We often get asked which keyboard / piano you should buy. There are so many options out there and it can be rather overwhelming.
Here are a few things to consider when doing your own research but you will also find some great options in this blog with direct links to buy.
When making your decision on buying a new keyboard / digital piano there are a few deciding factors that will help narrow down your options, to enable you to choose the right one for you.
Do I need weighted keys?
How much can I afford?
How portable do I need it to be?
How long do I want it to last?
It’s fair to say there are quite a lot of options available on the market when looking for your new keyboard or digital piano.
If you are a beginner just staring out and want something affordable to see if you like playing the instrument, then a basic keyboard should do the job for at least the first 6-12 months.
As you develop as a player you will naturally want something better quality that feels and acts the way a piano does when you play the keys. That’s when you’ll probably want to upgrade to a portable or upright digital piano.
If you a going down the more classical playing route, or doing your piano grades, then around the Grade 5 mark you’ll need a digital piano of a certain standard with a higher polyphony (the ability of an electronic keyboard or synthesizer to play a number of notes simultaneously.)
Ultimately if its affordable and practical for you, it’s better to start playing with weighted keys sooner rather than later. You’re fingers will strengthen and develop dexterity faster (developing “dexterity” means that you will be able to play faster and more accurately).
Here are our Top 5 Keyboards and digital Pianos
(Check out our blog about the difference of keyboards and digital pianos)
1) Yamaha PSR-F51 Keyboard
-A good beginner option at an affordable price
-Unweighted keys / no touch response
-Perfect for learning all the basics and getting a feel for wether the instrument is one you’d like to progress on
2) Yamaha PSR-E373 Keyboard
-Good quality learner keyboard
-Touch response (Allowing you to play with dynamics)
-Overall a great option for anyone looking to purchase a new keyboard with good quality sound and user friendly features
3)Yamaha Piaggero NP-12
-This model is somewhere between a keyboard and a digital piano
-The keys are touch responsive but are not weighted.
-The keys do have a more soiled feel than a keyboard and are designed to look more like a real piano.
-Very good sound quality
-10 voice/sound options
-Similar to a digital piano
-The basics of this model encourages learning distraction free. Some people will find keyboards that have plenty of sound options and elements to play a distraction from learning.
-Very light and easy to move
4) Yamaha P-45 Digital Piano
-The P-45 is a good quality digital piano. If you can afford it we would highly recommend this model.
- It has a high standard sound quality
- Touch responsive
-The Keys are weighted and feel very much like playing a real piano
-10 voice/sound setting options
5) Yamaha P125 Digital Piano
a- The P 125 is where you can really splash out for a digital piano that is there to last
- it has all of the features as the P-45 above but with even better sound
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