Digital piano for practicing classical piano

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  1. Phillip996

    Phillip996 New Member

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    Anyone know some high end models that feel as close to playing a real piano as possible? Tried to google things like "best digital piano", but end up only budget digital pianos for 400-500 dollars (Which is comparable to what I already have). The most important thing for me is that it fits well for classical music, and that what I practice can be translated to a real piano. I take piano lessons, and get a huge disconnect when playing a real piano, compared to what I practice on at home. It is hard for me to test things in a store, because the local store has a really limited selection of digital pianos (mostly the budget pianos)
     
  2. Quasar

    Quasar Senior Member

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    Kawai VPC1 is supposed to be great, if you want a controller.

    For onboard sounds, I would look at the tri-sensor Yamaha and Kawai digital pianos.
     
  3. vmishka

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    The kind of high-end model you are looking for is a Yamaha AvantGrand (N1X, N3X) or possibly a Kawai Novus NV10 (I prefer the Yamaha, but there are lots of people who like the Kawai). The Digital piano forum on Piano World is a good online resource.

    The Kawai VPC1 has a very heavy action (some people like it, I don't). Ravenworks Digital does a modified VPC1 with a much nicer action.
     
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  4. al_net77

    al_net77 Active Member

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    In order, better first:

    - real piano with silent system
    - Yamaha AvantGrand / Kawai Novus NV10 (matter of taste)
    - Casio GP (300-400-500) (hammer action, visible)
    - VPC1
     
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    Phillip996

    Phillip996 New Member

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    The casio gp look really interesting, with real hammer mechanics and all (unfortunatley it is too big for me). But I should have been more specific. I need a stage sized piano, as I don't have space for an acoustic. If I had the space, I would have just bought an upright. So far, the kawai VPC1 and mp11 looks interesting, but would like to know if there are other options out there.
     
  6. al_net77

    al_net77 Active Member

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    Take a look at Yamaha P-515.
     
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    I think they might have the P-515 at the local shop. How would you compare it against the VPC1/mp11?
     
  8. danbo

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    I've got a Yamaha concert grand action from my tech that I fitted with MIDI. Hard to find those though. Otherwise two Doepfer keyboards which I love (my main piano is a 6 3' grand)
     

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