88 Note Keyboard, with Low Profile Due to Space Restriction


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I want to purchase an 88 note piano weighted keyboard for bedroom/office/faux studio use. My restriction is that it must fit under the desk due to space constraints.

It will sit on a Z-stand so I can slide it in and out but the maximum space between the stand and bottom of the desk is 14.0cm (5.5 inches). The stand is at it's lowest (59cm high), and I cant find one which is any lower (or think it would be usable if it was lower).

It could possibly sit on top of the desk but the keys would be significantly higher than usual and I can''t think of a comfortable way of playing.

I'm looking predominantly for a piano although want other sounds, and will also use it (ideally not exclusively) with my computer.

My main option (from a size perspective) seems to be the Arturia Keylab 88 MIDI controller. This is look to be flexible and fun, and has a very low profile of 11cm (4.3in). The downside is it will always need my computer (or maybe ipad) and therefore less likely use it for an impromptu play unless I also get an external module (which is possible but costs then mount). There seems to be some question marks about Arturia reliability, and I think the 88key model must be due for an update as their smaller keyboard ranges have recently been updated to mkII, although I have no idea when..

Without the restriction, my preference would probably a Roland Juno-DS88, or possibly FP30 but these come in with a height of 14.4cm (5.66 in) and 15.0cm (5.9 in) respectively and so there is no wriggle room

Can anyone suggest any ideas, or thoughts on a good setup given the restriction

Thanks
 
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If you can live with only 76 keys the Roland Juno DS76 is only 4-1/16 inches tall.

https://www.roland.com/global/products/juno-ds/juno-ds76/

The DS88 is over an inch and a half taller because of the hammer action keyboard at 5-11/16 inches.

https://www.roland.com/global/products/juno-ds/juno-ds88/

Have you considered possibly shaving an inch off of the height of the Z stand by drilling custom holes an inch lower to accommodate a slightly taller keyboard?

Or consider raising the desk an inch by placing some furniture casters or coasters under the legs?

I realize for many people size is a constraint but when considering a major purchase like a keyboard it's a shame to have to compromise because you couldn't squeeze a round peg into a square hole.

Gary ;)
 
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Nektar LX88+ Dimensions: 50.25" (L) x 11" (W) x 3.5" (H)

https://www.nektartech.com/impact-lx88--controller-keyboard.html

It does require a midi engine (sound module) like his http://www.midiplus.com.tw/miniEngine.htm
or a DAW (Bitwig 8track comes with it).

It gives a good package at a great price. And it's room to grow.

Keyboard: https://www.amazon.com/Nektar-IMPAC...8&qid=1537135723&sr=8-1&keywords=nektar+lx88+

Engine: https://www.amazon.com/midiplus-min...37135659&sr=8-1&keywords=midiplus+mini+engine
 

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I think the simplest solution is to raise the desk a half an inch and get the DS88.

Gary ;)
 
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If you are adamant about the setup you seek and have only 140mm as a maximum height then can I suggest that you check out a Korg Kross 2 88 which has a published height of 136mm.

Its dimensions are 1448 x 383 x 136 additionally at 12.3kg you will probably struggle to find a similar keyboard for anywhere near the weight of the Kross.

At this weight it would be easy to even store it elsewhere and once the stand is drawn out to place it on the stand, it also runs on batteries.

It is a direct competitor to the excellent Juno GS 88.
 
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It appears my post was held for a while by the moderator(s)? not sure why.
Nektar LX88+ post above should be showing now..
 
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All you need is an inch taller desk...

Melodramatics (sigh)...

Gary ;)

I don't have a desk on my boat. My point is sometimes you have to fit things in a spot.
Raising the Desk may work well for the OP tho'.

I'm currently packing our motorhome for a 6 month snowbird trip. Size matters.
No melodramatics...
 
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If you're off to sea, I'd recommend one of these. A long tradition with mariners throughout history :D :D :D

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https://www.amazon.com/Bonetti-Concertina-Natural-Color-Accordion/dp/B01J8CJWSG

Gary ;)
 

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