Digital piano/keyboard recommendations

 

Consider a $5000 Kawai CP137 concert digital piano
with over 900 sounds and 160 registrations
or consider a $4000 Roland Fantom G8 keyboard
with over 1600 sounds and over 512 registrations and 160 favorites for easy access
or consider a $5600 Yamaha Clavinova CVP-405 digital piano
or $7500 CVP-407 or $4500 CVP-403

(a) inexpensive (b) takes up little space (c) easy to move / portable
(e) always in tune, not need continual piano tuning (it makes it very difficult for guitars when the piano is out of tune)
(f) can plug into sound system directly instead of miking an upright/grand piano
(i) to hear the total sound and tone and voicing (ii) for easy mixing at the soundboard
(iii) to adjust the volume at the keyboard
(to easily control volume for preservice vs congregation singing volume or to adjust for different pianists)
(g) same touch as an upright/grand piano with Roland PHA II “Ivory Feel” weighted progressive hammer action
(g) same touch as an upright/grand piano with Kawai AWA PRO keyboard action with long wooden keys like the Kawai grand piano
(h) same sound as piano but with many variations (and the piano’s tone can be adjusted on soundboard or edited on keyboard)
(i) has piano and organ (30+ kinds) and harpsichord and all the instruments of the orchestra (900+ sounds) and can combine 3 different sounds (8 on Roland)
(i) Kawai has and can combine piano, pipe organ, harpsichord, guitar, flute, strings, brass, etc
(combine R1&R2&L=900×900×900=730,000,000 possibilities) and save your favorite registrations
(i) Roland has and can combine piano, pipe organ, harpsichord, guitar, flute, strings, brass, etc
(combine up to 8 sounds at once= 1600×1600×1600×1600…= trillion x trillion possibilities) and save your favorite registrations
(j) has top note solo feature; octave higher feature; transposing; solo,R1,R2,L feature and many other features,
can actually have 1 person play the bottom half with one sound and someone on top half with a different sound
can actually have the top half above middle “C” be like the “Great” and below middle “C” like the “Swell” on a pipe organ
(k) can record and edit songs and play them for preservice (or home practice) and save them on a CD or USB flashcard
(l) over 160 easy access registrations for solo, R1, R2, L setups. (Each pianist can have their own 160 registrations.)
(l) Kawai CP137 is easy to use. On Kawai you can press blue “piano” button to go back to concert piano sound.
(m) Roland can add/layer up to 8 instruments into 1 sound/registration with 128 easy access registrations in “user group” from over 500 possible registrations

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