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#2002612 - 12/21/12 11:21 AM Best Keyboard for $200
EonPuzzle Offline
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Registered: 12/21/12
Posts: 4
What is the best keyboard possible for $200 (plus tax)?
In this case, the criteria are:

* It must sound like a real piano as much as possible
* It must have 76 or 88 keys
* The $200 (plus tax) really is the budget limit

Possibilities identified thus far are:

1. A Yamaha DGX-230MS at Sam's Club ($199.99)
2. A Casio referenced by Joe at KeyboardMag (model unknown)
3. Your suggestions ...

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#2002613 - 12/21/12 11:25 AM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
spanishbuddha Offline
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'Keyboard' so weighted hammer or not? If weighted hammer probably used or second-hand.

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#2002617 - 12/21/12 11:27 AM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
Bane Offline
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Check out the Casio WK-200 and see what you think.
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#2002630 - 12/21/12 11:51 AM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
EonPuzzle Offline
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Blake,

The Casio WK-200 does list for $199.95. However, unlike the Yamaha referenced earlier, the Casio WK-200 does not come with a stand and power supply at the specified price.

Can you post a link that offers something different?

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#2002634 - 12/21/12 12:05 PM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
ando Offline
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My suggestion: save up for a bit longer and get something better. You won't be satisfied with a $200 piano - either in terms of how it feels or sounds. I understand having a budget, but you seriously get rubbish for $200. If you are buying it for somebody else, consider that if it is an unsatisfying experience, they are unlikely to stick with it. Better to wait for a while and get something decent.

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#2002648 - 12/21/12 12:38 PM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
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According to that Amazon link, the Casio WK-200 has apparently been replaced by the WK-225, for less money.

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#2002740 - 12/21/12 03:44 PM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
EonPuzzle Offline
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The product pictures suggest that neither the Casio WK-200 nor the Casio WK-225 have large built-in speakers as does the Yamaha DGX-230MS.


Edited by EonPuzzle (12/21/12 03:45 PM)

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#2002780 - 12/21/12 05:20 PM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
EonPuzzle Offline
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Upon examining the manufacturer's website, the Casio WK-225 does indeed have the built-in speakers.

How significant are the following features for a really good piano sound?

1. Polyphony Number (It's 32 for the Yamaha DGX-230MS and 48 for the Casio WK-225)

2. Pitch Bend (It's mentioned on the Yamaha DGX-230MS but it's not mentioned on the Casio WK-225)

Also, are these models the only two possibilities that meet the originally stated inquiry?

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#2002806 - 12/21/12 06:41 PM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
Bane Offline
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The Wk 200 does have built in speakers, I don't know about large that's a matter of opinion I guess. All I know is that it's the best DP I've played for $200. I am afraid the sound will be disappointing. Hardly realistic at all. However, I never notice as I always use it to trigger the sounds of my sample library. If you do use a sample library the results of not having weighted keys are devastating as I have found.
The WK 200 does have:

-sampling capabilities
-180 rhythms and 570 sounds
- +/-12 transpose
-Adjustable reverb and chorus
-An arpeggiator
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#2002885 - 12/21/12 11:31 PM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
dkong99 Offline
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If $200 is your absolute top limit, my best advice would be to check Craigslist. A lot of people buy keyboards but end up never using them so you could get a decent bargain if you merely keep an eye out.

However, if you must have new in the box, as others have stated, you're not going to get a very good keyboard, but if that isn't part of your criteria, Guitar Center for example is selling their housebrand Williams Allegro for $199 and with their current promotions you can get another $15 off.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Williams-Allegro-88-Key-Digital-Piano-106063399-i1551911.gc

This would meet your stated criteria...But..you will get what you pay for.

DAVID

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#2002911 - 12/22/12 12:35 AM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
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Originally Posted By: EonPuzzle
How significant are the following features for a really good piano sound?

1. Polyphony Number (It's 32 for the Yamaha DGX-230MS and 48 for the Casio WK-225)

Considering the limitations of a $200 budget, low polyphony would be about the least of your concerns. But regardless, if you're only playing one sound at a time, 32 is generally fine, in my experience.

Originally Posted By: EonPuzzle
Pitch Bend (It's mentioned on the Yamaha DGX-230MS but it's not mentioned on the Casio WK-225)

Pitch bend is generally not applicable to piano, it's for synth sounds. Not that someone couldn't use it if on a piano sound if they want, but most people wouldn't (and it's not anything a real piano has).

Originally Posted By: EonPuzzle
Also, are these models the only two possibilities that meet the originally stated inquiry?

Probably, unless you're going to look at something used. Yamaha and Casio are the players in that market.

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#2002914 - 12/22/12 12:46 AM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
SmellsLikeABeer Offline
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Registered: 02/20/11
Posts: 21
Guitar center are having a sale on the Yamaha 235 and Williams Allegro both are $200. I can not decide one which one I want to
get. I am leaning towards the Williams. Don't listen to me though
I am a beginner playing on a old yamaha keyboard. I just wanted to
give you more options. People don't like Williams digital pianos on this forum but they have mark it down from $300 to $200 and it has
88 keys. Wait for other replies before you decide.

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#2003010 - 12/22/12 09:23 AM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
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I would get the Williams. Of course there are all kinds of reasons people here don't choose them, but if your limit is $200 and you don't want something used, you're not going to get anything any of us would want. Of the available options, this at least has a weighted action. Despite its flaws, it will feel and probably sound) more like an acoustic piano than the Casio/Yamaha boards mentioned. And it's not usually available at this price.

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#2003252 - 12/22/12 09:35 PM Re: Best Keyboard for $200 [Re: EonPuzzle]
Bane Offline
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Registered: 11/03/12
Posts: 91
Loc: USA
A note to the OP concerning the Casios:

I just went to Bestbuy today, and they had a WK 225 on display. The piano sound is much more mellow and realistic than my WK200. This has me cursing myself as I just bought my 200 a couple months ago and missed out on the 225. Grrrrr......
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