How to Buy a Digital Piano – Part 3

digital pianoWelcome to part 3 of How to Buy a Digital Piano. In part 1 and part 2 of this series, I offered the prospective buyer some revealing do’s and don’ts on how to buy a digital piano. But now I’m going going to reveal my final three insider tips that will enable you to shop like a pro.

What Kind of Music Will You Be Playing?

If you are taking classical piano lessons and intend on having a serious digital piano you should focus on buying a model with top-notch, authentic sound. Therefore having access to all kinds of non-piano sounds like an organ, electric piano, bass and drums may not be really necessary for you.

Also, if you are taking piano lessons you should consider the fact that some digital pianos have built in metronomes which will definitely help you improve your playing technique while you practice at home.

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

So remember before you buy, be sure to figure out what kind of music you intend to be playing.  This knowledge will help you buy the right piano for your needs

Where Should I Buy My Digital Piano?

I get asked this question a lot! While there are some good dealers out there unfortunately there are some unscrupulous music stores out there as well. They often sell old, outdated models and worst of all they want you to pay list price for these pianos. Don’t fall for this trap! Instead be smart, savvy and educated and avoid these kinds of dealers.

Thankfully, today’s consumer has many purchasing choices with the advent of the Internet. Buying a digital piano online has never been more convenient and more importantly safe and secure for the consumer. Even better, by shopping online you’ll get the very best price and in most cases you can avoid paying sales tax if you purchase outside of your state. Also, be sure to check out the return policy when you buy online or from an actual store.

Some Final Thoughts

Here’s some important final advice for the prospective digital piano buyer: price should not be your only concern when buying. In this industry you get what you pay for and sometimes paying a hundred dollars more for a piano is well worth the improvement in quality.

After all is said and done, I want to leave you with one final buying tip and it’s the best advice I can give to everyone searching for a digital piano. Stop for a minute and ask yourself this important question:

Does this digital piano inspire me?

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

Once you purchase a piano, you’ll probably have it in your home for a quite a few years. Buying a piano is very much a personal decision and much like finding the right pet for your family. The more time you take to research all of the models on the market, the better the chance you’ll find the right piano for you!

-Chris Braun


  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.