newbie needs a keyboard

Discussion in 'Keyboards' started by frijoleghost, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. frijoleghost

    frijoleghost Supporting Member

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    hi folks,

    i'm a guitar player, but i'm thinking of acquiring a portable keyboard in order to teach myself a bit of piano (ok, i'll take lessons if you make me)...anyway i'm moving from one country to another so i want to get something, i don't know, lightweight and portable and useful, and i don't really know where to start...

    suggestions? thanks!!!
     
  2. kdm1218

    kdm1218 Supporting Member

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    Following... looking at mini keyboard options to still have a full octave to plink on, but save space with a new baby.
     
  3. silver surfer

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    The Roland Go Keys is a great keyboard. Weights 8 pounds. Key size and action is very good. Sounds are very good. Lots of options. Easy to navigate. I am a keyboard player with high end gear and wanted something to play outside at home and to take to a friend's house who plays acoustic guitar. Very satisfied with the quality of this keyboard.
     
  4. JPrisco

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    Anything will work. Literally anything with full-size keys, so you can learn proper technique.
    I suggest 49 to 61 keys as reasonably portable without being too limited.
    "Lightweight" will not equal anything weighted, so forget that for now. A Casio will do -- you might find one in a thrift store. The Go:Keys suggested above looks very good, if you want to spend $319
     
  5. mojotele65

    mojotele65 Supporting Member

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    Do you have an Ipad? if so, grab a nice midi controller, camera connection kit and some great soft synths for the ipad.
     
  6. stevel

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    After our Roland drum kit pad suddenly stopped working today with only about 2 hours of play time on it (if that), I would recommend anything but Roland.

    Did I mention all of the Roland LCD screens that no longer work (where the Yamahas the same age still do). Or the problems people are having with the mod/pitch bend lever?

    I think staying away from Roland at this point is probably a good idea.
     
  7. JPrisco

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    Hm, I don't think that's a widespread issue. I have three older Rolands (D-50, JP-8080, Juno-D); all bought in the last couple years, and all still working great (including the displays).

    Meanwhile, the one keyboard known to have a failing LCD is the Yamaha AN1x. I wouldn't let that keep me from buying one though (at the right price).

    I'm not biased for one brand or the other -- my Yamaha MX61 is probably the keyboard I have used most often in band situations -- it's useful for Hammond organ and piano sounds, also strings and choirs, and I used the synth sound for Cars songs. I wouldn't say I love it, but maybe I should!
     

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