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Here's what I had in mind:
- Between 200-400 quid
- Something portable, where I could store it somewhere like under my bed or in the closet to save up space.
- Sounds decent or as close as it could get to a real piano.
- Something I could play at night, with my headphones on.
After reading through some of the other threads, I've been searching for one based on the advice I've read and I've come down to two choices: the Yamaha NB30 and Casio CDP-100. My impression is that most of you will favour the Yamaha over the Casio based on the general idea that Yamaha is more experienced in making DPs but the CPD-100 doesn't seem half-bad considering the price is a bargain compared to the slightly more expensive Yamaha P85. However, I'm slightly more keen to the NB30 because it's cheaper (being a student, a bargain means a lot!). I understand the NB30 keys are not weighted and there's only 76 keys but it's a lot cheaper than the Casio.
So my lemmas at the moment are:
Do I really need 88 keys considering I'm a total beginner?
Do the keys need to be weighted for a beginner?
Also, has anyone had any experience/impressions on the CPD100? My goals are ultimately to learn some musical theory and gain a good degree of aptitude in an instrument. Any input is much appreciated.
Also, I have another question. Would it be possible to plug the stereo output from the piano to your PC's microphone/line-in and plug your headphones to your PC?
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i.e. Piano ------> PC -----> Headphones
My only concern would be the strength of the sound signal coming from your keyboard into your computer.