6 Best Keyboard Benches 2018-2019

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For those looking for an ideal keyboard bench to go with their digital piano, you are at the right place!

There are a few factors you should look at when purchasing a best keyboard bench:

Portability: The best portable keyboard benches are made to be lightweight and portable. The best adjustable keyboard benches can also fold for easy storage and carrying. If you are looking for a music bench that is meant to be stable and sitting in the same place, you may be looking for a piano bench.

Height Adjustments: Most keyboard benches do not have quick height adjustment knobs. The ones that do, such as the Hercules KB200B, are a bit pricier, but are worth it if you want to quickly adjusting sitting positions in a tight situation.

Please do not confuse keyboard benches with piano benches (as even google confuses the two).

A piano bench looks like this:

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Hercules KB200B Keyboard Bench

For professional musicians, I highly recommend this best digital keyboard bench.

A key feature of the Hercules KB200B bench is the quick and easy height adjustment knob. You can easily switch between four different height positions with this best adjustable keyboard bench. With the other keyboard benches, you have to painstakingly flip the keyboard bench upside down, unscrew the securing latches, and switch the positioning of the keyboard legs in order to change the height.

In addition, with a micro adjustment knob, you can adjust the keyboard bench in subtle amounts. This is best for keyboard players looking for a very specific height position.

This keyboard bench weighs about 14 pounds.

Some users of this bench feel that the padding is a bit hard.

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Proline PL1250 Keyboard Bench With Memory Foam

I have personally used this keyboard bench by Pro Line, the PL1250, and it had lasted for years.

It’s very soft to sit on, as the cushion is made from memory foam.

Very easy to adjust with handy height adjustments.

Here is picture of the Pro Line bench I used for about 6 years. I replaced it with a Yamaha PKBB1 keyboard bench.

I highly recommend this keyboard bench for those who wish for a very soft and comfortable bench that can easily adjust.

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Yamaha PKBB1 Adjustable Padded Keyboard Bench

The best selling keyboard bench on Amazon.com! It is also very affordable.

The X Style keyboard bench has a padded top and steel legs that can be adjusted to 3 different height positions.

This best keyboard bench weighs eight pounds, so it can easily be carried with one hand.

Some users complain that this the Yamaha PKBB1 bench is a bit wobbly. If this happens, simply return your bench.

The padding is also pretty firm and tough.

This keyboard is also a bit difficult to adjust. You can see this on the following picture:

You have to unscrew the turn dial screw, line up the holes in the two columns, and painfully try to connect everything and screw at the same time.

If you are not too concerned with adjusting your bench with ease, and want an inexpensive keyboard bench, then this keyboard bench will be good for you.

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On Stage KT7800 Plus Padded Keyboard Bench

For those looking for a good sturdy keyboard bench, The On Stage KT7800 would be a great option!

It costs more than the Yamaha PKBB1, but is a more quality keyboard bench. I placed it lower on the list because of the pricing.

This best keyboard bench has a 300 lb weight capacity, and has extra padding for more comfortable seating.

This seat can adjust to four different heights – 19, 21, 23, and 25 inches.

This keyboard bench weights about 11 pounds.

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Go Plus Piano Bench Adjustable Piano Keyboard Chair

I recommend the Go Plus keyboard bench for those looking for a keyboard bench without much padding.

The height for this seat can be adjusted from 18 – 20 inches.

This keyboard bench weighs 5.3 pounds.

This best collapsible keyboard bench can easily be stored and carried.

Some users complain that the padding is a bit hard.

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On Stage KB8902 Flip Top Keyboard Bench

For users of a stay at home digital piano, this would be the ideal keyboard bench.

Light and portable, this keyboard bench is great for digital upright pianos.

There is also a compartment for storage with this unique keyboard bench.

Some users complain about the set-up of this bench, and of the sturdiness as well. (If you want a more sturdy keyboard bench such as this, please look at the piano bench page)

This best keyboard bench weighs about 14 pounds.

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The Forever Alone Pianist

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Forever alone: a popular, usually humorous way for people to express online that they will never find lasting love and be single until the day they die.

Even though a pianist is capable of super-human like powers, such as hypnotizing their audience into feeling whatever emotion they wish to convey through the piano, sometimes there are issues with finding and keeping a significant other and being forever alone.

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Even Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt, musical geniuses whose music is used even today to swoon lovers and captivate audiences, failed to find a life partner.

Perhaps every pianist goes through similar difficulties and can relate to the challenges being presented.

Have fun reading!

Loser Van Beethoven

How can a man who writes beautiful music that is played even in modern wedding ceremonies (such as the 2nd movement of the Pathetique piano sonata) end up never being married?

Let’s take a quick look at some of Beethoven’s lovers and see the reasons why his relationships didn’t work out!

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Love: Eleonore von Breuning. The Piano Sonata in C WoO 51 was one work that was dedicated to her. She was the sister of his bro, Stephan von Breuning.

Problem: According to one of Beethoven’s letters, it seemed that they had a quarrel of some sort and lost their friendship. She married Franz Wegeler in 1802.

Love: Magdalena Willman. She was a soprano.

Problem: Said Beethoven was “too ugly and half crazy”. She probably only used him to advance her own career. (Source)

Love: Therese Malfatti. She was the dedicatee of the famous Fur Elise.

Problem: Beethoven planned to proposed to her, but failed. According to one source, Beethoven planned to perform Fur Elise to her and propose, but got drunk and did not do it. She married Wilhelm von Droßdik, a Hungarian Count instead.

Love: Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. A pupil of Beethoven’s and the dedicatee of the Moonlight Sonata.

Problem: Social class. Married a count instead.

There are many other reported lovers of Beethoven, but this should suffice for understanding about Beethoven’s issues.

And let’s not forget about Beethoven’s physical appearance. According to many reports, Beethoven was short, had bushy eyebrows, lots of small pox scars, not orderly, and dressed badly. One time Beethoven was arrested by the police being confused for a homeless person. While the pictures and sculpture that we have today convey a certain image of Beethoven, we should not forget what sort of image he actually portrayed to the people in front of him.

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The majority of Beethoven’s lovers were students of his. They were usually of high social class. Beethoven, being a musician who was quite clumsy with his money, was of a lower social class, which may have led to the demise of many of his relationships. With Magdalena Willman, Beethoven may have had a chance at happiness since they were both musicians, but she was simply not attracted to the poor guy.

With the information above, it can be hypothesized that Beethoven failed at finding a significant other for two reason: he was ugly and was of a low social class.

Johannes Alone Brahms

I have mad respect for this man. Johannes Brahms, the man who willfully stayed in Clara Schumann‘s friend zone and took the phrase “bros before hoes” to the next level, ultimately died alone as well.

Did Brahms suffer from the same issues as Beethoven? Was Brahms ugly? Let’s take a look.

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Dayum! This man is beautiful! If Disney ever needed an actor for Prince Charming in the 19th century, they would most definitely choose a young Johannes Brahms. Brahms had no problems at attracting the ladies, and was known for having quite a few romantic attractions. But why is it that he never got married?

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It’s all her fault! Clara Schumann

Robert Schumann, a fellow composer and friend of Brahms, became sick, and, being a good bro, Brahms helped Robert Schumann’s wife with household chores and communicating with Robert. Brahms quickly fell in love with Robert’s wife, Clara Schumann, and developed a strong friendship with her.

After Robert’s death, Brahms and Clara remained good friends. She became a supporting figure for Brahms, encouraging him to compose and giving him feedback to his music.

It is unknown if Brahms made a move on Clara, but I choose to believe that he remained a true gentleman and never made an advance on her since she was the widow of his dear friend.

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I believe that because Brahms was deeply in love with Clara Schumann, he could not quite find himself to love another woman as deeply as he loved her. It may be because of this reason that he never married.

Desperate Chopin

If you could make a dollar for each time Chopin’s music was used for swooning, you’d have enough money to buy a Bosendorfer grand piano.

There are two lovers of Chopin that we can study briefly that will give us an understanding of why this romantic man never married.

They are Maria Wodzińska (1819 –  1896) and Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known as George Sand (1804 – 1876).

Maria Wodzinksa was a very talented artist who was the daughter of Count Wincenty and Countess Theresa Wodzińska (meaning she came from a pretty wealthy family). Here is a famous watercolor painting of Chopin she made:

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Pretty dayum good right?

Maria also was a talented pianist who studied with John Field and Chopin.

Chopin was a friend of the Wodzinksa family since childhood, and was asked to come visit the family in Dresden in 1835.

There, Chopin was able to meet his childhood friend who was at the age of 16 (I believe this was a legal age to marry at that time – possible source). Here is a portrait of her:

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Needless to say, Chopin could not resist her. Chopin may have found a way to make a move on her while teaching her (I’m guessing that it is a trend among great pianists to flirt with their students) and the two fell in love.

The next year, Chopin asked Maria to be married. Maria’s parents were not so approving of the relationship, but they allowed the great composer to show them if his health and income could improve, thus showing himself to be a suitable partner for their daughter. And what did Chopin do? He became increasingly sick, and was not doing so well financially either.

In 1837, their relationship ended. Four years later, Maria married to Józef Skarbek, the son of Chopin’s godfather. After their divorce, she married Władysław Orpiszewski in 1848. They lived happily until 1881, when Wladyslaw passed away.

A good bro always has his bro’s back. While Chopin was mourning over his loss and suffering from lung issues, his bro, Franz Liszt (who also made it to the forever alone list), decided to introduce Chopin to a new cutie, George Sand. Let’s take a look at her.

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In modern times, it’s no problem (at least it should not be) if we see a woman dressed this way.  However, in this time period, being a woman and dressing like a man was extremely improper and repulsive. Being a passionate novelist and feminist, George Sand choose to oppose the status quo of how women should dress. She justified her choice to dress this way by saying it was cheaper and easier to move in men’s clothes. Chopin was quite disgusted when he first met her. He even asked Liszt if she was a woman.

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In some bizarre and unknown way, the two fell in love and had a ten year long relationship from 1837-1847. The two seemed to benefit from their relationship by the prolific writings they were both able to produce during this period. However, the couple ran into two major problems.

Problem no. 1 – Chopin was always sick. And being sick, George Sand would have to take the role of a mother and would have to nurse the poor guy. Chopin died two years after their break up in 1847. While some believe that George Sand contributed to Chopin’s early death (he was really sad and was not taking care of himself), I choose to believe that if it was not for George Sand, Chopin may have died much earlier.

Problem no. 2 – Family Drama. I’ll try to make this short. George Sand had a daughter named  Solange and was in a bitter fight with her in regards to borrowing money. George asked Chopin to not be in contact with her, and he ignored her. Chopin was accused of being “in love” with Solange, which led to the couple fighting with each other. They eventually broke up, and seized talking to each other. George did not even attend the funeral for Chopin (for reasons unknown).

It seems that overall, the reason why Chopin failed to keep a lover was because he could not take care of himself. Being constantly ill, he should have taken better care of himself, but devoted himself to composing music.

Sad Liszt

Liszt, a rock star of the piano, was known for making countless women fall in love with him. Even while being in a committed relationship, he was accused of having affairs with other women. Let’s take a quick look at two women he had serious relationships with.

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Countess Marie D’Agoult: Met her in 1833 at the age of 22. A married women that Liszt was in a relationship with for 12 years. They had 3 children together. Their daughter, Cosima, would later marry Richard Wagner.

Carolyne Wittgenstein: A princess who Liszt met while in Russia in 1847. She left her husband for Liszt. She also made Liszt stop touring so that he could focus on their relationship (lame). They never officially married because of church issues surrounding her divorce with her husband, but they lived with each other while being unmarried. In 1860, they almost bypassed the church’s regulations of divorcing Carolyne’s husband, but failed. Their relationship ended shortly after.

Liszt was such a charming lad that he was able to attract women of a high class and even have them leave their wealthy spouses. But why is it that he never married?

After his failed love attempts, Liszt decided to become a monk of the Catholic Church in 1863. Two years later, he officially became a monk. He devoted his life to forever aloneness, teaching music and composing until his lonely death.

Liszt basically gave up on trying to find a suitable partner, and made the decision to be forever alone.

It is quite sad to see the issues that the composers to the music we play had to go through. It can be humbling to see that even they faced simple, human problems like we do…

Happy Pianists

The exceptions…

While reading about the above composers, it is important to not forget that there were many pianists who ended up living happily with a spouse. So if we ever get depressed and think that all pianists end up being alone, we should remember that there are actually more marriage pianists than unmarried. Let’s take a look at some of these pianists.

Scarlatti – Married to Maria Caterina Gentili (1728-1742). After her death, he married Anastasia Maxarti Ximenes.

J.S. Bach – Married to Maria Barbara Bach (1707-1720) and Anna Magdalena Bach (1721-1750). Maria died suddenly in 1720 from unknown causes (possibly pregnancy complications). Had 7 kids with Maria (4 survived infancy) and 13 from Anna (7 died young).

Haydn – Maria Anna Aloysia Apollonia. He was known for not being happy with her, as seen from the following quote from Haydn: A Creative Life in Music by Karl and Irene Geiringer: ‘But what upset Haydn the most was Maria Anna’s total lack of interest in his music. Outraged, he complained, “she doesn’t care a straw whether her husband is an artist or a cobbler.”’

Mozart – Married to Constanze Mozart (1782-1791).

Robert Schumann – Married to Clara Schumann.

Mendelssohn – Married to Cecile Charlotte Sophie Jeanrenaud (1887-1847).

Scriabin – Married to Vera Ivanova isokovich.

Rachmaninoff – Married to Natalia Alexandrovna Satina (1902-1943)

Of course, there are many other composers that could be added to the list, but this should suffice.

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Best Digital Keyboards

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Best Electronic Keyboard 2018-2019 Review

In this post, we will cover the best 61 key piano keyboard, the best 76 key piano keyboard, the best 88 key piano keyboard (full size), and the best roll up pianos.  These best portable keyboards and best affordable keyboards can easily be transported from one location to the next, and can be purchased with a reasonable price.

Electronic keyboards are great because of their low pricing, versatility, light weight, and portability.

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The best digital keyboard are generally inexpensive in comparison to other type of digital pianos (keyboard workstations, digital upright pianos, etc.). The keys are either weighted or unweighted (weighted keys imitate the feel of a real piano, unweighted keys feels like pressing down on plastic). They are great for beginners who wish to start learning the piano, or for gigging in bands.

Careful consideration was taken to the listing of these best musical instrument keyboards with factors including pricing, weighted or unweighted keys, popularity, internal speaker quality, sound quality, sound effects, and customer satisfaction.

Note: Do not confuse the best electronic keyboards with keyboard synthesizers, keyboard arrangerkeyboard workstationdigital grand pianos, stage pianos, or digital upright pianos (Even Google confuses these still!) While all of these instruments fall under the category of digital pianos, there are stark differences between each type of digital piano.

Here are examples of the differences:

Keyboard Synthesizer

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These bad boys contain a large amount of built in sound functions, and are used generally in music production. Keyboard synthesizers usually have to be plugged into an external speaker, as they do not contain internal speakers. They also connect with computers for music production.

Keyboard Arranger

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Keyboard Arrangers are perfect for the one-man band. It can play tracks along with you as you are performing live.

Usually these get confused with keyboard workstations.

Keyboard Workstation 

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Keyboard Workstation allows for music production in one device. You can think of it as a keyboard synthesizer that does not need to be connected into another device to create and produce music.

Workstations also come in 61, 77, and 88 keys. The priciest of these are 88 keys, weighted, and costs over 1000 dollars.

Digital Upright Piano

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The design of these digital pianos is made to emulate an acoustic upright piano. Digital Upright pianos usually cost between 500-1500 dollars.

Digital Grand Piano

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The construction of this digital piano is made to imitate the look of an acoustic grand piano. This musical instrument generally costs around 2000 or more dollars.

You can also read more about the differences between the different types of digital pianos here.

Stage Piano

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You can think of stage pianos as extra expensive electric keyboards designed for professional performances. They imitate the feel of a real piano with weighted keys, usually have graded hammer keys, and are heavy (weighing 50 pounds or more).

8 Best 61-Key Digital Keyboards

Yamaha NP12

In terms of simplicity and realistic feel, I personally recommend the Yamaha NP12 as the best 61 key digital keyboard.

With its compact design, this keyboard can easily be played on a desk or counter.

Weighing 15 pounds, this best portable keyboard can easily be picked up and moved around.

This digital music instrument also has very good sound quality that imitates the sound of an acoustic piano.

The GST (Graded Soft Touch) keys are slightly weighted, touch sensitive and respond well to different dynamics and articulations.

The Yamaha NP 12 comes in either black or white.

Internal battery support with 6 AA batteries. Can last for 7 hours with batteries.

MIDI support through USB.

64 Polyphony.

Recording capability.

You can see a demo of this best musical keyboard here:

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Yamaha PSRE253

The Yamaha PSRE253 is one the best digital keyboard for beginners!

There are 9 nine built in lessons in this best electric keyboard for beginners. These lessons will aid the novice in their development of the instrument.

With the Yamaha Education Suite, this digital keyboard can teach you 100 songs!

The AUX in can also this keyboard to be used as a speaker for whatever you plug into it.

The Keys are unweighted.

The MSRP for this digital keyboard is 200 dollars, but can be purchased on Amazon for almost half the suggested price!

Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Yamaha PSRE253:

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Casio CTK2400

The Casio CTK-2400 boasts an impressive 48 polyphony and built in microphone for easy recording.

With 6 AA batteries, you can play with this best digital keyboard on the go without a power adapter.

Note: this musical instrument is not touch sensitive, so you cannot play each note with a different dynamic (soft/loud)

You can see a review of the Casio CTK-2400 here:

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RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard

This is the best portable keyboard sold on Amazon.com!

The RockJam Electronic Keyboard is also a very affordable electronic keyboard. For a little more than 100 dollars, you can own a keyboard with a stand, headphones, and a keyboard bench!

Works well with the Piano Maestro App and includes 30 free songs with the app.

Contains 100 sound effects and 50 demo songs!

The keys in this digital keyboard are unweighted.

You can see a demonstration of this musical instrument here:

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Hamzer 61 Key Electronic Music Electric Keyboard Piano

This is the most affordable 61 key keyboard on this list. This digital keyboard costs around 85 dollars on Amazon.com!

Includes everything you expect in a digital keyboard such as external speakers, various sound effects, teaching mode, and recording/playback functions.

Includes a keyboard stand as well!

Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Hamzer 61 key Electric Keyboard:

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Alesis Melody 61 Beginner Bundle

This best 61 key digital keyboard contains 200 built in sounds, 10 teachable songs, 128 accompanying features, split mode (split two sounds across the keyboard), and a recording feature.

The keys are non weighted.

Includes bench, stand, microphone, and headphones.

Watch this video to see the Alesis Melody 61 in action:

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Best Choice Products 61 Key Music Electronic Keyboard Piano

The bcp 61 key electric keyboard contains 100 sound effects, 10 demo songs, and an lcd screen to easily navigate through functions.

This best electric keyboard is fitting for beginners of the piano.

Comes with a keyboard stand as well!

You can observe this video to see more about the Best Choice Products 61 key Electronic Keyboard:

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S61 High Quality Portable 61 Keys Flexible Piano

This best roll up piano can easily be stored in a convenient space for travel. This specific 61 key roll up piano has the best customer reviews on Amazon.com!

This best flexible piano includes an internal speaker and headphone jack, so you can practice piano easily on the go.

This best lightweight keyboard only weighs 2.6 pounds.

Watch this video to see a demonstration of a best hand roll piano:

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4 Best 76 Key Keyboard

Yamaha NP32 76-Key Lightweight Portable Keyboard

This best electric keyboard is very affordable and costs only a little more than the Yamaha YPG-235.

For those looking for a classical feel to their electric keyboard, this is the best option!

With the Graded Soft Touch, the keys are slightly weighted to imitate the feel of a real acoustic piano.

Like the NP-12, the NP 32 also has Internal battery support with 6 AA batteries. Can last for 16 hours with batteries.

MIDI support through USB.

Recording capability.

64 polyphony.

You can see a live playing of this musical instrument here:

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Yamaha PSREW400 76-Key Portable Keyboard

The Yamaha PSR-EW400 is a big upgrade from the Yamaha YPG-235. While it is pricier, it is more fitting for professional use. It is ideal for beginners as well.

This touch response keyboard is very sensitive to the different articulations and touches from the performer.

The 12 W internal speakers will also deliver a powerful sound.

With the Yamaha Education Suite, this musical instrument is also capable of teaching you how to play!

Can be powered with 6 D sized batteries.

You can see a demonstration of the Yamaha PRE – EW400 here:

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Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano

This is one of the best selling digital keyboards on the market!

The Yamaha YPG-235 features a pitch bending knob, and usb capability.

This best electric keyboard has graded soft touch key action. Basically, the keys are still unweighted, but has a sensitive response.

The powerful 12 W internal speakers produces a strong sound.

This digital keyboard is also very affordable, costing around 250 dollars!

Watch this video to see some interesting functions and features of the Yamaha YPG-235

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Casio WK-1630 76-Note Touch-Sensitive Portable Electronic Keyboard

Contains two wheels, a pitch bend and modulation wheel.

Touch sensitive unweighted keys respond well to user response.

Four internal speakers deliver sound to your ears.

With the layer and split settings, you can play up to 4 sounds at once!

Users of this keyboard say that it produces a better sound than the Yamaha 76 key keyboards.

You can see a demonstration of this musical keyboard here:

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12 Best 88 Key Electric Keyboards

Roland FP-10

Released just in January 2019, The Roland FP 10 is a new entry into the Roland FP series. Roland states that it is “entry-level instrument with premium sound and playability”.

Many keyboard seekers who look at the Roland FP Series keyboard ask, What is the difference between the Roland FP 10 and Roland FP 30? So allow me to explain Roland FP-30 vs Roland FP-10.

Roland FP-10 vs FP-30

  • Differences
    • Pricing: FP – 10 is about 200 dollars cheaper
    • Polyphony: FP 10 has 96 polyphony, while the FP-30 has 128 polyphony.
    •  Number of Tones: FP 10 can choose from 15 different tones while the FP 30 has 30 tones
    • Size: FP 10 is smaller than the FP 30. The FP 30 has about 0.3 inches more height, about a half inch more width, and weights about 4 pounds more.
  • Similarities
    • Key Action: Both use PHA-4 Standard Keyboard (individually weighted keys were lower notes feel heavier than higher notes).
    • Sound Engine: Both use SuperNATURAL Piano Sound (produces natural sounding sounds).
    • Bluetooth MIDI capability
    • Same size internal speakers

Basically, the FP 30’s sound quality is a bit better than the FP 10 and there more tones to choose from. The FP 10 is more compact and is lighter. From my personal playing, the FP 10 and FP30 feel the same, but the FP30 sounds a bit better.

I would personally recommend the FP 10 over the FP 30, ultimately because of the pricing. You have a 200 dollar difference from the FP 30, and the only thing you lose is a bit of sound quality and fewer tone options.

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Roland FP-30

The Roland FP-30 was released in 2016.

This keyboard has PHA-4 Standard Keyboard action, which highly realistic, and provides the best feel for playing. It has Escapement and ivory sensation on the keys.

With the SuperNATURAL Piano Sound, this best digital keyboard provides the most beautiful and realistic piano sound, as expected from the well known Roland brand.

This best electric keyboard has 128 polyphony, Twin piano feature (good for teaching purposes – you can adjust the octaves on either end of the keyboard to match each other so that a student and teacher can play on the same range on the keyboard)

The Roland FP-30 also has bluetooth, something that the Yamaha P125 does not have.

The FP-30 has Bluetooth MIDI, but does not have bluetooth audio.

Contains a total of 35 voices/tones, including:

  • 6 Piano Tones
  • 7 Electric piano tones
  • 22 other tones

Watch this review of the Roland FP-30:

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Yamaha P125 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

The Yamaha P125 is the successor to the Yamaha P115.

In short, this is what the Yamaha P125 has over the Yamaha P115:

– More number of voices. The P125 has 24 voices, while the P115 has 14. (Voices refer to different sound settings such as organ, electric, etc).

–  More rhythm settings. The Yamaha P125 has 20 settings, while the P115 has 14.

– The Yamaha P125 has more advanced speakers than the Yamaha P115 with the Table EQ.

What is the same is:

– Same weight (11.8 kg)

– Same number of polyphony (192)

The P stands for portable.

Can be plugged in and be used with the “Smart Pianist” app to control the advanced features of the Yamaha P125, analyzing any song to display the chords of that song, and even help with practicing

Yamaha P125 vs P45

Differences:

  • Tone Generation
    • P125 uses Pure CF sampling (more modern and realistic sounding)
    • P45 uses AWM advanced
  • Polyphony (number of notes that can be sustained at once)
    • P125 has 192 polyphony
    • P45 has 64 polyphony
  • Internal Speakers
    • P125 2 7W amplifiers, 2 12 cm speakers, and additional 4 speakers
    • P45 has 2 6W amplifiers, 2 12 cm speakers
  • Recording Feature
    • P125 has
    • P45 does not have

In short, the P125 has better sound, and recording functionality.

Here is a demo of the Smart Pianist app:

With the Table Top EQ setting, it can detect if the Yamaha P125 on a table top. If it is on a table top, the internal speakers automatically brings out more bass, which allows for a better sound while being on a table.

The Yamaha P125 does not have bluetooth for MIDI capability. You will need to use a USB for MIDI.

Here is a professional review of the Yamaha P125:

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Yamaha P115 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

Update: Please look at the Yamaha P-125. Comparing the Yamaha P115 vs Yamaha P125, you’ll see that the Yamaha P125 has a few more features, and is at the same price

The Yamaha P115 is the best selling digital piano by Yamaha!

With 192 note polyphony, you will never have to worry about a note not being fully sustained (Note Polyphony refers to how many notes can be sustained or played at once. Since there are only 88 keys on the piano, you really don’t need to go over 88 polyphony. 192 note polyphony is kind of an overkill.)

The Graded Hammer Standard weighted keys gives this electric keyboard the same touch response as an acoustic grand piano. The lower end has heavier keys, and the higher end has lighter keys.

This keyboard reproduces the sound from Yamaha’s 9 foot CFIIIS concert grand piano with its Pure CF Sound Engine.

There are 14 different groups of sound effects including piano, electric piano, and rock organ!

Can use the “Digital Piano Controller” app, a Yamaha app that allows you control the many features of the Yamaha P115 with a friendly user interface.

The Yamaha P115 does not have bluetooth, but has Midi capability through USB.

Watch this professional review by Yamaha on the Yamaha P115:

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Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

Yamaha states that the Yamaha P45 is the best affordable digital piano that they have to offer! If the P115 Yamaha seems to be a bit too pricey, consider buying the Yamaha P45 instead!

The GHS or Graded Hammer Standard Keys are weighted, with the bass notes having more weight, and the higher end having less. This very much imitates the real feel of a good acoustic grand piano.

Has 64 note polyphony. (Note Polyphony refers to how many notes can be sustained or played at once. With 64 polyphony, you’ll be able to play and sustain most of the notes on the keyboard.)

With the USB port, the Yamaha P45 can support MIDI.

Watch this professional demonstration by Yamaha on the Yamaha P45 for more insights on this beautiful music instrument:

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Korg B1

With 120 polyphony and natural weighted keys, the Korg B1 is an excellent best beginning digital keyboard.

With the natural weighted keys, the lower end of the digital piano has a heavier feel and the higher end has a lighter feel, similar to an acoustic piano.

Many users of this keyboard recommend it over the popular Yamaha P45.

Watch this expert review of the Korg B1 with this video:

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Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

An exclusive digital keyboard from Amazon.com!

If the Yamaha P45 seems a bit pricey, than the Yamaha P71 would be a great substitute!

This best lightweight keyboard weighs only 25 pounds, and takes up very little storage space!

This digital keyboard has fully weighted keys which feels like a real piano!

According to Yamaha, the Yamaha P45 and the Yamaha P71 are identical. The only noticeable difference is in the weight of the two instruments.

Click here to see the Yamaha P71 in action:

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Casio PX 160

The Casio PX 160  is a superb digital keyboard with its Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action (fancy way of saying weighted keys) and 128 polyphony. The texture of the keys also emulate that of a real acoustic piano.

The sound engine of this product, “AiR”, which stands for Acoustic and intelligent Resonator, captured the sounds of a real 9 foot acoustic grand piano and is able to replicate it.

The 8w x 8w Grand Sound System has speakers in both the front and the back of the instrument, which is ideal for both private and public performance.

Weights about 25 pounds.

Many people who are searching for the best digital keyboard often compare the Casio PX 160 to the Yamaha P115. I personally recommend the Yamaha P115 over this, and you can watch these videos to help you to understand too:


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Alesis Recital 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano

The Alesis recital is a best beginning digital piano because of its full size and pricing. This best selling electric piano costs a little more than 200 dollars!

Some great features of this keyboard are:

  • semi weighted keys
  • touch sensitivity
  • Lesson Mode – can divide the piano into two with the same pitch and voice for enhanced teaching experience.
  • USB-MIDI connectivity
  • Battery power capability ( 6 D Cell batteries )
  • 5 built in sounds to choose from
  • 128 polyphony
  • 3 months of Skoove premium for free with purchase.

If your budget is under 300 bucks, I would recommend getting this digital keyboard. If you are able to bump up your budget, I would recommend getting the Yamaha P45 over this keyboard.

The keys have a plastic like feel, and they are not fully weighted. The speakers also are not very good. In my experience, it is a bit awkward to play on this keyboard.

You can watch a professional demonstration of the Alesis Recital 88 key here:

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Williams Legato 88-Key Digital Piano

This is the most affordable 88 key digital keyboard, costing around 200 dollars! If you are looking for the best affordable keyboard, here it is!

The Williams Legato has semi weighted keys, internal speakers, and weighs about 20 pounds.  It also takes up very little space with its slim design.

Some users complain about the lower register of this digital keyboard.

There are very many happy customer reviews on Amazon.com. Make sure to check them out!

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Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano

This is a larger model of the Yamaha ypg- 235 electric keyboard.

I personally believe that the pricing for the Yamaha YPG 535 is too high. The keys are only semi weighted and does not feel quite like a real piano. I personally believe that other digital keyboards in this page have a better feel and sound in comparison to this instrument.

If you are using this keyboard for recording purposes, then it is a very good buy!

You can see and hear what this instrument is like with this video:

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LeaningTech RUP002 88 Thickened-Keys Roll Up Piano

This 88 key roll up piano costs less than 100 dollars!

You can easily take this digital piano with you during travelling. It can easily fit in your suitcase or backpack!

The internal speaker allows you to even perform with this musical instrument!

Watch this video to see a performer on a best roll up piano:

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Best Music Stands

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9 Best Sheet Music Stands

This page will feature the best music stands to hold your sheet music for orchestra rehearsal, jazz band rehearsals, or whatever purpose you need to hold your sheet music. These best music stands have been carefully selected with regards to sturdiness, reliability, weight, quality, and portability. Please take a careful look at each music stand and choose the one that best fits your needs.

The best music stand for guitar, best music stand for violin, and best music stand for instruments are all here!

Note: If you are looking for a music stand to carry heavy objects, such as a laptop or large music book, consider buying a strong music stand, such as the Manhasset music stand, GearLux, or the ASC Professional music stand. For light carrying, the lighter music stands such as the Chromacast music stand will be suitable.

Manhasset Model #48 Sheet Music Stand

Manhasset music stands are standards in many musical settings such as schools and orchestras.

The bases of these stands are made completely from steel, so you can be ensured that these stands will be durable and will not rock around.

With the “Magic Finger Clutch,” the stand can be adjusted with one hand.  The clutch can support up to 8 pounds.

The bearings is made from brass, which is greaseless and reduces friction from adjusting the music stand.

The desk (holds the sheet music), is made from sturdy and light weight aluminum. The black coat finish aids the stand from scratches and damage.

Manhasset Model 48

The most popular and high demand music stand by Manhasset. The dimensions of this best heavy duty music stand is 20″ wide, 12 1/2″ high, and a lip of  2 1/4″. This music stand can be adjusted from 26 through 48 inches.

Weighs a little less than 8 pounds!

 You can see a video of assembly of this music stand here:

Manhasset Mh5001 Orchestra Stand

With the double lip design, there is a small storage place for placing. musical items such as bows or reeds.
Height adjusts from 28 to 48 inches. This is ideal for sitting and standing positions.
Weighs 8 pounds.

Manhasset 5201 Music Stand

This best orchestra music stand only weight 6 pounds!

You can also purchase this carrying case for easy travel with this Manhasset music stand:

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Peak Music Stands SMS-20 Collapsible Music Stand with Carrying Bag

Peak Music Stands is a very credible company for making the best music stands!

Weighing about 5 pounds, this best lightweight portable music stand can be carried to gigs and performances.

This best cheap music stand uses a quick clamp that easily adjusts the height of the stand.

The frame is made from steel.

Comes with a nifty traveling case bag as well!

Watch an expert music stand review here:

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ChromaCast CC-MSTAND Folding Music Stand with Carry Bag

The Chromacast CC-MStand is the best affordable music stand and the best portable music stand!

With its ability to fold easily, weighing 2 pounds, and including a traveling case, this music stand can easily be carried and be used on the go!

Adjusts from 28 to 52 inches, which is ideal for any performance situation.

Consider using this best folding music stand for carrying light sheet music books or individual sheet music papers.

The dimensions for this best cheap music stand is 11.5 by 20 inches, with a 1 inch platform for the sheet music to rest on.

This video will give you an idea of what it is like to have the Chromocast CC- MStand:

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Hercules BS100B WIRE Music Stand

Another best music stand made by the credible company – Hercules Stands.
This best wire music stand is heavy duty,
With the quick and easy adjuster, you can easily change the height adjustment for this best music stand with one hand!
Watch a review of this best music stand here:

ADM Foldable Extra Light Large Music Stand

Consider buying this if you are looking for a slightly more sturdy and stronger best portable folding music stand.

This best lightweight music stand weighs only 3 pounds, and is collapsible. It comes with a nifty carrying case too!

The shaft and legs of this music stand are made from steel, which allows for secure placement.

The height of this best music stand adjusts from 22 to 59 inches.

Consider buying this to carry lightweight music scores and sheet music paper.

Note: some complaints from users of this best lightweight folding music stand include awkwardness of holding paper and lack of being able to hold much music.

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ASC Professional Sheet Music Stand Band w/bag

This best foldable music stand by American Sound Connection will be able to carry large objects such as a heavy music book, and still be able to fold into a carrying case bag!

This best sheet music stand weighs ten pounds, and has a 2 and a half inch shelf lip that is suitable for carrying enough sheet music for a long performance!

Height adjusts from 26 to 46 and a half inches.

It rough exterior is suited for long use!

The shelf of the music stand is 20 inches by width and  13 inches by height.

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Gearlux Deluxe Collapsible Orchestra Music Stand – Black

This best collapsible music stand by Gearlux weighs a little more than 4 pounds!

This music stand is capable of carrying large music books.

With the metal sheet music shelf, you can use magnets to hold the sheet music more securely in place.

Uses twist knobs for securing adjusted heights. This allows for maximum tight grip for holding positions.

The vented tray reduces the overall weight of the music stand, but keeps the overall durability as well.

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Chopin – National Edition vs Wiener Urtext

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Quick Notes for National Edition vs Wiener Urtext

Quick notes on these editions:

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  • Both editions were edited by Jan Ekier (The national edition is edited by Pawel Kaminski as well)
  • The Wiener Urtext  for Chopin’s ballades was published in 1986. The National Edition was published eleven years later in 1997.
  • Wiener Urtext has different editors for the entirety of Chopin’s works. For example, Paul Badura-Skoda is the editor for Chopin Etudes for Wiener Urtext. Jan Ekier established the Foundation of the National Edition in 1998, and is the editor for each work by Chopin for this edition.
  • Paul Badura-Skoda (editor for the Wiener Urtext for Chopin) even said that the National Edition is the best edition for Chopin. (Source)

Chopin Ballade 1

The National Edition claims to use “the most scientific method on the basis of all sources” for editing. Let’s see how some of these modern approaches differ from an edition published a little more than ten years prior.

Sources

Wiener Urtext –

  • Autograph fair copy (clean copy of draft that was corrected by Chopin)
  • French first Edition published in July 1836 by Paris: M. Schlesinger (According to notes in this edition, Chopin was known to have carefully proofread the French first edition and made some changes to it.) Click here to see the second French edition.
  • English first edition published in August 1836 by London: Wessel and C.
  • German first edition published in 1836 by Leipzig: Breitkopf and Hartel.  Click here to see this edition.

National Edition –

  • Autograph/fair copy (basis for French first edition)
  • First French Edition. Published by M. Schlesinger publishing company in 1836 (This company also printed the first editions of Beethoven’s last two piano sonatas)
  • Second French edited with corrections by Chopin. (In the critical notes for the Wiener Urtext, it is said that Chopin carefully made corrections for this edition. In the National Edition Source Commentary, it says that he was careless with his corrections.)
  • French Edition owned by Camille Dubois, a student of Chopin. Her scores contained annotations by Chopin, fingerings, performance notes, and corrections from errors made by printing.
  • First German Edition published by Breitkopf and Hartel in 1836.
  • Second, Third, and Fourth German Editions.
  • First English Edition (the source commentary says that the First English Edition was based on the first French edition)

Score

M. 18

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There is a subtle editorial marking added in the national edition. There is a decrescendo marking written on the and of 4 in the National Edition.

M. 44

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Editorial marking – There is a quarter rest written in the left hand part, m 44 beat 6, for the Wiener Urtext.

M 85-86

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There is a difference in the direction of the stems for the right hand. In the national edition, the B flat (M 85 beat 1) is up stemmed, while it is down stemmed in the wiener urtext. Having all the stems going upward shows the musical line in this phrase and to bring out these up stemmed notes.

M. 87 – 88

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Notice the staccato on M 88 beat one in the National Edition. This staccato is not present in the wiener urtext. Also, the phrasing in the National Edition shows M 87 beats 5 and 6 connecting to the first beat of M 88. In the Wiener Urtext, the phrase in M 87 beats 5 and 6 ends on the sixth beat, and a new phrase begins with M 88.

M 161 – 162

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Beats 1 in Measures 161 and Measures 162 have differences. In the national edition, the notes on beat 1 have a staccatissimo placed for the articulation. In the wiener urtext, the articulation is a staccato.

M 171

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This measure is a booger! In the French first edition, there was an error with the placement of the Ab (in the fourth note of the quintuple).

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The second French edition features this change to M 171 (made by Chopin’s request):

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Notice the D added to the fourth note of the quintuplet.

The Wiener urtext claims to reproduce what is written in the autograph score for this measure. The national edition chooses to make M 171 similar to measure M 170, and then writes what is written in the autograph score above M 171.

The national edition says it is doubtful whether or not Chopin wanted the added D in the fourth note of the quintuplet. It also states other instances in which the first French edition made similar errors.

M 194

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There are tenuto markings on the and of 4 in Measures 194, 196, and 198. These markings were made by Chopin in Camille DuBois’ score.

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