Best Keyboards and Pianos For First Time Buyers


By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | December 6, 2018
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Buying your first keyboard or piano can be as exciting as it is daunting. If you don’t know where to start, you might turn to Google in the hopes of finding an answer. 

But, if you Google “ideal first piano”, Google will return 38 million results! Talk about information overload!

Sifting through all those results is likely to confuse you more than help you. With more digital piano and keyboard options now on the market than ever before, how can you be certain to find the perfect fit?

This is a question we get asked often, so we decided to round up a few of our most popular and reliable keyboards and pianos, which would be suitable as your first instrument.

Roland E-X20 Keyboard

Ideal entry-level student keyboard

Music is the greatest gift you can give your child. Whether you’re passing on your passion — or giving them an opportunity you never had — encouraging your son or daughter to learn keyboards will give them a hobby for life, a sociable skill that opens doors, and maybe even a career. But it’s natural to have concerns. After all, some keyboards can be expensive, bulky and 

uninspiring, taking up valuable space and abandoned when your child loses interest.

Created by the Roland brand that is acclaimed by professionals around the world for its reliability, quality and expression, the E-X20 is the ideal first step for any aspirational family. This modern home keyboard addresses the drawbacks of most rival models, offering a budget-conscious price, space-saving cabinet and highly portable 5 kg weight.

Yamaha PSR 363

Ideal for young students

The PSR 363 has touch-sensitive keys which allow for expressive, dynamic performances. Play the keys heavily and you’ll get louder tones, or play softly to achieve quieter sounds. The touch-sensitive keyboard will accurately reflect every nuance of your playing, making your performances musically expressive.

Yamaha has a proud history of manufacturing just about every kind of musical instrument. When it comes to reproducing the sound of these instruments in a keyboard, the results are detailed and high-quality.

The PSR-E363 features a comprehensive library of 574 instrument Voices that will allow you to enjoy playing any musical genre.

Yamaha P45B Stage Piano

Ideal for all pianists

From the first time your fingers tickle the ivories on the P-45, you’ll know why Yamaha digital pianos are known far and wide for having some of the best-feeling keys on the market. That’s because the P-45 sport’s Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard keybed. This fully weighted keybed provides you with light response in the upper register and progressively 

heavier action the lower you play – just like the keys of an acoustic piano.

Yamaha’s AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling employs digital technology to record an instrument’s sound and then applies a high-quality digital filter to the recorded samples. Using pairs of waveforms captured by two microphones for Left and Right, AWM Stereo Sampling creates a deeper, richer and more spacious soundstage. You’ll also appreciate the P-45’s built-in 12W speaker system. Just turn it on and you can start performing – there’s no need to connect any other gear.

Samick N2 Stage Piano

Unbeatable Value

Samick digital pianos are a combination of classic style and unbeatable tone, in an affordable package. If you want to start playing the piano but aren’t sure where to start, you cannot go wrong with Samick.

Samick digital pianos aren’t just an entry-level piano for beginners; they make a great addition to any practice room, and since they have MIDI in and out, .

they would also be a great addition for home studios.

Using digital technology to deliver high quality piano sounds, multi-layered programmed voices, the end result is a dynamic and rich instrument with beautiful piano sounds. Has 88 hammer action weighted keys with touch response.

Roland FP30 Stage Piano

Your ideal home and stage piano solution

If you’ve dreamed of having a piano in your home but don’t have the space or budget for a full-sized instrument, your wait is over. The affordable FP-30 offers Roland’s acclaimed sound, feel, and modern features in a top-quality 88-note instrument that fits any space with ease. Light and portable, it’s a great fit for performing players and music classrooms as well. 

Adding in numerous sounds beyond the piano, built-in practice and recording functions, and Bluetooth® wireless support for working with popular music apps, the FP-30 delivers a premium musical experience previously unattainable in such a streamlined package.

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