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Thinking of buying a Korg EK-50
#3037278 10/19/20 08:49 AM
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I’ve been wanting to learn to play piano for quite some time now and have decided it’s time. I did some research and it looks like the Korg will do what I need in the price point I want to be in. At this point portable is important and I don’t want to make a sizable investment if it’s something I’m really not going to use. I was wondering if anyone has played one of these and what they thought of it.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Korg EK-50
Derek Rouleau #3037287 10/19/20 09:01 AM
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The Korg EK50 is an arranger keyboard, not a piano.
It doesn't feel like a piano at all ... because its used by people who compose music. It's not for playing music.

Find something better suited to playing piano.

The Roland FP10 is similarly priced. Find one of those at a shop and try it.

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There's playing piano and there's playing a keyboard.

(And there's of course playing an organ too.)

Those are all a bit different.

The EK-50 is not a piano. It's a keyboard.

But of course you can start on the EK-50 just to get used to what all the white and black keys do and sound like and what's the logic behind it all.

But for "playing piano" it has unnecessary features as it's an "Entertainer Keyboard". And it's missing many features of a "piano".

Korg's B2 would be a "piano". Or the XE20 if you want the extra features.

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or since portability is an issue, the Casio CDP-S100/CDP-S150 is about 4 lbs lighter than the Roland, about 23 lbs.

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Derek Rouleau #3037315 10/19/20 09:56 AM
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Korg makes a good, well built product. If you are mostly interested to play piano, look into the Korg D1. It has Korg's excellent RH3 action & weighted keys, but doesn't have all the fun stuff like 400 voices and beats. Nor does the D1 have built in speakers, but most built-in speakers are tinny anyway, so at least you avoid paying for those. Play it with headphones, add speakers when you can afford good ones.

I started out on a 61 key keyboard, a Yamaha. I liked playing so much that I soon wanted to upgrade to a weighted 88 keyboard for a truer piano-like experience. I went round & round with decision making, at first lured by the attractions of 500 voices & beats & modulations, But so many of those kinds of digital pianos fell short in the key action department, or I saw too many complaints of keys becoming clickety shortly after purchase. I settled on a Korg C1 console -- few bells & whistles, but excellent quality. The RH3 action feels great, not stiff near the fall board, the 30 tones are nice, & no clickety keys as of 7 weeks of ownership.

But if you want all those fun sounds/beats/other stuff, and a weighted 88 key keyboard for a decent price, also look at the Casio CDP S350. It offers a lot for the price. If you take to piano playing, it will be a long while before you'd grow out of it, like you would with a 61 key instrument.

I love my Korg C1, but there are still times I wish I had tubular bells or sitar sounds or other fun voices to play around with. And I think drum beats would be more fun to play along with than a plain old metronome.

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Here's a link to the Casio CDP S350 so you can see the price & specs:
https://www.amazon.com/Casio-CDP-S3...mp;psc=1&refRID=F3QNXVTY4C610MK1HBY0

Also, there are a number of video reviews on YouTube.


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