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would make the best cheapest MIDI controller...with MIDI out and 76 keys if possible?
 
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Not really. I have an old Casio WK 1250 and a new WK 7600. The 1250 key's clicking is just awful. The 7600 (clicking) is getting worst every month. I want to try Yamaha for a change and power it (MIDI) into my 1250 that has a wonderful string's patch.
 

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Take a look at a few of these videos. Noisy keys can sometimes be as simple a fix as glueing a strip of felt underneath them.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=fixing casio wk noisy keys

As for Yamaha, Roland, Nord, Kurzweil, Korg, EVERYONE gets noisier as time goes on. Those videos will attest to that.

It doesn't matter if it's a $5000 workstation. After ten years or more they all become rattling noiseboxes.

My advice would be to try and fix what you already have rather than throw money at a replacement.

Gary ;)
 
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The 7600, I bought it new. It did last 4 months without clicks. The 1250 bought it used and it's almost 16 years old. It was clicking all over right away. I also once bought (sold it now) a WK 210 that had seen very little use and sure enough, the day a bought/did try it, it was totally silent. Two days later, it did start clicking.
Changing parts every 4 months doesn't make much sense...but I guess, you have to live with it.
 

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Otherwise if you're still looking for a dedicated controller the best names around are Studiologic, Arturia, Akai, Alesis and Novation in that order. It really depends on your budget.

Avoid the cheap M-Audio controllers like the plague.

Also Yamaha, Roland and Korg also make some dedicated controllers. Do your homework though. They make both cheap ones and good ones.

Gary ;)
 
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BTW, I personally have owned an M-Audio Oxygen 49 (Total crap) and currently own an Alesis QX49 (Not bad for a budget controller)

If I were to make a recommendation I'd say take a look at the Alesis VI61 or QX61.

http://www.amazon.com/Alesis-QX61-Advanced-keyboard-Controller/dp/B006Z6VIZO

http://www.amazon.com/Alesis-VI61-Advanced-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00IWW5H24

If you're willing to go to 88 keys take a look at the Arturia Keylab 88

http://www.amazon.com/Arturia-KeyLab-Hammer-Action-Keyboard-Controller/dp/B00LU1OCF2

or the Akai MPK88

http://www.amazon.com/Akai-Professional-MPK88-Hammer-Controller/dp/B002QXLJ6S

Otherwise, AFAIK nobody makes a 73 or 76 key controller besides Studiologic and for the same money you could easily get one of the 88's listed above.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&fie...&sourceid=Mozilla-search&tag=wwwcanoniccom-20

Gary ;)
 
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In my search, I found a few video links to the M Audio. In one of them, I could easily hear that it was clicking.
I paid $40. for the WK 1250. I'm about sure it would cost more than that to get the strips of felt from Casio.
So...I think an old Yamaha with MIDI out could be just good enough to do the job, I don't want to spend more than $100. I guess many really good old keyboards can/could be buy for that kind of money. One did suggest to get a Roland D10 but...seems they sell more around $200.
 
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Well...seems these things are made for real pianos with a weighted systems. Have you ever did this job or know off somebody that did using this stuff? Also, one would guess you would pay $5. for the stuff and... $35. for the shipping.
 
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In my research so far, seems that a Yamaha KX 61 would do the trick...if it's a $100. or less. Heard anything bad about that particular unit?
 
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Give it up Becky...

The guy is looking for a $50,000 Steinway action in a $100 keyboard.

I'm not wasting my time in this thread anymore.

Gary ;)
 

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