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 Post subject: Re: Advice on pianos…
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:02 pm 
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If you do go down the digital piano route I would strongly recommend that you go and try various ones.

Some sound considerably better than others, and some feel better than others in terms of how the keys feel when being played.

Even with my untrained, unmusical ear I could tell there was a massive difference between some of them.

DD made the comment that some of them just didn’t feel right. I suspect she preferred the Yamaha one as it felt most like the Yamaha baby grand her piano teacher has. They have obviously tried to make them feel (and sound as much as they can) the same.

There’s no denying that a digital piano isn’t the real deal, but some are closer than others.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:06 pm 
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Thanks for all your comments and advice. Think we're going to have to go and try some out.

Anyone had any experience of or know anyone who has a silent piano?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:57 pm 
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DD has headphones for the Yamaha but mostly tries to practice when we aren’t in the house


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on pianos…
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:00 pm 
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The person playing needs to hear what they are playing. Otherwise they can’t hear if it’s right.

I have never heard of a silent piano though.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:29 pm 
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In a silent piano the hammers don't strike the strings - I've never tried one.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:16 am 
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Anyone else old enough to remember BBC2's "Count the Music" with Joseph Cooper on the "silent piano" - the guests had to guess what he was playing simply from watching the hands and listening to the rhythmic clacking of the keys! (My Dad used to watch this when I was quite young and I probably absorbed much musical trivia along the way).


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on pianos…
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:27 am 
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When you go to buy one set a budget and stick to it! We went to buy a secondhand Yamaha U3 and came out with something completely different :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on pianos…
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:49 am 
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Tinkers wrote:
The person playing needs to hear what they are playing. Otherwise they can’t hear if it’s right.


Oh definitely, with DDs we listen and help them with their practise. This is more for my practice and the odd occasion where DDs like to sit and play for ages and someone is doing something else.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:51 am 
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solimum wrote:
Anyone else old enough to remember BBC2's "Count the Music" with Joseph Cooper on the "silent piano" - the guests had to guess what he was playing simply from watching the hands and listening to the rhythmic clacking of the keys! (My Dad used to watch this when I was quite young and I probably absorbed much musical trivia along the way).


Face the Music?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face_the_Music_(TV_series)

One of the television highlights of my childhood :) .

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on pianos…
PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:55 am 
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If anyone is interested:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_piano

My piano teacher's son has just bought one so it had me intrigued. Looks like the best of both worlds but I just wanted to see if anyone has had a bit longer experience of owning one. There is a thread on the ABRSM website where someone raves about a Kemble one. Think we're just going to have to go and try them out. Unfortunately can't find a place in North London or Hertfordshire.


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