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Offline shayneorok

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Vintage Electric Piano for Busking?
« on: June 27, 2017, 08:52:47 AM »
Hi all,

I’m looking to buy a setup for street busking (piano + vocals) but I want it to be compact and lightweight.

The types of songs I’m looking to perform are “stripped down” covers if you will, and the piano is serving minimal accompaniment so I don’t need (or want) a full-length piano. I was looking into smaller pianos like the Vinage Vibe 44 but to be honest, I don’t really know a lot about vintage pianos and thought I would get some advice about what would be best for what I personally want to do.

Should I even consider getting a vintage piano for busking or should I look into getting something newer?

Any help on this at all would be greatly appreciated. :)

Thanks!

Offline cinnanon

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Re: Vintage Electric Piano for Busking?
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2017, 10:55:31 AM »
A guy on the bay sells kits for making Wurlitzers run off of battery power.

Offline pianotuner steveo

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Re: Vintage Electric Piano for Busking?
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2017, 03:50:41 PM »
What is busking?

1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Vintage Electric Piano for Busking?
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2017, 04:18:27 AM »
Steveo, Busking is street entertainment  :)

Shayneorok, A wurlitzer or VV vintage piano would be a lot lighter than a Rhodes & perhaps easier to carry around.....

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Julian


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Re: Vintage Electric Piano for Busking?
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2017, 05:22:38 PM »
Shayneorok, A wurlitzer or VV vintage piano would be a lot lighter than a Rhodes & perhaps easier to carry around.....

...but still kind of heavy.  You need to check one out in person.  Most street performers I've seen played horns or guitars, instruments that are relatively light compared to keyboards.  If I wanted an instrument for busking I would definitely consider a modern and lightweight keyboard.

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Re: Vintage Electric Piano for Busking?
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2017, 03:41:29 PM »
I had no idea there was an actual word for street entertainers. I've never heard that word in my nearly 60 years!

Maybe it's because we don't really have any street entertainers around here...too small of a town I guess

1960 Wurlitzer model 700 EP
1968 Gibson G101 Combo organ
1975 Rhodes Piano Bass
1979 Wurlitzer 206A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 200A EP
1980 Wurlitzer 270 Butterfly Grand
2000 Yamaha acoustic piano
2004 Hammond XK3
2009 73A Rhodes Mark 7
2009 Korg SV-1 73
....and a few guitars...

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Re: Vintage Electric Piano for Busking?
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2017, 01:54:45 PM »
What about a Hohner Pianet T?

The only drawback might be that it has no sustain pedal...

Jenzz