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Offline grayson73

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Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
« on: October 07, 2015, 03:07:25 PM »
I'm looking for a portable digital piano / keyboard to be used with a full band connected to FOH. Which one would you buy:

Casio CDP-100   225.00
Korg SP-170   250.00
Korg SP-250   300.00
Casio PX100   300.00

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #1 on: October 08, 2015, 01:12:38 PM »
Two more popped up:

Yamaha YPP-50   200.00
Casio CDP-120   280.00

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #2 on: October 08, 2015, 07:43:39 PM »
I wouldn't buy any of them but that is not to say you shouldn't. If you are gigging with it I do question the longevity of mechanics inside these with the least worthy being the Casios, IMO. The Korgs might be worth while but it matters how you connect up your sound and how it goes FOH. For instance as I recall the SP170 hase no 1/4" TRS out. It matters if you will use internal sounds or virtual sounds via mixer or programs. Will you use midi ?
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #3 on: October 08, 2015, 07:55:45 PM »
I wouldn't buy any of them but that is not to say you shouldn't. If you are gigging with it I do question the longevity of mechanics inside these with the least worthy being the Casios, IMO. The Korgs might be worth while but it matters how you connect up your sound and how it goes FOH. For instance as I recall the SP170 hase no 1/4" TRS out. It matters if you will use internal sounds or virtual sounds via mixer or programs. Will you use midi ?

Thanks for the reply!  We've been using a 3.5mm to 1/4" cable for our current keyboard.

No, we will not be using midi.

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #4 on: October 08, 2015, 08:25:11 PM »
Thanks for the reply!  We've been using a 3.5mm to 1/4" cable for our current keyboard.

No, we will not be using midi.

With that in mind then internal sound matters.  I assume you are running through a mixer, does it have EQ capability ? The SP250 has two 1/4" out ports as I recall but I don't believe it has on board EQ. Where are getting an SP 250 from anyway, it's been out of production for some time ?
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #5 on: October 09, 2015, 12:55:36 PM »
With that in mind then internal sound matters.  I assume you are running through a mixer, does it have EQ capability ? The SP250 has two 1/4" out ports as I recall but I don't believe it has on board EQ. Where are getting an SP 250 from anyway, it's been out of production for some time ?

Yes, we are running through a mixer.  All of the items listed are available used from my local Craigslist.

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #6 on: October 09, 2015, 01:49:26 PM »
I don't know where you are located but if you are looking at Casio anyway and if in the US, did know that you can get a brand new PX 150 with free shipping for $399 ? Watch the video at the link provided, look at the specs on it as well, linked here :  http://www.kraftmusic.com/brands/casio/digital-pianos/privia/px150/  Do note that the PX 150 has two 1/4" connections and USB as well.

Also look at Musicians Friend ( just put it in your browser) , they often have discount coupons right at the web site and this being a Holiday weekend I imagine they are running some kind of discount on various keyboards.
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #7 on: November 02, 2015, 04:34:30 PM »
Thanks all.  I ended up getting a used PX130 for $275.

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #8 on: November 02, 2015, 05:11:56 PM »
Thanks all.  I ended up getting a used PX130 for $275.

That's not bad they're around $430 new in the UK ( to dollar conversion)
"England is a country of pianos, they are everywhere."

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Re: Help me pick one of these four digital pianos / keyboards
«Reply #9 on: November 03, 2015, 10:37:32 AM »
Thanks all.  I ended up getting a used PX130 for $275.

I wish you all the luck in the world with it and I hope it satisfies your needs and desires !
Depressing the pedal on an out of tune acoustic piano and playing does not result in tonal color control or add interest, it's called obnoxious.