How to buy a digital piano - Part 3

digital pianoWelcome to part three of "How to Buy a Digital Piano". In the first and second part of this series, I have offered the potential buyer some revealing tips on how to buy a digital piano. But now I'm going to unveil my last three interior tips that will allow you to shop like a pro.

What kind of music will you play?

If you are taking classical piano lessons and intend to have a serious digital piano, you should focus on buying a model with authentic, quality sound. Therefore, you may not really need to have access to all kinds of sounds other than piano sounds, such as an organ, electric piano, bass and drums.

Also, if you are taking piano lessons, you should take into account that some digital pianos have built-in metronomes that will certainly help you improve your playing technique while practicing at home.

On the other hand, some people may want to buy a digital piano for fun and access to all kinds of sounds. With this in mind, many digital piano companies are very happy to welcome you and offer pianos with many different features that allow you to play with full accompaniment, arrange songs on the fly, and so on.

So before buying, don't forget to find out what kind of music you intend to play. This knowledge will help you buy the right piano for your needs.

Where do I buy my digital piano?

I am often asked this question! While there are good dealers, there are unfortunately also unscrupulous music stores. They often sell old and obsolete models and, even worse, they want you to pay the list price for these pianos. Don't fall into this trap! Be rather smart, clever and polite and avoid these kinds of dealers.

Fortunately, today's consumer has many purchasing possibilities with the advent of the Internet. Buying a digital piano online has never been so convenient and, above all, so safe for the consumer. Better yet, by buying online, you'll get the best price and, in most cases, you can avoid paying sales tax if you're buying out of state. Also be sure to review the return policy when shopping online or in a real store.

Some final thoughts

Here is one last important piece of advice for the future buyer of a digital piano: price should not be your only concern when buying. In this industry, you get value for your money, and sometimes paying a hundred dollars more for a piano is worth it to improve the quality.

After all that has been said and done, I would like to leave you with one last piece of purchasing advice, and it is the best advice I can give to anyone looking for a digital piano. Stop for a minute and ask yourself this important question:

Does this digital piano inspire me?

The sound of a grand piano should make you *want* to play the piano and reward you for your efforts by giving you something in return. The relationship between a piano and the person playing it is magical when you find the right piano.

Once you buy a piano, you'll probably have it in your home for a few years. Buying a piano is a very personal decision and it's a bit like finding the perfect pet for your family. The longer you take to research all the models on the market, the more likely you are to find the piano that's right for you!

-Bob Bloomberg


  1. hi, i am michelle.i would like to ask should i buy yamaha digital piano p series or ydp series? can i buy yamaha p series which have one petal to face the abrsm exam?

  2. Christopher Braun says:

    Hi Michelle,

    The Yamaha YDP pianos all come with stands and are generally more expensive than the Yamaha P series which includes the P85 and the P95.

    Just make sure you get a stand for the P series pianos and of course a good quality sustain pedal such as the M-Audio SP-2.

    Both the Yamaha YDP and P series should be good pianos to help you prepare to take the ABRSM exams.