Keyboard recommendation for beginner

Discussion in 'Keyboard Purchase Recommendations' started by Keyboardtyro, Sep 27, 2018.

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    Keyboardtyro

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    Hi all,
    New to the board.
    I have been paying on a 30 yr old Yamaha Clavinova for about 1 yr now.
    Right/left coordination still an issue. :(

    The Clavinova is on its last leg and since it was an inherited instrument, I really do not
    wish to invest in its repair. (Assuming the part(s) are still available).

    I was looking into the Yamaha PSR EW-410. It preserves the 76-key format of the Clavinova
    and has more than enough bells and whistles to keep my busy for another 30 yrs.
    Listened to some demo vids at YOUTUBE and the sounds seem pretty good.
    700+ "voices". The old Clavinova has 16. In my readings, I came across info that
    128-note polyphony is highly desirable. The EW410 has only 48 note polyphony.
    Is this really a big deal for simply playing off sheet music? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
     
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    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

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    Take a look at the Roland Juno DS76 and DS88 and the Korg Kross 2 88.

    These three are among the best bargains available in synth keyboards today.

    The 88 key models have weighted hammer actions, more like a real piano.

    The amount of polyphony that's desirable these days is useful when you are playing with heavy use of the sustain pedal or using layers and split keyboard settings.

    Also very useful if you start using the built in rhythm and accompaniment features and arpeggiators.

    Don't just trust youtube for your evaluations. Visit some keyboard shops if you can and try the feel of these keyboards out for yourself.

    That's my $0.02 :)

    Gary ;)
     
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    Hi Happyrat,
    Thanks for the reply.

    I forgot to mention budget! ;) Although the Roland JUNO DS-76 entry is not too far above my ceiling.
    The corporate release form Roland indicates "an ideal choice for players who want to expand their musical
    range with multiple sounds split across the keyboard." What exactly are 'multiple sounds split across the keyboard'?
     
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    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

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    You can assign up to 16 zones across the keyboard, either split or layered or overlapping to create soundscapes of orchestral complexity and depth.

    For instance, a common setup would include orchestral horns or strings layered with kettle drums on the left side of the board for accompaniment while you could assign solo piano or piano layered with flute to the right side.

    The possibilities are almost endless.

    The Juno is a prosumer keyboard while the Yamaha model you mentioned is more of a consumer grade keyboard. Well worth the slight increase in budget. :)

    Gary ;)
     
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    Hi Happyrat,

    OK. Got it. I assumed something like that as it seemed that one of the demonstrators on YOUTUBE was
    commanding, ie, actually WAS, an orchestra with his left hand and playing a piano line with his right hand! :)

    The possibilities do seem limited only by one's imagination and creativity.

    Thanks.
     
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    happyrat1 Destroyer of Eardrums!!!

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    You're very welcome.

    Gary ;)
     
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    Gary has a DS61 whilst I have a Kross2 61.

    If I were now looking for another keyboard then the Juno DS 76 would be right up there at the top of my list.

    61 keys are a bit restrictive when one is splitting the keyboard into zones, 76 keys would suit me perfectly.
     
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