M-audio prokeys sono 88

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Darren78
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M-audio prokeys sono 88

Post by Darren78 » 08 Jun 2010, 11:27

Hello all,

I am wanting to buy a first digital piano, as an absolute beginner. Would this be a good choice....http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/product/3 ... face-.html

I don't want something to expensive to start with, but I don't really know what i'm looking for.

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Darren.

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Re: M-audio prokeys sono 88

Post by markymark » 09 Jun 2010, 17:17

I'm not very familiar with the M-Audio keyboards but this newer 'sono' model is an absolute mystery. I read up on it on the weblink you provided and based in its USB connectivity and only 6/7 core sounds (not including the GM ones which again link in with playing back MIDI files) and its semi-weighted keyboard, it sounds more like a controller keyboard for interfacing with other instruments or music software although it does say that it can be used as a standalone keyboard.

If this is all you want to spend, then this might be a better option for you. Again, only semi-weighted keyboard action but better sounding that the M-Audio piano samples:
http://www.andertons.co.uk/stage-pianos ... leShopping

What do you want in your digital piano? Consider things like sound quality, keyboard action, portability if that is important. If you are learning piano, you would need a proper hammer action keyboard.

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Re: M-audio prokeys sono 88

Post by Darren78 » 10 Jun 2010, 11:25

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the response. After visiting the shop and trying out this Piano, I realised that it wasn't what I was looking for. It felt 'cheap' compared to others that a tried.

I decided to blow my budget out of the water and settled on the Yamaha YDP-140 instead.....http://www.dawsons.co.uk/acatalog/info_3_00063181.html

Very happy with it.

On a side note, I am a total beginner and currently learning from books. Would you recommend maybe getting a few lessons a little later to have somebody check my technique, form etc?

Thanks,

Darren.

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Re: M-audio prokeys sono 88

Post by markymark » 10 Jun 2010, 21:22

You do get what you pay for with digital instruments, particularly when you go down to £200-300 bracket. The P-140 would be good but did you get a good deal? The P-140 has long since been replaced by the P-155 so you should have gotten some discount.

As for piano teachers, check the "Piano Teacher" tab on the left navigation bar. I think there are a few listings under Cheshire that may interest you.

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