Common mistakes to avoid when choosing a digital piano

So you’ve decided to buy a digital piano?

Great choice – but it’s not your last!

When it comes to buying a digital piano there are heaps of things to consider if you’re going to get the most out of your investment.

Want to make sure you don’t overlook anything? Here the team at Richard Lawson Pianos take a look at some of the typical blunders people make when choosing a digital piano.


Mistake #1 – Not opting for weighted keys

Depending on your needs, a digital piano can rival an acoustic – but the ideal option is to have a digital piano that allows you to transition easily between the two.

The best way to achieve this is to look for weighted keys (and in particular, when they’re made of wood rather than plastic). This is simply when the keys of a digital piano are weighted to mimic the feel and resistance of an acoustic piano.

Shop for weighted keys and you get the compact convenience of a digital piano whilst still developing your overall piano playing skill.


Mistake #2 – Not doing your research

If you’ve already reached the conclusion that a digital piano is right for you, you’ve done your homework.

But don’t make the mistake of stopping there.

It’s important to keep reading to make sure you get everything you need from your new purchase.

We’ve already touched on weighted keys, but this is just one consideration. You also need to assess what your other requirements are. Perhaps you’ve opted for a digital piano not based on its size but because you want to harness all the added technical capabilities? Or maybe you want to be able to experiment with different voices or to record? It’s important to be clear about what’s on offer to make sure you choose a model that ticks all your most desirable criteria.


Mistake #3 – Not fully embracing the technology

If you’re heading down the digital route you might as well enjoy all the benefits.

Many manufacturers provide their own apps designed to be used with their digital pianos, offering built-in lessons and interactive games – so be sure to check them out.

There’s also a wealth of independent apps that can be used, offering fun and engaging ways to learn and develop.


Mistake #4 – Not measuring up

If you’re buying a digital piano, it’s likely size has been a steering factor.

Digital pianos are far more compact – and portable – than acoustic pianos, but don’t make the mistake of presuming they’re all much of a muchness! There can be considerable variation between the size of different makes and models, so make sure you measure up properly and, if size matters, maximise the space-saving capacity.


Mistake #5 – Thinking all digital pianos look the same

They don’t!

And they’re far removed from the basic keyboard you may be picturing.

Take for example the attractive YDP 145 Arius Digital Piano from the Yamaha digital piano range and the grand-inspired DG30 Digital from the  Kawai digital piano range. Both are attractive digital pianos but offer an entirely different aesthetic.

And it’s not just the form that varies. There are numerous colour and finish choices too – from white, black, cream, and various kinds of wood to high-polished ebony.


Mistake #6 – Thinking you can’t buy used

When technology moves so quickly, it’s understandable to be wary of buying a used digital piano, but actually, they can be a great investment.

Not only is a used digital piano a great way to bag a bargain, but it’s also a savvy way to test the water with playing digital pianos before making a bigger financial commitment.

The important thing here is to buy from a reputable dealer. At Richard Lawson Pianos, we offer varying lengths of guarantee on all our digital pianos – new or used – so you can shop with complete confidence.


Need a hand?

Shop our collection of  now, or if you have a question about buying a digital piano and would like a hand making the right choice, why not talk to the team?

We’re always happy to offer advice and guidance on any of the pianos we have available and can talk you through the pros and cons of different digital models.

Better still, why not make an appointment to pop in and see us? That way, we can show you around our digital piano collection, and you’ll be able to see, hear and feel the differences for yourself- ensuring no mistake purchases, just 100% satisfaction.


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