The microPiano is more than just a toy - though it will delight children - but as we said at the outset, ultimately, you’ll either like the idea of owning a miniature grand piano or you won’t.
We can certainly see the attraction of having a decent-sounding, portable instrument that you can just turn on and play, though the big compromise is the mini keyboard. It’s a shame that sound selection isn’t more obvious and intuitive (though you’ll probably memorise the locations of your favourites), but we can understand Korg wanting to limit the amount of control furniture on the unit so as to maintain its grand piano-like appearance. The lack of a MIDI output on the back panel is less forgivable.
Would you play this at a gig? Possibly not, though anyone who performs on a microPiano is guaranteed to raise at least one smile from their audience. However, the instrument is more likely to become a fixture in your living room, and based on the reaction it got when we were playing it in the office, it’s sure be a talking point.
Ultimately, the world probably wouldn’t have missed the microPiano if Korg hadn’t bothered to invent it, but we’re glad that it did.
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