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    Digital piano suggestions

    I'm looking to purchase a digital piano. It's been years since I've played regularly and would like to relearn what I have forgotten(and more). Can anyone make suggestions for a digital piano that is under $500? I would like something with weighted graded hammer action, good quality piano and organ voices (other voices like guitar and drums wouldn't be used) and support for pedals(piano/organ).

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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    Aloha JLS,

    Off the top of my head and hands down and most bang for the buck you might like to look into ProKeys88sx by M Audio @ MSRP of $449.95

    Cheers,

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    JLS - you won't get a digital piano for that price, you will get a synthesizer. A digital piano (full keyboard) is expensive BECAUSE of the keywork and weighting and so forth.

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    CT64,

    I was afraid of that. It's been quite a while since I last priced digital pianos...I was hoping the prices had come down. They have, but apparently not quite enough for my budget.

    CD,

    How is the action compared to more expensive instruments?

    I also noticed on the website that it only supports sustain, sostenuto and expression pedal inputs. Do either of you (or any other readers of this thread) know of a budget digital piano that supports a full pedalboard? What range of price are we talking about for such an instrument?

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    I bought a Yamaha synthesizer (not quite fully range of the piano) and it does have weighted keys (mind you nothing like a proper digital piano OR (of course) accoustic one). I love it because I live in a flat/apartment/condo/unit (delete whichever is irrelevant in your local dialect) and I can put on my headphones and play noisy crap at 3 in the morning without getting a brick through my window ...

    And, totally off topic, I see your a Los Angelino ... one of my all time FAVourite cities in the world. I had the rare pleasure of being shown around by a man who also adores LA. He, of course, doesn't give a f**k for Hollywood or Tinsletown aspects. In fact, his PhD was on the bookshop culture and emergence of LA in the 1930s ... so I got LA from a very different perspective to that dished up in travel brochures.

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    Hey CT64,

    Here's the website:

    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...88sx-main.html

    It does come with quite a few interesting perquisites.

    Cheers,

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    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    I bought a Yamaha synthesizer (not quite fully range of the piano) and it does have weighted keys (mind you nothing like a proper digital piano OR (of course) accoustic one). I love it because I live in a flat/apartment/condo/unit (delete whichever is irrelevant in your local dialect) and I can put on my headphones and play noisy crap at 3 in the morning without getting a brick through my window ...
    Exactly my predicament. No room for the real thing. I grew up playing both piano and organ so had both in my house. The organ was sold 20 years ago when I stopped playing and the piano remains at my parents' house. Alas, I have no room for either in my current house and have recently had the almost overwhelming urge to start playing again. Hence, the digital piano with full pedalboard.

    And, totally off topic, I see your a Los Angelino ... one of my all time FAVourite cities in the world. I had the rare pleasure of being shown around by a man who also adores LA. He, of course, doesn't give a f**k for Hollywood or Tinsletown aspects. In fact, his PhD was on the bookshop culture and emergence of LA in the 1930s ... so I got LA from a very different perspective to that dished up in travel brochures.
    Quite possibly the most culturally diverse city in the world. I loved growing up there and miss it right now. I'm living a few hours north in San Luis Obispo, for the moment.

    I truly miss the restaurants...

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    JLS - nice to have this chat with you, for sure!

    have a little snoop around this ...

    http://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/CDA/...3DNEWS,00.html

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    CT64,

    Thats quite an arranger/workstation - I'm impressed!!!
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Oh, yeah, actually the link was more to point out Yamaha's amazing range of keyboards, not that particular product ... though, now you point it out, I will read the spec.

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    Hi JLS,

    You might have more choice in your price range if you can be bothered scouring the second-hand market. It does depend on your needs - if you are just after something on which to practice piano pieces, then many a 2nd-hand Korg, Roland, Yamaha or even Casio piano has a 88-key decent weighted action and acceptable piano sounds. For example, the school I teach at has an older model Roland (HP 2900 to be precise) in the computer lab - it's perfectly playable and if you found one 2nd-hand would most likely fit you budget.

    In fact speaking of schools, some are in the habit of upgrading gear which means you could get something decent yet cheap if you ask around. Just a thought.

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    I can only echo my distinguished colleague from Adelaide in regards to second-hand instruments.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    I'll second that, too, or is that third it?

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    You'll second my motion and third Soubasse's motion.
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Good suggestions. I was able to find a couple of the Yamahas and the Prokeys 88sx on ebay for reasonable prices. Maybe I'll check craigslist as well.

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