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What is a good price for it? Saw one selling for US $80. Wonder if it is a bargain.

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The keys aren't "touch sensitive". You can't control the volume of a note, by changing how hard you strike the key.

If you want to learn to play piano, it's not suitable, even if it's free.


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Originally Posted by Charles Cohen
The keys aren't "touch sensitive". You can't control the volume of a note, by changing how hard you strike the key.

If you want to learn to play piano, it's not suitable, even if it's free.



On the other hand, I have also written on this forum:

. . . "_Any_ keyboard is better than _no_ keyboard."

That's certainly true if you don't have much money! So getting started on a very inexpensive keyboard is better than not getting started at all, IMHO. You will probably want to upgrade, fairly quickly.

(Just to be clear, Casio calls its touch-sensitive keyboards "touch response".)

I've checked my local Craigslist, and used Casio "CTK" keyboards sell for around $100 Canadian -- around $75 US. So $80 isn't a crazy price. A new CTK-2550, from Amazon.CA, is $130 Cdn (= $100 US).

I think the whole "lighted key" feature is a mistake, but I'm old and rigid in my thinking. It might be useful for some people.

The Casio "WK" keyboards seem to all have "touch response". Some of the old ones might be in your price range, used. There's a WK-110 in my local Craigslist now -- it's $65 Cdn (= $50 US) -- even if it's 10 years old, that's a good price.

A question (and you may have answered it, in a previous post):

. . . your previous posts have talked about "scale practice" --

. . . What are you playing on, now?

Thanks --


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As Charles Cohen has said, to not use a keyboard with even velocity sensitive keys is really like learning to play the organ, certainly not piano.

If the OP is severely financially constrained, the cheapest real piano action digital piano which I know of is the Chinese-made Alesis Recital Pro with fully-weighted hammer-action keys. Brand new, it's about $350 USD (¥2,419.25, SGD 599.00).

You can find a digital piano cheaper used. But as Charles Cohen has said, if you something which is less than even the Alesis Recital Pro, without fully-weighted hammer-action keys, you are not learning to play the piano. You are learning to play synthesizer for pop/rock performances.


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Originally Posted by chongjasmine
What is a good price for it? Saw one selling for US $80. Wonder if it is a bargain.


Why would you want it? For some specific features?

It's probably not better in any way than your Yamaha PSR-E443.

It's old. There were Casio CTK-2500, CTK-2400 and CTK-2300 models and I guess even the 2500 is discontinued by now. I don't think it's a bargain.

Brand new 61 key Casios are not that expensive. E.g. the Casiotone CT-S200 costs $119 or so and it's a brand new model from late last year and the new ones are supported by the Chordana Play App:
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The Casiotone CT-S300 with touch sensitive keys is around $149 or so.

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It's probably not better in any way than your Yamaha PSR-E443.
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+1.

The PSR-E443 _is_ touch-sensitive, and several steps better than a WK-110.


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