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My son is starting piano lessons. Because asian :)
Actually, one of his preschool teachers is offering lessons and he a) seems to be musically inclined b) has the finger strength and patience to sit through a 30 minute lesson and c) my parents never pushed me into any music lessons and have no sense of rhythm or beat so I want to "fix this in the next generation".

Anyway, we now need a keyboard. Mike's seen my house -- our space is tiny so this starter keyboard is preferable for now until our son decides he is really into it. Apparently, the piano weighted keys are a basic requirement AND this ones setup is good enough
https://azpianonews.blogspot.com/2016/01/Yamaha-P115-Yamaha-P45-REVIEW-Digital-Piano-Portable-Review-Lowest-Price.html
If he sticks with it, we'll get an upright in a few years..

Our kids new music teacher suggested this model but I figure since some of you guys are into music stuff, you guys might have an opinion here.

~$400+tax
https://www.costco.com/Yamaha-88-Key-Digital-Piano,-P45BLB2DC.product.100454264.html
https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-88-Key-Weighted-Digital-Furniture/dp/B07DL1TLVB/

- It looks like the COSTCO one comes with a non-collapsable stand, a sustain(?) pedal that isn't that good and my son won't be able to hit it for years anyway, and a better "COSTCO warranty"
- The Amazon one might be 10% off ($360+tax) if I speak to a Amazon Harmony (music sales specialist)

Q: Which one would you guys pick or would you recommend something else?
 

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My son is starting piano lessons. Because asian :)
All the Asian guys I know play Violin really well; Piano must be a west coast thing. :)

I'd go with a recommendation from a teacher; you get free support if he knows the machine. :D

Ask them what They have; unless it's ungodly expensive, it will be better on him to start with a great instrument; and the resale value will be higher, if it turns out he's a Drummer.

:)



Speaking of stereotypes, We bought a ping-pong table for our lab, as a lunchtime recreation/teambuilding thing a few years back.

There's always that one guy that's a little better than the others, and Really competitive; yes, he was a Mustang guy, lol. (Redneck American Stereotype, lol.)

After one particularly bad trash talking session, I asked my very reserved Chinese co-worker if he could play.

"You want me to play Keith?"

"Yup"

He smoked him SO BAD, it shut the Mustang guy up, and you know how hard that is.

My buddy was like "How did you know I could play Ping-pong?"

I just had to give him my best mysterious smile, and walk away. :)

(He had previously mentioned being a fan of Mao before he had to leave China, and Mao pushed Ping-pong heavily. But the more you try to explain a stereotype, the worse it sounds, so I didn't say anything.)

He taught the rest of us how to play, and I thought I knew how until then, lol.
 

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Violins vs Piano. My kid is 4. Violin is a bit much for him at this age. I'm also not so sure he'll be into it whereas he has shown previous interest in a piano when he visits his grandmas place. Maybe guitar.

The instructor recommended this costco special (the Yamaha P45). While the P115 is better, I'm not sure it's $300 better for our current needs. If he sticks with Piano, we'll get an upright (they are cheap/free in most cities as people want to get rid of them; the expense is in moving them -- esp in SF with stairs AND in getting them returned). As far as resale value is concerned, it'll probably go for 1/3 to 1/2 its value. I'm willing to take that hit.

As far as pingpong is concerned, it is pretty impressive when people take it at a national sport level. There are gyms for table tennis here in SF. I always thought of pingpong as the game you played with a beer in one hand (between that and my lack of coordination when it comes to any games with balls meant that I sucked at it). I visit some companies and when you see the indian guys vs the chinese guys vs the israelis go at it, its funny because noone is anywhere NEAR the table when they play. It's far more athletic than the ver I learned/attempted/failed at in college.

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Violins vs Piano. My kid is 4. Violin is a bit much for him at this age. I'm also not so sure he'll be into it whereas he has shown previous interest in a piano when he visits his grandmas place. Maybe guitar.

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Wow, 4 is way younger that I was thinking, sorry.

Whatever interests him is definitely what to go with. :)

At 4, I found Sci-Fi, so I was busy until HS, lol.

I started playing guitar at about 5, and I am proof that practice doesn't help; when the cats see the Guitar come out, they hit the door, lol.

I hope he picks it up, playing music is good for the brain. :)
 
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