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VINE VOICEon 14 May 2013
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This keyboard has over 100 different modes, but the piano is probably the one you will use the most, and fortunately it sounds wonderful. I'm old enough to remember when the tinny bleep that came out of these things was a laughable digital approximation of what a real piano sounded like. The sound quality of this keyboard deserves five stars, even if I have given it only four stars overall.

The keys respond to a very light touch, with hardly any resistance, which is nothing like a real piano. Indeed, I might go so far as to say they feel a little flimsy. I was a little wary of being too vigorous on the attack, but that might be because I simply have more experience of real keys. That said, the keyboard didn't receive any damage despite several direct assaults from the cat (the briefest of which occurred when the keyboard was turned on at the time).

As well as displaying which mode you're in, the screen highlights which key you are pressing on a map of the keyboard, and also plots the specific note on the staves displayed for both treble and bass clefs. This would certainly be handy for beginners learning to read music, helping them to find notes, but in the longer term could also prove a little too tempting to rely upon rather than learning to sight-read.

The keyboard has dozens of pre-programmed songs to play along with, but it's difficult to hear your own playing in the mix. Two songbooks come in the box, with most of the songs aimed at intermediate-level players, but with some more challenging pieces as well. And yes, the box also contains a mains adaptor, even if it says on the outside that it doesn't.

As with all instruments, if you can try before you buy, do.
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