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Hello all!
I'm a piano beginner (level 1) and looking to buy a piano for my practice. I have a budget of ~2500EUROS.

Thought to buy a digital piano, but my teacher says it is too much money for a digital one.

I go to a big music store here and see YAMAHA CLP-545 (my latest choice as digital piano). CLP545+piano stool = 2392EUROS.
BUT see also some YAMAHA Classic Reconditioned pianos. Specifically: YAMAHA U1E/FL Reconditioned with 15 years warranty.

What to choose?

I test them both. Classic had better feeling and sound (I have a small think that the classic had lower bass volume but I'm not sure, 'cause I test CLP545 with volume to 100%).

Any idea are welcomed!!!

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Some pros and cons:

U1

+ Richer sound, greater possibilities of expression
+ You will get used to the touch of a real piano
+ Properly treated will last you a lifetime

- Needs regular tuning

CLP545

+ Always in tune
+ Can play with headphones if you don't want to disturb neighbours
+ Can transpose (useful if you need to accompany singers and the song as written doesn't suit their vocal range)
+ Lots of "bells and whistles": other sounds, easy to record your playing, integrated metronome etc.

- Sound less rich, not so expressive
- Touch unlike that of an acoustic piano: you'll notice the difference of you have lessons on an acoustic
- Not built to last as long as an acoustic piano

My advice: unless the specific features of the digital such as playing with headphones are very important to you, go for the acoustic piano.



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The reality is that I don't want to bother neighbors, and also maybe will do practice on night.

New idea: what about to start with a digital piano like CLP545 -> sell it in 2-3 years and then go to a better acoustic (better than U1) ?

Also, what cons, a reconditioned piano has, versus a new piano?

PS: I am a complete beginner, this is my first touch with pianos.


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