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Promoted 09-23-2016 by Randy71 at 04:31 PM View Original Post
Update: This deal is available again for $10 less and with a new rebate!

Adorama has Yamaha PSR-E353 Portable 61-Key Keyboard with LCD Display for $139.99 - $20 Rebate = $119.99. Shipping is free. Thanks longmanj9

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The rebate offer is available until 9/30/16 and the mail-in rebate must be postmarked within 30 days of purchase. More information here. -qwikwit

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If you intend to get your daughter piano lessons, you'd be best served getting her a keyboard with weighted keys. This will make a huge difference as her skill advances and she can take advantage of the techniques that will allow. Full size is unnecessary, but 88 keys is a reasonable size without sacrificing much range. I would go lower than that. Here's an article that goes more into depth on this and more: http://techland.time.com/2014/01/...al-pianos/

I can't comment on the price too much, but you can pick up a pretty good used entry level electric piano for not much more money at any decent music store.

Basically, if she just wants something to mess around on and play with a bunch of synth tones and prerecorded songs, these are fine. If she's looking to actually take music seriously, I recommend looking for something targeted at that market versus something like these. It will serve her and your wallet much better in the long run.

A couple quick recommendations that won't break the bank (under 500, probably under $250 used):
Williams Allegro 2
Casio CDP-130
Korg B1
Yamaha P115

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Why is this cheaper than the Yamaha NP-12
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looks like the second has weighted keys. Is that correct?
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Doesn't look like weighted keys, but the second one has "sound response" where hitting the key harder makes a louder sound.
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It looks like they are $20 more, each, after rebate now? Do we have to add it to the cart to get another $20 off?
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It looks like they are $20 more, each, after rebate now? Do we have to add it to the cart to get another $20 off?
I notcied that as well. Once you add it to cart the price drops.
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No Power Adapter <--- So I need to buy it ?
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I notcied that as well. Once you add it to cart the price drops.
Good deal, in for one!
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Why is this cheaper than the Yamaha NP-12
Weighted keys feel like a real piano Wink not a big deal unless you want to learn to play real Real piano Rock
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Ladies/gentlemen: I hope someone in this thread can reply back w/some helpful information after reading this:

My 9yo daughter has been asking for a piano-like keyboard since last Christmas & I know (unless someone can correct me) Yamaha is amongst the best when speaking of 'beginner' musical keyboards. I think the time is right to finally buy a KB for her, especially knowing that she is still interested in learning (she has 'played around' w/a neighbor's old Casio as well as plinked her Nana's old upright Steinway over the past year or so).

A friend of a friend said to buy a full size keyboard if I could afford it. But online I read that although full-size keyboards are great (capable of playing basically any song), they are bad for portability & as stated earlier, seem to be (a lot) more expensive.

So when I saw the OP's post of these two keyboards, I figured I'd hit up the SD folks for any buying ideas/suggestions re: these two keyboards or any other keyboard geared at a 9yo beginner. So... any suggestions folks? Thanks in advance!

One more thing: should I possibly just wait for BF sales or perhaps even try Craigslist/eBay for a good used 'full size'? I seem to recall some BF deals on Amazon in which they were offering 'combo deals' which, I believe, included a stand and/or a bench seat.

Sorry for the long post. Any suggestions, again, are GREATLY appreciated. :-)
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No Power Adapter <--- So I need to buy it ?
It also uses AA batteries. So if you have rechargeable batteries you're set.
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Ladies/gentlemen: I hope someone in this thread can reply back w/some helpful information after reading this:

My 9yo daughter has been asking for a piano-like keyboard since last Christmas & I know (unless someone can correct me) Yamaha is amongst the best when speaking of 'beginner' musical keyboards. I think the time is right to finally buy a KB for her, especially knowing that she is still interested in learning (she has 'played around' w/a neighbor's old Casio as well as plinked her Nana's old upright Steinway over the past year or so).

A friend of a friend said to buy a full size keyboard if I could afford it. But online I read that although full-size keyboards are great (capable of playing basically any song), they are bad for portability & as stated earlier, seem to be (a lot) more expensive.

So when I saw the OP's post of these two keyboards, I figured I'd hit up the SD folks for any buying ideas/suggestions re: these two keyboards or any other keyboard geared at a 9yo beginner. So... any suggestions folks? Thanks in advance!

One more thing: should I possibly just wait for BF sales or perhaps even try Craigslist/eBay for a good used 'full size'? I seem to recall some BF deals on Amazon in which they were offering 'combo deals' which, I believe, included a stand and/or a bench seat.

Sorry for the long post. Any suggestions, again, are GREATLY appreciated. :-)
I'd say don't bother unless use case is more like a toy (like both of these models), for real learning you should go full-size and weighted keys.
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Ladies/gentlemen: I hope someone in this thread can reply back w/some helpful information after reading this:

My 9yo daughter has been asking for a piano-like keyboard since last Christmas & I know (unless someone can correct me) Yamaha is amongst the best when speaking of 'beginner' musical keyboards. I think the time is right to finally buy a KB for her, especially knowing that she is still interested in learning (she has 'played around' w/a neighbor's old Casio as well as plinked her Nana's old upright Steinway over the past year or so).

A friend of a friend said to buy a full size keyboard if I could afford it. But online I read that although full-size keyboards are great (capable of playing basically any song), they are bad for portability & as stated earlier, seem to be (a lot) more expensive.

So when I saw the OP's post of these two keyboards, I figured I'd hit up the SD folks for any buying ideas/suggestions re: these two keyboards or any other keyboard geared at a 9yo beginner. So... any suggestions folks? Thanks in advance!

One more thing: should I possibly just wait for BF sales or perhaps even try Craigslist/eBay for a good used 'full size'? I seem to recall some BF deals on Amazon in which they were offering 'combo deals' which, I believe, included a stand and/or a bench seat.

Sorry for the long post. Any suggestions, again, are GREATLY appreciated. :-)
If you intend to get your daughter piano lessons, you'd be best served getting her a keyboard with weighted keys. This will make a huge difference as her skill advances and she can take advantage of the techniques that will allow. Full size is unnecessary, but 88 keys is a reasonable size without sacrificing much range. I would go lower than that. Here's an article that goes more into depth on this and more: http://techland.time.com/2014/01/...al-pianos/

I can't comment on the price too much, but you can pick up a pretty good used entry level electric piano for not much more money at any decent music store.

Basically, if she just wants something to mess around on and play with a bunch of synth tones and prerecorded songs, these are fine. If she's looking to actually take music seriously, I recommend looking for something targeted at that market versus something like these. It will serve her and your wallet much better in the long run.

A couple quick recommendations that won't break the bank (under 500, probably under $250 used):
Williams Allegro 2
Casio CDP-130
Korg B1
Yamaha P115
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Quote from listverse View Post :
Ladies/gentlemen: I hope someone in this thread can reply back w/some helpful information after reading this:

My 9yo daughter has been asking for a piano-like keyboard since last Christmas & I know (unless someone can correct me) Yamaha is amongst the best when speaking of 'beginner' musical keyboards. I think the time is right to finally buy a KB for her, especially knowing that she is still interested in learning (she has 'played around' w/a neighbor's old Casio as well as plinked her Nana's old upright Steinway over the past year or so).

A friend of a friend said to buy a full size keyboard if I could afford it. But online I read that although full-size keyboards are great (capable of playing basically any song), they are bad for portability & as stated earlier, seem to be (a lot) more expensive.

So when I saw the OP's post of these two keyboards, I figured I'd hit up the SD folks for any buying ideas/suggestions re: these two keyboards or any other keyboard geared at a 9yo beginner. So... any suggestions folks? Thanks in advance!

One more thing: should I possibly just wait for BF sales or perhaps even try Craigslist/eBay for a good used 'full size'? I seem to recall some BF deals on Amazon in which they were offering 'combo deals' which, I believe, included a stand and/or a bench seat.

Sorry for the long post. Any suggestions, again, are GREATLY appreciated. :-)
Full size is 88 keys these days (believe it or not, there was never a standard, and there's even been 100+ keys pianos); but 88 is today's de facto standard. The other common ones are 76 (88 - 12, which is an octave) and this 61-key.

WRT key count, it really only matters a lot based on what you want to play; there's no way to easily change the octave up/down dynamically because unless you are palying 1 handed, it just isn't something easy even with a large knob. I hear that some people get disoriented switching from 61-key to 88-key, but I don't know any personally.

So the number of keys depends totally on what she wants to play.

The other thing is feel; in piano, there's dynamics where some notes you want to sound soft, while others you want loud. These 2 keyboards don't use weighted keys (weighted keys try to mimic actual piano keys, which feels very different than springs in unweighted keys). So if she learns on these keyboards, she'll play great, but probably only on these keyboards.

I have a hard time when playing on some friends keyboards with springs; I hear going the opposite (i.e. from unweighted to weighted) is a lot harder.

In the end, if she's serious about piano, the keyboard price (or even a simple vertical/upright acoustic piano) become a very small price compared to the lesson costs. So if she's going to spend the time, I'd suggest a keyboard with weighted keys at least.
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