Even though the AP250 has been discontinued for some time, it may still be sold by a couple of places on-line (including Costco) so it's possibly still available. The AP250 was (is) a good piano for its low price because it offered a fairly realistic piano playing experience in a low price range under $1000 for graded hammer weighted style key action movement, a full size 3-pedal unit for traditional piano pedaling, and acoustic piano tone realism in a smaller size traditional furniture style cabinet (with a metal sliding key cover) available in satin brown only. The AP250 is also fairly lightweight with stand and pedals (only 87 lbs) and the piano itself can be detached from the stand & pedals for easy moving.
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Beyond the piano playing experience, having some useful digital features in the piano that can help with music education and/or playing skills, etc, is always welcome as far as I'm concerned. As a piano teacher & musician I enjoy having these features on my digital pianos and like to see students and recreational piano players get them too. The AP250 has a class compliant USB MIDI connection to computer or iPad device which is very useful for interactive play and learning for both children & adults. I use iPad piano & music learning apps in my studio all the time for students because the visual interaction between the piano and the iPad app is really cool and can help get the point across that I am trying to make to the student in ways that nothing else can. There are great iPad/tablet apps out there for both kids & adults (left pics) to take advantage of this new technology as well as useful piano music notation programs for laptop computers so that you can have a fun interactive time in learning, composing, on screen notation & music creation.The AP250 can also electronically split the keyboard into 2 equal parts for duet play for teaching and learning having both sides of the keyboard be the same octave, and there are functions that allow for the layering or splitting two different sounds at the same time like having an acoustic piano sound & string sound together playing at the same time or selecting a different sound on the left hand and a different sound on the right hand, which is pretty cool. The piano also has a 2-track 1-song recorder for recording left & right hand independently for playback separately or together so you can hear how you did...some people don't want to hear themselves but it really is a good thing to do:). The AP250 also has a key transpose feature to electronically put your song in any key no matter what key you're actually playing it in (great for singing) as well as a number of other useful functions including metronome, key sensitivity control, brightness control, and other useful features.
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