Thread Tools
Old 03-26-2013, 05:38 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,105
Inexpensive electric keyboard WITH weighted keys?

I would like to buy a keyboard with weighted keys without spending an arm and a leg. I'd prefer a full keyboard, but am willing to compromise on that in favor of price. Weight isn't a factor as long as an adult female of moderate strength can lift it alone. It absolutely HAS to have weighted keys, and I'm on a tight budget. I expect it'll cost in the $200+ price range, but the lower the better!

Any suggestions?

Last edited by Rachellelogram; 03-26-2013 at 05:38 PM.
Old 03-26-2013, 06:21 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 4,086
For a digital piano (with a few other sounds), check craigslist for a Casio CDP-100 or any of the Privia pianos. CDP-100's go for as little as $250 if you watch, and they're a great deal at that price.

It often comes with a matching stand; if you find one without the stand it's still worth it, but you'll need to spend $30 or $40 on a keyboard stand, like a double-braced X stand. (Single-braced or light-duty ones are too bouncy for playing weighted action, and only save you $10.)

The Casios weigh about 22 lbs, super light and very easy to carry. If you'll be transporting it (e.g., gigging or rehearsals), you'll want a portable keyboard stand rather than the matching one. But keep the matching one for resale, if it has one.

People think of Casio as making toys, but their Privia line (starting with the CDP-100, which doesn't carry that name but should) is really remarkably good. A lot of gigging musicians have them, often as a backup in case their expensive gear dies, or for jams & practices because they're so light. Nearly comparable to the Yamaha P90/P95. You might also find a good deal on a P90 or P80.

All the ones I've mentioned have built-in speakers, but if you're playing with others (with anything more than acoustic instruments) you'll also need a monitor amp or small PA -- but that's not in your budget. All of them sound OK using the built-in speakers, but much better with decent amplification.

Last edited by Learjeff; 03-26-2013 at 06:23 PM.
Old 03-26-2013, 07:33 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 10,105
Very helpful information, thank you! I'll look around for a CDP-100 or Privia on Craigslist. I'd prefer to buy something new because it's way less hassle, but price is important.

I don't plan on traveling with the keyboard (no gigs), it's going to be a fixture in my bedroom for personal use. Likely will be played with headphones most of the time, so onboard speakers aren't an issue. It just has to have weighted keys. I grew up playing a piano and I simply can't play a keyboard that isn't weighted.
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:49 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: pap pap grandfather minesweeper rules strategy trigun plants catapult trebuchet thread games gallon hat skywatcher tv tk421 boogie nights wd40 distributor cap gregg ruled paper domesticated raven original linux vietnam door gunner microwave inverter cyanide pill cinemax pornstars hershey's tastetations imposter colognes mysterioso pizzicato circ meaning cyanide capsules imdb gummo red wings menstrual toss a salad skywatcher tv opposable digits salami and pepperoni glasses tint film fluorescent white paint couples massage parlor sink drain plug candida specialist does japan teach about pearl harbor hand of god rotten tomatoes house in florida with basement why did chris noth leave law and order kathleen turner what happened pre med students are annoying motion sensor for fluorescent lights if you donate blood do they test for hiv 1 flight of stairs what does chachi mean in italian how long does it take to get glasses from eyebuydirect how to remove a screen from a window how to download from audible sex surrogate boston ma should pinot noir be refrigerated solar powered auto fans how to find out if someone graduated from a specific college getting used to wearing glasses what's wrong with matthew perry weight limits for kayaks how to prevent poop from sticking to toilet bowl butter and sugar sandwich cheese nips racial slur rolling office chair on carpet can you take claritin and zyrtec 2 by 2 hands of blue transfer dvr recordings to new dvr directv php dynamic variable names in for loop asian person with blue eyes can i buy a dolphin right hand numbness while sleeping what flavor is red bull