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#660171 - 05/22/03 12:45 PM Any skilled pianists out there?
RyanLee Offline
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Registered: 05/22/03
Posts: 2
Loc: UK

Hoping some bright spark could answer this question as I am completely new to these products and am more than a little bemused :

Looking to buy a digital piano ($800 - $1200 / 500 - 700) and, in order of highest precedence first, I require :

- Authentic piano sound
- good and varied extra sample style voices (ideally something with hammond / rhodes style keys)

I can't find anything with both in this price range, sort of only one or the other. The closest

I didnt want to have to buy a keyboard and then have to buy something like the E-MU vintage sounds module just to get the quality extra sounds as well as the good piano.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for any hints.


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#660172 - 05/23/03 01:20 PM Re: Any skilled pianists out there?
LorenzoGonzalez Offline
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Registered: 05/05/03
Posts: 23
Loc: Michigan, USA
You should be looking at the Roland RD700, or the Yamaha S90 - which are both a few hundred bucks out of your price range...

Too bad the Alesis QS8.2 is such a piece... the piano patch really bites. But the rest is pretty fun, and the action is passable.


#660173 - 05/23/03 02:33 PM Re: Any skilled pianists out there?
RyanLee Offline
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Registered: 05/22/03
Posts: 2
Loc: UK
Thanks for the info. Have been checking up on the models you suggested but can't find any indication of whether they have good rhodes / hammond style sounds. The reviews just go on about the piano sound.

The keyboard that seems to have everything I want is the General Music promega 2, but it costs big.

#660174 - 05/31/03 04:33 PM Re: Any skilled pianists out there?
toonses Offline
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Registered: 05/31/03
Posts: 1
I have been playing piano for a few years, and found the need to purchase an elecric piano recently. My criteria were similar to yours in that I wanted one that was as much like an acoustic piano as possible. While I did not have the opportunity to try a Yamaha (I needed one very quickly and did not have time to drive all over town looking for a Yamaha to try), I did try several different models of Korg, Kurtzweil(sp?), and Roland (both new and used). After spending several hours testing all these brands, I decided on a Roland as it had the most piano-like action and sound. I also went between a couple different models on the Roland, but finally went for the RD-700 (in part becuase the other model I was looking at did not have the nice pipe organ sound, and in part becuase there were more piano options on the 700).

Anyway - of the three brands, the Roland definately was the most convincing piano, and after purchasing, one of the staff happened to mention that almost all pianists have that same opinion.

#660175 - 06/10/03 01:17 PM Re: Any skilled pianists out there?
ryan Offline
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Registered: 06/04/01
Posts: 1995
Loc: Colorado
I wasn't really excited about the organ samples on the S90. But there is a CD of B3 voices available that you can load onto the S90. Here is a link where you can listen to some samples.



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