Buying New Keyboard

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    Vivi

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    Hi,

    Following points i need your valuable reviews and advise:
    1. I am planning to buy a new keyboard which is suitable to performing live in stage with Indian and Western Tones & Rhythms.
    2. I need to know which keyboards are best Roland, Korg or Yamaha.

    Thanks,
    Vivi
     
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    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

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    What's your budget?

    What sorts of songs do you want to perform?

    They're all the top brands in the industry. Be more specific. Mention some model numbers.

    Gary ;)
     
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    You'll have to find out which keyboards support Indian scales, or "user-specified" scales. I know that Yamaha has some specific "Arabic models", but I don't know about Indian scales.

    I don't know any keyboard that gives a good selection of Indian rhythms. As an example, take a look at the rhythm list for the Casio PX-350 -- see if it has what you need. It is in the PX-350M "User Manual", appendix A-5. You can get it from the Casio.com website -- follow the "Support" link.


    Gary's questions are good ones -- How much do you want to spend, and what do you want to do?

    . . . Do you need built-in loudspeakers, or will you have an amplifier and PA speakers?

    . . . How many keys do you need? I think the minimum for 2-handed playing should be 61 (5 octaves).

    . . . What kind of music will you be playing? Traditional harmonium, or Indo-pop, or Western pop / jazz / classical?

    . . . Do you play a keyboard now? What kind?


    Thanks -

    . Charles

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    Hey Gary and Charles, thanks for the reply.

    Elaborating on my queries,

    I wanted to play it in Church and on live stage.
    My budget is $649 or 40K INR.
    builtin speakers
    Need to know amongs these Models Roland XPS10 or BK3 or Korg PA300. Or if you can suggest that can help.
    I am looking for 61 keys 5 Octave keyboard.
    Mostly, i would like to play Indian Style and songs.
    Yahama PSR 395.
     
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    I have Yahama PSR 395 currently.
     
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    Rayblewit Love Music / Love Life

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    This the one for you . . PSR i455
    Since you are familiar with Yamaha



    :)ray
     
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    Aha -- what you are looking for is called an "arranger keyboard". Korg, Yamaha, Roland are all good brands.

    I think the PSR 395 is _really_ old -- 20 years? There has been a lot of progress in electronics, since then.

    I've been reading the Roland BK-3 manual. It has two features I would really want, if I were in your place:

    a) You can modify the pitches of _every note_ in the 12-note scale -- C, C#, D, etc. So playing "Indian tunings" (that is, raga scales) is possible.

    b) You can create your own "rhythms" (both drum rhythms, and chord-accompaniment patterns), if you need them.

    And it seems that Roland "customizes" it for different markets, so there might be enough Indian rhythms built-in to satisfy you.

    The built-in amps and loudspeakers are weak; you might want a PA system. That depends on how large your audience is, and what other musicians you are playing with. (Any light-weight keyboard has this problem; it is not special to Roland.)

    I'll look at the Korg PA300 tonight.

    . Charles
     
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    Google of "indian arranger keyboard" gives several hits, including this 2012 thread on this forum:

    https://www.keyboardforums.com/threads/yamaha-psr-i455.24350/

    There are also many YouTube videos.

    . Charles

    PS -- edit -- the Roland E09-IN (the India-only version of the Roland E09) might be worth looking at. Several reviews say that it has more "Indian content" than the PSR i455.

    PPS - I usually don't comment on keyboards that I haven't played myself. I've been talking too much, here.
     
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