|Artesia AG41 digital grand|
|Artesia connectivity jacks|
|Artesia control panel|
As far as the piano sound and the response of the sounds to key pressure across the keys, I give this piano a big F (failure) for the piano sound in this price range. First of all, believe it or not, the piano sound is out of tune with itself...yes you heard me right, notes are out of tune! How do I know this?...well when you play some octaves together (2 notes at a time) the notes are not in tune (unison) with each other and are noticeably "off pitch." If you have ever heard a tuned acoustic piano or played another brand of digital piano where the notes are in tune, then you would know what I am talking about when you hear them out of tune. The Artesia piano keys/notes are definitely out of tune and this is also obvious when you layer a different instrument sound along with the piano sound because that 2nd instrument sound is out of tune with the 1st piano sound when played together which is also not good. In addition to this, when you play the piano sound on the right hand along with using the auto-accompaniment left hand chords, the piano sound is out of tune with the left hand accompaniment chords. The out-of-tune problem is not limited to the piano sound of which there are only two piano sounds on this instrument. The other sounds like harpsichord, trumpet, strings, etc, are also out of tune with themselves when playing octaves, fifths, fourths, and chords in various keys. I tried using the master tuning function to raise and lower the tuning pitch but that just changes the tuning for all the notes at one time and it did not help the situation with individual notes. On the Artesia product description it says "The AP8/AG-41 is a digital piano and therefore never needs tuning." Well if this is true as far as never needing tuning (and normally it is true), then Artesia (the Chinese manufacturer of this piano) has likely used a digital piano sound chip that is permanently out of tune on various keys because digital piano notes cannot be tuned individually like an acoustic piano. This simply makes the Artesia piano unacceptable to me just for this reason alone not counting the physical problems with the key action.
|LCD display screen|
|SD card input slot|
a thin layer of imitation rosewood veneer contact paper type of material which is glued to the cabinet. I found that this rosewood veneer was starting to become unglued on one of the front corner edges of the piano. This situation caused a very sharp corner where it was possible to actually scape or cut your skin if your fingers, hand, or arm was to move across this corner. I have not found this issue occurring on the name brand digital pianos because they use different materials or have better installation and product quality. The control panel is slanted and easy to see and I like how they did that. However that panel is made of black plexiglass (plastic) and not only can scratch easily but it picks up fingerprints easily when touching and also shows smear spots when putting your fingers on that plastic when touching the buttons.
|Artesia AP8 with closed key cover|
Because the Artesia pianos look attractive (both models) and have fun features along with their low prices and they're available at Costco, people will probably take a chance and buy them because they can easily return them to Costco, although packing them up properly is not a small job. I would advise that you definitely look at buying the name brand models instead of Artesia and then you will get a much better piano playing experience and won't need to worry about returning the piano. I do not recommend the Artesia pianos at any price until they get their quality way up, so do it right the first time and get something good. Go to the following links to see my recommendations: Digital pianos under $1000, Digital pianos under $2000, and Samick Digital Baby Grand pianos.
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