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Randelph
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2023 1:22 am    Post subject: Keybed OK/good? No chance to try b4 buying Reply with quote

Could really use some input! I am keen on buying the EK50L but am worried I wonít like the keybed, and I donít have local stores with it in stock. I assume the EK50L and the newer i3 have identical keybeds.

As point of reference Iíve had or played:
Korg:
PA1000: loved the board EXCEPT for the keybed, disappointing at that price point, 6/10
Yamaha:
EW425 / E473: these are the latest budget arrangers, as far as I can tell from the limited time playing them I thought they were decent. As a piano player, getting good expression for piano is always very key, not bad for unweighted 7/10
Casio:
WK7600: had this board for years, I believe it got looser over time, it was a s**t show, made me into a sloppy player, hated it, 1/10
CT-X5000: lots of clacky keys, and thereís a slop that Iím worried will just get worse over time, uninspiring to play, 4/10, the keys are a large part of what is motivating me to get a different budget arranger!

The more I research the EK-50 the more Iím inclined to think it was designed for a player like me, but the biggest question mark is whether the keybed is decent. Iíd settle for a 6/10 given how strongly the rest of it matches my needs!
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grahamid



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2023 3:26 pm    Post subject: Keybed Reply with quote

From what you say, I think you might not find the EK-50 satisfactory, at least as a sole instrument. Speaking as a pianist myself, if I really want to 'play piano', I go to another instrument. (I have a very elderly Clavinova CLP 100, and a Kawai ES100). The EK-50 doesn't (to me) feel like a piano, and TBH, the piano sounds are not its greatest strength, either.
That said, I've had my EK-50 just six months, and I don't regret the purchase. I just wouldn't be happy with it as the only keyboard/midi source I had.
I'd be happy to say more about what I think are its strength, if that would be useufl.

Ian Graham
Wales UK
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Randelph
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2023 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Keybed Reply with quote

grahamid wrote:
From what you say, I think you might not find the EK-50 satisfactory, at least as a sole instrument. Speaking as a pianist myself, if I really want to 'play piano', I go to another instrument. (I have a very elderly Clavinova CLP 100, and a Kawai ES100). The EK-50 doesn't (to me) feel like a piano, and TBH, the piano sounds are not its greatest strength, either.
That said, I've had my EK-50 just six months, and I don't regret the purchase. I just wouldn't be happy with it as the only keyboard/midi source I had.
I'd be happy to say more about what I think are its strength, if that would be useufl.

Ian Graham
Wales UK


Ian,
Thanks for the reply!

Thankfully Iíve got a great piano board, the Kawai ES920. The reason Iím getting a 2d board is I like having more than 2 sounds to work with and itíd be nice to have a lightweight board for parties/jams.

What draws me to the EK-50 is the 3 voices you get to work with for the Upper voices, the speaker quality, the user friendly UI.

My biggest question mark is the quality of the onboard sounds, esp in comparison to the Casio CT-S500 and the Yamaha ew-425/e-473. Itís been a long time coming for sounds to be decent on these lower priced boards, and these 2 boards are the latest/greatest, noticeable overall improvement in sound quality.

Thanks,
Randy
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