i had a try at this digital at a local dealer   sam ash it sounded great the lad told me for acoustic sound it is the best also as far as action,and all the relevant s--t. i would appreciate any opines anyone may have  thanks and good ears oh it goes for app 2300$
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hey guys i posted this before but just in case ---does anyone have an opinion of the new yamaha nocturne dig piano? thanks
the spec sheet says it has 3 levels of digital sampling.  looks like the same graded hammer effect that other yamaha digitals have.  only 64 notes of polyphony (not that i'm worried about it dropping notes with my level of playing).   i wonder if it is aimed at folks who want to upgrade from the clavinova, since it bears a strong resemblance, especially in price?
i just checked out the yamaha site and the nocturne looks very nice.  i wouldn't buy it for the price, though, i'd get the yamaha dgx620 which is $500-$600 at costco.

one of the problems i see with the nocturne for the price is that it appears you can't add any voice bank cards to it.  with my s90es i have added three voice bank cards, two of them keyboard cards, and it has increased my polyphony by two or three times- i very rarely notice any dropouts.

the thing about polyphony is that it's not just about how many notes you can play at once.  remember that sometimes a note might require more than one polyphony "slot" (don't know the proper terminology).  so if you play a really rich layered piano/string sound, you might in reality only have 32 or 16 true notes you can play.

i would hold off on the nocturne unless you really want to spend the money.  for that kind of money the motif es and a nice pair of studio monitors would be my choice in the yamaha line up.
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also remember using a sustain pedal in conjunction with a long arpeggio can use up your polyphony  in a hurry - especially if you're using layered sounds
it sounds like what your are saying is for example, if you were to play a low octave, hold the keys down and gliss upward with the other hand, the keys that are actually held down would get priority over the keys that have been released - so they would not be dropped?

or, are you saying that there are no layered sounds so polyphony stays at 64 instead of being reduced to 32?
blake- thanks a lot for dropping by and leaving this info, i appreciate it.

folks- blake <i>the</i> yamaha keyboard rep for at least west of the rockies, a lot of the sample melodies and even some of the patches in many yamaha keyboards come straight from him.  he lives in my town and we run into each other every once in a while, he now runs the jam session that i ran for almost six years.  last but not least, he's a monster player.  if you can find some of his stuff out there it's worth listening to.
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wow    you guys have exceeded my expectations as far as info .i thank you all very much for your input. to quote louis armstrong when asked many years ago by artie shaw "how we doin` pops' pops replied. the white folks are still in the lead. nocturne is in the lead
good luck   --- charlie
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