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Can anyone recommend a good digital piano for roughly 10 year old beginner kids between $500-1000? I'm more concerned with good keyboard action and sound than with add-ons like extensive sequencing capability.


So far the Yamaha P95B looks pretty good to me. But there are tons of choices. Even a pointer to a review of beginner pianos would be great!



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I got my kid a Casio with pedals for next to nothing and they sound good, and play pretty well, but deep down I feel kids need the physicallity of the real hammers on an acoustic Piano.

But who knows, maybe easy action might keep kids interested longer.

Our kids are so instant gratification orientated they prefer FLStudio over Samplitude X just because there are cool little synths and beats already there for you....

At least they like music instead of hanging out getting into trouble.

Sports and Music are where my kid hangs...

Magnus C350 and a TV Dinner Tray Stand



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I don't have one but one good choice in this range is the Casio px130. Here is one vendor that has it with stand and pedals for $599.





The Yamaha is a good choice also (I had one of the predecessors to the 95)


Fortunately, these are both pretty common so you ought to be able to find both at a local store.

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The P95 is an excellent choice, and so is the PX130.


Also, consider checking Craigslist for Casio CDP-100 or other Casio pianos. Check back here to make sure it's a decent one, because a lot of things listed in Craigslist as "casio pianos" aren't quite pianos. The first tip-off is if it's not 88 keys, move on.


Many models don't have a stand included. You'll probably want one with the stand (like the PX130CSSPW above).


A great thing about the models mentioned here is that in addition to having a decent stand, the keyboard part comes off and can be used separately, with a portable stand. If one of your kids gets serious enough to want to play in a garage band with his or her friends, this will be a big plus. (They'll need a way to make it louder, but you can burn that bridge when you come to it. ;-)


If it doesn't pan out, these all have pretty good resale value, holding over 50% of purchase price for quite a few years. The CDP-100 sold for under $400 for years, but still fetches $250 (without the stand).


While inexpensive, these are all really decent pianos. A number of pros have these. Some have them as cheap light backups; some use the keyboard to play software pianos, and others use them just as they are, often in a rig with other keyboards. They're not the best but they are a great value.


Finally, they can all be used with a computer for sequencing. Some have USB MIDI to plug right in with a regular MIDI cable; others have "plain MIDI" (which we keyboardists prefer) which takes a $6 MIDI-USB adaptor cable to connect to a computer.


Unless you want a fancy piece of furniture, there's no need to get the more expensive models that are better furniture, but often are older technology at higher prices. The fact that you picked the P95 shows you're barking up the right tree.

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