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Keyboard for an 8 year old, suggestions?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Guy Named Sue, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

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    Alright boys and gals and Chewbacca's, I need you to put your heads together and help me with this one. I have a friend who has an 8 year old daughter that would like a keyboard for Christmas.

    I don't know jack about keyboards or pianos neither does the mother. The kid is a beginner and has never played one but wants to learn.

    I need to find one for her that's easy enough for an 8 year old to use. Maybe have bunch of those programs installed that teaches beginners how to play certain songs etc. Nothing expensive.

    What do you suggest? Thank you kindly in advance!
     
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    Cheap/beginner keyboards are a bit of a minefield... us guitarists can prize ourselves lucky with great entry-level instruments.
    It all depends on balancing how much you have to spend, how serious is the kid (willing to take lessons?), how long a life time do you expect out of the instrument (do you have an exit strategy, for instance use it yourself in home studio if the kid gives up on it?)
    If the kid is serious, spend some money on something with aftertouch.
    I kinda enjoy this nerds reviews:
     
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  3. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    This is good for an 8 year old:

    https://se.yamaha.com/sv/products/m...le_keyboards/psr-e373/index.html#product-tabs

    In my country, I work for the company that import and distribute these. The first of the Yamaha range that has touch sensitive keys. Not a piano feel, but louder if you hit the keys harder. Great sounds. Great teaching system built in.

    Recommended!

    Don't buy a Casio....unless it's a digital watch.
     
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    If you can find it...it's small, not a full size keyboard but great to learn on, and has great sampling features kids can have fun with for hours. I used to record/sample fart noises and all kinds of stuff lolol....

    The CASIO SK-1
     
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  5. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    People keep talking about that digital watch company.

    Hmmmm :thumbd:
     
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    How much are you wanting to spend?

    Yamaha is probably going to be the best bet, maybe the Piaggero model if you want to keep it cheap.

    Avoid Casios.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    I bought my kids Yamahas. They're still going somewhere in the family.
     
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    Price limit isn't set yet but something cheap but good is the requirement for now.
     
  9. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    The kids or the Yamahas?
     
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    Lol
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Both. :eek:

    The Yamahas were considerably quieter and better behaved, I was quite sad to see them go...
     
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    I agree with Misfit and Bazz Jass, you really can't miss with any Casio or Yamaha, they have been making great keyboards for decades. Between the two brands there's a lot of good options and prices. Everything from beginner players stuff, right up to serious gigging keyboards.
     
  13. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    Hmmmm. Did I say that :)
     
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    Okay explain to me why I should avoid Casio, some of you recommend them and other say avoid them

    I'm confused
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Um. Not exactly... :confused:
     
  17. Bazz Jass

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    Slap!Slap!Slap!

    Okay. Clearer now?
     
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  18. Guy Named Sue

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    Not really, if you use your words I think I'll understand better
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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  20. Bazz Jass

    Bazz Jass Chairman of the Fingerboard Silver Member

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    Okay!

    Actual musical instruments made by Yamaha:

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    Actual musical instruments made by Casio:

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    Oh whoops! Hang on. You work it out.....
     
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