Digital Piano Buyer’s Guide
1. Full-size keyboard. This means your digital piano has an 88-note keyboard, like a real acoustic piano. As a beginner, you will not use the full keyboard. But unless you’d like to invest in a better piano a year or two into your lessons, it is advisable to start out with a piano that has a full-size keyboard.
2. Weighted keys. This gives you the ability to play soft or loud depending on how hard you press the keys. Don’t settle for anything less than a quality piano that has weighted keys!
3. Features. It’s noteworthy to mention that all digital pianos aren’t programmed with the same features. Do you want features like demo songs, voices, styles, recording abilities, etc.? Extra features cost more money, so I suggest that you consider what you’ll use and choose a piano accordingly.
You may purchase a digital piano separately or in a bundle with other accessories. Know what’s included in your purchase, then shop around for compatible accessories if needed. Buying a piano bundle usually costs less than buying the piano and accessories separately. Here are some accessories to consider.
Piano Stand. This is what your piano will rest on. Using a makeshift stand such as a table is unadvisable. It is important that the height of your piano is suited for you and a piano stand helps.
Music rack. This is what your music book will rest on. Most digital pianos come with a music stand. It’s very difficult to read music that is laying flat on your keyboard.
Bench. Using a bench that is made for a digital piano is necessary because they are usually adjustable. This makes playing much more comfortable for you.
Realistic pedal. Many digital pianos come with a black, plastic foot pedal (a.k.a. “the banana peel pedal”). I suggest you go for a realistic feeling pedal. This pedal is black with a silver acoustic-piano-like pedal. If you buy this separate from your keyboard, be sure the pedal is compatible with your piano model.
Headphones, optional. This is a great accessory if you are doing a lot of practicing that could interrupt the activities of your family members.
Where to buy
This is entirely up to you! But here are some considerations.
Shop Local. There are benefits to buying from a local store. Perks may include getting a feel for the piano in person, gleaning insights from the sales associate, and more payment options. Your instrument may be priced higher, but negotiating may be a possibility. On the down side, your options will be limited to what the store has in stock or is willing to order for you.
Shop Online. There are many benefits to shopping online, like not leaving your house, easy price comparisons, and nearly endless options. Downsides may include not having the chance to play the piano before buying and waiting for your new purchase to arrive after you order it.
A word of warning: Beware of scammers. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Check Reviews. If you’re shopping in person, and especially if you’re shopping online, check the internet for shop reviews. Sites like Google Maps and TrustPilot can be quite helpful. The last thing you want to do is place your investment in the hands of stores with a sketchy track record or notorious customer service. Do your homework and buy with confidence!