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Keyboard suitable for an RV?
#2539031 05/12/16 10:11 AM
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We have an opportunity to borrow an RV and take a month long trip through some of the glorious National Parks in the northern Rockies. However my son is already dreading being away from a piano for that long. Can anyone recommend an 88 key portable option that won't break the bank and has a small footprint because space will definitely be limited.

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Roland FP-30?

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see this thread

http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/2509250/1.html

I use this when traveling, which is a LOT.

The action is excellent.


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Originally Posted by stevelup
Roland FP-30?


First question:

. . . Do you have room for 88 keys?

My PX-350 is a typical "small 88-key slab":

1,322 x 286 x 135mm (main unit only)

52 1/16" x 11 1/4" x 5 5/16"

The Yamaha P105/P115, other Casio "PX" slabs (PX-150 / PX-160 / PX-260), Roland FP-30 will be similar -- check the specs to be sure.

It's usually the length that causes problems -- 52" is _big_.

I think the only "weighted action" DP that's significantly smaller is the Roland RD-64 (which has 64 keys, not 88). It'll frustrate anyone playing classical piano, but might be OK for "keep my chops up" practice.


EDIT -- Those parks are some of the finest in the country. Have a good time! You might visit Banff, across the Canadian border -- the mountains get steeper as you go north.

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Hi, are you tried the Kawai ES100?...Cheers!.

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Thank you for all of the suggestions! I am going to look into them. I am hoping maybe I can find one used. Looks like Casio is my only used option at the moment.

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Roland FP-30?


First question:

. . . Do you have room for 88 keys?

My PX-350 is a typical "small 88-key slab":

1,322 x 286 x 135mm (main unit only)

52 1/16" x 11 1/4" x 5 5/16"

The Yamaha P105/P115, other Casio "PX" slabs (PX-150 / PX-160 / PX-260), Roland FP-30 will be similar -- check the specs to be sure.

It's usually the length that causes problems -- 52" is _big_.

I think the only "weighted action" DP that's significantly smaller is the Roland RD-64 (which has 64 keys, not 88). It'll frustrate anyone playing classical piano, but might be OK for "keep my chops up" practice.


EDIT -- Those parks are some of the finest in the country. Have a good time! You might visit Banff, across the Canadian border -- the mountains get steeper as you go north.


Length will not be an issue. We may not be able to set it up in the RV, but as long as he can set it up outside and play away, he will be happy. I feel quite certain some amazing new music will be inspired on this trip. He will have plenty of time in the car to put StaffPad to use getting those inspirations written down!

Thanks for the recommendation on Banff!! I have been telling my husband that I really want to push on and make it up there. We have left ourselves with the most time at Glacier, so it might just happen.

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My Yamaha P95 was bought specifically for our RV. It handled extended travel perfectly and I can highly recommend it. There are probably lots of used ones around at a reasonable price, as it's several years old now. (Since we sold our RV I'm using it at home with Pianoteq - fantastic!)






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Thanks for the recommendation on Banff!! I have been telling my husband that I really want to push on and make it up there. We have left ourselves with the most time at Glacier, so it might just happen.


Depending on your schedule, if you can manage to travel the Banff-Jasper Highway (probably one day in each direction), do it. It parallels the Continental Divide, and the views are spectacular. It's a multi-lane highway, so speeds are pretty high -- but picture-taking slows you down.

My wife and I did a Banff/ Jasper trip two years ago, and it's left very nice memories.


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CAsio PX 150 or 160. Great feel, textured keys, and super light. Always for sale on Craigslist for $300-450.

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This sounds like amazing vacation, Rockies and a piano in RV!!!
I also think used Casio PX160 or PX150 is the ultimate go to keyboard, because it can be had really cheap and if a bear play's it for breakfast, or you spill coffee in it, it isn't that a big deal as it would be with more expensive instrument. In my locals there is always some of those PX slabs for sale in the usd $300 range.


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Studiologigic Numa Compact 2?

Action wouldn't be as good as an ES110, FP-30, or PX-160, but 15.6 lbs for about $500.

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This is an old post, but we did recently purchase an RV, and I've been wondering just how to have my MP11 set up with it. I may have to bite the bullet on a more lightweight/smaller option. I really like the Casio PX-560, but not sure I want to step down so far in the action.

Something less than 88 keys would be fine - most likely 76, but the action would have to be decent. Just not sure if there's anything out there yet that fits that criteria.


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I hadn't notice the thread was resurrected when I replied yesterday.

Morodiene- are you still considering a drawer project, as described here:
http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/2637603 ?

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It's still possible, but the thing is we also need desk space for my husband to work as well, and we may not be able to accommodate a full 88-key DP. So just exploring all possibilities. Obviously, I'd love to use the MP11 for this, but it may not be practical.


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