Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
84 registered (Bellicapelli, 36251, augustm, Al LaPorte, AndrewJCW, 17 invisible), 984 Guests and 3 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2038617 - 02/24/13 06:19 PM I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard?
Eager2Learn Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/24/13
Posts: 3
Hello everyone! I'm very interested in learning to play piano. I've come to the conclusion that I want to start on a keyboard. Are there any that you might recommend?

I know that weighted keys are important.
My fingers aren't the longest.
My budget is around $200.
I'd like something that comes with a stand and headphones.

Someone suggested this to me earlier. Is it a good buy?

Any help is very much appreciated! help

Edited by Eager2Learn (02/24/13 06:28 PM)

(ad 800) Pearl River
Pearl River the world's best selling piano
#2038624 - 02/24/13 06:26 PM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
Steven Y. A. Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/14/13
Posts: 292
Loc: Toronto
Yamaha P105. the new keyboard are much nicer than the old ones (even you can find a used online)

#2038625 - 02/24/13 06:29 PM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Steven Y. A.]
Eager2Learn Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/24/13
Posts: 3
Sorry, that doesn't fit my budget.

#2038628 - 02/24/13 06:36 PM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
Minnesota Marty Offline

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014

Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 7439
Loc: Rochester MN
Hi Eager - Welcome to Piano World!

May I suggest that you post your question in the Digital/Keyboard Forum? You will get more replies from people who are more versed with those instruments. This thread is primarily focused on acoustic pianos.
Marty in Minnesota

It's much easier to bash a Steinway than it is to play one.

Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2038828 - 02/25/13 04:40 AM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
JohnSprung Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/02/11
Posts: 2979
Loc: Reseda, California
I got my Kawai FS-690 for $50 from Craig's list. That kind of keyboard is fine in the beginning for getting your fingers in the right places at the right times. It's great for silent practice on dreary drills. Figure on buying separate headphones, and if it doesn't come with a stand, just use an ironing board or whatever.... I have an old time typewriter stand under mine.

After a while on that, find some places -- church, school, gin joint, etc. -- where you can get a little time in on a real piano.

If you decide that playing keyboard music isn't for you, you can probably Craig's List it again and get most if not all your money back.

If you move onward and upward, figure on putting several thousand into a good acoustic piano. But keep the little portable silent practice keyboard. It'll come in handy from time to time, and playing on a variety of different keyboard instruments builds up your ability to adapt to the touch of whatever instruments you encounter. That turns out to be way more important than you might think.

Edited by JohnSprung (02/25/13 04:45 AM)
-- J.S.

I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body.
Then I realized who was telling me this.

Knabe Grand # 10927
Yamaha CP33
Kawai FS690

#2038903 - 02/25/13 08:12 AM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
Morodiene Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 13733
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Are you thinking that eventually you will be upgrading to a regular piano (digital or acoustic)? You may be able to find something on craigslist for that price.

If you plan to upgrade, however, I recommend against spending $200 now for something. There are several piano dealers where you can rent a piano for a fixed amount of time (acoustic or digital) and it's something like $40/month depending on the dealer. Anyways, after 6 months they usually let you take the rent payments you've made toward the purchase of a new instrument. Your $200 would last you 5 months, and you can be saving up at that point to buy something that will last you many years (some digital start at $500 brand new, so you don't have to break the bank).

Or, simply try to get a non-weighted, less than 88-key cheap keyboard for under $50 that will hold you over until you save enough to buy something to last.
private piano/voice teacher FT

#2039499 - 02/26/13 09:33 AM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
pianoSD Offline
Full Member

Registered: 02/20/13
Posts: 57
Loc: San Diego, CA
$200 is tough for a digital keyboard with 88 keys and is weighted. You will definitely have to buy used.

If renting is an option while you save, that might be your best option. After all, what if you don't enjoy it after you start? You will have then saved yourself some money.
My Piano Lessons - Schedule Me Online!

#2039553 - 02/26/13 11:11 AM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
ju5t1n-h Offline
Full Member

Registered: 10/13/12
Posts: 179
Loc: Vancouver, British Columbia
if I was you, i'd save up till you have at least $400-500 then buy something that will last you longer. There is no point spending $200 on a useless sounding non weighted 61or76 key keyboard that you will hate and give up piano with!

save the money, and buy something decent!
Essex EUP-123S

#2040091 - 02/27/13 11:08 AM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
1001 pianos Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 10
Loc: france
Yamaha su 7 QG silent
www.1001pianos.com - download free piano mp3

#2040092 - 02/27/13 11:09 AM Re: I want to learn to play. Can you suggest a keyboard? [Re: Eager2Learn]
1001 pianos Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/26/13
Posts: 10
Loc: france
Yamaha su 7 Sh silent
www.1001pianos.com - download free piano mp3


Moderator:  Ken Knapp, Piano World 
What's Hot!!
Why It's Impossible to Tune a Piano!
aka, why you should be nice to your tuner.
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

Piano Classified Ads
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
Hammond A100 for Sale!
(Think B3)
Hammond A100 for sale!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad 125)
Sweetwater $55,000 Giveaway
Sweetwater $55,000 Mic Locker Giveaway
New Topics - Multiple Forums
KAWAI CA91 compared to CA65
by cuchuoi
Today at 05:47 AM
No capstans and question about damper lift
by Beemer
Today at 01:56 AM
MESSIAEN - Theme and variations
by PatrickCaldwell
Yesterday at 09:51 PM
Fair value for 1984 Yamaha G-2 Satin finish?
by newbie78
Yesterday at 09:37 PM
Upright piano sustain pedal doesn't work on some keys
by Ahmedn1
Yesterday at 09:31 PM
Forum Stats
83,748 Registered Members
44 Forums
172,911 Topics
2,527,527 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Sheet Music Plus (125)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2016 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission