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Offline Wyuioexio

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Experiences on a Yamaha Grantouch Digital?!?
« on: March 30, 2004, 04:37:50 PM »
Goodday to all my fellowpianists,

I want to buy a Yamaha GT20 Upright Digital Piano, but no dealer I know has one in his showroom. So I would like to hear some reviews of people who own or have played on one.

Things I would like to know are:
- How good is de 32 polyphonic, 16MB sound? Good enough?

- How long are u playing on the grantouch, and are u still satisfied?

- How are the 30watt speakers?

And of course other usefull comments and experiences are welcome.

I thank you in advance.

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Re: Experiences on a Yamaha Grantouch Digital?!?
«Reply #1 on: March 30, 2004, 10:00:13 PM »
Many years ago I have played a GT20 at the Music-fair, and as far as I can remember, I really liked the mechanic of it. But I did not like the sound at all.

So last year I bought the GT1... it rocks !
The sound is very good, although at rare times I really would like to have 64-voices.
Also the GT20 doesn't have as many sensors as the grands.
I recommend GT1, if you want to enjoy playing for many years !

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Re: Experiences on a Yamaha Grantouch Digital?!?
«Reply #2 on: March 30, 2004, 10:14:09 PM »
a bit more about GranTouch (>= GT1)

It has very good contrast between forte and piano, and the samples are very realistic, they even have "resonance" when played forte.
I rarely, if ever play the GT via speakers, just headphones for me (living in an appartment building  >:() The few times I've played with speakers, it was good.

Beware what headphone you use though !!
I used a high-impedance headphone first, which gives bad dynamic range, use a headphone with max. 64 Ohm!
Ofcourse one of the best things is the _real_ grand-action, it helped me a lot in playing an acoustic grand!

If you find the time, please write to Yamaha that we want 64-polyphonie and upgraded technology  :) !
I think the GrandTouch is excellent, still, but it's 'computer-parts' is from around 1995, so Yamaha can easily give us an super-duper digital grand with little effort on their part....

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Re: Experiences on a Yamaha Grantouch Digital?!?
«Reply #3 on: March 31, 2004, 12:40:48 AM »
Gosch, I know it is a long time since u played on a GT20, but what did you not like about the sound? I know that the GT1 has 30MB wave sample and the GT20 has only 16. So that will probably be it.

I also think Yamaha should have developped these GT's more, but I don't think they will after a couple of our emails. But I'll try.

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Re: Experiences on a Yamaha Grantouch Digital?!?
«Reply #4 on: March 31, 2004, 07:11:14 PM »
it sounded "cheap", not very "rich", sort of like a bad electronical simulation, compared to other digitals at that time!
I had a Roland HP2800 (then) and it sounded _much_ more like a grand-piano.