First off, I know I'll probably be castrated in a place like this, where the cheapest item I've seen is 1.5k. And it could go on and on on how synths are evil, key dynamics, weight, sound, tone quality, everything can come into play. But anyhoo lets give it a go. This will be long, and drawn out as I sometimes like to talk/type alot. I apologize for that.
Now years ago I took piano lessons. I don't really consider them lessons because the only thing I learned was that if I didn't sit up straight, I got hit with a ruler. I've played a variety of musical instruments(trumpet, clarinet, french horn, saxophone, drums) But It's been so long that I've pretty much forgotten how to read sheet music, and forgot the basic notes. The only real instrument I was good at was clarinet.
On top of that I had a electronic keyboard as a child, (12-16) And I liked it alot, It seems frumpy by todays standards, no LCD screen, small song/rythm bank. But it did have a drum session and the ability to save a minute or so of song. I never learned how to play with both hands simultaneously, so I cheated and used the song recording feature to do some songs. Even then things sounded 2 dimensional since I was almost never hitting 2 keys at the same time. I just never got far into it other then "play a few songs by ear"
Now I want to change that. I'd like to start learning properly. But several factors have to meet before I can buy one.
1) Must be priced around $150-200, This is non-negotiable. I only work part time, and have alot of other expenses.
2) Must be a synth keyboard with at least Midi Connectivity. I need one for small size.
3) Must have an LCD display
Now, Things like Weighted Keys, Soft Keys, Dont matter to me. I see myself buying an upright piano 7-10 years down the road. And possibly a grand piano 20-25 years down the road. This is just to learn on.
My Choices thus far are
Casio CTK-691 Discontinued
Now, Of those the LK-90TV has several nice features, Lighted Keys, TV out, Pc Connection, smart media slot. and a Detailed learning Mode
The Yamaha's have double the instruments/voices over the LK90TV
All have touch sensitive keys, and are 32-note Polyphonic.
You can find all except the discontinued model here http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?...gsortfilter.jsp
So there you have it. Which would you choose if you HAD to decide. or is there another model/brand out there for that price? Hardware wise It must be a synth for its compact-ness. Personally the Lighted Key Gimmick is appealing to me. I can pick that model up at sams club for $149.
Any input is appreciated.