Factors to consider when buying your first Piano

Factors to consider when buying your first Piano

It's a lifetime investment to get a good piano. The piano can last a lifetime if it is well made and properly maintained. To many, it can be a very complicated process to purchase your first piano, as you are not sure what to look for. There are also several features that pianos and keyboards may or may not have, which make a difference too. Some of these are essential in your development as a pianist.

The full-size piano keyboard has 88 keys. This means that the piano range covers 7 octaves and the available notes run from extremely low to extremely high.

If this is your first digital piano or keyboard purchase, the best option is to buy something simple. Your first piano should be easy to use and enjoyable to play. However, there are some everyday features that you will realize you just can't live without.

A very important factor to consider is the weighted key piano. This means that the keys are responsive to the touch. Similar to the acoustic piano, the weighted keys are played louder when the keys are pressed harder and softer when the keys are pressed softly. While playing without this feature, it's not impossible to play with any expression whatsoever.

Headphones connection

You can plug your headphones into your digital piano and enjoy playing it any time of the day and night without worry about bothering anyone with the sound of the music. High-end digital pianos come with a headphone output. It is a vital feature every pianist must consider while purchasing a digital piano for himself. Choosing the right pair of headphones is also essential for you to enjoy the high-quality sound. Most people ignore buying a good quality pair of headphones.

Sustain Pedal

If you’ve ever glanced under the keys of a piano, then you may have noticed two or even three pedals underneath the keys, which are operated using your foot (or feet). The most commonly used pedal is the sustain pedal, which is on the far right. This is called the sustain pedal (or damper) as it literally sustains the notes, and makes them sound for longer without you having to hold your finger on the key.

USB connectivity

It's very easy to connect your piano to a computer. All you need to transfer MIDI data back and forth from your digital piano is a USB cable. There are, however, two types of USB connector – Type A and Type B. Type A is the "USB to Pc" connector which enables direct connection to a range of external memory storage devices, such as the USB key. Type B is an "USB to Host" connector that enables attachment to computers. If you are planning to use these connections, you need to test the type of USB connections available on the digital piano you are considering. Simply defining "USB" in the specification does not tell you the type of USB connectivity offered.

Pick your style

If you’re completely new to the piano-playing world, you might not know that there are a few different types of pianos. Before you purchase, make sure you know which style suits your needs best:

Acoustic pianos

Acoustic pianos are the typical type that most people associate with the word piano. Unlike the electric guitar, the sound is made of metal strings; in the case of the piano, a felt-tip hammer hits the correct strings as you hit the key. We deliver sampled sound or synthesized sound to create music.

 Digital pianos

The digital piano is a type of electronic keyboard designed primarily to act as an alternative to the traditional piano, both in the way it feels to play and in the sound it generates. The purpose is to provide an accurate simulation of the acoustic piano.

Electronic keyboards

Choosing an electronic keyboard these days is complicated by a wide range of choices. Not only are there different types from high to low end, but there are many different types of brands sold at different types of outlets.

I hope this article will help you in choosing the suitable instrument for your child. A good instrument will be enjoyable to play for many years to come!