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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. Bazz Jass

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    You're up to page 30 already???
     
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    Quick learner me. :D
     
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    I was just looking at that, looks good for a beginner.
     
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    Slap slap slap....
     
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    It's an 8 year that has never played and we won't know if she even wanna continue to play or take lessons. I mean, what's the harm of going with Casio?

    Did you see the Yamaha I posted? Is that any good?
     
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    I'd go for a Yammy over a Casio as well.
     
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    What about this?
     
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    Okay. I'll be serious for 30 seconds and that's it....

    I do the buying for 12 of our shops, and I do get a lot of Casio product in and it sells well. The Yamaha you mentioned, the 273 has really good sounds. It's not touch-sensitive. So if you hit the keys harder of softer, the volume is the same. Just something to be aware of. For some learning, that's fine. For you and I, we want to be able to emphasise the first beat of the bar right? By hitting the key harder. Not an option with the Yamaha 2 series. Only with the 3 and above.

    Here's my take - Yamaha are primarily a musical instrument company. Their sounds are very realistic. They are sampled from Yamaha acoustic instruments.

    Casio are primarily an electronics company. They have cool features - lighting up keys! Gimmicks.

    What will appeal more to an 8-year-old. Probably light up keys.

    If you decide on Casio, make sure you see whether it's touch sensitive or not. If that's important. I think it is. If it's a Yamaha go for the 3 series, not the 2 series if touch sensitivity is important.

    30 seconds up. Slap slap slap.
     
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    I appreciate it haha you slapped some facts into me:thumb:
     
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    I have a Yamaha. Great product. Most kids hate piano lessons. I know I did.
     
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    Look on Craigslist. At any given time there about 100 of them for sale.
     
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    Jane must be in her 90's by now.
     
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    Nah, she's only 56. :)

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    At the risk of sounding old-fashioned, there's no substitute for a good quality upright piano if you have the budget and space. No electronic keyboard sounds or plays like a good piano. Non-weighted plastic keys are hopeless for developing touch and technique.

    I learned on an upright from about your friend's daughter's age and so did my son - he's 22 and got to grade 8 piano although he plays a Nord synth now.

    Entry level Yamahas and Kawais are superb but maybe outside your friend's budget. But proper pianos are so unfashionable there are great bargains to be had in the used market. It does need some helpful expertise though as there are dogs in the used and new markets.

    They may not have all the bells and whistles of an electronic keyboard but that's the way I'd go. And that's speaking as someone who happily gigs a Nord when not on guitar!
     
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    Is the goal to have musical fun, or to learn piano?
     
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    She wants to learn.