QUOTE(Dawnmc71 @ Dec 12 2010, 05:00 AM)
Yup, if I could I would buy a CLP330 but my budget will not stretch to more than ?940. So do you think these will be good enough for grade 8?
Hmm, I am in a similar position. My Kawai has a lovely action (when I bought it in Japan a few keys were clicky so the tech guy came to the house and tweaked it, this meant I got to see the keys and hammers in action - which showed where all the money went because the keyboard has no recording facility, mundane sounds, and no speakers)
The feel is close enough to a real piano but the difference comes in dynamics. The sound through speakers is never the same as the sound made by hammers hitting strings. When you really bash the low end on a real piano you can feel
the volume because the piano vibrates! Plus, the sustain pedal on a real piano is very hard to get right on a digital.
Before my last exam I made a deal with my local primary school to pop in and practice on their rather clunky accoustic. My music teacher is based in a centre which only has a digital piano so I was getting a bit panicky that I would be tripped up by a real piano.
If I have passed my grade 7 (hoping!) then I will heading for grade 8 on a digital. I guess it is doable so long as you have regular access to a real piano too.
Despite my lovely Kawai digital I am convinced that I need to buy a reconditioned Yamaha U3 in order to achieve my full potential (at least that is the set speech I am planning to use on the wife
I am sure the Kawai CN series will be fine (after all, they're not exactly bargain basement are they!) I think when you get to the 900-1000 pound range most of the gear is pretty good. Paying 2000 pounds doesn't buy something twice as good, usually just something with twice as many gizmos.