what piano to buy

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I have had a beautiful Richard Lipp piano for many years but unfortunately it reached the end of its life and I am having to consider buying a new piano. I don't have alot of money so my options for buying a piano are fairly limited. I was thinking of buying a yamaha clavichord(digital piano) but after having tried one I am unsure if I will be happy with the tone quality. Do you think it is better to buy a basic yamaha piano rather than the digital piano? The difference being a couple of thousand dollars, something hard for me to come by!!

-- Jasmin (jazz189@hotmail.com), March 09, 2002


I am also partial to Yamaha's and I know how much the pianos run. The studio uprights (48" and up) are great, but they are pricy. For about $1500 you can buy a YDP121 digital; clavinovas are more. I like the Yamaha digitals and they seem to hold their resale value, so that when you decide to buy an acoustic Yamaha you won't just get pennies for your digital. Some stores also have a special policy where they will credit you what you paid for your first purchase towards your second purchase. As far as tone quality, I like it better than Technics, but I also hear that Roland makes a good digital. Any other comments from Roland

-- alexandra (alidoremi@aol.com), March 09, 2002.

Have you checked out used pianos? Sometimes you can get a wonderful piano that way. I know digitals are better now, but I still like the regular ones best. I don't know about where you live, but around here you can get a good used piano for less than $1000. And if you pay as much as for a very good digital, you can get an even better piano that has been fixed up inside and will last a long time. You can't record on them, but you can put a tape recorder close by. Of course, they are hard to carry around.....

-- Mary Jo (mjlewis@magiccablepc.com), March 17, 2002.

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