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#1351817 - 01/17/10 11:04 AM Yamaha PSR-E413, E-313, Casio WK-500, CTK-5000, Roland E-09  
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I've narrowed it down to those five. It's hard to compare when you have to drive between the stores.

The Roland is my favourite, but it's out of the running unless Monday's phone calls produce a surprise. I'd rather enjoy the opportunity to play than feel guilty about spending the extra money.

Questions:

Durability. Will it survive average use and the annual vacation drive?

Voices. I don't need all 5 million voices, but it's hard to try more than a few in the store. Did they make three good ones and the rest tinny? I really like the Roland voice, but, again, it's hard to compare between stores.

Touch sensitivity. How much control over the sound just by pressing firmly or softly?

Recording feature. Can I change the speed and select which sections to play back? The Roland has this, not sure about the others.

Built-in lessons. Designed by a music teacher or a techie?

Other. Anything I forget to ask?

Background:

The excuse is to support my voice lessons. After two years, I'm about as good as the 6-year-old whose lesson is before mine. I need to hear what I'm supposed to sing, and my 30-year-old PortaSound is on its last legs. I also like to tap out new repertoire. And I've always wanted to play piano.

What I know so far:

They all have the minimum requirements.

Auto-accompaniment is annoying. I need to hear what my accompanist will play at the recital or just the notes I should sing.

The candidates are all from local music stores, so the price includes local support for the national warranty. Both include power adapter and stand.


Thanks in advance,
SingingFlat

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#1351891 - 01/17/10 02:03 PM Re: Yamaha PSR-E413, E-313, Casio WK-500, CTK-5000, Roland E [Re: SingingFlat]  
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What are you looking for? None of those are "Digital Pianos" They are general Electronic keyboards. Are you looking to play solo piano pieces or a wider range of sounds?

You talk abut recording but hint that maybe it's your voice you want to record, none of these will do that.

I think to get meaningful advice you will have to detail your vision of how this keyboard will be used, the sounds you want and so on.

As for durability, if you are only going to move it once per year just keep the box and all the packing material. It was shipped all the way from China to a where house and then by UPS from there and did OK. For more frequent movement you will want a "road case" that is more durable than a cardboard box.

#1352272 - 01/17/10 11:48 PM Re: Yamaha PSR-E413, E-313, Casio WK-500, CTK-5000, Roland E [Re: ChrisA]  
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if you want to play piano, then you would want digital piano type, which would have acoustic piano like weighted keys on the keyboard. but those you mentioned are just keyboards with springy keys (with no weight). so, it all depends on what you would want to play on: piano or keyboard type. for the latter, any of those you mentioned would be fine. if you're looking for digital pianos, then there are plenty to look at, from the cheap or entry level ones (such as Casio PX130) to some very expensive high end ones, such as Yamaha Clavinova CLP380, CP1 or Roland V-piano and etc..

#1355492 - 01/22/10 11:39 AM Re: Yamaha PSR-E413, E-313, Casio WK-500, CTK-5000, Roland E [Re: signa]  
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Thanks for your replies. Sorry so late replying. Busy week.

I intend to record the music, so I can concentrate one "instrument" at a time.

The main purpose is to support voice lessons. In my price range, I have to choose between weighted or a sound I like, so I'll go with sound. I'll take the risk of having to adjust later if I take lessons. (The local Yamaha centre starts kids on unweighted keyboards and moves them to acoustic after a few years, so I should be able to find a teacher who looks for proper technique even if the current keyboard doesn't require it.)

What I'm hearing is none of the candidates are "well-known for shoddy quality" or "only the voices that are easy to reach in the store are any good". That's reasuring.

Thanks!








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