Simply put, this would likely be due to inexpensive electronics/key sensors in the piano along with the physical parts used in the key action. Suzuki uses the same key action and basic electronics in all their pianos so the results are unfortunately the same in all models.
The #1 most thing in a digital piano (and piano teachers look for this too) is getting a properly weighted key action movement. Also, when you press a key down softly as far as it can go, you should hear no sound at all. That is normal in acoustic pianos. In the Suzuki pianos mentioned here, the piano sound actually is triggered about half way down so you hear the sound even before the key gets to the bottom...not a good thing. This will throw off your ability to play with proper dynamics and note timing, especially if you are a beginner and just learning. These things are not something which is apparent when first playing the pianos, especially if you have little or no experience with pianos. But after awhile it will become important as you progress with lessons or if you play and try to use proper soft to loud dynamics. Play any new Casio, Yamaha, Kawai, or Roland and you will not find this issue in those pianos.
My favorite saying is that "you cannot judge a book by its cover" and that's true for pianos as well. The Suzuki digital pianos overall look attractive (most of the cabinets that are in the basic dark rosewood color also come in polished ebony for more money) and sound OK (nothing special compared to the other brands) and can even be price competitive for what they "seem to offer," but the reality is they do not come close to playing at all like real acoustic pianos (even at minimum standards as far as I'm concerned).
I really did want to like these Suzuki pianos, but unfortunately I could not. I have also reviewed in detail a couple of their other Suzuki models in the past which can be found on the following links: