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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2869207
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Let me know what you come up with Groove on. I agree the gun case and GO;Piano combined is a bit of a workout.

I do like how well the piano is protected though.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: LarryK] #2869314
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If anybody wants to practice on the road with an old school wooden keyboard, you’ve got one day to win this one on eBay:

Old School Wooden Practice Keyboard Auction


I found out from the seller that this old wooden practice keyboard weighs 12 1/2 pounds.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2870623
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Casio just released some new portable Casiotones:

36.6 inches wide
7.3 lbs
61 full sized keys
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priced around USD100-150

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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: Groove On] #2870633
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Originally Posted by Groove On
Casio just released some new portable Casiotones:

36.6 inches wide
7.3 lbs
61 full sized keys
aux-in
comes in 3 colors
priced around USD100-150

LINK
https://www.casiomusicgear.com/products/casiotone-series/ct-s300



That certainly looks like a pretty good option for travel but I know my only hoping of carrying a keyboard on a trip is if I can make it look like I’m not carrying a keyboard. smile I hope I get my Piano de Voyage, with its 13 inch wide sections, by September.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: LarryK] #2870637
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Originally Posted by LarryK
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Casio just released some new portable Casiotones:

36.6 inches wide
7.3 lbs
61 full sized keys
aux-in
comes in 3 colors
priced around USD100-150

LINK
https://www.casiomusicgear.com/products/casiotone-series/ct-s300



That certainly looks like a pretty good option for travel but I know my only hoping of carrying a keyboard on a trip is if I can make it look like I’m not carrying a keyboard. smile I hope I get my Piano de Voyage, with its 13 inch wide sections, by September.


Very much looking forward to your review. I haven't commented on the Piano de Voyage because it seems unlikely to ship to me, and even if it does, it appears highly unproven and unlikely to be a polished product. Will be exciting to see how it actually turns out!

I committed to the Lumi myself. It's not a full-size keyboard like the PdV, but it seems to have made all the right design choices by my book and is very modern and forward looking. I don't really care about the Guitar Hero gimmicks, but I do care about having a portable and expandable 4 octave solution with Bluetooth MIDI and decent-sized keys. I'm getting 2 Lumi's plus Snapcases in October. If all goes well, I might consider some other Roli BLOCKS to spice things up.

Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: navindra] #2870641
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Originally Posted by navindra
Originally Posted by LarryK
Originally Posted by Groove On
Casio just released some new portable Casiotones:

36.6 inches wide
7.3 lbs
61 full sized keys
aux-in
comes in 3 colors
priced around USD100-150

LINK
https://www.casiomusicgear.com/products/casiotone-series/ct-s300



That certainly looks like a pretty good option for travel but I know my only hoping of carrying a keyboard on a trip is if I can make it look like I’m not carrying a keyboard. smile I hope I get my Piano de Voyage, with its 13 inch wide sections, by September.


Very much looking forward to your review. I haven't commented on the Piano de Voyage because it seems unlikely to ship to me, and even if it does, it appears highly unproven and unlikely to be a polished product. Will be exciting to see how it actually turns out!

I committed to the Lumi myself. It's not a full-size keyboard like the PdV, but it seems to have made all the right design choices by my book and is very modern and forward looking. I don't really care about the Guitar Hero gimmicks, but I do care about having a portable and expandable 4 octave solution with Bluetooth MIDI and decent-sized keys. I'm getting 2 Lumi's plus Snapcases in October. If all goes well, I might consider some other Roli BLOCKS to spice things up.


I look forward to reading your review of the Lumi. I suppose I might go that way if the PdV does not work out. I guess I’m taking a bit of a chance but the French guy has spent years working on his design and will be building these himself, so I think it will turn out ok.

I can’t wait to see the look on people’s faces when I’m on an airplane and I pull out one 24 key section from my carry on, put it on my tray table, hook it to an iPad running a VST, plug in my Etymotic earphones, and start working on left and right hand practicing. I’d better print out some little business cards with his website on them.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: LarryK] #2870650
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Do you have any details on what the module connector looks like for the PdV? Quite curious about that.

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Originally Posted by navindra
Do you have any details on what the module connector looks like for the PdV? Quite curious about that.


The catalog shows a USB-B connector to connect to an iPad, iPhone, Mac, or Windows machine. If I use my iPhone then I guess I’d have to use a Bluetooth headset because there isn’t a separate headphone jack like on an iPad. There is no headphone amplifier in the module. So, power will be supplied by the device you hook it to.

He has prototyped standalone sound modules but he wanted to keep the initial release as simple as possible.

The 1/4” jack on the module is for a pedal.

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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2870663
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That Casiotone looks like a decent competitor to the Roland GoPiano. I like the slightly slimmer form factor and the UI is less "toy" looking. It's interesting they chose to go with the Casiotone branding, it seems like they've gone to pains to differentiate its "more serious" pianos from the stigma of Casiotone, and this seems like it could target those same people.


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I'm curious, does anyone have an opinion, rather than getting a hard case, if I just put the Roland Go:Piano in my suitcase surrounded by clothes and maybe some bubble wrap, do you think it would survive a 10 hour plane trip? It seems pretty sturdy, and it fits nicely in my large suitcase which I'm taking on my trip as it's about 2 weeks. I would be well surrounded so no airspace or hard things against the screen. I may just take my chances so I'm more looking for people to dissuade me for something I've not considered smile


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Originally Posted by LarryK
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Do you have any details on what the module connector looks like for the PdV? Quite curious about that.


The catalog shows a USB-B connector to connect to an iPad, iPhone, Mac, or Windows machine. If I use my iPhone then I guess I’d have to use a Bluetooth headset because there isn’t a separate headphone jack like on an iPad. There is no headphone amplifier in the module. So, power will be supplied by the device you hook it to.

He has prototyped standalone sound modules but he wanted to keep the initial release as simple as possible.

The 1/4” jack on the module is for a pedal.


The LUMI uses a magnetic proprietary connector. Can’t really tell how the PdV does it but looks like it has rails?

Originally Posted by Chrispy
I'm curious, does anyone have an opinion, rather than getting a hard case, if I just put the Roland Go:Piano in my suitcase surrounded by clothes and maybe some bubble wrap, do you think it would survive a 10 hour plane trip? It seems pretty sturdy, and it fits nicely in my large suitcase which I'm taking on my trip as it's about 2 weeks. I would be well surrounded so no airspace or hard things against the screen. I may just take my chances so I'm more looking for people to dissuade me for something I've not considered smile


I put my KORG microKEY in a Uke gig bag which I then put in my suitcase. Survived 30 hour+ trip just fine.

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Originally Posted by navindra

The LUMI uses a magnetic proprietary connector. Can’t really tell how the PdV does it but looks like it has rails?


Oh, you mean the connector between the keyboard sections. I don't know what it uses but you can kind of see how he assembles the keyboard in this video:



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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: Chrispy] #2870769
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Originally Posted by Chrispy
I'm curious, does anyone have an opinion, rather than getting a hard case, if I just put the Roland Go:Piano in my suitcase surrounded by clothes and maybe some bubble wrap, do you think it would survive a 10 hour plane trip? It seems pretty sturdy, and it fits nicely in my large suitcase which I'm taking on my trip as it's about 2 weeks.

What suitcase are you using?
It is one of the main problems with the 61-key portable keyboards, they are all around 35” / 900mm long, the typical suitcase is only around 27” / 760mm.

Packing keyboards in suitcases:
I thought of using a strip of hard foam/rubber taped under the keys to stop them from being depressed (cuz there’s nothing better than happy keys). Protecting knobs, buttons and black keys from getting squished and moshed is not so straight forward.

Decksaver
There’s a company called Decksaver that makes hard covers for audio equipment. I just ordered one for my Yamaha Reface CP, a bit pricey, but for me worth the peace of mind. It makes a pretty solid travel case once packed inside a suitcase or a light travel case. Hoping to find something like this for the Go Piano as it solves a lot of the travel problems.

LINK to Reface Decksaver
https://www.decksaver.com/covers/producer/synthesizer/reface-range-cover


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard [Re: Tyrone Slothrop] #2870793
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Since these keys are spring loaded I wouldn't worry to much about them being compressed for a 16 or more hours.


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Seer thanks for the info. And it’s a big suitcase, not sure the exact size but the keyboard fits right in.


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Originally Posted by navindra
I committed to the Lumi myself. It's not a full-size keyboard like the PdV, but it seems to have made all the right design choices by my book ...

The Roli magnetic connector is pretty impressive. I attended a Roli/Jordan Rudess demo with people constantly connecting and disconnecting the blocks and seaboards without losing any functionality. He was even passing out the blocks for people to play together. If the Lumi works the same way, it’s a pretty gee-whiz neato feature.

Roli has made lots of good design decisions, I just wish they’d also apply it to a traditional design.


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The LUMI uses a magnetic proprietary connector. Can’t really tell how the PdV does it but looks like it has rails?


Oh, you mean the connector between the keyboard sections. I don't know what it uses but you can kind of see how he assembles the keyboard in this video:



It has Bluetooth MIDI? That's news to me.

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Originally Posted by navindra
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The LUMI uses a magnetic proprietary connector. Can’t really tell how the PdV does it but looks like it has rails?


Oh, you mean the connector between the keyboard sections. I don't know what it uses but you can kind of see how he assembles the keyboard in this video:



It has Bluetooth MIDI? That's news to me.


I wonder if that feature is in the first release. I can ask next week. I think it is just a cable.


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The video says MIDI USB and Bluetooth. It also looks like he uses Bluetooth for the demonstration.




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Originally Posted by Groove On
The video says MIDI USB and Bluetooth. It also looks like he uses Bluetooth for the demonstration.




I know but I don’t see that feature listed in the catalog so maybe he’s not shipping that right away. I will ask. I can live without Bluetooth.


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