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  • #16
    Yamaha P series. P80, or P90.

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    • #17
      "Good" is always subjective, but IMHO, a "good piano action" and "less than $200" is wishful thinking.


      Not if it's a used item.

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      • #18
        If you're talking about the M-Audio Oxygen 88 it says right on their website that it costs USD 749.95 MSRP

        http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Oxygen88.html

        looks nice though

        I would steer clear of the Oxygen line after this:



        I had one Oxygen 49 that I returned because of this problem, and the second one did exactly the same thing. These are just not good.
        Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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        • #19
          Yamaha P series. P80, or P90.


          I would agree with this. Cheap Yamahas are usually as reliable as you'll find in the price range, and Yamahas rarely have bad action.
          Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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          • #20
            i use an 18 year old Yamaha Clavinova as my master keyboard (CLP-360). It has a full 88 key piano keyboard and MIDI and pedals. It's ideal. Never misses a beat. (It also has some internal sounds and built-in speakers but I never use them.)

            A lot of these babies will have seen domestic use only, so it may be fairly easy to pick a used one up in good condition.
            More tea, vicar?

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            • #21
              I would agree with this. Cheap Yamahas are usually as reliable as you'll find in the price range, and Yamahas rarely have bad action.


              But they are not that light weight.
              Moe---It puts the SINES in the basket, or else it gets the hose again.http://www.hotrodmotm.com

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              • #22
                M-audio is always a crap shoot but it seems a though many products that we have trusted over the years have become that way, won't mention any names but it starts with an R and ends with a D. I do believe that M-audio has one of the a largest pro and non-pro following due to many product doing well and even being revolutionary. Sorry to hear about the Oxygen 49. M-audio really does not need that hype. The sad part is it is there own fault. I guess fix it quick or lose your "we are cheap but pretty good quality status".

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                • #23
                  I have decided over the years that it's not really possible to have a truly lightweight weighted keybed that feels good and is also sturdy. The action itself needs some weight to have that believable feel, and then you need a chassis that can hold that action.

                  So a lightweight keyboard either needs to sacrifice the weightiness of the action, or the sturdiness of the chassis.
                  Electrics: Fender '73 Mustang RI, Epiphone Inspired by John Lennon Casino, Gibson 60s Tribute Les Paul Studio, Daisy Rock Retro-H Deluxe, Squier Hello Kitty Strat x2Acoustics: Taylor 316CE-LTD, Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QITBasses: Squier Badtz Maru Bronco Bass, Aria CSB-300, Fender Mustang Bass RIAmps: Vox TB18C1, Vox Pathfinder 210, Peavey Transtube Envoy, Ampeg Micro VR StackMy Band: http://mittensband.com

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