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hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by space6oy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:22 pm

so my mom knows i'm almost always buying & selling music gear, just called me up asking if i had any keyboards for sale, wants to get one & get back to playing keys (she used to play piano but hasn't in a long time). if i hadn't just recently sold my JX-8P i'd be hooking her up w/ that. now i've gotta come up w/ an idea & start looking around for something else for her. feels funny, but it's very cool.

anyone have any suggestions for a synth newbie like her? she's not gonna care about it being vintage or analog or anything. first thought was just to go w/ a midi controller, but it'd be better off as a standalone. maybe even one w/ built in speakers... though i know i don't want to be turning her to some cheap radio shack piece of s**t... know she'll be into it having more sounds than just piano emulation, even if that's what she's wanting to start w/.

anyone have/had a modern casio or yamaha or something like that you'd recommend? or any oldies that aren't too expensive?

hmmmm...

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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:31 pm

I'm not a huge fan, but it would probably be excellent for your mom- Roland HS 60. It's basically the Juno 106 with built in speakers originally aimed at consumers. Although, I'm not sure if you're looking for something less synthesized.

Honorable mention: VL Tone VL1 ;)
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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by space6oy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:35 pm

yeah that was the first thing i thought of when mentioning built in speakers. i'd love if she got into adjusting & creating her own sounds, but have the feeling at least for starters she'll just be looking for emulative presets that sound good.

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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by JNeidlinger » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:36 pm

I was going to say the HS-60 too. Sounds perfect. Unfortunately they only come up on the bay ever so often.

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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:39 pm

I saw one a few months ago here for only like two hundred bucks. If you do find one, they're usually cheaper than the Juno because most people that bought them were consumers; you'd be more likely to find one at a yard sale than other stuff. I'm sure you could program like 5-10 really good emulative patches for her (such as piano, strings, violin, marimba, drums, bass, guitar, or whatever) and then from there she could work them out on her own.
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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by JNeidlinger » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:44 pm



Almost as if.. someone was reading this post.

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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:49 pm

JNeidlinger wrote:

Almost as if.. someone was reading this post.
Holy s**t, it's even in Ohio!

But, even though it has the original box and is in great condition, I don't think that space6oy wants to spend that much. I could be wrong.
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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:50 pm

Here's one that seems like a good middle ground, at a more affordable price. http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/msg/1899150008.html
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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by rhino » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:56 pm

Roland RD-series digital pianos (300,500,700). Sound great, feel great and are going for cheap now. Fair selections of organ,EP, clav, strings etc.
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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by DX7Alex » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:37 am

The SY77 is truly an excellent keyboard, and sells for ridiculously low prices now. Also, it has a sequencer so she can listen to her performances later.
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Post by sequentialsoftshock » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:40 am

DX7Alex wrote:The SY77 is truly an excellent keyboard, and sells for ridiculously low prices now. Also, it has a sequencer so she can listen to her performances later.
Looks pretty hard to use to me. :cry:
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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by space6oy » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:47 am

$370 for an HS-60 wouldn't be bad at all. too bad their BIN price is way higher than i'd go. cool that it's in ohio, but apparently being sold by a business so they'd be tacking on taxes.

that one in detroit's craigslist is an HS-10, doesn't have built in speakers... a little amp wouldn't be a problem i guess, even have one i've been meaning to get back from a friend (gave her that & a fender strat about a year & a half ago when she said she wanted to learn to play guitar, of course she's never touched 'em...).

SY77's probably a handful for their going rate.

will have to look up some of the RD series... thanks guys!

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Post by Elandroth » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:14 am

If cleveland isn't too horrible of a drive from where you are, why don't you just contact the store and give them a flat rate offer and you pick it up. Could probably get it for less than 370, especially if it sits up for a lil bit with no bites. Before craigslist was my primary hunting grounds I never payed a store anywhere close to tag price/what they were hoping for, especially for used gear cause they probably bought it for 20% of it's worth or less.


Couldn't hurt to try, especially if Cleveland is within a reasonable distance.

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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:18 am

I thought all the HS series had speakers! Oh well. Yeah, might want to just call the store.
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Re: hehe, mom wants a keyboard!

Post by Old Iron Giant » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:18 am

I still have the Ensoniq ASR-88 i'm trying to offload.
I'm moving in a few weeks to our new house in Syl Ohio, and just want it gone.

I have enough junk to move, this one is just too big & heavy to lug around with me.

sold all of my gear, and kept three keyboards & two sequencer groove box's.
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