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#2690649 - Yesterday at 01:58 PM Digital Piano Recommendations  
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Hello all, so I'm looking to get a new digital piano, since my old one is small, breaking, and just doesn't work too well for me anymore. I'm looking to get an 88 key weighted keyboard for $500 or less, but if there is one a little more spendy that you just really feel the need to recommend, go ahead. I would like it to be compatible with a sturdy stand, but it doeant necessarily have to come with one. I would also like to be able to connect at least two pedals to it, they don't have to be built in to the stand, but I would like it they sort of connected, or at least fit nicely with it. I really like the idea of a stand that sort of mimics an upright piano, with the built in pedals, stool, and astetically pleasing appearence (note that I just want the keyboard to be compatible with a stand like this, and it's cost would not be included in the $500). I'd like the whole system to fit in a 5.5' by 1.5' area, not counting the area where the stool would be pulled out to. I would also like to have the option to use headphones and have a wide range of volume, as one of the main reasons for getting a good electric piano is the fact that people don't always appreciate the acoustic piano being played while they are watching tv or trying to sleep (weird, I know). I mostly play classical piano, so I would like it to sound good with that type of music. Now, I know there are a lot of settings and stuff on more advanced keyboards, which I don't really understand how to use. So, I would like it to either not be too complex or have some good basic/standard settings. I would like to learn how to use all that at some point, though. So yeah, any suggestions as far as models or what I should look for would be very appreciated, thank you!

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#2690667 - Yesterday at 03:50 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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You won't get much for $500. The action on these units is grossly inferior. You'll do better up near $1000.

Anyway, have a look online at Guitar Center or Sam Ash.
And visit one of their store to look, see, and try.
Casio and Yamaha have keyboards in this price range.

But you might get a much better piano on the used piano market.

#2690677 - Yesterday at 04:39 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: MacMacMac]  
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Thank you, I'm a high school student with basically no income, so I can't really get a $1000 keyboard anytime soon. I'm honestly not looking for anything like breathtakingly amazing, though, just good enough that I can actually play some songs and have it sound alright. I've been using an ancient 61 key unweighted casio that doesn't even sound that much like a piano when I'm not usin my upright acoustic piano, so really I just want something that will feel and sound a bit more natural. I mean, I'm not a professional player, it's just for my own entertainment.

I have been looking around Guitar Center, and I could probably get one worth a little more if I get it around black friday. But I feel kind of stuck, I don't really know what I should be looking for besides the weight, number of keys, and a few other functions.

#2690686 - Yesterday at 05:16 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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Casio Privia PX160 should fit the bill. Quite good for ~500$.
There is a furniture-type stand with 3-pedal option to it, making it total ~560$ (saw it on Amazon)
Check it out.


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#2690699 - Yesterday at 06:40 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: Kumi_27]  
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Originally Posted by Kumi_27
Casio Privia PX160 should fit the bill. Quite good for ~500$.
There is a furniture-type stand with 3-pedal option to it, making it total ~560$ (saw it on Amazon)
Check it out.



This is probably the best you are going to get within your budget.

You can analyze possible options for 2 or 3 weeks and then end up with something very similar or exactly this ... or .... you can just order it ... done.

Good Luck


Don

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#2690701 - Yesterday at 06:43 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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Yes, The PX-160 is probably your best option in that price range. It has a surprisingly good action and sound for the money. It doesn't have a lot of built in voices, but you can pair it with a computer for additonal (software based) voices if that is ever important to you. Assuming that you're in the U.S., It's available with an optional stand and triple pedal for under $600. If you check on youtube, there are lots of vidoes of people playing them.

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#2690703 - Yesterday at 06:55 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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#2690706 - Yesterday at 07:26 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: dmd]  
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I've been looking around, and I found a yamaha p115 set for ~$650, with the keyboard, wood stand, 3 pedals, and bench. I was wondering if this would be a good deal you'd recommend I go with, it's on sale till the 22nd: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha/...Piano-Black-with-Wood-Stand-and-Bench.gc

#2690707 - Yesterday at 07:43 PM Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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Originally Posted by One Fish Two Fish
I've been looking around, and I found a yamaha p115 set for ~$650, with the keyboard, wood stand, 3 pedals, and bench. I was wondering if this would be a good deal you'd recommend I go with, it's on sale till the 22nd: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha/...Piano-Black-with-Wood-Stand-and-Bench.gc


That would be fine, also.


Don

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#2690777 - 2 hours ago Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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Check out this guide: https://www.pianodreamers.com/5-best-beginner-keyboards-weighted-keys/
It lists the best keyboards with 88 fully-weighted keys under 500$

#2690784 - 2 hours ago Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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#2690785 - 1 hour ago Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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I'd add a little and get this

https://www.kraftmusic.com/casio-privia-px-160-digital-piano-black-complete-home-bundle.html (575$)

Because of 3-pedal option (and better looking bench smile )


And by the way, the Yamaha probably doesn't have such pedal in the bundle (there is only stand and bench listed there), and Yamaha LP5A Three-Pedal Unit will cost You another ~80$.
Kraft has a bundle with pedal too - https://www.kraftmusic.com/yamaha-p-115-digital-piano-black-complete-home-bundle.html and it's 725$


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#2690788 - 1 hour ago Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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Kawai ES-110 is good as well, but $100 more than the P-115 bundle:

https://www.kraftmusic.com/kawai-es110-digital-piano-home-essentials-bundle.html

I would look at the used (or last new items) market to see if there are Kawai ES-100 models with stand around, those can be had for less than $500, and are exceptional value (the ES-100 mechanism is the same as ES-110). The touch is on par with the Privia PX-160, maybe even better. Have one myself at my parents' home to play at.

#2690797 - 11 minutes ago Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: jokke]  
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Originally Posted by jokke
Kawai ES-110 is good as well, but $100 more than the P-115 bundle:

https://www.kraftmusic.com/kawai-es110-digital-piano-home-essentials-bundle.html


To be precise ....

ES110 = $869.99

P115 = $649.99

That would make it $220 more than the P115 bundle.


Don

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#2690801 - 4 minutes ago Re: Digital Piano Recommendations [Re: One Fish Two Fish]  
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If you can stretch your budget to $800, this is a really good option:

Roland RP-400
https://www.adorama.com/rorp400.htm...ium=Affiliate&utm_source=rflaid62905

A very similar model used to regularly sell at Costco for around $1200.

The SuperNATURAL sound is pretty good - some people love it and some don't - but it is very credible as a first piano sound. You can always go the VST route later on to improve the sound if you like.

It has PHA-IV action - that is pretty good for this price range. In fact their Roland's top of the line PHA-50 action has several similarities with PHA-IV (of course PHA-50 is much better).

Osho


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