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#136076 - 04/21/08 06:45 PM weighted keys vs. non weighted keys (keyboard)  
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I just started piano about 2 months ago and am loving it a lot. Right now I am borrowing a yamaha dgx 505 from a neighbor. Not only are these very expensive keyboards but it is not weighted.

So the question is when i start learning more complex songs will it make a difference if I have weighted keys or not?

I'm pretty sure my teacher said that i would be better off with weighted to help with the stacato and legato touches.

also he said i might as well buy a piano if I'm to spend $500 on a keyboard without weighted keys.

thanks in advance.

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#136077 - 04/21/08 06:54 PM Re: weighted keys vs. non weighted keys (keyboard)  
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The dgx might be slightly weighted but i can't tell.


thanks again for everyones input.

#136078 - 04/21/08 08:20 PM Re: weighted keys vs. non weighted keys (keyboard)  
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Find any real piano or weighted keyboard that you can spend 30 minutes practicing your current songs on. After that when you go back to your unweighted model, you'll want to give it away as useless. Unless you're playing organ music or something.

I borrowed my sister's $350 costco casio for the month before I bought my weighted one and now when I go to her house and play hers it feels like the cheapest junk to both my fingers and ears.

My songs sound horrible on it because the dynamics aren't there at all compared to weighted. I wish I could play organ better though because hers is probablly ok for that.


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#136079 - 04/22/08 01:23 AM Re: weighted keys vs. non weighted keys (keyboard)  
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Originally posted by RayMetz100:
Find any real piano or weighted keyboard that you can spend 30 minutes practicing your current songs on. After that when you go back to your unweighted model, you'll want to give it away as useless. Unless you're playing organ music or something.

I borrowed my sister's $350 costco casio for the month before I bought my weighted one and now when I go to her house and play hers it feels like the cheapest junk to both my fingers and ears.

My songs sound horrible on it because the dynamics aren't there at all compared to weighted. I wish I could play organ better though because hers is probablly ok for that.
I've to disagree on the organ part.. those unweighted models are as useless when it comes to organ playing as it does to piano. Although it is a little easier to play organ on them it sure is nothing compared to a real standard electronic house organ and WAY different from a real pipe organ.

There are two things you can do with more ease with those unweighted models that is: moving is easy (small instrument, most have only 66 keys or so). And if you need a sound effect, they are all in there (somewhere wink ).


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#136080 - 04/22/08 04:36 AM Re: weighted keys vs. non weighted keys (keyboard)  
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Unweighted is unwise for technique development if you aspire to be a pianist. Get a weighted keyboard pronto. This is a no brainer.


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#136081 - 04/22/08 04:57 AM Re: weighted keys vs. non weighted keys (keyboard)  
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Watch eBay and Craigslist for used Yamahas. The "graded hammer" actions fitted to Yammy's lower numbered models - P90, P120 - will be fine to get you started. (The "GH3" actions have three zones of weights, the graded hammer actions have two zones. Their mechanisms are identical.)

To get a better action, you'd have to move up to AJB's CLP 280. Its "Natural" action uses a different mechanism from the graded hammer/GH3 ones.

#136082 - 04/22/08 03:13 PM Re: weighted keys vs. non weighted keys (keyboard)  
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ok thank you all for help smile


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