My old buddy, YAMAHA Clavinova CVP-3 has gone at last. No sound, no MIDI data out, and even no power. I could stick to repair it but the parts are not remaining in the manufacturer. Also it is 76 key instrument and I always wish to have 88 key keyboard. So, I decided to replace it with a new piano. I bought the CVP-3 back in 1987 in North Carolina. In the music store, the shop owner said $2500 and I said $1500. I knew the piano was getting obsolete. After 10 minutes of conversation, he said that we seemed not to reach an agreement. So I said you were right and said goodbye. We shook hands and I was about to walk out. Then the shop owener said, "Ok. 1500. It's done." Maybe I could have bought it at 1200 or less.
Actually, it is quite a something to trush a piano on which I wrote all the tunes for almost 19 years.
The new piano, YAMAHA YDP-151c (about $800) fits very well in our room. One reason why I choose this model was that it was very stable when I put sheet music or music note on the piano.
The progress of the electric piano sound is marvelous (well in 19 years). I compared the sound with GPO piano. The difference were smaller than I expected but I think GPO piano is a little toward my taste. Here is a sample for your information.
(The same phrases are performed first by YDP-151, and then by GPO)
I once thought to buy a piano in the current Clavinova line but they are too expensive. I do not want to spend TODAY more than $2,000 for an electric piano as I use it only as a MIDI input device. Most expensive Clavinova costs $6000. Outrageous.
Now I am happy with a new piano. For a while, I would spend sometime to play it.
What keyboard do you use for MIDI input?