Rockjam 818 Digital Upright Piano with Upright Stand £109.99 @ amazon (RRP: £299.99)
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Rockjam 818 Digital Upright Piano with Upright Stand £109.99 @ amazon (RRP: £299.99)

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Found 12th Jan 2016
Beautifully reduced digital piano with upright stand. A good reduction and a good deal for any budding pianists out there. A good beginner's instrument.

Touch sensitive keys and a recording and playback feature.

Complete list of features:

61 full size key keyboard
Touch sensitive keys
LCD display
Built in speakers
128 Voices and 128 Rhythms
Sync / Fill-in / Intro / Ending
Record and Playback sequencer
Vibrato control
Sustain
Keyboard Split feature
Headphone Output
Input for Sustain Pedal (sold separately)

25 Comments

Not bad!

Just to point out that touch sensitive keys is different to the weighted keys that you would normally expect from a digital piano.

mudlouse

Not bad!Just to point out that touch sensitive keys is different to the … Not bad!Just to point out that touch sensitive keys is different to the weighted keys that you would normally expect from a digital piano.



Does touch sensitive mean it's like playing a piano app on a touchscreen or does it still feel real like a real piano?

shak

Does touch sensitive mean it's like playing a piano app on a touchscreen … Does touch sensitive mean it's like playing a piano app on a touchscreen or does it still feel real like a real piano?



It means it's like a Casio keyboard that you can buy at Argos. The keys are light to press and there is no resistance but the faster you press the louder it is.

A weighted keyboard means the key feels heavy to press. Most digital pianos with weighted keys would have plastic keys but there is some mechanism to make them feel like a traditional piano by adding resistance.

Edited by: "mudlouse" 12th Jan 2016

I am not familiar with Piano at all, but need to get one for my daughter as has started her piano lesson not long ago. And the tutor said soon she is going to practice soft & hard pressing. Any idea would this suitable?

terencetcf

I am not familiar with Piano at all, but need to get one for my daughter … I am not familiar with Piano at all, but need to get one for my daughter as has started her piano lesson not long ago. And the tutor said soon she is going to practice soft & hard pressing. Any idea would this suitable?



If you're on a budget - yes. It will teach her to make sure she's hitting keys with the same force each time. However, weighted keys are better because they offer more resistance, similar to a real piano. However, they are usually quite expensive.

This isn't bad for a beginner IMO, although I haven't been playing long myself so you might want to get some advice from someone more experienced.

If you haven't looked yet - people are usually giving away actual pianos on Gumtree if you have the space. You would need to get it tuned though. It's worth looking into in my opinion.

Also a full size piano has 88 keys, 61 would become very restrictive very quickly.

Jes1

If you're on a budget - yes. It will teach her to make sure she's hitting … If you're on a budget - yes. It will teach her to make sure she's hitting keys with the same force each time. However, weighted keys are better because they offer more resistance, similar to a real piano. However, they are usually quite expensive.This isn't bad for a beginner IMO, although I haven't been playing long myself so you might want to get some advice from someone more experienced.If you haven't looked yet - people are usually giving away actual pianos on Gumtree if you have the space. You would need to get it tuned though. It's worth looking into in my opinion.



Thanks a lot!

Not really much point buying something like this to learn classical piano, the missing keys will soon become a problem when you can play certain pieces. If you only need a keyboard, get a Yamaha.

CountFilth

Not really much point buying something like this to learn classical … Not really much point buying something like this to learn classical piano, the missing keys will soon become a problem when you can play certain pieces. If you only need a keyboard, get a Yamaha.



I was considering it, but a new one is about £500.... and I am not sure whether my daughter 100% commit to learn piano or not, I am worrying she might drop out sometime in near future then the piano will be wasted as no one else will be playing the piano at home...

Got excited this was a full set of keys for a moment. Good deal though

Basically just a keyboard with a stand. Still, good for beginners and a good price.

voted hot, but struggling to see the advantages compared to a normal keyboard?
Edited by: "yubious" 12th Jan 2016

shak

Does touch sensitive mean it's like playing a piano app on a touchscreen … Does touch sensitive mean it's like playing a piano app on a touchscreen or does it still feel real like a real piano?


Touch sensitive keys are nothing like proper weighted keys touch sensitive just means the harder you press the key the louder it is it mimics a real piano, looking at the specs it looks to be no better than my Yamaha psrk1 and that will also teach you how to play and has a 5 track recorder built it

Get on Gumtree and find a decent old one by Yamaha or Roland. I picked up one last year for around 150. It's better than any of the low end real pianos I've played on.

terencetcf

I was considering it, but a new one is about £500.... and I am not sure … I was considering it, but a new one is about £500.... and I am not sure whether my daughter 100% commit to learn piano or not, I am worrying she might drop out sometime in near future then the piano will be wasted as no one else will be playing the piano at home...



I'd get one second hand digital piano from ebay, make sure it has weighted keys and is fairly modern.
Good make would be Yamaha.

If you have the space you could get a real piano cheap off ebay, but its probably out of tune... then you have the problem of moving it / selling it on if you needed to. (Thats why they go so cheap!)

edit.. also some keyboards as well as being weighted have "hammer action", which simulates a real piano even better...

If you are learning the piano at the very least get weighted keys... !

Edited by: "Mikiex" 12th Jan 2016

Mikiex

I'd get one second hand digital piano from ebay, make sure it has … I'd get one second hand digital piano from ebay, make sure it has weighted keys and is fairly modern.Good make would be Yamaha.If you have the space you could get a real piano cheap off ebay, but its probably out of tune... then you have the problem of moving it / selling it on if you needed to. (Thats why they go so cheap!)edit.. also some keyboards as well as being weighted have "hammer action", which simulates a real piano even better... If you are learning the piano at the very least get weighted keys... !



Thanks for your suggestions

The thing is I am not even sure whether a 2nd hand piano is working correctly or not even if I can try it in person...

No midi so you are relying on the built in sounds which if the same as the Gear4Music 818 which it appears to be, are horrible.

Jes1

If you're on a budget - yes. It will teach her to make sure she's hitting … If you're on a budget - yes. It will teach her to make sure she's hitting keys with the same force each time. However, weighted keys are better because they offer more resistance, similar to a real piano. However, they are usually quite expensive.This isn't bad for a beginner IMO, although I haven't been playing long myself so you might want to get some advice from someone more experienced.If you haven't looked yet - people are usually giving away actual pianos on Gumtree if you have the space. You would need to get it tuned though. It's worth looking into in my opinion.



​not at all in my opinion. That is the one thing you can't really do with this as the keys feel nothing like her teachers piano.

It's just a big cheap keyboard lacking keys and midi.

will this turn me into jean michel jarre?

terencetcf

I was considering it, but a new one is about £500.... and I am not sure … I was considering it, but a new one is about £500.... and I am not sure whether my daughter 100% commit to learn piano or not, I am worrying she might drop out sometime in near future then the piano will be wasted as no one else will be playing the piano at home...



What I did was get a cheap keyboard off gumtree for about a fiver. It isn't full size and it doesn't have touch sensitivity, but while I'm deciding whether to stick with it or not it will do the job.

If you're going to spend over £100, you might be better off going for something in the ~ £250 range if you can stretch to it. For £250 you can get a pretty decent digital piano that in theory should last your daughter a looong time. If you buy the one that OP has posted, you WILL need an upgrade if she gets serious. I'm currently eyeing this digital piano at £250, comes well reviewed too:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-CDP-120-Scaled-Contemporary-Digital/dp/B005N2DKDO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1452606406&sr=8-4&keywords=digital+piano

Again, gotta stress that this is just my opinion, you should really talk to her teacher as they will be infinitely more knowledgeable than me.

this is pretty much equivalent to those plastic keyboards that you get at year 7 in secondary school due to the fact that the keys aren't weighted.
If you need an electric piano, due to the space/ability to use headphones (good when you want to play late at night) I would recommend getting a weighted keyboard.
E.g. I've been using a weighted Yamaha Clavinova for the past ten years, and can not recommend them enough. I found that they are sufficient up to grade 8 piano, but above that, such as Diploma, you will be wanting to use a proper piano.

Just so people know - second hand pianos go soo cheaply as people lose space for them.

Well worth looking around 2nd hand websites first.

Get a yamaha p45 for a beginner.

Or casio cdp130
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