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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard
Animisha #2918503 12/01/19 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Animisha
Thank you Larry for your answer!
Have you ever considered scanning your music to pdf's and reading it from the iPad, instead of using the iPad as a music desk? In that way, you don't need to bring paper music when travelling. smile


You’re welcome! Were you in on the thread where I came down on the side of using paper and pencils over digital displays for sheet music? smile I can’t see having the time to scan music and my iPad is a little small for a full page, it seems to me. I didn’t buy the largest iPad. Plus, I don’t want to carry a Bluetooth pedal.

I traveled with just a few pieces of paper that I copied out of a book so that didn’t add much weight to the bag.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard
Tyrone Slothrop #2919256 12/03/19 01:44 AM
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Unless one is looking for a travel piano suitable for work on classical piano repertoire, the Yamaha Piaggero NP12 is compact keyboard (without graded hammer or weighted piano action) that checks all the boxes of travel keyboard requirements for me:

-small and light (~10 lbs)
-61 standard width keys
-builtin speakers and amp
-headphone amp/jack
-inexpensive for an electronic keyboard (200 US$)
-piano, electric piano, organ, harpsichord, vibes, and strings
-reasonably good tonal/sound quality
-supports a sustain pedal
-can be powered by batteries or AC
-very simple, intuitive user interface: no manual needed

Would work fine as a practice instrument for classical organ, harpsichord, and a fair bit of jazz, blues, rock, or pop repertoire.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard
Tyrone Slothrop #2919258 12/03/19 02:26 AM
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I basically agree, and the board has been mentioned here before. By now the Roland GoKeys and GoPiano, and the Casio CT S300 are probably better in all aspects (however a bit more expensive).

But good point that you mention about the NP12 that is also a useful practice board for classical/pipe organ. It really has one good (the mellow one) pipe organ sound, and if you crank up the reverb manually it really sounds very convincing and good. Certainly good enough for practicing.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard
Tyrone Slothrop #2919267 12/03/19 03:12 AM
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The Go:Piano is pricier (330 US$) and costs more than I would want to spend on a travel keyboard that I only used infrequently. The Casio CT-S300 is cheaper (140 US$), and the CT-S200 still cheaper (110 US$). I think the organ and harpsichords are better on the NP12 than on the casio's, however. I've not played a GoPiano.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard
Tyrone Slothrop #2919635 12/04/19 10:42 AM
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If I remember correctly the Np-12 does not have full size keys, that for me made it an easy decision to get a go:piano.

Right after buying it I wasn't sure how to use it effectively. I now find it a great tool for when I am traveling.

I don't use it very much for playing songs. Figuring out fingering for pieces and initial familiarization is where the little piano really shines.

Slow practice is another one.

If mine would break I would buy another one unless something better came out recently that I don't know off.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard
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I believe they are standard width on the NP12, but I did not measure them when I tried it recently. What is standard length? Concert 9’ grand?


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Tyrone Slothrop #2919839 12/04/19 07:15 PM
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You might want to check that Sweelinck. When I played it didn't feel like the keys where standard width, close but not standard.

Just remember that 1 mm over an octave makes 8 mm difference. That is ~1/3 of standard key width.

I might be wrong but something felt very off when I played it.


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Re: Summer is here: Need a travel piano/keyboard
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You are correct. I was back at the store today and measured octaves comparing the distance from the left edge of a C to the right edge of the C an octave up. The distance for the NP12 (and Casio’s) was about 1/8” less than the same span on a Yamaha P-125.


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