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#674160 - 02/20/06 07:43 PM Yamaha P90 for beginner...
Matt in Virginia Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Lakewood, Colorado
I've read through the archives and unfortunately could not find what I'm looking for...

I'm new to pianos and looking for a solid keyboard. My concentration, if you can call it that, will be Blues. Had been thinking about a DGX-505, however, after reading some of the reviews on this site I'm not so sure. I want something with weighted keys that won't become useless a few years down the road. Graded keys would be a plus as well...

Spoke with one of the salesmen at Sweetwater who recommended a Casio PX-310 until I mentioned audio outputs for my computer(Apple G5 Dual 2 Gig,23" Cinima Display). He then recommended a Yamaha P90. In short I'm very much open to suggestion and would greatly appreciate your input...

My price range is from $500 to $2000 at the outside. I don't need a professional keyboard, however, I detest buying junk that must be replaced down the road. Thank you for your time...

Yamaha, Roland, etc..?

Best Regards, Matt.

Btw, I failed to mention a good deal of playing will done at night and hence will be monitored through Sony 7506s out of courtesy to others in my building...


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#674161 - 02/20/06 08:01 PM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
P90 is a good one, and my teacher has it too and use it also for recording. but you have to buy external speakers or just use headphones, or you could get a P120 with built-in speakers.

i much prefer Yamaha's action (key), but you might like Casio's and Casio models cost less. so, my suggestion is to try out some of those at store before buying anything.

#674162 - 02/20/06 09:05 PM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
Matt in Virginia Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Lakewood, Colorado
I greatly appreciate your input. Would love to get a little hands on, however, the only place locally sells high end accoustical pianos (Steinway, Bechstein, ect) and only carries one digital keyboard. A Roland which they don't seem overly interested in selling...

Regards, Matt..

#674163 - 02/21/06 12:18 AM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
Matt, you won't find these type of keyboards in piano stores. You need to go to the stores that stock gig intruments. One national chain is Guitar Center. Here in the Northwest, we also have Music 6000. So you need to look around your neighborhood and find the gig stores that stock these keyboards.

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#674164 - 02/21/06 12:54 AM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
hawk85 Offline
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Registered: 06/21/05
Posts: 374
Matt in Virginia,

You have a wide variety of options in the $500-$2,000 price range.

Here are just a few...

Yamaha: P90, P120, P140 (replaces the P120), and P250; lower end Yamahas include the new P70 and the P65 introduced at CES 2006 (note that the P65 will be sold through Yamaha's Consumer Products division and not the PAC Division)

Roland: FP-2, FP-5, and RD-300SX

Casio: PX-110, PX-310, PX-700, and others

Guitar Center carries several of the models listed above. If I were buying, I'd probably buy a Yamaha P90 or above (however I am biased towards Yamaha, primarily due to the keyboard action) followed by a Roland RD-300SX.

As far as the lifespan of a digital keyboard, it depends primarily on your satisfaction level with your purchase. Technology advancements tend to result in major enhancements every 3-6 years in digitals. Hope this helps.

#674165 - 02/21/06 08:43 AM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
Matt in Virginia Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Lakewood, Colorado
I would like to thank you for your input. If you would'nt mind, what would make a Roland RD-300SX or even a RD-700SX a better blues piano than a P-90? Or would it? I hope you will excuse the newbie questions, however, I'd dearly love to place an order within the next week and hence your input is invaluable... Are the Rolands made in China like the low end Yamahas?

Regards, Matt.

#674166 - 02/22/06 01:08 AM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
Xenon Offline
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Registered: 11/19/04
Posts: 138
I'm not sure where the Rolands are made, but I do know that the Rolands and Yamahas are both highly regarded. A key difference between them is that the Roland has a lighter action while the Yamaha has a heavier one. Neither is inherently better and it really comes down to a matter of taste. So I'd also strongly suggest trying to track down a store in your area that would let you try them both out.

#674167 - 02/24/06 09:14 PM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
zoso Offline
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Registered: 02/23/06
Posts: 102
Loc: O'fallon Il
I just got a P90 today and love it! I'm new to piano as well and am hoping this will last many years. The sound is great, feels like a piano to me and Im thinking this will be a great board to learn to play on.
Have a nice day

#674168 - 02/25/06 02:24 AM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
lvercaut Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 36
Loc: Antwerp
You bet !
The P90 is a best buy.
Congrats on your purchase!

#674169 - 02/26/06 09:23 AM Re: Yamaha P90 for beginner...
ine-kpro... Offline
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Registered: 01/06/06
Posts: 148
Loc: Australia
are you using it to record audio or as a midi controller for your computer. i was going to buy one but apparently the midi problems it had was enough to pursuade me not to buy the p90. if you're going to play live into your computer, then it's ok but for me i don't like to buy something that already has limitations even if i was going to practice with it, because maybe in the future i may use it as a main midi controller. ive read it also doesn't transmit midi signals of what you have recorded into the built in recorder it has. correct me if im wrong on that one.
*** watch this space ***
ine-kpro... (eye-yen-kay pro)


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