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Piano Reviews. Before buying a Piano; Read independent reviews of the latest best value upright, grand acoustic and digital Pianos available in the United Kingdom. Leading Piano manufacturers include: Bechstein, Casio, Kemble, Petrof, Ritmuller, Roland, Schirmer, Steinbach, Yamaha, Zimmermann.

Perhaps you’re considering a first time buy; There’s much to learn before handing over your money. Buying a Piano can be rather daunting. Thankfully, Piano Lessons Derby can help take the stress out of buying a Piano.

Derby Piano Teachers Review Casio CDP-120h5 Digital Piano

Derby Piano Teacher review Casio CDP120 Digital Piano

The Casio CDP120 Digital Piano. A review by Piano lessons Derby. The Casio CDP120 digital Piano is available locally at Musicroom Nottingham. This compact portable Casio digital Piano comes with a very attravtive price tag. Only £329.00 which includes a Free stand and Free Home Delivery!

Now you’ve read the nitty-gritty; Let’s get down to a review of the instrument!

An entry level digital Piano with a decent hammer action

At first glance the Casio CDP120 Digital Piano looks attractive, boasting a sleek design with a nice clean overall finish. The keyboard boasts a full compliment of 88-notes with scaled hammer action (already we can run a comparison alongside entry level Yamaha models at £500+), 5 digitally sampled tones, real Piano feel and sound, 48 note polyphony, and much more..

The Casio CDP 120 digital Piano is great value for money

I personally like the Casio CDP120 Digital Piano very much because pound for pound it’s extremely good value for money. The hardest thing to sell to a prospective buyer is the name, “Casio,” – a company which for many people is typically associated with watches, and cash registers.

Casio have been manufacturing electronic instruments for well in excess of 30 years.

Today, Casio digital Piano’s are a good choice for the beginner looking at buying an entry level digital Piano suitable for Piano lessons. The overall tone of the Casio CDP-120 is extremely pleasing. I spent aboout 20 minutes playing the Casio CDP 120 at Musicroom store in Nottingham’s Victoria Centre and I can tell you my initial reaction was of complete surprise.

I couldn’t believe how little money one would need to spend in order to buy a credible instrument which would suit most Pianist’s not just a beginner. The keyboard action felt solid and robust reminding me of more expensive Yamaha digital Pianos. Lower register notes are rich and resonant. Top-end register notes have good attack and sustain values with decent clarity. Overall, highly comparable to Yamaha digital Pianos. With the Casio CDP 120  weighing in at £250 LESS than it’s main rival. For me, it certainly ticks all the right boxes!

Casio CDP-120 Digital Piano Technical Specifications

KeyboardScaled Hammer Action
Touch Response3 sensitivity levels, off
Polyphony (maximum)48
Tones5 AHL Voices
Digital Effects8
Headphones Terminals1
Key TransposeYes
Keys88 (full)
MIDI/OUT TerminalsYes
Pedals Terminals1
Speakers (dia x qty)12cm x 6cm (oval) x 2
Tuning ControlYes

If you’re looking for a Digital Piano suitable for Piano Lessons the Casio CDP-120 is definitely worth a look!

Derby Piano Teachers Review Yamaha Arius YDP141

Piano lessons Derby review Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano

Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano. Piano lessons Derby review a Yamaha made digital piano which certainly ticks all the right boxes, the perfect choice for beginners embarking upon Piano lessons as well as the seasoned Pianist. Welcome to the Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano.

Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano

Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano

Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano

Yamaha YDP 141 Digital Piano provides true piano sound and feel. The Graded Hammer Standard keyboard of the YDP 141 make it a true joy to play, both in practice and in performance.

The 3-level AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling Voices deliver remarkably authentic sound to the Yamaha YDP 141 Digital Piano. Moreover, the damper pedal includes a half-damper effect, giving you nuanced expressive control over the sustained sound. Dual Voice capability lets you play two different instrument sounds at the same time, while a 2-track song recorder allows you to capture your original musical ideas and performances.

Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard
Just as you’d expect with a traditional acoustic piano, lower notes on a GHS keyboard have a heavier touch, while the higher ones are more responsive to lighter playing. The matte finish of the black keys enhances the Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano luxurious appearance.

Variable Touch Sensitivity
Select the hard, medium or soft setting on your Yamaha YDP141 Digital Piano to match your playing style or finger strength. Turn off sensitivity for a fixed response setting, ideal when playing the organ.

Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) Dynamic Stereo Sampling
The AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) is a sampling system which creates the realism of an acoustic instrument by using digital technology to record the instrument sound and applying high-quality digital filter technology to the recorded audio samples. The waveform of the sound created by playing the key of an acoustic piano differs depending on the playing strength from pianissimo to fortissimo. The AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling can produce such dynamic nuances by recording samples of various playing strengths. The greater the number of samples used, the higher the expression.

64-note Polyphony
Conventional digital pianos quickly run out of notes during fast, dense legato passages: sustained notes are cut off as the instrument “steals” notes to make room for new notes. A maximum of 64 notes can be played at once. Not so with the Yamaha YDP 141 Digital Piano!

Half-Pedal Control
It allows the sustain length to vary “step-by-step” depending on how far the pedal is pressed. The farther you press the pedal, the more the sound sustains.

Song Recorder
The built-in, 2-track performance memory allows you to record a backing track, and then step into the spotlight and solo over it. Best of all, you can change tempo or Voices even after you`ve recorded your performance. There`s also a built-in metronome to help you stay in perfect time.

50 Preset Piano Songs
A selection of 50 different piano songs is provided for your listening pleasure. These recordings were chosen for their beauty as well as their functionality. Since many of the songs are classic piano pieces, anyone taking lessons can listen to them for reference.


  • Available in Rosewood or Cherry
  • 88 Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard with Matte Black Keytops
  • 64 note polyphony
  • 1 Song, 2 track recorder
  • Metronome & Transpose
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Amplifiers : 6W x 2 Speakers: Oval (12cm x 6cm) x 2
  • Dimensions – Width 1,357mm x Height 815mm x Depth 422mm
  • Weight 37kg

At time of writing the Yamaha YDP 141 retail price is £776.00.

©2012 Piano Lessons Derby – Piano Tuition for Children and Adults in Derby. Tel: 07428 440004.

Piano lessons Derby review Yamaha CLP465GP Clavinova Piano

Yamaha CLP465GP Clavinova Piano

Piano Lessons Derby Review Yamaha CLP465GP Clavinova Piano with Real Grand Expression” Sound, touch, pedals–perfectly integrated to give you the sensation of playing a grand piano.

Featuring ‘Real Grand Expression’ which defines the expressive capability of Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465. It is not only the full realization of the sound, the touch and the pedals, but the application of technologies nurtured by crafting acoustic pianos to perfectly integrate these three elements into a single piano.

Yamaha CLP465GP Clavinova Piano.

Yamaha CLP465GP Clavinova Piano

Yamaha CLP465GP Clavinova Piano

This piano produces that exact sound you want through the touch of the keys and the feel of the pedals. As you play, you will truly feel as though you are playing a grand piano.

The sound is heard just as it was played. “RGE Sound Engine” provides playing response and expressive capability.

he RGE Sound Engine delivers the ultimate expressive capability for the CLP Series.
The new CLP Series uses the RGE (Real Grand Expression) Sound Engine, the next-generation piano sound source. It improves upon the Pure CF Sound Engine, which earned high praise in the CVP Series, and lets you enjoy the playing response and expressive capability of a concert grand piano. It features a new Smooth Release function which can express sound with great clarity, and clearly enunciate staccato notes with the sound of lingering resonance heard when gently lifting your fingers from the keys. It succeeds in capturing the essence of a piano performance to create grand piano-like, richly expressive experiences.

Dynamic change of sound is dependent on touch.

An acoustic piano is a musical instrument whose sounds linger for a long period. The strength of touch varies not only the volume, but also the sound from bright to dark, creating rich expressiveness. Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465 Piano produces deep resonances by using piano sounds that have been accurately sampling for their entire length.

Proprietary technology creates smooth and dynamic changes according to the strength of the touch. Additionally, to achieve a performance feel rivaling that of a grand piano, the touch was carefully refined by many pianists who played it and gave their feedback for Yamaha’s research and development.

Piano Voices embody the careful attention only a piano manufacturer can give.

The grand piano Voices of a Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465 were obtained by recording the sounds of a Yamaha concert grand piano that led to the creation of the CFX, the piano selected for a performance by the 2010 winner of the famed International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. A single piano best suited for recording was selected and then tuned to the finest possible condition by a veteran piano tuner. All the sounds were recorded resulting in a sound that displays not only the beauty of each note, but the harmonized sound of a single piano.

128-note polyphony lets you play without notes dropping-out, especially in dense passages of music.

When you play fast phrases or superimpose chords while pressing the damper pedal, you want to be able to perform without notes dropping out. The Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465 Piano provides 128-note polyphony so you can enjoy complex works such as those by Liszt or Ravel, which feature numerous pedal presses, with no limitations. As your playing improves over the years, your Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465 Piano will continue to let you make the most of your abilities. A superb choice of instrument for Piano lessons!

Diverse piano voices that you can choose to match the piece you want to play..

Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465 Pianos are provided with distinctive piano voices in addition to the piano voices that offer playing response like that of a concert grand piano. These include a piano for ballads that gently resonates the start-up sound, a piano for jazz that adds depth to the sound, and a piano for popular music with bright, rich sound. To ensure that the sound conforms closely to the genre, adjustment of each piano voice focuses on the resonance, or the sound produced when you lift your finger, and other delicate nuances. Each time you play, you can immediately enjoy the perfect piano sound without having to make any adjustments.

The “GH3 (Graded Hammer 3) keyboard” faithfully reproduces the touch of a grand piano.

The touch of the Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465 Piano keyboard has been praised by pianists for a performance feel that makes you forget it’s a digital piano. The secret behind this superior touch is the same hammering system and spring-less mechanism as a grand piano. Depending on the weight of the hammer, the force of your touch and the natural key return when you release it, the Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465 Piano faithfully reproduces the keyboard touch of an acoustic piano from the heavy feel in the lower range to the light feel in the higher range. Also important is Yamaha’s unique three-sensor system, which accurately senses and interprets the behavior of the keyboard, just like a grand piano. When playing continuously or with a light trill, techniques used in many pieces such as Für Elise, you can play with a bright, vivid feel.

At time of writing this review the Yamaha Clavinova CLP 465GP  retail price is £3,544.00.

Please visit Yamaha UK website for full specification details.

©2012 Piano Lessons Derby Review Yamaha CLP465GP Clavinova Piano.

Piano Lessons Derby Review Roland FP-7F Digital Piano

Roland FP-7F Digital Piano. Piano lessons Derby Review Roland FP-7F Digital Piano. An independant review of the Roland FP-7F Digital Piano which begins with a look into what makes this Roland digital stage Piano different from similar specification digital Pianos in it’s class.

Roland FP-7F Digital Piano

Roland introduces the Roland FP-7F Digital Piano, the latest addition to its popular FP series piano line-up. The FP series has a portable, stylish design with onboard speakers at an affordable price. The new Roland FP-7F Digital Pianoadds four major new features: Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine, an all-new PHA III Ivory Feel-S keyboard with escapement, a vocal mic input with companion Harmony effects, and an onboard looper. The new FP-7F now includes Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano engine. This breakthrough technology creates the ultimate piano playing experience, delivering seamless variations in tone from pianissimo to fortissimo, notes that fade naturally without looping, and three-dimensional sound and response.

Piano lessons Derby review Roland FP-7F Digital PianoThe Roland FP-7F Digital Piano also features Roland’s newly developed PHA III Ivory Feel-S Keyboard with escapement. Offering progressive hammer action with an escapement mechanism, this new keyboard gives players unmatched expression and performance authenticity. Additionally, every key is constructed of a special proprietary material that provides excellent moisture absorbency, with the white keys replicating the unique appearance and comfortable feel of real ivory keys. For sing-along fun, the Roland FP-7F Digital Piano provides a built-in microphone input, and the powerful onboard Harmony engine lets users add duet, trio, and quartet harmonies to their own voice with effects derived from the BOSS VE-20 Vocal Processor. To create the harmony voices, the Harmony engine automatically detects the chords the user plays on the keyboard in real time.

Also onboard the Roland FP-7F Digital Piano is a looper that lets a player record and play back their performance as a continuous audio loop. This is great for creating play-along backing, and unlimited overdubs can be added as well. Users can record the sounds of the FP-7F itself (including rhythm patterns from its large built-in library) and from a connected vocal microphone. In addition, loops can be saved as WAV files to USB flash media and used with the FP-7F’s USB Audio Key playback feature.  The FP-7F is available in black (FP-7F-BK) or white (FP-7F-WH) finishes, and comes standard with a DP-10 Damper Pedal. Options include the matching KSC-44 stand and the RPU-3 Triple Pedal Unit. The RPU-3 offers a true grand piano-playing experience with three foot pedals, as well as advanced control of the FP-7F’s Harmony and Looper features.

The Roland FP-7F has some truly groundbreaking features which sets it aside from similar price digital Pianos in as much as the Roland FP-7F features Roland’s SuperNatural sound engine which re-creates the behaviour and the characteristics of how the instrument plays. Supernatural makes playing a digital piano feel organic and dynamic. For the first time the technology is all about the player.

Multi Sampling – SuperNATURAL pianos are equipped with technology, which was born by bringing together Roland V-Piano technology and 88-key stereo multi-sampling technology. This new sound engine is the product of Roland’s deep research of the characteristics of acoustic pianos, with the goal of faithfully reproducing the rich tone and expressivity of a concert grand piano. The maximum polyphony of 128 is more than enough for even the most complex pieces.

Natural Decay – The SuperNATURAL piano sound engine replicates the natural decay of a acoustic piano. The natural decay of notes and beautiful lingering tones are important elements of a piano’s sound. The decaying sound of an acoustic piano not only decreases in volume, but also gradually changes in colour to a softer tone.

Organic Tonal Change – Using technology only Roland’s digital pianos have, the SuperNATURAL piano sound engine delivers natural and seamless changes in tone colour in response to the player’s touch. Its expanded dynamic range supports the most advanced and subtle techniques, just as one would expect in an acoustic grand piano. For example, there are subtle changes in tone where the damper is barely touching the string. There are also variations in the sustain of a sound when you depress the pedal gradually. The pedals even support the most subtle expression, such as depressing the pedal again after releasing it for an instant.

Let’s drill down and take a closer look at the Roland FP-7F specification. Well as you would expect the FP-7F boasts a 88 keys (PHA III Ivory Feel-S Keyboard with Escapement) along with gradable touch sensitivity over 100 levels or fixed touch. Graded hammer response 1-10. There is an impressive 351 tones and 8 drum sets so there’s no shortage of orchestral and synthesizer sounds for even the most creative Pianist. 10 reverb levels including a rotary speaker effect for organ sounds.

The Roland FP-7F is a versatile digital Piano which is suited to stage or home use. It’s not cheap by any means but what you get for your money is a digital Piano which stands heads above similar digital Pianos in it’s class.

At time of writing this review the Roland FP-7F digital Piano retail price is £1,799.00.

For full specification details please click here.

Derby Piano Teachers Review Roland FP-7F Digital Piano. ©2012 all rights reserved.

Piano lessons Derby Review Kemble Classic T upright Piano

Piano lessons Derby Review Kemble Classic T upright Piano. The Kemble Classic T upright Piano has a classically elegant cabinet with a subtly profiled top featuring Kemble’s tonally excellent K116 scale with a fully braced back. It represents astonishing value and offers superlative clarity of tone and touch.

Piano lessons Derby Review Kemble Classic T upright PianoThe “Heritage” Natural Oak Satin version features a cabinet composed of beautifully handcrafted veneers, created by Kemble’s master veneer craftsmen. And if you are looking for an exciting contemporary look, why not choose Kemble’s Mocha coloured oak and chrome? Practice pedal comes as standard as do solid double brass castors. It was voted “Maestro” in its price class by Pianiste Magazine, an accolade defined by them as a piano that distinguishes itself by exceptional quality or by an excellent quality/price combination in its category. A fabulous instrument for learning Piano!

This instrument of small size (116cm) possesses an astonishing richness of sound throughout. Its treble is open and luminous without ever being aggressive. The middle sings naturally. The bass astonishes by its depth and power. The sound palette of the instrument is large and its reserve of power is very satisfying. It is an excellent instrument with very good musical possibilities at an affordable price. A typical Kemble Piano!

Kemble was established in 1911 and is now part of the Yamaha Musical Instrument group but still retains its original sound quality. Their uncompromising commitment to craftsmanship, design and value has produced award-winning pianos, and they continue to blend traditional piano making skills with the latest technology to produce the highest quality pianos. Kemble Pianos have an unmistakable tone, – hear just one note, and you instinctively know it’s a kemble.

At time of writing the Kemble Classic T retail price is £4,800.00. This is definitely a high-end Piano which deserves further in-depth demonstration by a reputable Piano dealer. If you live in Derby or Derbyshire visit Chas. Foulds on Irongate their staff are extremely helpful and will be delighted to give you a full proper demonstration of this fine instrument.

Chas Foulds are selling the Kemble Classic T at £4,320.00 – a saving of £480.00 against list price!

See the Kemble Classic T upright Piano as shown on Chas Foulds Derby website.

Derby Music Teachers – Review Kemble Classic T upright Piano. © 2012 all rights reserved.

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Piano lessons Derby Review Roland Digital Piano HP307

Roland Digital Piano HP307. A review by Piano Lessons Derby. This flagship digital piano offers the ultimate in piano tone and expressivity The look and sound are pure, natural, and timeless, but inside the wood cabinetry is the most advanced technology on the home-piano market.

Roland Digital Piano HP307

Roland Digital Piano HP307  takes a giant leap forward with the advent of Roland’s SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine, a breakthrough technology that offers unprecedented sound, response, and feel. The piano tone changes seamlessly and naturally based on touch and key range, with perfectly smooth decay.

Piano lessons Derby review of Roland Digital Piano HP307 This digital piano is equipped with a PHA III keyboard, which delivers enhanced expression and superior rapid keystroke performance. The combination of PHA III and SuperNATURAL Piano faithfully translates every nuance into accurate, natural sound. The HP307 is available in 3 colours, the elegant polished ebony finish, traditional rosewood finish, or the cool satin black finish. The innovative Individual Twin Piano feature allows side by side practice or performance. The three-track recorder enables you to record your performance and will also be a great help when practicing right or left hand parts individually.

Expressivity in every single key
Each of the 88 notes on a grand piano has its own character, due to the fact that the strings are different sizes and lengths, use different materials, and are struck by hammers of different sizes. These differences create variations in the tone colour and resonance of each note. For the new SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine, Roland sampled all 88 notes of a variety of world-class pianos and used its unique digital technology to faithfully reproduce the full, rich tone and expressivity of the world’s finest pianos.

Expressivity according to the player’s touch
Pianos produce differences not only in volume, but also subtle variations in tone colour, depending on how forcefully the key is struck. Using Roland’s latest technology, the SuperNATURAL piano sound engine delivers natural and seamless changes in tone colour in response to the player’s touch. Its expanded dynamic range supports the most advanced and subtle techniques, just as one would expect in an acoustic grand piano.

Expressivity of decaying sounds
The natural decay of notes and beautiful lingering tones are important elements of a piano’s sound. The decaying sound of an acoustic piano not only decreases in volume, but also gradually changes in colour to a softer tone. The SuperNATURAL piano sound engine replicates this natural decay, just as in an acoustic grand.

• Amazing SuperNATURAL Piano sound
• PHA III Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement
• “Classic Position” lids can conceal the control panel for beautiful appearance and concentration during performance
• Piano Designer function with extended parameter set
• Speaker box provides extra powerful, rich sound
• Front legs for luxurious look, classically shaped triple pedals and folding music rest
• Advanced Twin Piano mode (Individual mode) lets two players perform side by side on the same keyboard with separate zoning and discrete outputs • USB host for USB memory and optional CD player

The Roland HP307 digital Piano is a truly amazing instrument. Sound reproduction is stunning along with an excellent keying action which surpasses many digital Pianos in it’s class. As far as features go, I would say the Roland Digital Piano HP307 is most definitely top of the class!

The Roland HP307 digital Piano is a high-end instrument recommended for the serious Pianist.

At time of writing the Roland HP307 list price is £2,999.00 however there are better deals to be had if you shop around. If you live in Derby or Derbyshire then I would recommend you go along to Foulds on Irongate and visit their Piano department where you can get a full in-depth demonstration of this top specification digital piano from Roland.

Here’s details of the full specification featued on Click here.

Derby Piano Teachers review of the Roland Digital Piano HP 307.  ©2012 all rights reserved.

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