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Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard #1819825
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Hello everyone,

Actually I'm just a beginner amateur and I've been a piano music fan for a long time but this is my first time to consider buying a keyboard.

My budget is within 140$ at max for the price of the keyboard because I live in Egypt, it's gonna be shipped but at an extra charge via online shopping sites Amazon, Ebay, etc..

Look, I'm not goin to play for a band it's just for me to practice, only for the love of the music nothing more..

Right now the 140$ is all I can afford also I've told you it's the shipping that makes my problem and not the 140 bucks of the keyboard.

After a lot of research I've come to those -The CTK-3000 & LK-165- for the budget and features as well,
What do you recommend for me? Also if you can tell me about something better but within budget, Go ahead.

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Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Blur18] #1819841
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Hello Blur18, welcome to the forum.

Just out of curiosity, approximately how much will you be paying to have the instrument shipped to you?

$140 is a rather small budget - I wonder if you you could perhaps save money by purchasing a better quality keyboard locally?

In my opinion, I would avoid these ultra-cheap instruments and consider saving your money to purchase a Korg SP-170, Casio PX-130, or Yamaha P95.

Best of luck!

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Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Blur18] #1819859
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Actually in total I'd pay for 306$ if the price for the keyboard was 140$
And it is the only I can afford for now and forever I guess because higher models will make my payment worse & worse..
What do you think James?

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Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Blur18] #1819865
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So the cost of shipping the keyboard would actually be more than the instrument is worth?

That doesn't sound terribly good.

Are you sure you cannot purchase the keyboard locally?

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Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Kawai James] #1819911
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I guess not, here in Egypt they have some stupid oriental Korgs nothing like this indeed..

Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Blur18] #1819918
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Since it's just for learning and not for playing with a band, I would suggest finding some keyboard (with MIDI) locally, to avoid the expense of importing and shipping, and then connect it to your computer, and download software to get better sounds and features than what's built into the board. You don't have to pay expensive shipping for downloadable software! Your $300 can probably go farther that way, since you won't have to spend over half of it on shipping.

Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Blur18] #1819974
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Blur18,

Anotherscott makes a good suggestion. But if you want to purchase a keyboard, look at the Yamaha NP-11, or PSR 333. Yamaha uses a different design of keybed from most others in this price range, and some of us here find them "more playable", or" more piano like" as a result. Whatever you go with, make sure it is "velocity sensitive"--louder or softer depending on how hard you strike the key. The NP-11 has midi connectors, not just usb/midi.


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Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Blur18] #1820087
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First of all, thank you for your great cooperation..
But, what's the difference between the midi controller and the normal keyboard?
I mean does the sound come of the computer or what?

Sorry for such a stupid question though..

Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: Blur18] #1820156
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Originally Posted by Blur18
But, what's the difference between the midi controller and the normal keyboard?

A keyboard that is sold specifically as a "MIDI controller" has no sounds... it is designed to trigger sounds that are located in some other device, which could be a computer, or some other keyboard, or a sound module, or some combination of these things. A "normal" keyboard has sounds built in... however the vast majority of "normal" keyboards also have some kind of MIDI connection so that they can also be used as MIDI controllers.

There are two kinds of MIDI connections a keyboard might have... USB or the old standard 5-pin DIN connectors. (The latter provide more universal compatibility for connecting to devices other than computers, but requires purchasing a MIDI-USB adapter if you want to use it with a computer.)

Originally Posted by Blur18
I mean does the sound come of the computer or what?

Yes, if you connect a MIDI keyboard to a computer and have appropriate software running on your computer, the sound will come out of the computer (and you can connect good quality speakers to your computer, or use headphones).

Re: Casio CTK-3000 vs Casio LK-165 Lighted Keyboard [Re: anotherscott] #1820172
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Thank you very much anotherscott, that sums it all to me.


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