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Other than the noise of the keys - very decent
on 6 January 2013
This arrived today, so I'm giving initial feedback. Some background: I'm Grade 8 level - but no master (I can't think of the right word); my ideal would absolutely be a piano, but moving around with work - I can't justify piano moving expenses; bought this as a medium-term stop-gap, on a tight budget (else I'd have bought one with a full-sized keyboard); it's the first time I've ever been near a digital keyboard.
This is very definitely a digital piano, rather than a keyboard, and the functions are mainly devoted to enhancing this function. There aren't any cheesy functions - like a samba beat, or 'The Entertainer' played on the spoons.
Areas for improvement:
- the main one for me, is that the keys make a noise when being depressed and when coming back up again - which is distracting. Maybe I should I have expected this; as I say, I've never been near another keyboard - but I did read a lot of reviews beforehand, and none mentioned this;
- an irritation is that middle C isn't...in the middle. I always sit at the piano with middle C directly in front of me in the middle; if you do so at this keyboard, then you're sitting askance the music stand - which is in the centre. It's so wrong!;
- are the keys full-length? I find myself playing towards the top (ie furthest away from me) of the keys a lot, and certainly the black keys don't play nearly as well there (harder to depress). Or maybe it's because of the latter, that I notice it;
- when you change a setting - there is no acknowledgement, so you have no idea whether it's taken or not.
- no set-up - you can play it out of the box;
- very portable;
- very pleasant to look at;
- volume knob is an advantage over a piano, when you have neighbours in close confines!;
- simple and intuitive to use;
- has a metronome (which I wanted), although I haven't tried it yet;
- the various voices are lovely (I didn't think I'd go anywhere near them) - playing Moonlight Sonata in the strings voice almost made me cry!; you can even play in two voices at once (although I haven't yet been able to get this to work)
- has different reverb settings;
- can transpose and fine tune the pitch;
- not too many knobs and buttons, and no useless functions which you'll never use (there are, however, several useful ones);
- a music stand is included, but it is a bit flimsy; fine for sheet music/thin books though, which - I guess - is what most people use;
- now, do the grand piano settings (there are two) sound like a piano? Other than the noise of the keys, I almost forgot I was playing an electronic keyboard. No, it doesn't sound exactly exactly [sic] like a piano - but it does a damn fine job, and this keyboard is - after all - at the lower end of the market;
- I feel it's affordable, substantial, well-made, of good quality, and is value for money (although without comparisons, I don't know if it actually is).
In summary, as suspected - this could never be a permanent alternative to a piano for me. However, other than the noise of the keys - it's a very acceptable stop-gap. I would say it's a decent permanent solution for those who are just learning, and haven't spent any/a long time playing a piano, or for those who have only ever tinkered - and that's all they want this for. Anyway, it allows me to play the 'piano' again - which I'm very excited about, whilst dreaming about the day I can buy a Bluethner...
The four stars doesn't take into account the noisy keys, because I don't know whether all keyboard keys make this same noise.
PS A sustain pedal isn't included, so I would highly recommend one.