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Offline patafly

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Beginner serious piano student - Which digital piano?
« on: December 03, 2016, 03:44:49 PM »
Hello,
if you want to skip the background story, the important information is in bold at the bottom of the post.

I used to play classical guitar since I'm twelve and it was kind of a lovestory since than. Now I moved into my own flat to study at university, but my neighbours began to complain about my playing quiet early. I don't played really loud or at unusual times...  ::) Well, I tried a silent guitar, but it doesn't reach a concert guitar and I used to play at least two hours, sometimes more. It's not something I can stick to, to be honest.

It feels aweful to let go, but I'm forced (they even threaten to sue me), because playing an instrument only when visiting home isn't an option to me. My sister is playing piano and she can keep her instrument silent without loosing that much sound quality. That's why I want to start the piano.

Because I know I'm not profesional, but serious in playing, I want to buy a good instrument from the beginning. It's something you use every day and you usually keep it for years if not a lifetime, so it's worth the investment to me. You may think, I should take my sister to try some in real life, but the thing is, she was very sensitive, when I tried to open up about my plans. So I can't involve her - she will be pissed, but I freak out, if music can't become part of my life again. Maybe she will even help me, when the piano stands in my room. I bet she will, but right now, I better not mention anything to her. Maybe she will be even okay, that I start with her teacher - or I'll find my own help.

So, which pianos would you recommend? I looked around online and it is said, that these are relatively real in sound and touch.

Kawai CS-11
Yamaha CLP 575 PE
Casio GP-500 BK

Looking forward to read from you.  :) Any other thouhts and tipps are welcomend too.


Offline bronnestam

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Re: Beginner serious piano student - Which digital piano?
«Reply #1 on: December 03, 2016, 09:19:44 PM »
I have only tried the Yamaha out of these suggestions but it was excellent so if you buy that one you will most likely be satisfied.
If it is the best one is another question. But I suppose it is not about getting what is best, but something you will like.

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Re: Beginner serious piano student - Which digital piano?
«Reply #2 on: December 04, 2016, 11:37:16 AM »
Both the Kawai and Yamaha should be decent. At your experience level I don't think it matters which one really. You will grow into knowing what you need, you have to start somewhere. I'd personally skip the Casio. I'd approach your sister some more and at least get her desensitized . It sounds like you guys have an awesome relationship, so keep her tuned in. She will appreciate that more than being left out.

Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.

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Re: Beginner serious piano student - Which digital piano?
«Reply #3 on: December 13, 2016, 05:44:45 AM »
Thinking outside the box here... you mentioned that you're at a university, have you tried checking out the music library (they may have free practice rooms).  Or you can enroll in a music class and most likely get access to all kinds of practice rooms.

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Re: Beginner serious piano student - Which digital piano?
«Reply #4 on: December 13, 2016, 06:01:49 AM »
No brainer:  If you are serious buy Yamaha Avantgrand N1.  Please check out their website.

Offline adodd81802

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Re: Beginner serious piano student - Which digital piano?
«Reply #5 on: December 13, 2016, 09:19:54 AM »
Are you thinking of a Digital for the headphone ability or for other settings?

As i'm just thinking Yamaha do some "silent" piano models which are a hybrid, full piano's with a mode to switch to a digital setup with headphones.

This is something I will eventually get, just for that reason. Most piano's do have a "practice" pedal setting but I don't think this is all that helpful for a proper session.

If you're thinking of using it for other things such as sounds and samples, I think you would be better getting a keyboard dedicated to that, and still get a decent Acoustic Piano.
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