Members thelurker Posted August 16, 2007 Members Share Posted August 16, 2007 so what would you recommend in terms of 88 key keyboards? I think I want to learn to actually play. I just would like to keep the cost below 500. Also are there and books you would recommend to help get started with technique.First, honestly, I'd say (if you don't intend to play on-stage soon) a real piano. Many people sell them for $100 to $200 just to be rid of them. There's lots to watch for, though. Make sure it will hold tune, etc.A real acoustic piano is much more like a bass or guitar than an electronic keyboard. Small changes in the way you hold your fingers, how you attack and release, curved fingers etc. really do affect the sound in profound ways.If you don't want to go that far, then an electronic piano type might be best. The Casio Previas really do feel good for the price, but often don't have any line-outs for audio. Yamaha's top end 88-key units have the best action, IMHO (S-80, S-08, S-90). There is also the Ensoniq KP-32, an older synth (no speakers) type, but good weighted keys (if they aren't worn out).I have played with the M-Audio 88 key controller, and HATED it! Way too spring-loaded, no real resistance. This will likely be true for most of the really cheap 88-key units. The Kurzweil units are reportedly pretty good, if you can find a used one.As for books, I learned the old-fashioned way, starting in third grade, so I have little to offer here. From some guitar guys I've talked with, they really like video/DVD lessons as opposed to books. Usually, you're local library will have a number of them available, you don't even have to buy them!If you read music, my piano teacher used the Bastien (Could be Bastein, it's been 25 years!!!) books, and was very happy with them. I think they have adult books as well. They do a very good job explaining theory as well. YMMV. Good luck! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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