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Looking to purchase a piano? Please contact me first! I will recommend a piano for you that meets your music goals, skill level, and fits your budget. I do not limit my reviews and recommendations to just a few brands or models like piano stores, music stores, and certain people on the internet do. I have played and understand all of the major (and not so major) brands. There are certain brands and models I do not recommend and I am happy to share that info with you so you do not make a bad buying decision. I also have access to some of the best pricing in the US for many digital pianos so you need to contact me before you purchase a digital piano anywhere. I'd love yo help you out:)

* Please Note: All my reviews are independent of any others on the internet and are done with great research, time, energy, and personal experience with each instrument and I have played and listened to them. Also, I am not a Yamaha authorized dealer for new pianos although I do recommend many models from the top brands and can help you find a good place to make a purchase should you decide you want one. I can also order many pianos direct from Kawai, Casio, Samick, Omega, Kurzweil, Galileo, Pianoforce, Stahler, and other brands for less money if that can help you. No one pays me for my reviews including manufacturers, distributors, resellers, etc. All my reviews are done by myself and for the public at large. My desire and goal is to refer you to any brand and model of new piano, digital or acoustic, if that brand and model meets your musical goals, budget, and overall needs.

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123 comments:

  1. Hey Tim, just wondering if you will have time to review the new Casio Privia PX-5S. I guess it is available in April. I've posted a link to a video demo on you tube, but this is a Casio sales pitch, just looking for an objective review. It looks like a bit of a piano / syth combo. Casio is calling it a stage piano. Pretty impressive from what I can tell. Should impress the pros (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v8eEZxquKuk)

    Cheers,
    Cam

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  2. Yes, Cam, I have seen and played the prototype of the PX5S but it wasn't a production model so many things were not working yet. However it is a cross between a new Casio digital piano (PX850), Casio synth, and controller with some impressive features for its price. It should be a good seller considering no one else has anything like it, especially for that price. I will be posting a review of that model soon.

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  3. I need to buy a digital piano for practice (beginner/intermediar) for next years (not fews). I need your advice! I was writen to you last weeks but i think that my english was insulting. I apologies!!! I'm not very good english speackers, i'm romanian and i learnd english reading on the Bible, internet, books, movies... I want to know what piano is the best for me (and my children 6 year). I was reading some of your reviews and i don't found some informations about privia px 135bk/we. I want to know if it is under or up to yamaha p105 (or p95) - key action, sound, versatility, quality.... I found privia px135 and yamaha 105 verily closed at price (aprox. 800 dollars). In Roumania, musical instrument are more expensive that in USA. Privia px 150 is 1000 dollars and yamaha p 95 cost 700 dollars. I want your advice It worth to buy px135 or yamp105 (or p95)??? Thank you verry mouch! Blessings!!!

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  4. Thank you for your questions. Your English is actually very good and you do not need to apologize! All of the pianos you mentioned would be good but the new Yamaha P105 and Casio PX150 are much better for realism of piano sound. The Casio PX150 would be the best as far a piano sound dynamics and more authentic weighted piano style key action movement, especially for an intermediate player. But whatever piano you decide to get from the options you mentioned would be good. In the lower price range I would probably go with the Yamaha P95 although if you would connect an iPad or computer to the piano then the Casio would be better for that.

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  5. Thank you Tim! Be blessed!

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  6. Hey Tim,

    I got 2 questions for you:
    1)Have you had a chance to review the Roland HP 505?

    2) I am a beginner and the store looking at their selection and they suggested 2 different types, Casio PX-750BK (875€) and the Roland HP 505 (2350€). The Roland sounded better in store, but the Casio when hooked up to external speakers sounded just as good. Im not looking for lots of bell and whistles, but rather feel, sound, and quality vs price. Any thoughts?

    Daniel

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  7. Hi Daniel,

    I have played the Roland HP505 many times and it is an excellent digital piano and offers some great features. But as you know, it is substantially more money than the Casio PX750. Is the HP505 worth the difference in price?...that's really up to the individual to decide based on your music experience, skill level, expectations, and needs. The Casio PX750 is a basic but very nice piano for a low price. The Roland is upgraded from the Casio in just about every way. If you are satisfied with the Casio PX750 then I would recommend you buy it and save the money.

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  8. Tim,
    Can you recommend a reasonably priced adjustable piano bench? Or do have have any reviews that I haven't found?

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  9. Hi Tim,
    I need a piano for my children who are learning to play piano at music school. I'm in situation I have to make a choice between Casio AP420 and Kawai KDP80. Which one of these two pianos would you recomend?
    Thank you in advance for your answer.

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  10. either piano would work fine and sound good. They are similar in many ways including audio power and the Kawai has a few things the Casio does not have and visa-versa. If you are interested in connecting the piano to an iPad or computer for using apps and software, the Casio would be much better for that.

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  11. Hi Tim.

    I would ask u kindly for advice. Im going to rent a piano. Im have already passed my grade 8 and currently preparing for senior recital. I cant choose between yamaha clp range or roland hp range. I looking for a very similar keyboard touch like a grand piano and nice sound as well. I would like to go for any upright piano but Im living in apartament. Im playing on yamaha ydp 140 at this moment. Thanks a lot.

    kind regards Mariana

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  12. Both pianos would be good in that higher price range but I like the Roland HP much better for realistic key action and sound. In lower price range you could look at the new Yamaha YDP162 or Casio PX850

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  13. Hi Tim.

    I would like to ask for your advice and expertise. I have always been interested in playing now at 20 years old I am looking to purchase a keyboard to get started. I would consider myself a beginner with moderate knowledge. My overall goal is to be able to play with my church choir and for family and friends.I am looking for something portable and as close to a real piano sound and touch without breaking the bank. What models would you recommend for a novice player

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  14. Thanks for writing but the all important question for me to give out good advice to you is...what does "without breaking the bank" actually mean in terms of realistic price range for you?

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  15. Hello Tim,
    What an awesome blog! I'm a pianist with a classical background. I primarily play jazz and blues gigs, however, so I need something portable. Realistic piano sound and action are my priorities. I don't need 800 different sounds. I WOULD like something I can eventually use to build a studio around as well as gig with. (Lots of contrasting criterion, I know.) If I had my way, I'd only play on a 9 foot Boesendorfer. Not so possible. I'm planning on going to a music store to try out different keyboards, but I HATE dealing with salespeople, so I want to walk into the store with some knowledge. I've read countless reviews, but when I saw your blog I thought I'd ask your opinion. The Casio PX-350 Privia seems to get good reviews. I'm also looking at Roland, Yamaha, and Nord models. What is your opinion?

    Thank you so much,
    Yvette

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  16. Hey again..

    I forgot to add that I'm flexible on price. I read your review of the Casio PX-350. It seems that most people agree that this is "most bang for the buck" keyboard. Is it comparable to the higher priced brands?

    Thanks again,
    Yvette

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    1. The PX350 or the new Casio PX5S offers the most bang for the buck under $1000. They do compare to higher priced brands but some of the higher priced models are better but they should be better in some ways if they are more money.

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  17. OKOKOKOK.. one more question...

    Any thoughts on amps? Right now, I'm working on a couple new set lists and taking a break from gigging so sound is more important than volume. I'll be back on stage in a year, however, and will need to compete with the guitar players.

    Thanks again (and again),
    Yvette

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    1. You would need to purchase a stereo speaker system. You could get stereo monitors for home practice & playing, or for outside gigs or home practice, the newer Roland stereo keyboard amp KC110 may be a good option.

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  18. Until you settle on a price range that you can afford and want to be in, giving advice usually only confuses things. Most of the time a higher priced model will have advantages over a lower price priced model in terms of the piano playing and music making experience.

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  19. Hi Tim,

    I can afford around $1000 for the digital piano. I want something that would really look like the real classical piano in terms of "touching/feeling/dynamics on the keys and the piano sound".
    I do not need multiple sounds such as organs/strings or songs, recording or any other features. Would you recommend Casio Privia PX-850 (OR) Yamaha Arius YDP142? Or any other brand around that price range?

    Thank you for your time. Have a blessed day.

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    1. Either piano would give you a good piano playing experience but if you are more advanced than a beginner skill level, the Casio PX850 offers more in terms of realistic weighted key action movement, piano sound, dynamic range when playing keys, internal speaker system, and overall functions. You do get more for the money with the Casio PX850 over the Yamaha YDP142. If you read my reviews on these models you'll get more detailed info.

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  20. Hi Tim,

    I would like to ask you for advice on buying a digital piano.

    I'm a beginner and for a few years now I've wanted to learn to play quite a few songs. Unfortunately I am not exactly sure what to look for in a digital piano and was hoping you could help me.

    I am willing to budget $500 to $1000 for this

    Thanks in advance :),
    Patrick

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    1. In your budget, the only pianos I recommend are Yamaha & Casio.
      I have written reviews on their new models in that price range and you can read them. Look for Yamaha P105 YDP135R, DGX640, and YDP142. Casio offers PX105, PX350, PX750, PX780, PX850, and AP250.

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  21. Hi Tim,

    Was wondering if you will be reviewing Galileo digital pianos. I found them very reasonably priced (under 1000USD for the simplest model), but would love to get your thoughts on them.

    Cheers,

    Ivana

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  22. I have played Galileo pianos but will not be reviewing them soon, but perhaps later. I was not very impressed with their lower priced models as far as key action dynamics and piano sound as compared to the popular brands such as Yamaha & Casio.

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  23. Hi Tim,

    I would like to ask some advice about digital pianos.

    I am a perfect beginner so I guess I will have to rely on your expertise.
    I am planning to learn by myself using different applications from ipad/android..
    I was planning to buy the Roland hpi7f because it seems it will help me a lot but it is so pricey..

    what do you suggest?

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    1. sorry for the delayed response. The FP7F has been recently replaced by the new Roland FP80 which has better sound and functions. In a lower price range I would recommend Yamaha P105 and Casio PX350. All of these pianos are portable like the FP7F/FP80.

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  24. Hello Tim,

    My name is Elliott and I am currently looking for a digital piano and I have certain specific needs and I need some help picking out the right one for me and I was hoping you could help me with this issue. For the requirements, first of all, I dont care whatsoever about the sound of the piano because I will be using it as a midi/usb controller, for I already have a high quality virtual piano instrument that I will use with it. Now on with the real requirements. I need the piano to have 88 fully weighted keys just like an actual piano. I need the action to be the best action possible. And I need the action to feel as close to a GRAND piano as possible. I've played both grand and upright pianos before and I've noticed the actions of grand piano's have more of a clicky feeling when you press down on them. Thats exactly the kind of action I am looking for and the action has to feel as realistic as possible as a grand piano, NOT an upright piano. Ivory &/or Ebony textured keys is not an extreme requirement, but is a VERY large plus in my book. I also need the piano to be able to transpose at least 12 semi-tones down and 12 semi-tones up with ease. It would also help if the piano was lightweight, but that is not a requirement. Also, I DO NOT want a digital piano that is in a cabinet, I want a digital piano that I can put on my keyboard stand. And my budget is $1000 and under, though I would prefer under $1000. Also, I dont know if this will help, but if it does, you should search the songs "Your Star", "Lithium", "My Immortal", and "Good Enough" on youtube. All of these songs are by the band Evanescence. This is the type of music I usually play. Do you know which digital piano would be the right one for me? I would REALLY appreciate your help! Please and thank you and have a very nice day!


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  25. You will not be able to find a new digital piano that does what you want for $1000 or under.

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    1. Alright then. Could you tell me then which digital piano under $1000 has the most realistic piano action that I could use as a midi controller that can transpose at least 12 semi-tones down and up? Please and thank you!

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  26. Tim, thank you for your site -- so helpful! Can you please recommend headphones for a digital piano? I want to shut out noise and hear the bass.

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  27. Hello tim,

    my name is Sastra from Indonesia.

    Between Celviano ap250 and privia px150, which one is better? Here they are priced very close together (about $800) with ap250 about $30 cheaper.

    I tried the celviano and really liked it.

    I haven't tried the privia, but I did try the casio cdp220R which also have the keyboard looking model. I didn't like the cdp220r at all, i think the sound is just too far from a real piano.

    I'm very curious about the privia, but the store is out of stock. Do you think the celviano would sound better than the privia because of the cabinet speaker?

    Which one do you think should i get?

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  28. Dear Tim,

    My name is Carlos Lopez.

    First of all, thank you very much for your very illustrative piano reviews.

    Thanks to them I discovered the new families of DP from Casio, as well as the ones from Kawai (before I only knew Clavinova and Roland).

    I would like to ask you your comparison and recommendation between 2 models:
    - Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-450
    - The new Kawai CN34
    forgetting about price, in particular in these 2 aspects:
    - Key action (the most important for me): Scaled Hammer Action II vs Responsive Hammer II
    - Sound quality

    Thanks in advance,

    Carlos

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  29. Hi Tim, I was just told by a Yamaha authorized dealer in Medford Oregon that the Yamaha CGP 1000 is no longer available. Is that true?

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  30. Yes, this is true. That model is now discontinued and there is no replacement for it at this time.

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  31. I have played classical acoustic piano for over 50 yrs. I am now in an apt and looking at digital pianos for the ability to play with headphones. Quality of sound, touch, and responsiveness of sustain pedal r most important tho the ability to record and play back including separate hands sounds real useful. I think having a USB port might become handy too. I have read ur reviews and think kawai ce220, Roland hp505 and yamaha clp440 might b the ones
    To try and
    Compare. Am
    I on the right track? I do not anticipate needing
    Portability and wld prefer the look of a cabinet model. Oh yes one more must: adequate size
    Of music rack for larger books, multiple sheets of music etc. As this will b a significant investment, longevity and reliability r also very important. Can
    U advise me? Level of skill is int-adv. Bach well tempered klavier, Mozart spnatas, Brahms
    Intermezzos, Chopin preludes and waltzes. Also play worship piano solos. Thanks! Cathy

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  32. You are on the right track but I would look at the Kawai CA65 instead of the CE220 in that brand. Then the comparison among those three brands of pianos would be somewhat more equitable

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  33. Hi Tim,
    My wife has always wanted to play and I am getting her a piano for her 40th birthday. We have decided to get a digital piano that is perhaps a little higher than a beginner grade as it is a "milestone" gift and we would like it to stand the test of time. Aesthetics are important as she doesn't want it to look too modern or digital. As such we think we have narrowed it down to either the Kurzweil MP10 or the Yamaha YDP-161 as they are similarly priced in Canada and have a good piano sounds (She is mostly interested in playing Classical)

    Any thoughts on these two or have other suggestions? Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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  34. Sorry, I was not able to respond until now. I would recommend the Yamaha YDP162, YDP161, or Casio PX850. All of these pianos would be good choices. I do not recommend the Kurzweil MP10 due to the key action that they use. You can read more about that in my Kurz MP10 review.

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  35. Hello sir, please I want to buy the korg sp 280, and I need a fair price and im ready to pay $700 usd and any other shipping cost. Please help me in this purchase.
    Thanks.

    Samuel.

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  36. I am not able to help people purchase pianos if you are outside of the US. If you are inside of the continental US then please let me know where you are?

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  37. Hi Tim,
    i want to purchase a digital Piano for my daughter who has being learning piano for last 6 months..Her teacher is recommending Yamaha brand...my budget is around $700-800. wanted to check with you what would be a good purchase that can last for a longer duration.
    thanks
    Sandy

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  38. If you live in the US, then I would recommend the Yamaha P105 with furniture stand & 3 pedals, the Casio PX150 with furniture stand and 3 pedals, or the Casio PX750 which comes complete. I can share discount price info on all of these models incl some other options if you would like to email me direct. Thank you.

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  39. Hello,
    I am looking to purchase a mini grand digital piano. I read music, but am really a beginner at the piano. I have looked at the Yamaha 465 and have read your review. Any other models you would recommend, and what sort of price can you get for me in Florida?

    Thanks

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  40. I would be happy to give you helpful advice so you you can make a good buying decision on a digital piano. Please email me directly so I can give you more detailed info...thx

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  41. Hello,

    I'm considering between Yamaha P105, Casio PX150 or Casio PX750. The price for these 3 is a $100 diff in SG currently. Looking for something that's as close to a classical acoustic piano. What would you advise? What's the diff between PX150 vs PX750 apart from the complete furniture. Thanks a lot.

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  42. Hi Tim,
    Thanks for your help :)
    I used to learn piano years ago, then I stopped and now started again using my sister's piano. and I'm quite excited! I wanna buy one for myself, Costco has Casio CDP 220 with 29 reviews, 5 star, for $400, Like everybody else, I'm looking for sth close to acoustic piano. Do you recommend it?
    thanks a lot.

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  43. Hi Mr.Tim
    I have sent you an Email.
    Waiting for your replay.
    Thanks,

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  44. Hi Tim,
    Great blog.
    I have 2, 6yr old kids who are starting to learn piano. I am considering Yamaha DGX-650B & Casio PX-780. I like the portability and price of DGX-650B. I also like the piano look and keyboard lid of the Casio. I am concerned about the learning experience for my kids if I go with DGX-650B.

    I am not a piano or keyboard player, but I do enjoy occasionally playing single finger, simple songs, and the other sounds and features.

    Which one do you recommend? Have you had a chance to review either one of these keyboards?

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  45. Dear Mr. Praskins, I was delighted that you called me back yesterday (Toronto inhabitant) to warn me about the age of the Roland HPi-7. I was lucky that you did so. It saved me at least an hour of driving each way, not to mention the disappointment I would have met upon arrival. Thanks once again Mr. Praskins. You're one of a kind. I really appreciate your concern for those in the market for solid instruments. Respectfully, R.M.

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  46. Dear Mr. Praskins,
    We want to buy a digital piano. I have played as a child for many years and now want to play a bit for myself + I want that my kids start playing.
    I live outside of the USA so the model selection here is limited.
    We prefer a cabinet piano, but it is not a must.
    The options I consider are:
    1. Casio PX-750
    2. Medeli DP-680
    3. Casio PX-350 (I wanted the PX780 but it is out of our budget)
    Which of these is the most recommended?
    Also, what can you say about the cheaper models of Dynatone / Ringway?

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  47. The PX350 would be my choice because it has so many useful educational & fun features, especially if you can connect the piano to an external speaker system like a home stereo system or stereo monitors to add more depth to the sound. Although the PX350 sounds good to be heard in a room, it needs more depth and richness to achieve fuller piano sound and good external speakers would make that happen.

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  49. Hi Tim,

    I'm quite new to your blog as I've just started to look for a digital piano, there is one issue though, I'm 14 and have been saving up money, currently at €400 ($539) and that is really the maximum I am willing to pay for one, I expected them to be cheaper which is why it was shocking to find out that they're so expensive.

    I have been looking at 3 price ranges and thought that these were some nice models, keep in mind, I've never had piano lessons, but I have been teaching myself how to play and know the basics, I might start taking lessons sometime in the future, anyways;
    I was looking at:
    Yamaha P35
    Yamaha NP31
    Yamaha NP11
    Casio CDP120

    I am leaning towards the P35 because according to my uncle, with 30 years of experience, it's the best in it's price range, and your review said that they were almost the same, it depends on your needs, but I'm still not sure if I should just go with a cheap NP11 or pay more to get the P35 or CDP120

    Thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Wouter, the Yamaha P35 or Casio CDP120 would be the best decision over the NP11 because the P35 and CDP120 has the full 88-key weighted piano action and better sound. They cost more money for a more realistic piano playing experience and it is worth the difference in price. I happen to like the Casio CDP120 key action better than the Yamaha P35, but either one is much better than NP series. You will be glad you spent the extra money

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  50. Hi Tim, thanks for your reviews.

    I'm 40 y.o and I'm learning to play piano. I have a Yamaha Psrs 550 b keyboard for practice . I want to buy a digital piano. My budget is between $ 2000 and $ 2500 US.

    I love classic piano music then i need a digital piano with great sound and real touch feeling (as like as possible). Please, reccomend me the best option for my budget. I like kawai brand (mp6,mp10,cn 34) but let me to know about other brands.

    Thanks in advance.

    I'm from Colombia (South America)

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  51. each of those Kawai models would be a good choice but are all obviously different and in different price range. MP10 would be best piano playing experience but you would need external speakers and stand for it. It has the fewest features but its main quality is the piano sound and wood key action movement. CN34 would be a very good choice in a furniture cabinet and you could be quite happy with it for classical music playing and it has many other useful features as well. The Kawai ES7 is a similar piano to the CN34 but in a different cabinet with different built-in speaker system, and I have done a review of that model if you want to research it on my blog.

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  52. Hello Mr. Tim,
    How about Kawai KDP80 vs Yamaha YDP-142 Arius?Same price.Hope you will answer.
    Thank you.

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  53. Hello Mr. Tim
    How about Kawai KDP80 vs Yamaha YDP-142 Arius?Same price.
    Hope you will answer.
    Thank you.

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  54. The Yamaha 142 has better piano sound realism but the Kawai KDP80 definitely has the better key action. Depends on whats more important to you. The new KDP90 which replaces the KDP80 is better in both ways over the Yamaha.

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  55. Hi Tim,
    What should i choose among Casio ap 650, Casio px 850 , Roland 301r? Is there any other piano with lower price but higher quality than those i listed ?

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  56. Hi, Tim.

    Im about to buy a Casio piano, but i cant decide just yet. Im between the px850(i noticed that you put this one on a "best buy") and the ap250. ¿Is it worth to buy one of this, or maybe i should buy a older one?
    like the ap220 or the px830.

    Im not from USA, i think you noticed by now. Sorry for my bad english.
    So, hope you can help me.
    Thanks.

    PD: I already emailed you but with no answer, hope you can see it. I want the piano before christmas for a present.

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  57. Hey Tim, can you give any advice on the Yamaha MOX8 for overall use including piano usage.

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  58. Dear Tim,
    Thank you so much for making this website and sharing your knowledge with all of us. It is a great resource. I wanted to ask your opinion about weather or not I should buy a service insurance plan for a newly acquired digital piano, Yamaha P-105B. Yamaha's warranty doesn't seem to be covering any repairs and such.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Sincerely,
    Filitsa

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  59. Dear Tim,

    I am planning on buying a digital piano for my 7 year old who has been taking lessons for about a year. We have a Casio WK200 keyboard that she practises on but now I am looking to replace it with a piano. After looking at lots of pianos I have narrowed the search down to 2: the Casio PX850 and the Roland DP90 but can't decide between. I realize these are in different price ranges but taking the price out of it, which would you consider to be the better piano? I am more concerned with how close it comes to delivering an acoustic piano like playing experience than with all the tech-y, nice to have features

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  60. Hi Tim,
    I'm trying to decide between Casio's PX780 and PX850. PX850 seems to be easier to find in Canada, but I'm worried about the difference in key action between the two models. Casio's web site lists PX780 as "Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II", while 850 says "Scaled Hammer Action". Is action on 780 improved (new generation maybe) over 850?
    Thank you!

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  61. The key actions in current model Casio Privia PX780 & PX850 are identical.

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  62. Hi Tim,

    I am a piano teacher and looking at buying another digital piano for a 2nd piano room for another teacher. I would like the piano to be suitable to teach classical music (RCM) I have an Arius 181 but cannot afford this price right now for a 2nd digital piano. I have looked at and tried the Yamaha P155 and really like the sound but as you say the touch is heavier, I find the same with the Arius 181 but did not know at the time. I went to a Kawai dealer today to see if I could try a Kawai ES100 after reading your review, and they say these are not out yet, but they are getting them in 2 weeks. They did not have an EP3. I like the idea of a more portable piano as we do a student recital 1-2 times a year, but it doesn't have to be. Anyways, while I was in the store they tried to sell me a Kawai CL26. I tried it, liked how it felt, but am not quite sure I like the sound that much better than the P155, however it could be the acoustics of the room. However, for teaching, the touch, weight of the keys etc. is more important, I want it to be as close to an acoustic piano as possible. Anyways, the salesman highly recommended the CL26 over the ES100, he says the CL26 will be much sturdier and have better key action than the ES100. Is this true? or are they trying to get rid of an old model? I have until tomorrow to decide if I want to get a deal. I can get the CL26 for $1100 because of boxing week sale, so a savings of $400 or something like that and he only has a couple left so says the sooner we purchase the better. But I am not sure. Should I wait until the ES100 comes in, or should I jump at the CL26 which is on sale now. The ES100 would be better as far as being able to take it to a student recital, but what about everything else? key action, sound, pedaling etc. Am I looking in the right direction? I have read a lot of reviews, and have searched some advice, but confused:) Could you please tell me what you would recommend? I live in Canada, so realize I cannot purchase from you, but would so much appreciate any advice, by tomorrow if possible :) If not that is O.K. I may just take my chance and let the deal on the CL26 go by, because I really am not sure at all which way to go.

    Thanks so much,

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    1. The Kawai CL26 has a better internal speaker system as compared to the ES100 and also has the same key action as the ES100 so that is good. However the new piano sound chip inside the ES100 is vastly superior to the the older generation CL26 piano sound in terms of piano realism, dynamics, and organic piano nuances along with other upgraded instrument sound and function features. Although the internal speakers of the ES100 are pretty good for a portable model, If you connect the ES100 to an external sound system, monitors, etc, then the ES100 piano and instruments sounds will be amazing when you increase the range of sound in that way. I hope this info helps you.

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    2. Hi Tim thanks for your reviews, On the Kawai website the sound source of CL26 and ES100 is: Harmonic Imaging™ (HI), 88-Key Piano Sampling. How can the sound chip be different in this 2 models? Thanks

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  63. I am retiring in three months and have started taking piano lessons. I would like to purchase a digital piano with a budget between $1,500 and $2,500.. I would like a digital piano to enjoy a grand piano playing experience with useful features such as accompaniment, computer connection, and such, and preferably in satin black finish.

    I have seen your review on Kawai CE220. When asked, a local dealer said CE220 is only sold in the Internet but they have the step up version, the Kawai CN24, in their showroom (visit by appointment only). Is CN24 better than CE220?

    What would you recommend? CE220, CN24 or another model.



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    1. Both are very nice digital pianos. The Kawai CN24 is not a step-up version of the CE220. It is simply a different piano in the same price range. The CN24 has a couple of things that may be better depending on your piano playing skill level and the CE220 has more than a few things that are much better than the CN24 depending on your piano playing experience and what digital features may be of use to you. Please email me directly and I can share more detailed info with you.

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  64. I love composing simple tunes with words and adding photos I take. I want to use a digital piano that will record notes into a computer note writing program. What piano and computer note writing program would you recommend? (Pricing up to $2000.)

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  65. Hi Tim,

    Like many others I am trying to figure out which DP to buy. I am basically looking between the Kawai CE220 and CN34 and the Roland DP90S. My budget is basically $3,000 and I want to get the most realistic piano sound and feel I can. I own a Yamaha YDP-V240 and its fun but not a great substitute for an acoustic piano which is what I want. If you think there are other models or brands I should consider I'd be happy to have your perspective.

    Lionel.

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    1. Any of those 3 models would be a good choice but they all do different things as well as play and sound different. It's really about what your musical needs are as well as budget

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  66. Hi Tim,
    Between Kurzweil-SPS4-8 and Yamaha Arius YDP162, which one do you recommend

    Thanks,
    Kal

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    1. These two pianos are totally different and for different purposes. If you want info you'll need to email me directly and tell me more about you and your musical goals and needs

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  67. My Name is Dan. I have read through all the posts here and I do have question. I would like to purchase a digital piano and my choice are: Roland F-120, Yamaha YDP181 or YDP162, Casio PX850, Kawai KDP90, and Kurzweil MP10. So, what is the best choice for (priorities)
    1. key action (feel like playing real piano, whch able to play ppp to fff, at least as much as it can be)
    2. sound through speaker (headphone and line out could be same), especially piano sound
    3. polyphonic (128 or more)
    4. pedal function (half pedal recommended)
    5. key feel (touch)
    6. connectivity
    7. voices

    We are just a beginner and we need one to practice. Thank you very much!

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  68. The MP10 does not belong in that group of pianos as it is much more money and for completely different purposes. The others are all good in there own way but if you want further info and details, please email me directly

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  69. Hi Tim. This may or may not be a good question for you. I recently had a digital piano given to me (Adagio is the brand), and while it plays well enough the sustain doesn't work. I've looked all over the web for Adagio parts, but even their support emails on their website are broken, like they aren't in business any longer. Do most manufacturers use common parts when it comes to things like pedals that I could just buy and replace it myself?

    Thanks!
    CK

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  70. Hi Carl,...The Adagio brand may be out of business now (I have heard), but I don't know for sure. As for parts, it depends on what is specifically wrong with the pedal sustain. Could be a connection, a bad pedal, circuit board problems, contact problems, etc. A digital piano tech would be the best person to figure that out and hopefully you have one in your area you can take the piano to. It is a Chinese brand and many of those pedal components are similar with other Chinese off brands but it's hard to tell if another pedal assembly would solve the problem without someone seeing it who knows what they're doing.

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  71. Dear Tim,

    What is the difference of the piano sound between the Kawai ES100 and ES7?
    Is it worth to pay the difference for the ES7?

    Thank you.

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  72. Hi, i'm going to buy a digital piano for study classical piano and for my home studio with analog synth and DAW. New kawai models (MP11 and MP7) seems fantastic, especially the MP11 with his superior key action. There is also the new roland RD800 and the yamaha CP4 (that seems a little inferior compared to latest kawai and roland). What do you think about these models? Are you planning to make some reviews? Thanks. Matt

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  73. Hi Tim,

    I am currently looking to purchase a digital piano and have read through your reviews (loving your work btw!). At the moment I am tossing up between either getting the Casio PX-150 or the Kawai ES100.

    I live in Aus and there's about a $200 price difference between the 2, would you recommend I go for the Kawai? It sounds a bit better but do you feel it's worth the price difference?

    Thanks!

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    1. In my opinion the Kawai ES100 feels and sounds more authentic like a real piano and has more usable features, although you could likely be happy on either piano.

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  74. Yes, I will be doing reviews soon on the Roland & Kawai. I have already played both instruments and the Kawai has it's new wood key grand feel action and it is impressive. The new Roland RD800 uses the new Roland PHAIV Concert keyboard action which is also impressive. The Yamaha CP4 action comes from the Yamaha Clavinova line of home pianos and I am not nearly as impressed with Yamaha as I am with the new Roland & Kawai.

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  75. Hello Tim. I've e-mailed you and asked for a piano advice betwen Kawai MP6 Casio PX5S and Kurzweil PC3LE8. I know that the last one is not a piano and more a workstation. Neverthless I'm more a synth player but want a 88 key weighted action and good piano sound for my new setup. Could you please tell me if I'm making a wrong decision?
    PS more details in my e-mail. I'm no sure if you have read it yet because the reply tells you were on a music event wekend. Thanks in advance. Paulo Teixeira

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  76. The Kurzweil is a piano/synth workstation complete with pro recording features and a complex instrument to use. The Casio is a piano & synth and not a workstation and is more basic than the Kurzweil but very good overall for the price. The Kawai is a digital piano that focuses on having authentic piano key action developed and produced by Kawai along with excellent piano sound and realistic pedaling. The Kawai also has other nice sounds and features but it's primarily made to play live piano/electric pianos, etc. The price differences among those models is significant so it just depends what you can afford and what you want to do musically

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  77. I am looking to purchase a digital piano for our contemporary church. A trusted friend suggested the Yamaha P-105. In reading through your site I notice that you have good things to say about the Cassio px150. Any other brands/models I should consider?

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    1. Both pianos you mention would be fine for your church although in my opinion the new Kawai ES100 would be a great option as it has a more realistic piano key action and piano sound in my opinion for just a bit more money

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  78. Hello Tim
    I want to purchase a portable digital piano
    Use at the moment is mainly home
    One option is to purchase the Roland RD700NX
    I have a Yamaha HS80 Monitors
    Another option is to purchase a digital piano with speakers
      Yamaha P255
    Or Roland FP50

    I would appreciate your opinion
    Adi

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    1. I like the Yamaha key action and sound better than either of the Roland's you mentioned although I prefer the new Kawai MP stage pianos that just recently came out.

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  79. Hi Tim,

    Can you expound upon your preference for the Casio px-750 vs the px-150? Was the primary difference just the cabinet sturdiness and the depth of sound (given the 750 has larger speakers)? From the standpoint of action and feel, are they identical?

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    1. PX750 action, feel, and digital features are identical to PX150

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  80. Hi Tim,
    Love your website. It is the most comprehensive and non biased review on digital pianos.
    I'm in Singapore and I'm looking at either Casio PX780 or PX850 after going through your website.
    Main usage style is that i have time to play only at night and hence using only heaphones.
    Question: is there a difference between 128 & 256 polyphony using a great set of headphones?

    Thanks

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  81. Yes, the PX850 has more natural acoustic elements in it as compared to the PX780 However, whether you can tell the difference either through its own internal sound system or through headphones is difficult to say. Some people can and some people cannot. You could likely be happy on either model, especially through headphones.

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  82. Thanks Tim. I tried them both today. With internal sound PX850 is better but with the headphones, there was not much difference.

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  83. Hi Tim! I am buying a digital piano and my choices are CDP 220R, CDP 230, Yamaha DGX 230 and Yamaha DGX 530. I have no piano experience and just starting to learn now so I am looking for the perfect model for me. Thanks!

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    1. CDP220R or the new CDP230R would be best for piano learning. The other models do not have piano weighted key action

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  84. Thanks for the recommendation of the Kawai...I will check that out. What are your thoughts about the Yamaha psre433? I know it is more of a keyboard (versus an electric piano).

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    1. keyboards to not feel like or respond like pianos or digital pianos. They are fine for general music learning such as reading music, notation, keyboard geography, and other things. They can be fun to play. Professional musicians also use keyboards for specific purposes other than for piano key action. A keyboard is a poor substitute for a digital piano with a proper 88 key piano weighted key movement.so I do not give advice or talk much about keyboards on this blog, although I have played just about all of them. If you want a keyboard the Yamaha PSR433 or any of those models are good ones.

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  86. Hi Tim, my daughter is moving to college and is a classical piano player of 13 yrs. Her dorm room can only accommodate a keyboard. She wants a unit that has the most realistic feel to an acoustic (obviously subjective) with good touch sensitivity. She would not use for recording and all the other bells/whistles, just practice and playing. Her older brother has a Yamaha P-155 and says the weighted feel is great (although I noticed you feel that model could be better). What is your idea and do I have to be in the same price range as the P-155 or is there a great feeling unit that would not break the $1000 range? Thanks, I love your blog and look forward to working with you on this purchase. Bob (melikian@mindspring.com)

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  87. Hi Tim,
    First of all, you have a very informative website, thanks for your work and the great content you're putting out here.
    I have a 6yo daughter leaning piano, I'll be doing the same in order to be able to provide some support, encouragement, challenge, role model, whatever might help her in any way.
    I already bought an used P60, which seems ok for our level. But reading more on the web, I'm starting to consider upgrading it to something with an even better keyboard feel/action.
    I've seen the good reviews on the reasonably priced ES100, but I've seen second hands of much more expensive pianos ( at release ) that you can find cheaper. For instance I've found a Yamaha CVP-205 ( tons of features, quite expensive in 2001, sounds great on Youtube ), or a Korg SP-250 ( has RH3 action ) or a Kawai CA51 ( AWA Pro, wooden keys )
    I can get these second hand at a lower price than the new ES100, but they are 10-15 yrs old. But they have great features, and seem to provide excelent action, not so far from an acustic.
    What do you think, is it worth doing this kind of upgrade ? In order to get a better action/feeling/sound ? Many people seem to get decades out of digital pianos, so older with great features and cheaper seem more enticing than good new one ...
    What do you think ? Any advice on this one ?
    Regards,
    Edward

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  88. Edward,

    You can buy old TV's, computers, cell phones, and other technology devices that were a lot more money many years ago, but the original price is irrelevant now in comparison to current models which are usually far less money and improved in many important ways. Also, buying a used digital device does come with risk. Used pianos that may break down can cost $100's of dollars to repair, assuming they can be repaired at all if that happens. If you feel that a used digital piano with features you may like would be a good investment for you based on what is available then that is something you would need to be comfortable with. I cannot advise you on that.

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    1. Hi Tim,
      Indeed, I understand there's a risk involved, but disclaimers aside, I think wooden keys beat plastic most days :) so I got a Kawai Concert Artist, that sounds great so far :)
      Thank you,
      Edward

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  89. wooden keys are only as good as their size, the way they move, the weighting system in and on them, and their installation. Wood keys by themselves have almost no weight at all so until the weighting and movement structure system is in place, wood keys by themselves are meaningless. A properly weighted plastic key action with the correct movement can be much better than a improperly weighted wood key with poor movement and structure. Aside from that reality, the piano you purchased (if it is the older Kawai CA51) may be the perfect piano for you. I wish you years of musical happiness.

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  90. Tim,
    I have a 20 yr old Baldwin Acrosonic acoustic piano that I don't play anymore and would like to sell it. What's the best way to find out what it's worth, and how should I sell it? Craigslist, a local piano store, other?

    Thx,

    Tim W.

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  91. Tim,

    An old acoustic piano is like an old car. Value is dependent on color, style, wear & tear, maintenance during the years, amount of playing time on that piano, weather related damage due to too much humidity or dryness over the years, etc, regardless of brand & model. The piano needs to be inspected by a good piano technician to get an actual true value. Once you do that then selling it can be through Craigslist, eBay, local piano stores, etc.

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  92. Hello Tim,

    First of all, thanks a lot for your reviews. They are really helping me to understand a lot more about digital pianos.

    I'm going to buy my first digital piano and I'd like to reproduce as much as possible an acoustic piano (most about key-action, delay, pedals and not that much about the sound itself - I'm more worried about the learning process to be as close as possible to an acoustic piano).

    That being said, I was inclined to get the Casio AP250 (specially because of the ivory feel, the 3 sensor key-action, and the "half-pedaling" function) but the salesman offered the Roland RP301 for the exact same price.

    I've read your reviews and I took a good look on the downsides of the Roland RP301 but considering that the price difference that I saw in other stores between this two models was quite big I'm not so sure if the Casio AP250 is still my best decision.

    I've also checked the Casio PX850 but I can't afford it. It's considerably more expensive here. So the choice would be between these two models (Casio AP250 and Roland RP301) for the exact same price.

    Can you give me some advice?

    Thanks a lot and sorry about any typing mistakes because english is not my native language.

    Jorge.

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  93. Hi Tim,

    I normally practice on a really old acoustic piano, so I am planning to buy an electric piano because it would probably have better key and pedal action as well as be less of a disturbance for my neighbors.
    I am an advanced player (I've played several chopin etudes and ballades) so I would prefer a piano with medium to hard key action and keys that work like a grand. And since my piano teacher emphasizes sound and tone, I would also like the keys to be as sensitive as possible.
    But my budget right now is quite limited, so I'm considering the Kawai MP7 (would I need to buy a separate pedal with this if I want all 3 pedals?) or the Kawai CE220. What would you suggest?

    Thanks!

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  94. Dear Tim,

    I have been taking piano lessons and I am looking for a digital piano that has the feel of a vertical piano. I liked the ivory feel of the Roland DP-90 and the CASIO pianos, more than the Yamaha. Recently, I found the Roland DP-90 and the CASIO PX850 two good options for me. I found these two new pianos for the same price in the internet. I would like to hear you opinion on these two piano. How would you compare the piano feel, the sound quality and the functions these pianos offer, considering they are being offered the same price ? Which one would you recommend having the same price ?

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  95. Dear Tim,

    I am a complete beginner who plans to play piano for a long time and I am planning to buy a digital piano with my budget around $1000. The Yamaha P105 really catches my attention after i read your reviews and amazon reviews. Do you think it is a good choice to buy yamaha p105 piano ?

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    1. Yes, it would be a good choice...especially if you like it. Also Casio & Kawai make good pianos under $1000 and I have done reviews of those models as well.

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  96. Hi Tim.
    What do you know about Casio celviano Ap-250?

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    1. I have done a review of that model on this blog. Please look for it in "search models"

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  97. Dear Tim,
    I tried 3 digital pianos (Yamaha YDP 142, Kawai KPD 90 and Krog LP 380), giving all "satisfaction" for what digital technology can provide. I was more concerned about robustness and maintenance. Do you have any feed back on those model/ technologies used by the three manufacturer as far as failures and breakdown are concerned?
    Thanks in advance for you advice.
    Best regards,
    Laetitia

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    1. All are good pianos but all playing differently, just as different acoustic pianos do. It depends on what your preference for piano sound and key action is...and also your price range. Failure breakdowns on those pianos are not something I would personally know about since I do not work for piano companies. Only they would have that info. But overall, those models are known to be good for reliability.

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  98. Dear Tim,
    I m a complete beginner. It's just 2 weeks that I have been learning piano . I can't decide which digital piano I should buy . Yamaha P-105,Kawai Es100 and Casio px350 . Could u pease help me to choose ? Which one is the best overall ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Best with regards,
    MIN

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  99. Any of those models would be enjoyable to play for a beginner or even a more advanced player, but they are all different and priced differently as well. I have done reviews on those pianos. It just depends on what is most important to you musically and what style of music you'll want to play.

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  100. Hi Tim
    Please advise, we would like to purchase a piano for a small church. Which is a better piano Roland RP301 or Yamaha DGX650?

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