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Korg B1 88-Key Digital Piano w/ Hammer Action EXPIRED

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Adorama.com has Korg B1 88-Key Digital Piano w/ Hammer Action on sale for $299.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

Note, temporarily on backorder but can still be purchased.

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  • Korg B1 88 Keys Digital Piano
  • Damper Pedal
  • AC Adapter
  • Korg 1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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This comes up for this price all the time, and is the best keyboard for the money until the Kawai ES-110.

The upsides are that it's super light, has every bit as good an action as the entry-level Yamaha and Roland offerings, sounds no worse than top-brand entry-level samples, has a high enough polyphony count that none but the top few % of pianists will top out, comes with an okay starter pedal, and can be expanded with a 3-pedal system.

The only downside is the lack of MIDI connectivity. This Korg is on-par with $600-800 Yamaha, Roland, and Kawai options on every other point except MIDI connectivity (and to be fair, Yamaha and Roland both screw their customers by only providing MIDI-over-USB in their sub-$1000 units).

For $300 there is simply not a better keyboard on the market. In fact, for $600 there is still not a better keyboard on the market than this Korg.
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Did lots of reserach before setting on this one. It lacks some features such as MiDI, recording, doesn't have a ton of sounds. But the poloy count is higher than you'll need and the sound is beautiful. If your looking for a realistic piano for the sake of piano, this is well worth $300. If you want a piano with a bunch of digital features that still feels and plays like a real piano you will be into the $500-800+ range easily.

My wife uses it for teaching, so realism to an acoustic piano was the only requirement.
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I am far from educated on this type item but from my lay experience, this seems like a great deal. I don't ever recall seeing an 88 key Korg for this price.
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Did lots of reserach before setting on this one. It lacks some features such as MiDI, recording, doesn't have a ton of sounds. But the poloy count is higher than you'll need and the sound is beautiful. If your looking for a realistic piano for the sake of piano, this is well worth $300. If you want a piano with a bunch of digital features that still feels and plays like a real piano you will be into the $500-800+ range easily.

My wife uses it for teaching, so realism to an acoustic piano was the only requirement.
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Did lots of reserach before setting on this one. It lacks some features such as MiDI, recording, doesn't have a ton of sounds. But the poloy count is higher than you'll need and the sound is beautiful. If your looking for a realistic piano for the sake of piano, this is well worth $300.
No midi out is kinda huge IMO.
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I bought this Korg B1 keyboard piano about a month ago. We are very happy with the value. Excellent price for full-size 88 key with hammer action. Feels and sounds great. It has no fancy features. My daughter has been taking beginner piano lessons and this is perfect for us.
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No midi out is kinda huge IMO.
Hey can you please elaborate on why MIDi is so important for beginner/entry level (it is right) piano like this one? Does everyone record a soundtrack nowadays? I know it could help but srs what about it will benefit a beginner. Been debating this and yamaha P-125 for my daughter
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I am far from educated on this type item but from my lay experience, this seems like a great deal. I don't ever recall seeing an 88 key Korg for this price.
Seems it is at this price now and then...
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Hey can you please elaborate on why MIDi is so important for beginner/entry level (it is right) piano like this one? Does everyone record a soundtrack nowadays? I know it could help but srs what about it will benefit a beginner. Been debating this and yamaha P-125 for my daughter
Not a necessity for a beginner, but honestly a bit odd to be lacking at the price point.
It's not really a luxury feature. Aside from your basic tracking, it's the type of thing you could connect for virtual lessons or something. Midi would allow you to explore other virtual instruments if you ever get bored with stock sounds. Not a necessity, but certainly useful.
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Not having Midi out is a huge no go, especially since this is a digital keyboard. Seriously what's the whole point if there isnt any Midi? It will hinder your room to grow in the future if you get inspired to start making your own music after learning the basics.
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Hey can you please elaborate on why MIDi is so important for beginner/entry level (it is right) piano like this one? Does everyone record a soundtrack nowadays? I know it could help but srs what about it will benefit a beginner. Been debating this and yamaha P-125 for my daughter
Record and playback to hear mistakes while learning.
Side note: this has been at $300 a lot. No need to pull the trigger if you're on the fence.
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Record and playback to hear mistakes while learning.
Side note: this has been at $300 a lot. No need to pull the trigger if you're on the fence.
Good to know. This plus the lack of MIDI really kills it for me. (But thanks to OP for posting.)
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No midi out is kinda huge IMO.
What would Wakeman say?
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This comes up for this price all the time, and is the best keyboard for the money until the Kawai ES-110.

The upsides are that it's super light, has every bit as good an action as the entry-level Yamaha and Roland offerings, sounds no worse than top-brand entry-level samples, has a high enough polyphony count that none but the top few % of pianists will top out, comes with an okay starter pedal, and can be expanded with a 3-pedal system.

The only downside is the lack of MIDI connectivity. This Korg is on-par with $600-800 Yamaha, Roland, and Kawai options on every other point except MIDI connectivity (and to be fair, Yamaha and Roland both screw their customers by only providing MIDI-over-USB in their sub-$1000 units).

For $300 there is simply not a better keyboard on the market. In fact, for $600 there is still not a better keyboard on the market than this Korg.
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Hey can you please elaborate on why MIDi is so important for beginner/entry level (it is right) piano like this one? Does everyone record a soundtrack nowadays? I know it could help but srs what about it will benefit a beginner. Been debating this and yamaha P-125 for my daughter
MIDI and on-board recording are different features on digital pianos.

On-board recording allows your daughter to conveniently record her songs for review and to practice 1-hand-at-a time on 2-hand pieces.

MIDI is useful for computer-based piano lessons, or even with just Musescore (a free software) for practicing rhythm (which many beginners suffer).

These are 2 very convenient features that this Korg lacks.

The thing is, for $300, you can get a decent, brand-name digital piano with the above 2 features these days (check out my post of Casio S100), so that just makes this Korg not such a good deal anymore.

Having a more than 64 polyphony is not as important (for beginners and early intermediates) as having MIDI and on-board recording. Especially, the on-board recording, it'll get used everyday.

As for the Yamaha P-125, I actually used to own it. It is actually an excellent beginner/intermediate piano. If you search my old posts, I've done in-depth reviews on it.
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