Guitar Center [guitarcenter.com]
has the Williams Allegro 2 Plus Digital Piano Satin Black on sale for $239.99 + Free Shipping (normally $349 at GC and most other outlets). It comes with the power supply and a sustain pedal. There is a Guitar Center in 44 states, so it's likely you will have to pay sales tax (exclusions would be Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, or Wyoming)
This is a better price than the Korg B1 posted last month
, and the Allegro 2 has MIDI through USB which the Korg does not.
's price is $369.95
Musician's Friend [musiciansfriend.com]
is $299.99 (I believe owned by the same company as Guitar Center?)
8.3/10 Armchair Empire [armchairempire.com]
(Value was low, but at this price I'm sure it would have been higher!)
Youtube review [youtube.com]
of using this as a MIDI controller (as an experienced player he says the internal sounds "suck", but for a beginner, many reviews and youtube lessons use the Allegro 2). - Also, here is a link to the Akai LPD8 [guitarcenter.com]
he has linked to his MIDI software and the Allegro 2.
- 88 hammer-action weighted keys for ultra-realistic piano feel
- New Williams sound library with unique, hi-definition instrument sounds including grand piano, electric pianos, organs, strings, synths and basses
- Modulation/FX control for realistic, expressive control of rotary and vibrato effects on select instruments
- Bright LCD ensures easy readability and parameter adjustment
- MIDI through USB connectivity for added flexibility for computers and recording
- Convenient built-in speakers, metronome and music rest
- Includes power supply, sustain pedal
- Five free songs with McCarthy Music educational software
The keyboard weight is 52 pounds so I wouldn't suggest an X stand. While it may work and they sell a package with one, it will most likely shake when playing. I'd go with the Williams AS1 Keyboard Stand [guitarcenter.com]
for $37.50 using code SAVE25.
Here is a "package" I put together and just bought for my wife (she wants to learn how to play piano):
$239.99 - Williams Allegro 2 Keyboard [guitarcenter.com]
$37.49 - Williams AS1 Black Stand [guitarcenter.com]
(1500000039447) - $49.99 - 25% with SAVE25
$35.97 - On-Stage KT7800 Keyboard Bench [guitarcenter.com]
(1274115029330) $47.95 - 25% with SAVE25
$313.45 + tax + Free Shipping
Only thing it's missing from the "Home" package GC has for $419.95 is the MG900 headphones [guitarcenter.com]
which are also on sale for $49.99 but can be had cheaper elsewhere, or just get a 1/4" to 1/8" plug and use any headphones you have.