Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

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Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Ended » Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:05 pm UTC

I miss playing the piano when I'm living away from home. Also, I recently bought some sweet headphones. These two facts lead me to want a keyboard or digital piano. Now I don't really know anything about keyboards, so I was wondering if some of you kind music-forum people could suggest some makes and models.

What I need:
- Lots of full-size keys
- Decent touch
- Headphone jack
- Reasonably portable

What I'd like:
- Weighted action
- MIDI in/out

What I don't need:
- Lots of effects, instruments, light-up keys, yadda yadda

Budget:
- Maximum £200/$300. (Any more would be wasted on me, I think)

Any suggestions? I'm currently thinking the Yamaha NP30B-K looks good.
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Dream » Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:08 am UTC

It's really hard to recommend a keyboard to another player. So much of the choice will be in how you respond to the feel of the action, and most of your reaction to the sound will be about what seems "right" to you. Neither of these things are easy to help with across the internet. All I can say is that your parameters should be fairly easy to realise. 88 keys, at least semi-weighted action and MIDI in/out are all fairly easy to come by. Headphone jack obviously, but you can even look around for a model with two. Effects and instruments, don't get too worked up about them. Choose based on the things you want from the keyboard, and if within reason it as some extras you don't care about don't worry too much.
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Bols » Sun Mar 01, 2009 12:52 pm UTC

Check out http://www.thomann.de . I got my yamaha DGX-630 from them and it's a pretty ok instrument. You can get one that is more piano orientated I guess, mine has all the bells and whistles that no one uses [like 500 voices, including very useless ones] One with less voices [ex: grand piano, strings, clavichord] will cost less. Be sure to check the keyboard before you buy it, and make sure you are confortable with the action.

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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby OmegaLordX » Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:03 pm UTC

I use a Korg Sp-250 and it is by far the best keyboard I have ever used. I think it may be a little out of your range (I don't know the price of the top of my head) but it's worth it. Honestly and forever. I have played songs where above every other note is written "smash hand on keyboard" and it has held up perfectly. It's amazing.

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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Ended » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:49 am UTC

Thanks for the advice guys. I've found a music shop nearby, so I'll probably visit this week to try some of these keyboards out.

...I think I'll also ask to try out the Bechstein concert grands, in a very serious manner, as if I'm considering buying one. Visiting music shops is so fun!
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby 0range » Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:40 pm UTC

I'm not sure what they're going for these days, but Yamaha's pXX line is good bang for buck. I used to use a p90 when I was traveling.
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Ended » Thu Apr 02, 2009 9:05 pm UTC

So I went for a Yamaha P85 in the end. Several times over my initial budget, but I have no regrets :).
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Julien » Fri Apr 03, 2009 2:01 pm UTC

I would say you need a Hammond Organ. And a Fender Rhodes electric piano. A Farfisa too, why not. And a Mellotron 400-D. Not to forget a Hohner Clavinet. An Oberheim, a Fairlight CMI, and let's finish with a Wurlitzer.

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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Dream » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:24 am UTC

Julien wrote:I would say you need a Hammond Organ. And a Fender Rhodes electric piano. A Farfisa too, why not. And a Mellotron 400-D. Not to forget a Hohner Clavinet. An Oberheim, a Fairlight CMI, and let's finish with a Wurlitzer.

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But no actual piano...
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby poxic » Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:00 am UTC

Julien wrote:I would say you need a Hammond Organ. And a Fender Rhodes electric piano. A Farfisa too, why not. And a Mellotron 400-D. Not to forget a Hohner Clavinet. An Oberheim, a Fairlight CMI, and let's finish with a Wurlitzer.

With all this you can do the best.

Pat?

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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Julien » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:02 am UTC

No need for a piano ! But a Prophet 5 mmmh why not... THen let's also add a VCS3.
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Dream » Sat Apr 04, 2009 4:11 pm UTC

No Telharmonium either? Then your keyboard-penis is tiny...
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby Julien » Sat Apr 04, 2009 5:00 pm UTC

Yeah but there's no telharmonium in any of the bands I listen to.

Nice discovery, thought :)
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby ChocloManx » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:51 am UTC

No Moog? :P
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Re: Looking for a keyboard; suggestions?

Postby quartrmster007 » Tue May 05, 2009 2:49 pm UTC

Julien wrote:I would say you need a Hammond Organ. And a Fender Rhodes electric piano. A Farfisa too, why not. And a Mellotron 400-D. Not to forget a Hohner Clavinet. An Oberheim, a Fairlight CMI, and let's finish with a Wurlitzer.

With all this you can do the best.


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