When you’re purchasing a digital piano, such as a Yamaha P95, there are certain things you have to look for. Of course, every individual is different and has different preferences and requirements. But all prospective digital piano owners must ask themselves the same set of questions. This article presents five of the most important ones:
(1) Is it in my price range? – The first question is perhaps the most obvious one. But there is no point in looking at a Yamaha Arius YPD model (which costs $2000) if your budget is only $500. Work out your budget first. Then focus your attention on models that allow you to stay within it. As a rough guide, youll find that Casio models are cheaper than Yamaha and that within the Yamaha range, the P-series models are cheaper than the Arius/YDP models.
(2) Does it have weighted keys? – The next question to ask is whether the model youre thinking about has weighted keys. Normally, what youre looking for is “Graded Hammer Action.” This is the feature that makes the keys feel “weighted” (i.e. heavier in the lower end and lighter as you move up the keyboard). If youre looking for an authentic piano feel then you need a model with weighted keys. If you dont care about the piano feel, then by all means choose a digital piano that doesnt have “Graded Hammer Action.” Youll often find that such a model is much cheaper to buy
(3) How many keys does it have? – Before you buy your preferred model, find out how many keys it has. If youre a “newbie” this might seem insignificant to you. However, more experienced users know the importance of having the right number of keys for your needs. If, for example, youre new to the piano and youre looking for an entry-level model that will just get you started, then a keyboard with fewer keys might be absolutely fine. On the other hand, if youre interested in playing advanced works of music, you may well find that you need the full 88 keys.
(4) How much does it weigh? – Another vital question to ask yourself is “how much does it weigh?” A digital piano has one huge potential advantage over a traditional acoustic – it can be moved around. However, not all digital pianos are as light as you might think. Before you invest money in yours, do a bit of research and find out how much it weighs. You could also read a few reviews and see if its described as “portable.”
(5) How popular is it? – The last question we discuss here is one of the most important. Before you buy your digital piano, find out how popular it is amongst current owners. Obviously you have your own tastes. And if ten people dont like it, that doesnt mean that you wont either. However, overall popularity is often a fairly good indication of a particular pianos quality.
If possible, try to pick a digital piano that receives good reviews from a large number of people. Examples include models like the Casio PX-130 or the Yamaha P95, but of course there are many others that are also popular. Just remember that generally speaking the more popular a piano is, the more likely it is that you too will enjoy playing it.
Hopefully, this list of questions will allow you to find the best digital piano for you. There are of course more things to consider, but this brief check-list should help you make a good start.
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