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#693388 - 12/22/04 01:24 PM right choice?
Bardoflight Offline
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Registered: 12/21/04
Posts: 2
I just started playing keyboard and i got a radioshack one for $80.00 (normal price: $120.00)
i was wondering if this was a good choice for starting out.
I never kill time, i just knock it out.

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#693389 - 12/22/04 01:31 PM Re: right choice?
AaronSF Offline
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Registered: 10/07/04
Posts: 732
Loc: San Francisco
Well, that really depends on your abilities and goals. If you're a complete novice and you just want to learn the keyboard layout and get familiar with it, a cheap keyboard should work. If you have more ambitious goals, probably not.

#693390 - 12/22/04 01:34 PM Re: right choice?
Bardoflight Offline
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Registered: 12/21/04
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so your saying that as i become more experienced that i should buy a higher quality one but for a complete novice a cheap one will do fine?
I never kill time, i just knock it out.

#693391 - 12/22/04 09:27 PM Re: right choice?
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Registered: 06/06/04
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Loc: Ohio, USA
yeah, that's exactly what AaronSF meant. the keyboard like the one you bought is no comparison to a piano (digital/acoustic) not only for the sound quality but also the very different key action. the keys on a piano have weight, while the keys on a cheap keyboard do not have. therefore, the key feel is quite different. on a keyboard like yours, there is no difference to produce a sound whether or not you press/hit key hard or soft, while on a piano the sound would be quite different if you strike keys hard or soft.

so, it is pretty much up to your goal. for playing around for fun, a keyboard will satisfy you for quite a while. but if you are thinking about playing seriously some day (especially for classical music), then you definitely need to upgrade to a piano after a short period because you will soon find your keyboard no longer adequate for developing your skills.


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