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M-AUDIO Keystation 61es + Stand

For a few years now I have been interested in learning to play the piano. The idea came to me following an accident I had in 2006 when I accidentally sliced through the tendons of two fingers and a piece of my middle finger knuckle on my left hand. It took a five hour operation to repair the hand and many months in plaster followed by physiotherapy to get it useful again. At the end of the process the consultant surgeon said the repair was very successful, but added jokingly, I would probably never be able to play the piano.

A couple of years later this remark was still playing in the back of my mind and being a little bloody-minded decided to see if I could prove him wrong. Initially I brought an M-Audio Keystation 61es midi keyboard and started learning some fairly basic melodies. However after a couple of years persevering with the keyboard, I was challenged to play Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, which proved to be quite a challenge. The first problem was the M-Audio Keystation 61es didn't have a larg enough range of keys, Moonlight Sonata needed to be played on a full sized keyboard. Eventually I purchased a KORG SP 250 stage piano, which was an excellent step up from the M-Audio Keystation. The feel and sound was completely different with the KORG SP 250 responding much more like a real piano.

With the sheet music freely available on the internet (it can be downloaded from here), I downloaded Beethoven's Symphony No 14 in C sharp minor. The music instantly exposed the limitations of my playing. The animated score available from musanim really helped check the music is being interpreted correctly. 

Not being able to read music I made a notes primer to make it easier to identify the position of the notes on the staves correctly.

Using the primer: middle C sits between the base and treble clef. Notes shown on the treble clef are normally played with the right hand, notes shown on the base clef are usually played with the left hand.
Notes Primer

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I suppose I got the bug, finding playing music a really rewarding way to de-stress from the day to day grind of work. The KORG though an excellent piano, didn't really suit the decor of our lounge so I have now invested in a Yamaha Clavinova CLP 380 PE. This looks feels and sounds just like a real piano and now takes pride of place in the lounge.

I have sold the KORG, but am still left with the M-Audio Keystation 61es, so if anyone wants to make me a reasonable offer for it, I would be happy to hear from you. Use the contact form if you are interested.

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M-AUDIO Keystation 61es MIDI Keyboard

M-AUDIO Keystation 61es
M-AUDIO Ketystation 61es
M-AUDIO Keystation 61es packageing The M-AUDIO Keystation 61es has been used infrequently for a couple of years up until I brought the KORG SP250 above. The keystation was then stored in the spare room.

Its complete with an adjustable keyboard stand and music stand. It includes all the original packaging and disks.

Offers in the region of 50.00 would be appreciated

61-note velocity-sensitive semi-weighted action

pitch bend and modulation wheels

volume/control slider

advanced function button for programming

sustain foot pedal input (no pedal)

octave +/- buttons to extend keyboard range

Separate MIDI out jack routes MIDI signals from your computer to control external devices

powered via USB

Can be used on Linux, Mac OSX, Windows XP

Ableton Live Lite music production software

This keyboard needs to be plugged into a computer with appropriate midi software to work.

For more details and information, visit the M-Audio website.

Please let me know if you are interested in this piano by emailing me using the contact form.

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