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#674616 - 07/18/05 11:31 PM Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
red120 Offline
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Registered: 07/18/05
Posts: 10
Hi everyone,

I play tenor sax for about one year, and was interested to start learning piano as well (since my sax teacher refer to it constantly in theory). But, as a university student, I don't have a lot of spare money either, and can't have a real piano or anything in my apartment.

So! I thought I can get a digital piano (same as keyboard?) and then learn on my own from a book or something (because I don't have enough cash to take lessons for two instruments, one is very tight already). Plus, my coordination isn't very good, so if I take lessons, it will waste a lot of money.

Would you guys have any recommendations for something to start on? I would want to get 88 keys I think, because I do want to be able to actually play... but not sure on what kind of options I need. Anyways, thanks in advance everyone for your assistances ^^.. I would say maybe 1,000 CDN after tax, of course cheaper is even better as I don't have to save up money as long a time.

I looked at the P60, but it doesn't have a lot of instruments to play with (only 10), while the P90 is way over my budget, and also doesn't have any speakers (is this a big problem?). Should either of those bear more considering, and are there other brands as well besides Yamaha that's worthwhile to consider?

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#674617 - 07/18/05 11:51 PM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
chris tan Offline
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Registered: 07/04/05
Posts: 17
Loc: Singapore
hi there, Casio's Privia line of piano will certainly provide you a decent piano for the tight budget you have. Good hammer action with tolerable piano sounds. Look at PX100 or PX300. On top of that, it;s really lightweight.

Regards
CHRIS

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#674618 - 07/19/05 07:17 AM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
kidblast Offline
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Registered: 04/25/05
Posts: 258
Loc: Leominster Mass.
yea, sounds like the PX100 could fit your needs. $500 (us) 88 keys, weighted action, not A LOT of sounds, does have built in speakers. (which are not great, but good for practicing, and Headphones of course, will yield much better sounds)

The cheapest yamaha that has weighted keys is the P60, at about $250 more but has no speakers.

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#674619 - 07/19/05 10:17 AM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
me_dup1 Offline
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Registered: 03/19/02
Posts: 261
Loc: north of 53
Costco (Canada) sells the aforementioned Casio models with a $100 discount at one point in time. You can also pick up a bench and a stand from them for $50 (or less).

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#674620 - 07/19/05 10:50 AM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
pianocliff Offline
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Registered: 05/05/05
Posts: 398
Loc: Washington, DC Metro
I second the Privia recommendation. I played one at a music store and am actually thinking about getting one to use as a midi controller/sequencer. It has a fairly good action for a digital and the price is very reasonable given the features it has.

~pianocliff

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#674621 - 07/20/05 06:40 AM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
red120 Offline
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Registered: 07/18/05
Posts: 10
I see.. out of the PX100 and PX300 then, which one would be better to get?

As well, just curious, why is it so much cheaper than the Yamaha P60 and P90 series?

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#674622 - 07/20/05 02:10 PM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
kidblast Offline
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Registered: 04/25/05
Posts: 258
Loc: Leominster Mass.
the px300 has a lot more sounds

px100 has 10, the px300 has 168

http://www.casio.com/index.cfm?fuseactio...§ion=Privia

as for the price break,, this has always been the attraction for Casio,, great bang for the buck ratios..
but you'd have had to have been deaf to not notice the difference in sounds from the P90/P60 to Privias..

the yamaha's paino voices to me were just superior, and the whole instrument just felt more solid..

I have two yamaha boards and they are GREAT!

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#674623 - 07/22/05 12:53 AM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
FogVilleLad Offline
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Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 4683
Loc: San Francisco
Red120,

Please audition that P60 that's mentioned in kidblast's post, above. Yammy's boards are still the digital industry's best---and Yammies are built like tanks.

A P-80 is now my reserve board. It was going strong after three years of fairly intensive playing, and I bought is used.

As for the Band-in-a-Box instruments, if your primary interest is piano, go for quality piano samples.

IMO, the price/quality champ is still Yammy. And there's an active resale/used market on eBay and Craigslist.

DavidH

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#674624 - 07/25/05 07:00 PM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
red120 Offline
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Registered: 07/18/05
Posts: 10
I was totally going to go for the P60 (or even the PX100/300 recommended in this thread).. but went in to try out the pianos today. Ran into Costco, tried their ONLY keyboard (Casio PX555-R), and didn't like the sound too much.. sounded kinda.. fake? I don't know how to describe it.. and then ran over to another music store that had a lot of pianos and tried out a few.

And the P90 is really, really great, to my ears, as well, the look is sleek too.

But it's like, way over my budget, as I already knew.

So, I bought it with Visa >_<

Hooray, I'm an idiot :p

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#674625 - 07/26/05 09:24 AM Re: Need a starter piano on a TIGHT budget.. please help!
kidblast Offline
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Registered: 04/25/05
Posts: 258
Loc: Leominster Mass.
P90 is a great stage piano. congrats...

the Casios, the problem is the built in speakers are HELLISH.. if you listen to them with Headphones, they will sound better, the yamaha P90 however is a quantum leap from the Privias

ENJOY!

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