The Top 3 Digital Pianos for Intermediate and Advanced Students


As a beginner, it’s not necessary to make sure that your very first piano is the best one around. However, once you become an intermediate or advanced student, that is when such considerations are to be taken more seriously. This time around though, you should invest in a high-quality keyboard. It would make no sense to just buy another when you cross the next threshold as an advanced pianist or keyboard player. On that note, let’s take a brief look through three of the best digital pianos that are available for intermediate and advanced musicians in 2023.

Yamaha Clavinova CVP809

Yamaha is the world’s largest and most respected manufacturer of musical instruments. The Yamaha Clavinova series of digital pianos truly represents how far the electronic keyboard has come in terms of quality over the years. Their Clavinova CVP809 is not just one of the best digital pianos you can buy; it’s likely the second-best digital piano in the world right now.

If you have the funds and the space, then consider getting the CVP809GP (Grand Piano), which rivals the full sonic strength of a concert grand piano and costs just as much. However, note that the keys on this one have a weight similar to that of an acoustic concert grand piano. While that’s good news for advanced players, the heavy keys are not ideal for younger children to learn on. If you have plans to teach children on your new digital piano, stick to the regular Clavinova CVP809.

Yamaha Clavinova CVP805

For intermediate students who are looking for something that is a bit more affordable and offers nothing less than a grand experience, the Yamaha Clavinova CVP805 comes highly recommended. The built-in MIDI is equally suited for piano practice and original music composition. Plug in a microphone and the Clavinova CVP805 will even autogenerate harmonic backing for your songs! Also, the comparatively lighter weight of its keys makes the CVP805 ideal for tutoring children.

Roland HP702

The HP702 costs a fraction of the Yamaha digital pianos previously mentioned and the difference in sound production and features is quite evident between them. However, the Roland HP702 does not aim to compete with the Yamaha Clavinova series at all. Instead, the Roland (Home Piano) HP702 attempts to compete with the Yamaha YDP-145. Both pianos are far more affordable options and come in much smaller packages.

If you are on a budget, then you will find it difficult to find any other digital piano in the market that’s better suited for intermediate and advanced students than these two. Note that the HP702 is a fully featured synthesizer with advanced MIDI, Bluetooth, and mobile/tablet/PC/Mac support. The fact that Roland’s entry level digital piano is also significantly lighter and smaller makes the Roland better suited for smaller apartments.

Aside from these three, there are a few others that also deserve your attention. While the three mentioned here come highly recommended from expert musicians, you may find alternatives in the Casio Celviano GP-310 Grand Hybrid and the Yamaha YDP-145.

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