I have never liked Suzuki digital pianos in the past based on all my experience with them (and I have a lot of experience over the years) because they were always pretty bad in reproducing a good acoustic piano tone and piano key action with proper tonal dynamics and response and limited pedaling, and I have played and reviewed many of them. Although the name Suzuki is somewhat famous with regard to music education (violin, piano) & vehicles (cars, motorcycles, etc), the Suzuki "piano company" is a completely separate entity and has no connection with the original Suzuki company other than being able to use the name. The Suzuki piano company is actually an importer of digital & acoustic pianos & other musical instruments from third party Chinese manufacturers which are lesser quality, lower priced pianos available at Costco in the US for resale to the public. Suzuki has little to do with the production and design of the pianos under that name unlike the better names who actually design, produce, and manufacture their own digital pianos such as Kawai, Roland, Casio, and Yamaha.
The Suzuki SD10 ($799 internet discount price) and its more basic little brother the SL1 ($599 Costco internet price) are inexpensive models sold primarily through Costco as I just mentioned. Suzuki also calls the SD10 an 'upright piano' but that is just a marketing term and in reality it is far from being an "upright piano"...but it's a cute name nevertheless. A real acoustic upright piano stands about 48" tall. The Suzuki SD10 stands at about 30" tall...a big difference! Costco has offered many different Suzuki digital pianos in the past which were, in my opinion, all undesirable instruments in a variety of ways except they generally looked attractive. However, the SD10 is definitely an improvement over those past models in both key action, piano sounds, & features, but they are still lacking in some important ways which I will talk about further down in this review. I would recommend the SD10 piano if there were no other better digital piano brands & models available in the lower price range, but there are others including the Yamaha P105 ($599 internet price), Kawai ES100 ($799 internet price), Casio PX750 ($799 internet price) and Casio PX780 ($999 internet price) which I consider a "best buy." I would definitely recommend those pianos over the SD10 & SL1...and over the DG10 micro grand.
So from the looks of it, this Suzuki SD10 seems to be a good buy, but the piano key action and piano sound is what's most important and that is where this model has some trouble, in my opinion. Although both the piano sound reproduction and key action are improved from past models, they still fall quite short of where they need to be and where the competition is. When you play an actual acoustic piano, there are many things that need to happen to make the piano play and sound right. The piano sound needs to be balanced and consistent in volume and tone when playing one key to the next, the piano sound dynamics need to be smooth and not jumpy, and the piano needs to obviously 'sound' like a piano which is a complex process and requires a lot of dedicated computer memory and high quality piano sample recordings used in digital pianos.
|Suzuki SD10 connected to iPad|
Yamaha P105 Review
Casio PX150/350 Review
Casio PX750 Review
Casio PX780 Review
Kawai ES100 review
So before you purchase one of these Suzuki's at Costco or any of the other brands there including Adagio and the Roland digital pianos RP301 & F120, please read my blog reviews on these models to get more info which will help you make a more educated decision. If you think you like the Suzuki SD10 or SL1 and it's in the right price range for you, then you should buy it. But if you don't know much about pianos, then I would encourage you to read about the new Casio's & Yamaha's which are not only noticeably better as I mentioned earlier, but also will have a higher resale value and be something you can grow into and keep for a longer period of time. At the end of the day, what people really want is a good, durable instrument that will duplicate the best acoustic piano sound & key action possible in the price range you want to be in along with a few other useful digital features. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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