Digital Piano Recommendations
There are so many digital pianos available from many makers and a lot of really cheap digitals have recently come on the market. Some are good and some have issues. It can be daunting to know where to start. For student families on a budget, I like to recommend Casio, as they tend to give you more features with great quality at a more reasonable price. In the lower and even some of the higher price ranges, I feel they offer superior touch and sound. Casio, Roland, Kawai and Yamaha also offer very nice digitals that offer even more features and look like a traditional piano, if you have the extra money to spend. They do not necessarily offer better sound, touch or performance. A lot of the extra cost has more to do with the traditional look and features that are nice, but not necessarily needed.
The following digitals provide an exceptional value, without breaking the bank. In addition to good touch and sound, they have the necessary tools I recommend for computer connectivity and effective practice. Feel free to check out others on the web and at Kraft who offers all the major brands in a variety of price ranges. Please check with me before purchasing something else, as I am aware of a few off-brands to stay away from AND we need to make sure your new digital has the following:
- USB Midi connection (computer connectivity)
- Record function (for self-assessment and duet practice)
- Graded, weighted hammer-action keys
- Headphone connection
- Hard metal sustain pedal (not plastic)
- Three pedals preferred, but not required
- Minimum 64 note polyphony, 128 better, 256 best (sound quality)
- Comfortable bench
- Built-in speakers
- Aux Line in (not required, but good to have for earphone use with midi software so you can hear both)
- Aux Line out (not required, but enables you to add better speakers or a PA system)
Headphones and a good piano lamp are also recommended.
If you find a better price on the same model elsewhere, go for it. Just make sure it is the exact same model or has all of the above. Shipping and sales tax are also considerations. There are a lot of variables, so make sure you are getting the same piano and not a similar, but cheaper version. Also, these are NOT sponsored links and I am not being compensated in any way for providing them to you. I just want to do my best to make sure my students have a good instrument at a reasonable price for practice and enjoyment. A good instrument for practice is a key component for musical success, while a subpar instrument is a common source of discouragement for music students.
Some of the digitals below are portable and bundled with a stable, furniture style stand. Note that these digitals are also offered with a built-in case for a little more money. This is just a sampling of the endless combinations. I included different models with different features just to give you an idea of what is available. There are even more offerings if you search the web. The least expensive model below, the PX160 is my minimum recommendation for students. There are less expensive models available that do not offer the same piano sound and touch quality. The quality can go up with the price i.e., as in better speakers and placement along with improved keyboard action. Look at the specs on each one for comparison.
The following offerings are from Kraft Music. I was able to connect with them and they offered my students a special discount. So, if you find something you like, call Scott Collins at 1-800-783-3368, x4007. Mention that I referred you and see what he can offer you.
Happy shopping and feel free to contact me or Scott with questions.
Casio - Economy Models
Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Home Bundle
Privia PX-770 Digital Piano Brown Home Bundle
Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Champagne Home Bundle
Privia PX-350 Digital Piano Home Bundle Black
Privia PX-870 Digital Piano - Black Home Bundle
Privia PX-780 Digital Piano - Black Home Bundle