The Korg B1 may have a really minimalistic layout, and is admittedly a little limited in features, but it delivers a really detailed and expressive piano sound and a fantastic feeling keyboard at a pretty affordable price.
That keyboard features 88 full size weighted keys which are also graded, meaning they feel slightly heavier in the lower register, transitioning to a lighter touch in the upper regions of the keyboard, very similar to the feel of a real acoustic piano. The B1 also allows you to choose the dynamic response, or touch sensitivity of the keys, either light, normal or heavy, depending on how heavy handed you are as a player.
There’s 8 onboard sounds to choose from, 3 pianos, 2 electric pianos, 2 organs and a harpsicord, as well as built in reverb and chorus effects, which add a little ambience or extra depth to the tone.Despite it’s compact design, the B1 still delivers a nice rich tone with more than enough volume for home practicing, and that’s thanks to it’s full range speakers and clever MFB, or motional feedback technology, that helps reinforce the low end bass response. And being a digital piano, you can also listen to what you’re playing on headphones socket, ideal for silent practice, something that obviously isn’t an option on an acoustic piano.
Other features include a metronome, a pretty essential practicing tool, and it comes supplied with a sustain pedal and music rest with built in page retainers.You get a choice of either black or white finishes, and there’s also the option of purchasing an additional dedicated stand and 3 way pedal board, for if you wanted the piano to be a more permanent and decorative feature in your home.