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#2425221 - 48 minutes 31 seconds ago Is an Inexpensive, Half-A@@ed 88 Key keyboard Midi a Dream?
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Registered: 05/22/15
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Loc: Canada
While I plan on studying and practicing on an upright, I would love to use an 88 key midi keyboard interface when I mess around in Reaper (my favorite DAW).

I know that you get what you pay for, but is there anything out there for about $300 that doesn't completely suck? I know a good key feel and nice features such as after-touch are not a reality at low prices, but something playable would be nice.

Perhaps a 72 or 61 key is more appropriate. All I know is that I am unhappy with the 49 key interface I have. Too much octave switching.

Opinions?
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#2425224 - 41 minutes 58 seconds ago Re: Is an Inexpensive, Half-A@@ed 88 Key keyboard Midi a Dream? [Re: Schick]
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You don't have to go too much further up from $300 to get something proper. Yamaha P45 is $449. Wait another month or two and save a few more dollars for a decent action. Or, if you move quick, pick up a B-Stock P35 for $369.99. Apparently 11 sold, and 3 left.

Not only are they decent digital pianos, but they have USB connectivity to computer to use as a controller to boot. Enjoy!


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#2425232 - 16 minutes 9 seconds ago Re: Is an Inexpensive, Half-A@@ed 88 Key keyboard Midi a Dream? [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Tempting. I wish duty fees and brokerage weren't so damn high from the US to up here.

Looks like a nice unit. hard to dismiss a Yamaha.
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#2425234 - 12 minutes 23 seconds ago Re: Is an Inexpensive, Half-A@@ed 88 Key keyboard Midi a Dream? [Re: Schick]
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Guitar Center has the Casio CDP-130 for $299.99. It's probably comparable to the P35 and may be a viable option as well.
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#2425239 - 38 seconds ago Re: Is an Inexpensive, Half-A@@ed 88 Key keyboard Midi a Dream? [Re: fizikisto]
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Costco Canada sometimes has good deals on low end Casio digital pianos. Also check the used market, refurbished units, demo units. If you are near a big city, some of the bigger stores may sell used equipment on consignment.
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