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Who Here Knows About Cheap Keyboards? I Need Some Advice.

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  1. Vinsanitizer

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    My wife has been playing since before the invention of fruit.

    She's had a million gears, but currently has none.

    She's been giving piano lessons to youngsters, and business is exploding.

    She needs a keyboard quick. We have no keyboard amps, not that that matters, but we do have a Fender 15w bass amp and my Fender Princeton for now.

    HERE'S THE QUESTION, don't screw it up:

    She wants a full 88-key keyboard that she can just plug into one of our small amps and get some work done. If you would, please offer the cheapest recommendation up to a $500 value. We want to spend as little as possible. She doesn't need $6,000 Triton, nor a $199 Casio. Please suggest something real and useful and practical for her simple needs.

    Thank you, you wonderful people, you.

    The Vinsanitizer. :)
     
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    SonVolt Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    If you buy her a new keyboard will she promise to stop snooping?
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    rmlevasseur Well-Known Member

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    I was gonna answer this, but I caved under the pressure.
     
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    LPMarshall hack Well-Known Member

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    Nathan knows keyboards.
     
  6. mcblink

    mcblink Well-Known Member

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    Forget the full size 88 bruhh......

    ax-synth-bk_man_1_gal.jpg

    This is the way of the future....
     
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    Australian Green Beret Silver Supporting Member VIP Member

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    Hammond "organ" and Leslie speaker?
     
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    ampmadscientist Well-Known Member

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    The best cheap piano is Casio. They make a grand piano 88 key which is affordable, and the sound is sampled.
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    $333.00

    Hands down, keyboard guys say this is the best deal.
    Akai also has a good sampler.
    Yamaha is over-complicated....unless you just get he Yamaha 88 midi keyboard and hook up your own sampler. That route is more expensive.
    I used to play DX-7, and it is pretty complicated although there are many possibilities to tweak algorithms into many different sounds. Probably more technical than you wanted.
     
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  10. Australian

    Australian Green Beret Silver Supporting Member VIP Member

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    I’ll
    The Yamaha pianos are not complicated.Whether he gets a Casio or Yamaha its probably even Stevens-I’ve never owned a Casio but have player them in a shop, and they sound and feel preety good.

    But when you’re buying the 88 weighted keys, you want to pay a bit more, because after a year or so the keys can become clunky and noisy.
     
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    I picked up a prestine Korg M-50 88 weighted key for $699 the beginning of the year. It does quite a bit for what it is, she might enjoy one of those.. Its not high end nor is it crappy, gives a wide array of choices.
    I am not a pro with keyboards, I got it off a reco from someone that is versed with keyboards that told me it was a decent place to start since it covers a wide spectrum of choices..
    Just a thought for you, others may say no, but its fun.
     
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    ampmadscientist Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty impressed by Casio sound quality...
    but of course, there is no service really.
    Yamaha has better parts support....just more money.

    With Yamaha, I can tweak strings, steel guitar sounds, etc....but much more complicated to tweak algorithms.

    Akai sampler: what a great toy. I can sample anything, and play it. But much more $$$.

    So the winner of cheap is Casio.

    My favorite keyboard of all time: Prophet 5. The first polyphonic synthesizer.
    The first time I played this thing: I was like "holy sheep shit!" unbelievable.

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    Of the two (Casio and Yamaha) IME (limited), I always found the Yamaha brand to have the more authentic piano tones (but both offer plenty of bells and whistles in the digital affordable electric keyboard world - so it's a toss up if that's the focus of the purchase).
     
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    Anything 88 keys will most likly come with weighted keys so that comes at a cost even used.

    A older Roland Fantom X8 or Yamaha MOTIF would be excellent but not sure $500.

    You could buy a 88 key midi board and then use VSTs through your pc or ipad for a world of sounds for $500.
     
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    Vin it’s none of my business, but because you own Gibson Les Pauls, shouldnt your wife be entitled to at least one Steinway? :naughty:
     
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    The 88 key thing is a good point, does she want the weighted keys?

    The Korg Krome (beyond your budget) has incredible piano sounds, this leads me to think a Korg digital piano would be worthy of consideration. This one is $499
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B1BK--korg-b1-digital-piano-black
     
  18. Vinsanitizer

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    Quick intermediate response: thanks for the replies all, still getting to the tasque. Update as time allows.
     
  19. The_Mad_Scientist

    The_Mad_Scientist New Member

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    If shes a piano player who wants something that feels real, $500 is not enought!
    Spend around $1700 and you can get something that sounds and feels amazing like this:
    www.allpianos.com/digital
     
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    :io::lol:
     
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