Category Archives: Digital Piano Reviews

Yamaha Clavinova Digital Pianos- CLP-600 series – Smart Pianist App update

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-600 series pianos just got a whole lot more flexible! A firmware upgrade to version 2.0 will enable an iphone or ipad to command functions on your piano. The shop display models have been updated with the new firmware to demonstrate the app. Although some of the features are not available on the CLP range , (such as the rhythm function), The CLP-6 series Yamaha Clavinovas can be navigated for sound and functions.

Also impressive is the new audio facility, which can have your music library files on your portable device transmitted down the usb-host cable, (using the camera connector from Apple), along with the tone and note commands for midi and audio based apps like Yamaha Note Star.

While this is all really great, the more complete functionality of the app, for song content, rhythms and wider orchestral sounds can only be achieved by investing in one of the CSP series of pianos such as the Yamaha Clavinova CSP-150 or CSP-170 Digital Pianos. The CSP series can connect in a number of ways to your portable device, multiple cables and wifi dongles all give great results.

Previous playing using Bluetooth for the audio along with Note Star for example did leave open some timing issues between the two sources, so it’s great to be able to have the audio and midi transmitted together thanks to this firmware upgrade.
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New Yamaha Piano and Keyboard instruments arrive

Yamaha CSP-150 Clavinova Digital Piano is arriving in store! It uses the Smart Pianist App from Yamaha and you can create music from audio, follow and play songs with rhythms and recordings.  The CSP-170 is also in the range with  better speakers and NWX Keyboard.
This CSP Piano has many routes to learning and performance and Yamaha have created a great user interface for ipad navigation of the piano. Find out more in store at Mark Ireland Pianos.
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Mark Ireland Pianos Website

The up-dated website has been launched this Easter Weekend. There are a number of new features:

  1. New navigation layout
  2. Home screen now features products.
  3. Product pages now feature accessory prices (Customers can select accessories and see prices)
  4. The layout is now more mobile friendly
  5. There is a search feature  on the home page.

I hope this will make the site easier to use and more attractive. There may be some tidying up to do behind the scenes and further improvements will continue to be made.

Kawai CA-78 Digital Piano arrives in store at Mark Ireland Pianos

The brand new Kawai CA78 Rosewood Digital Piano has joined the others on display at Mark Ireland Pianos in Bristol. Along with the CA98, thes two models are designed with a touch screen interface for navigation of the many different sounds and editing functions on these two powerful pianos. You can also stream bluetooth audio from a music player. More information on the main website : CA78, CA98

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DIGITAL PIANO BRAND CHALLENGE – Can you match clip & brand?

Listen to the audio in this you tube video- Which digital Piano should I buy?

So- you think you might know which digital piano brand you are looking to buy? It’s fair to say that there are many different parameters by which we can assess a digital piano. Here is a little exercise to illustrate just the one parameter: the tone of the default piano sound. Each of the audio clips in the video is a recording of one of the four digital piano brands I sell. The recordings were made directly as a line capture with near enough the same passage of notes.

A good pair of headphones or monitor speakers is more ideal to hear some of the nuances in the recordings.

Even if you can decide which you like best, there are many reasons why you should visit the store and discuss further the possibilities- each digital piano has it’s own speaker system, keyboard quality and other functions. Having illustrated and intrigued you all with this conundrum – perhaps you need to assess the options in person, rather than relying on digital piano reviews.

The quiz just shows how vast the variety of options there are of digital pianos- I can help you decide!