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#682054 - 01/05/05 08:10 AM 3 Budget Questions: Price, Polyphony, Piano
Ozymandius Offline
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Registered: 01/04/05
Posts: 6
Loc: Midland, MI
Hi! I've spent the last few days browsing through this forum, and it's a fantastic resource. However, I do have a couple questions that I don't think have been addressed in previous posts (although, if I missed something, please point me in the right direction).

Background: I'm a poor college student living off investments. I'll be graduating in May (finally) with a real job already lined up. I played piano when I was a kid (5 or so years) on a quality acoustic upright. I have some time my Senior year, and I want to start playing again! So, I'm looking for something to use in my cruddy apartment. Note: I'm not an audiophile -- I don't mind using $15 headphones. (Yes, I know that makes you cringe).

It seems that the consensus for people on a budget is the Casio PX-100 at ~$500. Here are my three questions:

1.) Is there a "next step up" that's less than a 50% price increase? If I'm shelling out $500, I don't want to pay $750 or more. But if there's something that requires only a 20% increase and the quality is exceptionally better -- please let me know! (A cursory glance at other posts revealed $750 options, but not much less).

2.) Will the polyphony limitation of the PX-100 cause a problem for an average piano player? One post said that it was limited to 16 when using the "best sound" (the 32 is just a max number). While I'm not going to be playing complex Rachmaninoff pieces (although I may try), I won't be playing primer book pieces, either.

3.) I haven't seen much discussion about synthesizers, because of their non-realistic feel and sound. And while I definitely don't want something without weighted keys, are there any synthesizers cheaper than the PX-100 that have decent feel? Like I said, I'm not an audiophile or a concert pianist -- if there's something out there for $300 with decent weighting and lots of cool features, I might consider that over the almighty expensive "digital piano".

Thanks for your help! I'll, of course, refresh this post every 5 minutes, so if you have any questions -- please ask!

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#682055 - 01/08/05 08:10 AM Re: 3 Budget Questions: Price, Polyphony, Piano
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1) Not really, the next worthwhile step up would be, IMO, Yamaha P90/P120.

2) 16 is very limiting, 32 is fine, 64 is preferable, anything above is excellent.
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