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  • Looking for a beginner keyboard

    And I'm confused about the selection, but I guess I'm looking for something in the digital piano category, but not quite sure. Here is what I'm after:

    $100-$400 price range.

    61 keys or less

    Lightweight. I would like to move it around my home. Maybe even sit on my lap at times.

    Touch sensitive keys. This is a must.

    Good assortment of piano sounds, such as electric and tack. I have no need for drums, trains, dogs, etc.

    Some sort of teaching technology would be nice but not necessary. I have an iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and iMac running Snow Leopard and Windows 7 in bootcamp if "interfacing" is necessary.
    Thanks.

  • #2
    Most digital pianos will have at least 76 keys yet still be pretty portable. But if 61 is what you want, the Yamaha NP11 might be your ticket. Very portable (even runs on batteries).
    http://www.reverbnation.com/christianschulze

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    • #3
      Good info from ChristianRock. Also, Yamaha makes the NP-V60 and NP-V80 models in the "light 76" category, and they have the teaching function you mention. The V80 definitely sounds better than the V60, and the price difference isn't great, especially when you consider that the 80 includes a sustain pedal and you'd have to buy that separately if you want to do piano on the V60. These models also have a greater variety of piano sounds than the NP-11, which actually has very few sounds, though I suspect that the actual straight piano sound of the NP-11 may be better.

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      • #4
        Casio's new WK-7500 and CTK-6500 are both really good for the serious beginner. Check them out for they do a whole lot and sound good compared to their price, which by the way is in your range.

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        • #5
          Casio's new WK-7500 and CTK-6500 are both really good for the serious beginner. Check them out for they do a whole lot and sound good compared to their price, which by the way is in your range.


          Yes, I've played those new Casios and they sound surprisingly good, perhaps better than their Yamaha counterparts. Definitely worth a listen.
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          • #6
            WK-7500 is a bit over budget (and a bit heavier), but the CTK-7000 (same board with 61 keys) might fit the bill...

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            • #7
              WK-7500 is a bit over budget (and a bit heavier), but the CTK-7000 (same board with 61 keys) might fit the bill...


              Which ever model number is the 61key version of the WK-7500 will be right at the upper end of the price range. The Yamaha stuff will be easier for a beginner though,
              and if you want mostly piano many choices there as well.

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              • #8
                Thanks everybody. I have a lot of research to do. Looks like Yamaha and Casio are the brands to look into.

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                • #9
                  The only even half decent your gonns find in that price range is gonna be used synth. Those casio and yamaha keyboards wirth built in speakers are young kids toys not pro or even actual band level sound qaulity.
                  Life for its own carnal pleasure.Synths: Novation KS4 & Maudio Venom. Guitar: BC Rich It Warlock.. Bass: BC Rich Warlock. Sight: Aerial lasers by Omnisistem & Chauvet,. Geometric lasers by Extreme.

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                  • #10
                    THe new WK and CTK are steps in the right direction though and can be standalone boards in a band.

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                    • #11
                      I wound up getting the Yamaha PSR-E133. It sounded the best among several Yamahas and Casios in the $100-$200 price range set up at Sam Ash. Next I hope to find a stand for it, on wheels if possible.

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