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Buying musical instruments are difficult. If you don’t have experience in the field, you really don’t know what you are getting. What makes matters even more tricky is that a very significant percentage of those buying instruments are online. It is quick, convenient and the shipping is timely. And you don’t have to leave to confines of your house! Perfect, right? Well, this fine to do if you know exactly what you are looking for and you know and are comfortable with the merchant you are getting it from.
Many well known merchants like Evola, The Piano Place, Music Go Round and the like in my community sell their keyboards on Amazon and do well. The instruments can vary in quality and size. You can get a 61 key that plays like an organ or an 88 weighted key that has a feel of a real piano. Here are the 3 Simple Rules to follow when purchasing a keyboard online.
Rule #1: KNOW WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR KEYBOARD!
Are you buying this keyboard for yourself or for your child or someone in the family that wants to learn the piano? Short of actually buying a piano, in which I will happily do a blog on the intricacies of doing that tricky experience (I’m looking to do a video blog as well on that), a keyboard is a less expensive alternative purchase to get started. Some people buy a keyboard because they are in a band and want some neat sounds to add to the performances. Buying an organ or piano feel is completely up to you. For myself, I own two 88 key, weighted key Korg and Yamaha keyboards. I am very happy with both. I’ve used them a lot for different applications and they’ve worked great. The weighted key versions are my preference and helps my performance in my ensembles when doing concerts.
Don’t go into a purchase without a concept of what you are using it for. For those well versed in this business, they know exactly what I am talking about and they know what they are getting. So this blog is geared for those first time buyers (or second time for those who did not like their first purchase) who want to get it right.
Rule #2: KNOW WHAT KEYBOARD TO GET AND WHAT IS RIGHT FOR A PIANO LEARNER
Who is looking to takes lessons in piano? Is it you, your son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild? That’s great! If you are looking to take piano lessons but don’t have enough to actually buy a real piano, a keyboard is a viable choice as a first step. That way if you or your loved one doesn’t like it, you can maybe sell it online and get some money back for your purchase. No big deal, right? The problem is if you really want to give yourself or your loved one a real chance at enjoying the process of learning the instrument, wouldn’t you want to know the instrument feels like the actually instrument?
This is why I chose a weighted key instrument and why you should want it too. In my performances, I play piano with the band I’m in and like having a real piano action feel. I use a Korg 88 key keyboard without speakers. I can hook it up to the sound system of my engineer and/or use my own speaker amp to hook it up in smaller settings. Obviously, if you just want an all in one situation, a Digital Piano with Speaker and Console by Korg is a wise choice. It all depends on what your budget is. You can also find used keyboards as well that can save you a little money too. The brands names like the aforementioned Korg as well as Yamaha and Casio are the giants in the keyboard field. There are others offered but the big three above are well used, tried and true. The links I provided are the console keyboards with weighted keys offered on Amazon. Amazon has many more products like these for different prices, but in my opinion for the value these are great choices.
Rule #3: ALWAYS CHECK THE WARRANTY!
Of course any product that is selling online has a warranty, right? Maybe not. Check the warranty. If you are buying a new instrument like the ones I linked for you above – yes. These are big brands with a great track record and you can feel comfortable with a purchase from them. The smaller brands that are new will and should offer some kind of warranty up to a year. They might even offer an up-sell for more years to cover it. That’s fine and is up to you if you want to extend the coverage. In my opinion and experience, if the keyboard has any problems, you will know in the first 6 months. After that, I would not expect anything new to arise. And remember, electronics devalue quickly so in two years the instrument that you bought, like any computer, will be old news and a new and better model will be out there. So an extended warranty, based on the price, might not be a good value. And, if you or your loved one really like playing the piano, in two years you might want to invest in the real thing!
As far as used instruments, they are more economical perhaps, but it would be RARE they would come with a warranty. Perhaps you could purchase one with the manufacturer but I seriously doubt it. If the product did not come directly from their company and was used already, they would not know how the instrument was cared for or treated outside of their care. So that’s understandable.
I hope you found this article helpful in your shopping endeavors for a keyboard this holiday season. Leave me a comment if you care to. Thanks for reading!