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Old 11-18-2010, 02:13 PM
 
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hi, anyone know of any digital piano shops/dealers in the area? i am looking at roland's, yamaha's, kaiwai's, and casio's. i know jordan kitt has some roland and yamaha's. if anyone has some advice, please share. I am looking for my 5 year old daughter, who is starting to learn. i don't want to buy an acoustic one, because what if she is not interested any more, say 5 years from now, i will end up having a piece of furniture in the house. if this digital piano will last her 5 years, i will be happy, and then, i will get a real one. but for this digital piano, i want the sound and key action to be like a real piano as much as possible.

thanks
jw
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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I'm sort of looking too!

My son has been playing since he was 9 (he's now almost 16). We bought a "cheap" acoustic piano so he could get the real feel while he was learning. It has served us well but he needs an upgrade. He wants digital and the ones he is looking at are about $1500. Costco sells them and they seem to have a good price and I know people who've bought from them and are happy. The cheapest ones they have are about $900.

Then I've got to sell the "real" one I have. What a drag.
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I know Guitar Center has stuff, not sure on the quality or prices though.

My friend who I'll be seeing tomorrow to work out with should know of small mom & pop type of shop or 2 I can ask the names and locations of for you.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:22 AM
 
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I just bought a Casio CDP-100 from Guitar Center over the weekend. It's on sale for $349 right now. It feels like a real piano with the scaled hammer action keyboard. It has 88 keys. I think it's just right for someone starting out. Guitar center has that relaxed atmosphere. They let you play with their pianos without a sales person pressuring you into buying anything.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:07 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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There used to be (and there may be still) a piano store in Rockville, near the Patio Argentine restaurant, just off Twinbrook Parkway. No idea if they sell digital pianos, but it's a start.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I just realized I forgot to ask him... I'll try to catch him online to find out.

Guitar Center does seem pretty relaxed though. The people mainly just stay at the counters and wait for you to approach them and you can sit there and use instruments for as long as you like.

My friend was looking at one of those Yamaha's I think that was around the $300 range.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:36 AM
 
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Default online or offline stores?

Hey there,

I know of a few digital piano stores in the area. But it depends - are you looking for online or offline stores?

I'd recommend checking out online stores, because you can save a lot of money. You'll also be able to get your daughter something really good.

If you want something that will last, you might want to check out something like the Yamaha P95 - [URL="http://bestdigitalpianoz.com/yamaha/yamaha-p95"]Yamaha P95 - get a great deal! | Best digital piano deals[/URL]

But if she's just starting to learn, perhaps something cheaper like a Casio. Check Amazon (one of the best online stores for digital pianos)

Hope that helps
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Old 01-07-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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> ...if this digital piano will last her 5 years, i will be happy...

A long time ago - when it was almost a "recent release" - I bought a Korg T1 - 88key full-sized synthesizer/piano (if you want it to be). Though I popped it open to replace a battery once and, at the same time, relocated said battery holder so it was more accessible, the synth has problem-free served me well for more than 20 years. The keyboard action is piano-like (velocity sensitive keys as well).

That synth was probably top-of-the-line at the time; its value has been proven over time.

[my teenybopper daughter is playing with it every day now though she has yet to take lessons]
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Old 01-08-2012, 05:52 AM
 
Location: The Mountains of AlaBAMA!
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I have a Roland HPi-7s that I got from Jordan Kitts a few years ago. It was about 3K with my old acoustic piano trade-in, and I love it! It has a full color screen with integrated songs and games, and you can plug in your USB drive with MIDI files on it and the screen will display the "sheet music" for it. It's a great piano!
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