There are many things to consider when buying a keyboard or digital piano. I break them down for you here, and offer my recommendation. This should help you in choosing a keyboard that will meet your piano playing needs. You want to choose an instrument that will fit your needs.
Are you or will you be taking piano or keyboard lessons?
If you aren’t going to be taking piano lessons, and you just want to have some fun, you’ll probably want to have a few bells and whistles. Having different rhythms, voices, and songs pre-recorded onto the keyboard’s memory, and being able to record (yourself), are good features to start off with. I definitely recommend a keyboard with 88 keys, whether you are a hobbyist or a student. If you are (or will be) taking classical lessons, then you will want to go with a model that has 88 weighted keys. You won’t need bells and whistles. What you will be looking for is good sound and touch quality. The non-student or hobbyist should get a keyboard that is good quality as well. Touch doesn’t matter as much, but the sound will.
How much space do you have for a keyboard?
Hopefully, this isn’t a major concern. But, if you are in an apartment or smaller house (or just don’t have the room) you may just have to squeeze it in. My recommendation is to always buy the one that will meet your playing needs. Comfort comes second. I also encourage you to get a full size 88 key keyboard. Getting a smaller one (61 key) may work for a short time, but may hinder you in the long run. You may be sitting here saying, “No, seriously, you haven’t seen my house! I do not have any room to spare!” That’s okay. You will want a keyboard that is lighter weight, and easy to move around. Then, when you are done practicing you can easily put it under a bed or in a closet.
Buying an 88 Key Keyboard or Digital Piano
What is your budget? How much are you looking to spend?
Well, honestly, I recommend never spending more than $600 when first starting out. It just isn’t necessary. Although, it is an easy trap to get sucked into. You can get a new keyboard below $600 that will work just fine. Actually, better than fine:) Some are just overpriced. Unless you need a specific kind of workstation, or advanced keyboard, anything above $600 is unnecessary.
I’m sure the digital piano (keyboard) I recommend will be the perfect fit.
Enjoy the travels on your musical journey!
~Piano Lesson Girl,