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Old 12-02-2009, 04:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Buying a digital piano, advice?

Hi, I'm looking at buying a digital piano, and was wondering if anyone here could suggest a make/model?

I know I want it to have 88keys, weighted keys, be portable (stage piano?), and have a sustain pedal.

Apart from that, I have no clue!

My budget isn't great, about 300, but I don't mind buying second hand.
I've been looking on eBay, but since I don't really know which makes/models are best, I'm not that confident bidding.

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Old 12-02-2009, 06:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would suggest Roland digital pianos because it has a light to medium touch... The keys feel nice under the fingers, buy they react a little too much when you're playing fast passages. Their stage pianos are some of the best you can buy (RD and FP range) -- The realistic key touch and sound is just what's required for travelling professionals that perform for a living.

Another thing is the Classenti digital pianos because it offers a resonant, mellow and realistic piano sound. The touch is heavy-weighted, and authentic... with near perfect weighting (slightly heavier than most of Yamaha's digital pianos).
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got a Casio and it's fantastic. Weighted keys, full-length keyboard, portable, and a great sustain pedal. I am a pianist and was only used to playing 'real' pianos however when I started gigging unfortunately they were not portable! I was very skeptical when looking into digital pianos as I wanted it to feel exactly like playing a real piano. I am incredibly happy with my Casio. It is very authentic to play and you can adjust the sound settings to your liking.

It was $700AU which was actually very cheap next to all the other models of digital pianos I was looking at, so going second hand would be a great option if you're on a budget. The only thing I regret about mine is that it doesn't have a proper input - just a headphone one. The ones with proper connections were much more expensive.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Your budget will limit your options and although I agree that a Roland is a good choice... it may be out of your budget, even in a good used keyboard. The Yamaha has the best bang for your buck on your price range for a new unit, but you could also consider the CASIO Privia 130. It has all of the new stuff on it. I personally like the sounds on the Yamaha better, and they don't cost that much more than a CASIO but for the money they are both good choices.

I came across a site the other day that had some good video review demos on it. keyboardmusicalinstruments.net

Good Luck!

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If I was going to buy a keyboard in your price range, I would probably get a Yamaha.
I had one of their models years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed playing it. I sold it to a friend recently, after I hadn't played it for a couple of years, and it's probably the only possession I regret parting with. They are a good deal for the money and worth looking into.
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I would say a Casio is one of your best options, for sure. Always loved mine! My mother used to swear by her yamaha, but think the Casio is much better
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