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[Costco] COSTCO Yamaha YDP-103 digital piano 899.99$

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[Costco] COSTCO Yamaha YDP-103 digital piano 899.99$

Costco just lowered the Yamaha digital piano YDP-103 from $1,199.99 to $899.99
This model is an entry-level Yamaha piano and is a Costco exclusivity.
https://www.costco.ca/Yamaha-%e2%80%93- ... 93426.html

It's basicaly a P45 portable piano mounted intide a a fake wood inclosure.

These types of digital piano are usually sold at the same base price everywhere and deals are pretty rare.

The YDP-103 comes with a small bench, 3 pedals and a full inclosure with a retractable piano keys protector for when you're not using it.
https://ca.yamaha.com/en/products/music ... index.html

The base P45 is 650$ and you can add the 3 pedals, the bench and a cheaper furniture-like stand for a total price around 950$+tx all in but it's not as nice looking as a fully inclosed YDP-103 and it doesn't have a piano keys protector.
https://ca.yamaha.com/en/products/music ... index.html

It's a pretty good piano for starter players looking for a basic piano but it lacks some of the additional features of the YDP-143 that retails for$1,399.99 like midi recording, sound emulation for other instruments and upgraded sound processor.
The YDP-143 is the big brother P125 mounted inside the same inclosure as the YDP-103
The physical keyboard however is the same for all 3 of these models (P45, YDP-103 and YDP-143)
Last edited by kowell on Jan 15th, 2019 7:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Would this be an upgrade over a Casio PX-150?
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tkddad wrote:
Jan 15th, 2019 7:18 pm
Would this be an upgrade over a Casio PX-150?
Its an entry level so I'd say if you have a Casio and it works well then you should keep it. A real upgrade would be the YDP-143 or higher given the upgraded CF sound processor.

If you're in the market and hesitating between the Casio and the YDP-103 then I'd go with the Yamaha because of the better general quality and stellar reliability.
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https://azpianonews.blogspot.com/2016/0 ... price.html

At $50 less than this Yamaha, this Casio is better in every way, other than the brand name:
https://www.costco.ca/Casio-PX-760-Digi ... 49127.html

At $50 more than this Yamaha, this Casio is even better:
https://www.costco.ca/Casio-AP-260BK-Di ... 10656.html

What makes these Casios better? What’s important: better built-in sound systems, better sounds, and better key action. These things all add up to a more realistic experience. On top of this they have more features like split, layering, duet mode, etc. As far as reliability, they both have 3 year warranties, and Casio pianos are just as reliable as the Yamahas and the Rolands.

At the low end, there’s no sense paying more money for the Yamaha brand name. A cheap Yamaha is exactly that. You’re not getting any of the features/benefits from their higher priced lines. As OP mentioned, this “new” Yamaha piano is based on a lower end, few years old model from Yamaha. In comparison, the Casios mentioned above were Casio’s higher end models a few years ago. They're so cheap now because they’ve been replaced by newer models, but they still perform better than the low end Yamahas/Rolands of that time and even some newer ones.

Now, if you’re talking high end, like Yamaha AvantGrand vs Casio GP, then you’re getting more from the Yamaha, but paying for it too!
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kowell wrote:
Jan 15th, 2019 7:37 pm
Its an entry level so I'd say if you have a Casio and it works well then you should keep it. A real upgrade would be the YDP-143 or higher given the upgraded CF sound processor.
Agreed. According to https://azpianonews.blogspot.com/2012/0 ... gital.html, the PX150 was better than the Yamaha P115, which was better than the Yamaha P45, which is what this Yamaha is based on.
kowell wrote:
Jan 15th, 2019 7:37 pm
If you're in the market and hesitating between the Casio and the YDP-103 then I'd go with the Yamaha because of the better general quality and stellar reliability.
I disagree with this. 15 years ago the Casios didn’t have as good a reputation for reliability, but I feel like that was because they were not as well recognized in the North American market. Over the years they’ve established a reputation for good reliability also, at least as good as Yamaha, if not as good as Roland or Kawai. In my personal experience, I’ve never seen a Casio keyboard die on me/friends/family, out of maybe 20 different units over 30 years, but I’ve been through 2 Yamahas in the last 10 years or so in which some keys stopped responding after 4 or 5 years. I don’t have as much experience with pianos but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that my AP650 turns out as reliable as those old keyboards!

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