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Casio AP 250 Digital Piano from Normans Music for £379.05
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Found 27th Dec 2015Found 27th Dec 2015
Good mid range/ entry level digital piano (graded hammer action, good make, usual bells and whistles) with added benefit of a free 5 year warranty and next day delivery (+ free ret… Read more

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paulj48

That all depends on the digital piano, cheaper ones i.e this one can only … That all depends on the digital piano, cheaper ones i.e this one can only differentiate between a certain number of dynamics (how slow you push the key for soft notes or push faster for louder notes) more expensive digital pianos have a larger range.



Having looked on the ABRSM website Paul appears right (ie Grade 7 reuirements specifically say digital pianos are ok and this particualrly one should be fine based on the specifications they have below:

Piano Grade 6Information & Regulations|Exam marking criteria|Syllabus FAQ
2015 & 2016Piano
Piano Grade 6 exams consist of three pieces, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading and aural tests.

Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

DOWNLOAD 2015 & 2016 SYLLABUS
Syllabus overlap information
Piano Grade 6 (2015 & 2016)
Piano requirements and information
Subject code: 01
The Piano requirements and information provide a summary of the most important points that teachers and candidates need to know when taking ABRSM Piano exams.

They are detailed within the exam sections below (Pieces, Scales and arpeggios, Sight-reading and Aural tests), immediately after the grade-specific requirements, and are available to download here.

Download full Piano requirements and information (PDF)
Further details, as well as administrative information relating to the exams, are given in ABRSM’s Information & Regulations which should be read before an exam booking is made.

Eligibility
There are eight grades for Piano and candidates may be entered in any grade irrespective of age and without previously having taken any other grade in Piano. Candidates for a Grade 6, 7 or 8 exam must already have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz subject; for full details, including a list of accepted alternatives, see Regulation 1d.

Instruments
ABRSM Centres provide a piano suitable for exam purposes. The piano will be upright or grand. Practice before the exam cannot be arranged, but examiners will recognize that the instrument may be one to which candidates are unaccustomed. When exams are held at Visits (i.e. premises provided by the Applicant and visited by the examiner), a suitable piano must be provided. A digital piano may be used, provided it has a clearly recognizable piano tone, a touch-sensitive keyboard with full-size weighted keys, and an action, compass and facilities that match those of a conventional acoustic piano, including a sustaining pedal.

From Grade 7 info:

Piano Grade 7 (2015 & 2016)

Piano requirements and information
Subject code: 01
The Piano requirements and information provide a summary of the most important points that teachers and candidates need to know when taking ABRSM Piano exams.

They are detailed within the exam sections below (Pieces, Scales and arpeggios, Sight-reading and Aural tests), immediately after the grade-specific requirements, and are available to download here.

Download full Piano requirements and information (PDF)
Further details, as well as administrative information relating to the exams, are given in ABRSM’s Information & Regulations which should be read before an exam booking is made.

Eligibility
There are eight grades for Piano and candidates may be entered in any grade irrespective of age and without previously having taken any other grade in Piano. Candidates for a Grade 6, 7 or 8 exam must already have passed ABRSM Grade 5 (or above) in Music Theory, Practical Musicianship or a solo Jazz subject; for full details, including a list of accepted alternatives, see Regulation 1d.

Instruments
ABRSM Centres provide a piano suitable for exam purposes. The piano will be upright or grand. Practice before the exam cannot be arranged, but examiners will recognize that the instrument may be one to which candidates are unaccustomed. When exams are held at Visits (i.e. premises provided by the Applicant and visited by the examiner), a suitable piano must be provided. A digital piano may be used, provided it has a clearly recognizable piano tone, a touch-sensitive keyboard with full-size weighted keys, and an action, compass and facilities that match those of a conventional acoustic piano, including a sustaining pedal.

zchari5

[quote=feival]My son currently has a Yamaha Piaggero NPV60 Digital … [quote=feival]My son currently has a Yamaha Piaggero NPV60 Digital Portable Piano and he is learning for his grade 5 exam now. All has been fine but before the exam he needs to go to a friends house to practice on a real piano (that is actually an electronic one like this but they can set the keys to "feel real") so that he is ready for the exam on a real piano. Is it worth the upgrade to this or is it overkill. I know grade 5 is neither very basic not extremely advanced (although it sounds pretty advanced to me!!). Any advice is appreciated.[/quote.]I think you can only get up to grade 6 using a digital piano[quote=zchari5][quote=feival]My son currently has a Yamaha Piaggero NPV60 Digital Portable Piano and he is learning for his grade 5 exam now. All has been fine but before the exam he needs to go to a friends house to practice on a real piano (that is actually an electronic one like this but they can set the keys to "feel real") so that he is ready for the exam on a real piano. Is it worth the upgrade to this or is it overkill. I know grade 5 is neither very basic not extremely advanced (although it sounds pretty advanced to me!!). Any advice is appreciated.[/quote.]I think you can only get up to grade 6 using a digital piano (please double check with your examiner)


That all depends on the digital piano, cheaper ones i.e this one can only differentiate between a certain number of dynamics (how slow you push the key for soft notes or push faster for louder notes) more expensive digital pianos have a larger range.

Edited by: "paulj48" 30th Dec 2015

Aha. Thank you!! Will check.

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[quote=feival]My son currently has a Yamaha Piaggero NPV60 Digital Portable Piano and he is learning for his grade 5 exam now. All has been fine but before the exam he needs to go to a friends house to practice on a real piano (that is actually an electronic one like this but they can set the keys to "feel real") so that he is ready for the exam on a real piano. Is it worth the upgrade to this or is it overkill. I know grade 5 is neither very basic not extremely advanced (although it sounds pretty advanced to me!!). Any advice is appreciated.[/quote.]

I think you can only get up to grade 6 using a digital piano (please double check with your examiner) so I would personally hold off and save for a second hand piano like a Yamaha U. Be prepared to put up with the noise of practice though!

My son currently has a Yamaha Piaggero NPV60 Digital Portable Piano and he is learning for his grade 5 exam now. All has been fine but before the exam he needs to go to a friends house to practice on a real piano (that is actually an electronic one like this but they can set the keys to "feel real") so that he is ready for the exam on a real piano. Is it worth the upgrade to this or is it overkill. I know grade 5 is neither very basic not extremely advanced (although it sounds pretty advanced to me!!). Any advice is appreciated.
Tascam DR-05 Portable Recorder Version 2 - 4gb Card Included £69 @ Normans
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Tascam DR-05 Portable Recorder £69.00 (Including VAT & P&P) NOTE: - This is Version 2 and comes with a 4gb Card not 2gb in older versions. Tascam Site Full Info: - http:… Read more

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OUT OF STOCK - Agggghhhhh

crap_I_dont_really_need

Can you do multiple layers on this do you know? for instance if you came … Can you do multiple layers on this do you know? for instance if you came up with guitar solo, harmonies etc.



Have a look at the zoom H4n. I think it's a great piece of kit. You'll need about another £100 though. There are cheaper alternatives if you don't need phantom power or XLR but I think the zoom represents good value for what it does.

Voted hot on this deal although it's not currently in stock it seems.

Needs a taser

really cool thing, i'd love one but I'd never do justice to it!

Can you do multiple layers on this do you know? for instance if you came up with guitar solo, harmonies etc.
Yamaha psr s750 keyboard with free 5 year warranty, free delivery, free stand and headphones, 0% interest free option - 5% voucher code off5 £730.55 @ normans
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Yamaha PSR S750 with free delivery, free 5 year warranty, stand and headphones included, 0% interest option over 9 months. Voucher code for 5% off by entering OFF5 at checkout brin… Read more

It's not hot at all, just because Normans sells it @693 pounds now, and it's the lowest market price. Not something special, like huge (20, 30, 40 %) off.. Bear in mind this year a new successor come out for 99%, so cleaning the storage will follow and s750 price tag will drop probably ;-)

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Why voting cold? Its a great offer!

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5% off by entering OFF5 at checkout.
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Casio AP-450 adjustable duet bench, and headpones £724.99 @ Normans
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Casio AP-450 Celviano 88 Note Digital Piano Awesome digital piano. Called Normans - they price matched a local store and some... The AP-450, duet adjustable bench, and decent head… Read more

This is really good piano and bargain for the money! I have got this particular one and can say it beats Yamaha by the price for a good £500!

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Rimmer - countered with £700 with single adjustable bench.

bouncy99

lol, im such a hater. Im also jelly.

nijjyp

Hater! well it will appeal to some people!

lol, im such a hater.

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longbowassassin

Calm down its only one opinion.:D



Thanks I will..its the weather getting to me!!
Remo Pinstripe Pro Pack 12", 13", 16" & free 14" Emperor-X £42.85 @ Normans musical instruments
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Remo Pinstripe Pro Pack 12", 13", 16" & free 14" Emperor-X matched set under £43 delivered. I have been looking around for a decent set of new drum heads to replace my current… Read more

I have a set of these with the ambassador head, a very good set of skins which replaced my tinny premier heads. This and some o rings make it sound really good so this is a good price.

Will these fit my 17" alloys?
Stagg BC300 bass guitar with loads of extras - £120 (total street price around £190) @ Normans
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Direct linky: http://www.normans.co.uk/p-821-stagg-bc300bk-p2-electric-bass-guitar-pack-in-black.aspx These bass guitars normally cost between £130 and £160 online and instore, ma… Read more

Ah... what I would give for either a Chapman Stick, the original Strata Bass or perhaps a Steinberger headless in ferrari red

Or a Wal...

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martinelsen;5495789

Thats a very nice unpretentious looking bass IMO.Good price for the spec … Thats a very nice unpretentious looking bass IMO.Good price for the spec and bundle.A little bit skeptical about the RRP though - Stagg axes dont normally demand such price?Heat added nevertheless.



Cheers for the heat.

I know what you mean about the RRP. Norman's quote it at £187 for the guitar itself (which I guess is £190 without the VAT adjustment), and I don't think I've ever seen a Stagg for that sort of price. Decent Epiphone bass guitars tend to start at only £30 or so more than that, so it's not as if there's much of a market at that end of the £100-£200 spectrum. I can see how something higher than £130 can be justified, since the Squier P-Bass sells for that and this looks better and is spec'ed better, but it's just not a £190 guitar.

'Tis still a thousand times better than those nasty little Starfire things Cash Converters sell for about the same cash, mind you.

Thats a very nice unpretentious looking bass IMO.

Good price for the spec and bundle.

A little bit skeptical about the RRP though - Stagg axes dont normally demand such price?

Heat added nevertheless.
Stagg ESURF-TR Surfstar Electric Guitar Starter Kit in Red Half Price £96.60 @ Normans!
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The perfect electric guitar package for a starter which contains everything you need to start learning the electric guitar. Quality 'strat' style guitar from Stagg features an alde… Read more

These were kicking around Ebuyer for a long time for £50 or less. I wouldn't pay that price at all.