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#2363273 - 12/18/14 11:10 PM Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner?
SKding Offline
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Registered: 12/18/14
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Having played guitar for nearly 20 years now, I am looking at learning the piano.

I have narrowed the choices down to the above two models and I am wondering which one will you guys choose?

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#2363277 - 12/18/14 11:27 PM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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Either would be suitable.

The korg has more tones, but lacks the ability to split the keyboard. Both boards have (imo) excellent actions (for the price). The casio is more portable and less expensive (even if you get the stand/triple pedal upgrades). The korg has traditional Midi outputs (better for connecting to other midi gear) where the casio has USB midi (slightly better for connecting to a computer)

You might also look at the casio px350 which (if you get the stand/pedal upgrade) is comparable in price to the korg but much more feature rich. Also worth looking at in that price range are the kawai ES100 and the yamaha P105.

Of them, my choice would probably be:

1) casio PX350
2) kawai ES100
3) PX150
4)korg
5) yamaha.

But of course, 10 other people might rank them differently in 10 different ways, preferences are really a *very* personal thing. If possible, try to find a store and play some of them. Judge how you like the way the keyboard sounds/feels.

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#2363307 - 12/19/14 01:29 AM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: fizikisto]
SKding Offline
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Originally Posted By: fizikisto
Either would be suitable.

The korg has more tones, but lacks the ability to split the keyboard. Both boards have (imo) excellent actions (for the price). The casio is more portable and less expensive (even if you get the stand/triple pedal upgrades). The korg has traditional Midi outputs (better for connecting to other midi gear) where the casio has USB midi (slightly better for connecting to a computer)

You might also look at the casio px350 which (if you get the stand/pedal upgrade) is comparable in price to the korg but much more feature rich. Also worth looking at in that price range are the kawai ES100 and the yamaha P105.

Of them, my choice would probably be:

1) casio PX350
2) kawai ES100
3) PX150
4)korg
5) yamaha.

But of course, 10 other people might rank them differently in 10 different ways, preferences are really a *very* personal thing. If possible, try to find a store and play some of them. Judge how you like the way the keyboard sounds/feels.

warm regards


For some weird reason in my part of the world, the PX150, LP380 and P105 costs the same... The Kawai is way over priced here and prices me out...

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#2363310 - 12/19/14 01:58 AM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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IMHO Korg LP380 is much worse than Casio PX150 (or any other reasonable instrument). I have tried LP380 a couple times and I was shocked first at how little variance there was between piano and forte tones - little more than just difference in loudness. (Basically it was completely incapable to produce p tone.)

It could be that that unit was set up wrongly, but I turned it on myself every time and I don't think it retains setting after it's switched off.
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#2363364 - 12/19/14 07:28 AM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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Originally Posted By: SKding

For some weird reason in my part of the world, the PX150, LP380 and P105 costs the same... The Kawai is way over priced here and prices me out...


Oh, right. Sorry, I should have thought about different pricing in different parts of the world. My preference would still be the PX150. But that preference is such a personal thing, the best way is for you to try them out each yourself. Even if 99 out of a 100 people would prefer the casio, you might be the 1 out of 100 that prefers the korg. The only way to know that for sure is to try it yourself.
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#2363380 - 12/19/14 08:36 AM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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Originally Posted By: SKding
For some weird reason in my part of the world, the PX150, LP380 and P105 costs the same... The Kawai is way over priced here and prices me out...


May I ask where you are located?

Cheers,
James
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#2363398 - 12/19/14 09:15 AM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: fizikisto]
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Originally Posted By: fizikisto
But that preference is such a personal thing, the best way is for you to try them out each yourself. Even if 99 out of a 100 people would prefer the casio, you might be the 1 out of 100 that prefers the korg. The only way to know that for sure is to try it yourself.


I totally agree. However, as a beginner to piano, it's hard to know what's good even if you do test it out yourself. If you know of any pianists that would be willing to go with you and try out the models you're interested in, that might be worthwhile.

Chances are, you will eventually upgrade this instrument as your skill and tastes develop. Personally, I recommend the Casio PX-150 as a good starter DP. It's affordable, has a decent action (although I find the textured keys a bit odd - but that's just me), and decent sound. Yamaha is OK, but I think the Casio will get you more mileage. Korg is not quite on par with Casio or Yamaha, IMO.
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#2363463 - 12/19/14 11:59 AM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: Morodiene]
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Originally Posted By: Morodiene
However, as a beginner to piano, it's hard to know what's good even if you do test it out yourself. If you know of any pianists that would be willing to go with you and try out the models you're interested in, that might be worthwhile.


Yes, That's a good idea. And even if not possible you could always ask the salesman (or saleswoman) to play something for you on them to help you evaluate the sound. As for the action, I think yes and no. A beginner can be sensitive to things like, "Wow, that's really noisy when the sound's turned off" or "wow, that really bottoms out hard when I play the keys" or whatever. Maybe they lack the skills to fully evaluate the keyboard in terms of their preference, but they can at least make an educated guess. And beyond that, I think a beginner will adapt to whatever action they have (as long as it's a reasonable one). Sometimes we have preferences because of familiarity. You might prefer a digital piano to have heavier actions because it's similar to the acoustic piano you have at home or to the piano you learned on. A beginner isn't making those kinds of subconscious (or even conscious) comparisons.


P.S The korg lp380 is actually a nice little niche piano. It has a nice furniture look to it without taking up a lot of room, it's got really good speakers for the size/price, and it has korg's top of the line action (which compares very well to the casio action imo...though not to the upper end actions from roland/kawai).

I too would pick the px150, but the korg might be a very reasonable alternative. Definitely worth giving a look if they can find one to try.
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#2363468 - 12/19/14 12:09 PM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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Registered: 06/02/14
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Loc: Colorado
I like the px150. You can upgrade to an acoustic or cabinet digital piano later and keep the px150 around. It plays great for its weight.

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#2364344 - Today at 07:40 PM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
SKding Offline
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Registered: 12/18/14
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Hey guys, I took everyone's advice into consideration and went for piano testings ovee the weekend. Here are my personal ibservations from a newbie.

Korg LP380 - The piano sounds were nothing to shout about while the rest of its non piano sounds were fantastic. The only thing i did not like about it was the action. The keys feel heavily damped and sluggish.

Casio PX150 - Liked the looks. Piano sounds were actually rather good. Brighter sounding than the yamahas I tried just for comparison but bright tones are what I prefer personally. The action was good and the feel was fantastic.

Yamaha P105/P155 - The P105 did not feel any better than the Casio. The P155 was just fantastic in terms of sound and had the best action of the models I tried but I am priced out from it.

So I bought the Casio and honestly say that it a good choice and value for a beginner like me. I am really having fun transfering the music I have learn on the guitar over to the piano.

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#2364349 - Today at 07:53 PM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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Originally Posted By: SKding
Hey guys, I took everyone's advice into consideration and went for piano testings ovee the weekend. Here are my personal ibservations from a newbie.

Korg LP380 - The piano sounds were nothing to shout about while the rest of its non piano sounds were fantastic. The only thing i did not like about it was the action. The keys feel heavily damped and sluggish.

Casio PX150 - Liked the looks. Piano sounds were actually rather good. Brighter sounding than the yamahas I tried just for comparison but bright tones are what I prefer personally. The action was good and the feel was fantastic.

Yamaha P105/P155 - The P105 did not feel any better than the Casio. The P155 was just fantastic in terms of sound and had the best action of the models I tried but I am priced out from it.

So I bought the Casio and honestly say that it a good choice and value for a beginner like me. I am really having fun transfering the music I have learn on the guitar over to the piano.


Congratulations on your new PX-150! laugh
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#2364355 - Today at 08:20 PM Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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Originally Posted By: SKding
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So I bought the Casio and honestly say that it a good choice and value for a beginner like me. I am really having fun transfering the music I have learn on the guitar over to the piano.


You are in for a world of fun -- congratulations on a good purchase and best of luck in your piano studies!!!
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#2364370 - 7 minutes 24 seconds ago Re: Korg LP380 or Casio PX150 for beginner? [Re: SKding]
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Congratulations on your purchase! It's a great choice and I hope that it gives you much enjoyment and fun!
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