Thinking of getting a keyboard, opinions please.

MT Poteet

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Sep 10, 2021
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There is an older YamahaPSR-295 for sale locally very inexpensive.
There is also a Yamaha PSR E343 that looks a little better.
Any thoughts or opinions on these.
Thanks in advance.
 

nickmsmith

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Jul 28, 2011
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USA
There is an older YamahaPSR-295 for sale locally very inexpensive.
Any thoughts or opinions on this.
Thanks in advance.
For what use? As a beginner keyboard with different variety of sounds, go for it! You can do better if you’re looking for high quality sounds, but not for cheap.
 

nickmsmith

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Jul 28, 2011
14,192
USA
I bought a Yamaha M06 back in like 2006. I went to guitar center a few years ago, and to be honest, it seems like keyboard technology really hasn’t improved much since then.

I suppose most stuff is done via midi/controller on a computer now, professionally.
 

davidKOS

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May 28, 2012
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If the price is right and you wish to play or even begin to learn keys, that's fine.

I bought a Yamaha M06 back in like 2006. I went to guitar center a few years ago, and to be honest, it seems like keyboard technology really hasn’t improved much since then.

I suppose most stuff is done via midi/controller on a computer now, professionally.

And some of those VST's can be controlled by any USB or MIDI keyboard. It's a wonderful world we live in now.

My laptop has all the sounds that would have required a truck or trailer to carry them all back in the 70's. Now just give my a Macbook, controller keyboard and plug me into the PA.

Yamaha makes good stuff, usually better than the price might lead you to assume. Getting a keyboard is the best way to get a grip on music theory.

Honestly, a lot of music theory is somewhat easier to see on a keyboard, since there is one and only one place to play any particular pitch, unlike guitar.
 

Bowmap

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You need to play them so get a feel for the action. I have a small semi-weighted and also a fully weighted hammer action. I think I like the semi-weighted better but it a personal preference.
 

davidKOS

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You need to play them so get a feel for the action. I have a small semi-weighted and also a fully weighted hammer action. I think I like the semi-weighted better but it a personal preference.
I'd rather play piano on an unweighted organ/synth keyboard than play organ and synth on a weighted hammer-action piano keyboard.
 

Bowmap

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I went and looked at the specs for the OP's two mentioned keyboards. I did not see a specific mention of MIDI. Are these MIDI capable?

EDIT: After downloading the user manual I did find that MIDI Level 1 is supported over USB.
 
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ido1957

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Oct 13, 2014
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I have a Yamaha digital piano (can't find the model) but it has all the features I need and sounds pretty great for recording.
 

pazman6

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May 28, 2014
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I have a Yamaha PSR-410 (or something close) I bought in 1995. It has tons of sounds and midi in and out. I still use it as a midi keyboard into my interface with soft synths and it works well. I like the weighted keys on a keyboard, but that typically raises the price a bunch. You can't go wrong with Keystation if you have a computer - you can get a free DAW and soft synths and make lots of cool sounds.
 


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