I am looking into buying a used clavinova CLP.

A used one because I don't need all the new features and the clavinova models already had a high quality standard in the past years. So for the same money I'd need to buy a new one, I should be able to get a used one with higher quality.

Looking at the past couple of years, there are quite some models that have to be considered. So the question arose:

(How) can I compare clavinova models from different years in terms of quality?

Do the model numbers help to find out which models are equivalent to each other?
Is there an comparative overview over the models somewhere?

  • From the current product range the CLP-585 or CLP-575 would be great for me, and the CLP-545 or CLP-535 would be okay. The CLP-525 is not in my scope. So my goal is to make a list for each of the 4 good choices with all the models from the last 10 years that are equivalent. – Kaadzia Nov 21 '14 at 11:26
  • I finally found "my" clavinova. It is a used CLP-470 and I am so very happy with it. (The linear graded hammer technology feels wonderful realistic.) For me the approach "look for the matching models by number" worked fine. CLP-470 ---matches---> CLP-575 – Kaadzia Jan 6 '15 at 12:39

step 1) do a comparison by price

Every few years Yamaha brings out a new range of Clavinova CLP models. In this range there are always several models for different price & quality expectations.

Models with a similar original price roughly match the same quality expectations.

Their features will vary of course, but since after 2005 the improvements where quite small it doesn't matter much if you get a certain model or its equivalent from two years ago.

From this chart choose which models are in your scope:

Clavinova models from 2005 to 2014 compared by price (prices are corrected through time to account for inflation. The models from 2011 (CLP-4..) are missing in the chart because i don't have information about their original price. If you do, please let me know.)

step 2) fine tune your choice

Got to the yamaha model comparison site.
Select the models you found out to be in your scope and click "compare".

Have fun finding out which models are a good match for you. :-).


before this gets closed for being off-topic, you just look for the highest or 2nd highest middle number of any given range... 585 over 575 etc.

The first digit is the 'year' but there's no guarantee that they are always sequential, periodically the numbering style changes & I haven't followed the numbering scheme in many years.

Each year will have a larger sample-set than the previous year; which can be pretty subtle year on year, but very noticeable in a 5-year comparison.
The top model compared to bottom for each year will have a larger sample ROM & higher simultaneous note capability, apart from anything else.

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    Hello Tetsujin. The first digit is the year part is new for me. Thanks. I don't think this question is off topic. It is not a shopping recommendation request, but a general question about this e-piano brand. (As far as I know the most used brand). Do you think an approach like the top pianos of each years are roughly the same quality might work. One problem might be, that Yamaha does't realease the same amount of models every time. – Kaadzia Nov 20 '14 at 11:43
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    Looking at that list, the CVPs form an easier-to-follow line on the numbering, CLPs are harder to follow, but they have always renumbered at whim, or when one sequence reaches a logical conclusion, or just to keep you guessing;) Maybe try uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/… – Tetsujin Nov 20 '14 at 11:55
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    Wikipedia also is often good for simply finding the history of long-running ranges: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clavinova – Mr. Boy Dec 18 '14 at 15:01

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