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Williams Allegro 2 Plus 88-Key Digital Piano, Weighted Keys w/ Hammer Action and MIDI USB for $240 + Free Shipping

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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.

For comparison:
Amazon [amazon.com]'s price is $369.95
Musician's Friend [musiciansfriend.com] is $299.99 (I believe owned by the same company as Guitar Center?)

REVIEWS
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.

FEATURES
  • 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​
  • Battery or AC operation​
  • 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] (1500000031541)
$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
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$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.
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Thumbs up and repped just for the detailed post! I'm really wanting a Yamaha so I'll hold out. But this looks to be something I might buy for my granddaughter if she is interested. Thanks for posting!
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Would this work to replicate Geddy Lee's Sounds?
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Korg B1 is a far better piano for $60 more. Double the polyphony count, better keys, more realistic piano sound
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I second that. The korg b1 more better buy in quality , sound and action. Plus the revalue.
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Korg B1 is a far better piano for $60 more. Double the polyphony count, better keys, more realistic piano sound
The keys look nicer in the pictures on the Korg (seem to be higher/thicker but can't confirm this). Whether they feel or respond better, I can't say as I've only tried the Allegro 2.

When you're talking realistic piano sound, all digital pianos emulate the sound (along with the other instruments). I've listened to Korg B1 and Allegro 2 video demos of quite a few songs, and really can't hear a difference in the quality of the piano sound. But to each his own... if you think it sounds better, than you're the one who has to hear it and should go with what you think sounds better. It may be that the B1 is ALL speaker above all 88-keys, so it probably gives more in-depth sound.

As far as polyphony count, 64 vs 120... here's a YouTube video [youtube.com] describing what it is and in reality who would actually use it.

In the same mix of bashing the Allegro 2, don't forget to add the Cons of the B1 that make the A2 stand out:

- The primary gripe of the B1 is no USB/MIDI support; the A2 has a USB port
- The B1 also does not have a Line Out jack
- 8 Sounds (B1) vs 10 Sounds (A2)
- The B1 does not have a recording/playback function
- No LCD Display
- Only 3 buttons + power button that you have to know what to hit and in what combination, when, and how to change sounds, functions, and capabilities along with guess which of the 8 sounds is next

I will say a positive of the B1 is it's half the weight of the A2... 26 vs 52 lbs. A big difference if you plan on travelling with it or moving it to different rooms.
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i've played a williams allegro digital piano before, it was the worst digital piano i've ever played. the action was downright awful, it was like playing mud. the lowest end casio/korg digital pianos that go for $300-400 new are much better. also, make sure to check craigslist/your local marketplace, there are occasional great deals to be had on used digital pianos.
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Where is Williams made or come from? Casio and yamaha is a Japanese company for example, curious is Williams a European company well known somewhere? Thank you in advance.
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Korg B1 is a far better piano for $60 more. Double the polyphony count, better keys, more realistic piano sound
Can you please provide a link for the B1 that reflects this price?
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Can you please provide a link for the B1 that reflects this price?
Look in my OP where I reference the Korg B1 from last month. It is linked to the SD post.
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Can you please provide a link for the B1 that reflects this price?
It's at Adorama for $499 with coupon SPRINGTIME $200 off
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Where is Williams made or come from? Casio and yamaha is a Japanese company for example, curious is Williams a European company well known somewhere? Thank you in advance.
Nope, it's guitar center and musician friends house brand.
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Two other info sources if you're looking for a digital piano, people who really know about digital pianos recommend against buying a Williams as a digital piano. Considerations would be different if you're just looking for a midi controller.

1) reddit faq
https://www.reddit.com/r/piano/wi...a_keyboard
Note the "But I Don't have $500" section

2) AZ Piano
https://azpianonews.blogspot.com/...Price.html
https://azpianonews.blogspot.com/...ianos.html
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This one beat the Korg in this top ten review:
https://musicalinstrumentsexpert....no-review/

I would personally go for the Korg @$300 unless I could find used locally.
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Thanks for the details/links.

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