|Samick headquarters - Nashville, TN|
|NEO with closed key cover|
|NEO front view|
The pedals on this piano are a full functioning set of Samick piano pedals with soft, sostenuto, and sustain-damper control over piano tone and digital string vibrations. The pedals are solid and well built and are a part of the normal pedals on a regular acoustic piano cabinet which is nice. The sustain-damper pedal also offers half-damper control to give the player control over the amount of sustain applied to the notes depending on the position of the pedal when you press it down when playing a song unlike other digital upright style pianos which only have on-off control (such as the Kurzweil brand). When a piano does not have half-damper sustain control the piano sound will typically be more choppy and staccato when trying to play in a beautiful legato fashion. Pedals and how they work is an important feature to consider when shopping for a piano especially as you progress in your music complexity and playing skill level. Based on my playing experience with this new piano, the NEO has the pedaling functions which will allow you to have a higher degree of playing satisfaction when it comes to pedaling and the things it can do for your music
|Full size ribbed soundboard|
|Control panel buttons|
|Piano back connector array|
The NEO measures 41" tall x 19" deep x 56" wide so it is compact enough to fit into small spaces but still looks beautiful and natural in its design. The cabinet design, high polished ebony finish, and unique chrome hardware, trim, and pedals give it an elegant contemporary look that I really like (few other digital pianos I have seen offer chrome hardware) and the key cover is a special "soft-close" cover that will come down slowly and cover the keys while keeping fingers from being squashed... a great feature especially for younger kids. Even the top lid of the piano can be opened and propped up using a built-in mini grand piano lid prop so that the sound can come out of the top as well as through the bottom speakers and soundboard which allows the piano sound to have more depth. The new Samick NEO has many of the important features people are looking for at a reasonable price and that is what makes this piano a compelling choice in its price range in my opinion. An elegant cushioned matching bench also comes with this new model. The next nearest digital pianos in price which offer an elegant looking upright style polished ebony piano cabinet with impressive piano sound and key action would be the Yamaha CLP585, Yamaha NU1, Roland LX7 and LX17, Kurzweil CUP2, and Kawai CS10, but they all sell for a lot more money. Many (not all) of the other top brands do offer even more authentic piano playing realism along with more features & functions, but as I said earlier, those pianos will cost you quite a bit more money. If you are looking for a very good new digital piano that actually looks like a beautiful upright style piano in a high gloss polished ebony finish with some cool and useable features in a lower price range, then the Samick NEO may be perfect for you and I personally enjoy playing it myself.
The NEO has a complete 3 year parts & labor factory warranty and the piano should give a person many years of playing enjoyment. I have been told that the NEO hybrid digital piano is available now to shoppers in the US but only in a limited amount of Samick pianos stores in the US, so they may be difficult to find right away. This new model compares very favorably to the more well known and more expensive brands of digital pianos such as Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, and Casio and should definitely be a serious consideration before purchasing any brand. If you want more info about this new model then let please contact me and I can give you some "inside info" and advice that will help you. I believe that it is always important to do your homework and research when shopping for a new digital piano, especially in this price range because you want to be sure you are getting an instrument that will meet your playing goals and musical needs and last for many years.
If you want more info on new digital pianos and LOWER PRICES than internet discounts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 602-571-1864.
*Below are a couple of videos I found on-line showing some of the features of the NEO. Although the piano has a great stereo sound, these videos unfortunately are recorded in mono sound. However, they still will give you a good idea of what to expect out of these pianos including being able to use a Bluetooth feature to stream music from any external device like cell phone, iPad, etc.