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#673545 - 11/19/02 11:03 PM suggestions 4 digital piano
tho Offline
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Registered: 11/19/02
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anyone have any suggestions on purchasing a digital keyboard or basically anything that is portable, near full length keyboard, weighted keys, synthesizing/effects unnecassary, that i can use to practice on? im completely lost in the wide world of electronic keyboards. again, i dont need anything with doodads or gadgets, just something that is close in length to a piano that i can practice on. thanks much.

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#673546 - 11/20/02 12:07 AM Re: suggestions 4 digital piano
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Registered: 11/19/02
Posts: 214
Loc: Toronto, Canada
Like you, tho, I am in the market for a digital keyboard. After some consideration, I'm targeting the Yamaha P-80. I like the fact that: the keys are weighted, it's portable for a full-size keyboard, it lacks features that are unimportant to me but has a very good piano sound. I already have an acoustic piano, but my decision to obtain a digital is so I can practise at night without interrupting the household and I think the P-80 is a very cost effective solution for me. I spent quite some time reading users' keyboard reviews and comments over at Harmony Central . I found much of the info there to be informative, so I suggest you check it out too. Good luck in your search!

#673547 - 11/20/02 06:22 PM Re: suggestions 4 digital piano
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Registered: 05/24/02
Posts: 3741
Loc: Chicago
have you considered the Yamaha P200, the p80's big brother -- includes onboard speaker? I like the touch of both, infinitely better than the digitals of a few years back.


#673548 - 11/22/02 01:40 AM Re: suggestions 4 digital piano
iyi bir piano Offline
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Registered: 11/11/02
Posts: 664
Loc: USA
ES-1 or EX-1 Kawai both are good.
Nice action and good sound.

#673549 - 11/23/02 09:54 AM Re: suggestions 4 digital piano
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Registered: 11/16/02
Posts: 40
Loc: Ithaca, NY
I have a Kawai ESX. I think it blows P-80 out of the water. -Peter

#673550 - 11/26/02 12:18 PM Re: suggestions 4 digital piano
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kluurs, the Yamaha P200 is good but I don't need the built-in speakers. I'm planning on using some high-quality open-air headphones during the evening (not sure which model yet, possibly Sennheiser), and plugging the P80 into my home system during the day. I'm thinking almost any stand-alone amplified speaker system will sound better than the P200's built-in system.

I've not tried any of the Kawai models. With the exception of the MP9500, aren't the Kawai digitals 32-note polyphony only? OlderGuy, you sound convinced the ESX is better - can you qualify how exactly it's better than the P-80? I really like the silver finish of the ESX, however:

#673551 - 01/10/03 08:28 AM Re: suggestions 4 digital piano
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Registered: 11/16/02
Posts: 40
Loc: Ithaca, NY
The ESX has a little bit lighter touch vs P80.
It is personal, but I like the piano sound better too. Altogether, the differences are not that dramatical, I admit. Peter


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