Another one of the Yamaha digital pianos that we like to review this week is the Yamaha DGX 505 [Currently unavailable. Good alternative: Yamaha DGX 530 digital piano. With our previous post on the Casio vs Yamaha battle we would like to delve deeper into these two popular brands by adding some more in-depth reviews on these pianos. As an owner of a Yamaha DGX digital piano and a 3 year piano player, my student Samantha Ispan will look further into this piano.
As a student of 38 months with the piano I feel that I am not quite an expert, but can give more of an objective view of this particular model. Last summer I bought this used digital piano from a local music shop for approximately $250. Before purchasing the Yamaha DGX505, I did my research on several models that I was looking for. As a part-time piano player I was looking for something that sounded decent, portable and at a good price. Since I am currently in college, I only tend to play on the weekends and maybe twice a week at the most. So here is my review.
I was a little apprehensive at first about buying a used digital piano as you never know the background. When looking for a pre-owned piano I made sure to shop around before making a purchase. I searched Craigslist and Ebay, but decided to buy this model at a local music shop, as I have known the owner for several years and trust his judgement.
Overall I would rate this piano at about a 8/10 with only a few negatives that I can think of at the top of my head. I will go over the positives and negatives below, but I would like to say that anyone purchasing this item should shop around and look at other reviews before making this purchase.
Pros: The sound of this item is very good and gives off a loud static free sound. While you can definitely tell the difference between this model and an acoustic piano, the difference is not as much as some of the other Yamaha digital pianos that I have worked with before. The display, processor and sequencer are all solid on this device but may not be enough for the true professional. I would say that this model would be best for the beginning piano player up to the intermediate player, but may not have enough for those looking to play in front of a crowd.
Cons: Like I talked about earlier this is a solid choice for the beginner digital piano player. The one thing that is very noticeable about this product is that the keys and the keyboard seem small and are hard for someone that has large fingers, as someone with acoustic experience may have trouble hitting the wrong keys. With that being said, the sound and extras make it a pretty good choice and something that a part-time piano player like myself can live with.
Overall I feel confident in recommending the Yamaha DGX 505 to the occasional or part-time player. It is lightweight, portable and sounds decent enough to be a great practice tool. For those looking to take their piano playing more seriously they may not like this model, but it could always be good to have as a backup or practice piano especially if you can find one at a good used piano store.
Visit the Yamaha Digital Piano page for more info and recommendations: http://digitalpianoreviewssite.com/yamaha/