FREE 75 page digital piano buyer’s guide, by Graham Howard…
“Playing the piano is the most satisfying and enjoyable hobby… Buying the correct one makes all the difference to your success and enjoyment. If you’ve just started looking for a digital piano, then this guide will help you make the right decision and stop you from making any expensive mistakes”, Graham Howard, Piano Adviser for UK Pianos
1) How To Understand Confusing Terminology (‘Piano Geek Speak’)
Find out what the following terms mean:
(a) Weighted keys
(b) Touch sensitive keys
(c) Graded hammer action
(d) Mechanism with escapement
(e) Key weight control
(f) GHS/GH/GH3 key touch
(g) Keyboard split
(i) Midi IN/OUT (USB)
(j) Aux IN/OUT
(k) Record facility
(l) Built-in metronome
(m) Speaker wattage
(p) Dual voice
(q) String resonance
(r) Key off samples
(t) Scale tuning
(u) Display screen
2) Common Digital Piano Questions
(a) Are wooden keys better than plastic keys?
(b) Which polyphony do I need: 32, 64, 96 or 128?
(c) How much speaker wattage do I need?
(d) What’s the difference between digital and stage pianos?
(e) Where’s the best and worst places in my home to put a digital piano?
(f) How do I protect my piano from drink spills, dust, and cup stains?
(g) Are wooden mechanisms in digital pianos a good thing, or a risky purchase?
(h) Are warranties transferable on digital pianos?
(i) What’s the average lifer of a digital piano?
3) The Disadvantages Of Buying A Second hand
Digital Piano Versus A New One
Discusses repairs, warranty, returns, technology, improvements, designs.
Where to buy second hand digital pianos.
4) 6 Simple Tests You Can Do In A Piano Store
Before Making Your Decision.
IMPORTANT: Don’t Buy If The Digital Piano
Doesn’t Pass All 6 !
a) This test should be done when you listen to the sound
b) How to test if the key mechanism is poor, acceptable, or top quality…
I can’t stress enough the importance of this!
c) Test the sideways movement of the keys… find out what is correct
d) Test the touch sensitivity… this is crucial
e) Do the keys have the correct resistance?
f) Make sure the sustain is long enough, or it could be a disaster!
5) The Top Digital Piano Brands. Scored On:
(a) Selection (top 5 brands)
(b) Reliability (top 10 brands)
(c) Long term popularity (top 5 brands)
(d) Recent popularity (top 5 brands)
(e) Overall result (top 15 brands)
6) Which Are The Best Digital Pianos?
(a) See the top 10 list. Rated on: touch, sound,
design, build quality, reliability, resale value,
popularity, and value for money
(b) The top 10 list in three categories: the best
under £500; the best from £500 to £1000;
and the best over £1,000
7) Should You Buy Online Or In A Physical Store?
(a) The advantages and disadvantages of both
(b) A list of trusted online, and offline stores – (website and contact details included)
(c) 2 simple ways to find out if a store is legitimate
(d) How to GUARANTEE your money is safe when you buy online – even if the store goes bust!
Graham Howard – Author and Piano Advisor.
Email for piano advice: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Call freephone 0800 358 8880
Comments from readers…
“I couldn’t have found out all this information in 10 years elsewhere!”
Dear Mr Howard,
Thank you for producing this digital piano buying guide!
“Saves hours of research”
An essential read for anybody buying a digital piano, no matter what their budget. It covers all the bases and saves hours of research and potentially a lot of wasted money and disappointment.
“I’m amazed by the content and can’t believe it’s free!”
Hi Graham, I had no trouble downloading your book. I’m amazed and impressed by the content and can’t believe some one is providing this information free! I feel indebted to you. Thank you very much! I will be contacting you again soon.
Yours sincerely, Leon Carter, Solihull
“Many thanks for your help”
Thanks for steering me through a confusing process for a non-piano playing parent, who is trying to get the right piano for her son and budget!
Kind Regards, Janice Briggs, Kent
“It’s really informative especially for parents like us sourcing piano for kids yet can’t play it ourselves”
I read the whole book. It’s really informative for parents sourcing piano for kids. Now at least we know what to look for. Do keep up your good work and I believe your advises have helped many like us.
Tks & Best rgds Janet Young, Elstree, Herts.
Finally, we have a well-researched, objective review of what’s available. Hurrah!
Many Thanks, David Briggs
“Your help was unbiased and constructive”
Your book is great and based on your recommendations we purchased a Yamaha CLP from our local store. It has just arrived and we look forward to years of playing.
Thank you again for your help.
Regards, Michael Beneworth, Cambridge, UK
“Something FREE? must be a catch somewhere!”
Thanks for the guide to buying a digital piano.
My first thought was, something FREE? – must be a catch somewhere! Its good to know that there are some genuine people who wish to help.
Sincerely, Terry Levene
“You have saved me an enormous amount of time – and possibly a great deal of money. I can’t thank you enough”
Quite frankly, I found your book remarkable. I have rarely seen so much useful information written in such straightforward language packed into such a compact format, and all freely given.
I currently have an upright piano (Knight) which, as a consequence of almost daily use and living in a somewhat damp part of Wales, needs tuning regularly. Requesting your book was my first tentative step at looking into a digital piano as an alternative. You have undoubledly saved me an enormous amount of time and money. Without wishing to sound patronising, I cannot thank you enough.
When the time comes, I may well be in touch with a few questions. In the meantime, thanks again.
Kind regards, Ryan James
“I put down my email address with trepidation”
Hi, Graham, I have to compliment you on your communications – I stumbled upon your buying guide and put down my email address with trepidation, expecting a scam or a flood of spam…instead I’ve got exactly the right amount of helpful information. Congratulations! Some much larger businesses could learn from you.
“Your guide helped immensely with the technical jargon”
Many thanks for your incredibly helpful guide. I found it very reassuring, like a child being held by the hand to give it the confidence it needs to go forward in the world. It helped immensely with the technical jargon, and the listings gave me confidence with choosing Yamaha.
Your comments about buying online and especially your list of trusted stores were useful and persuaded me to buy online.
Thank you, Robert
“Without your information I may well have just bought a cheap piano that I would have been disappointed with”
Without your information I may well have just bought a cheap piano that I would have been disappointed with. I have ordered a Yamaha CLP635. I would have liked the CLP645 but for my needs the extra cost was just too much.
“It’s so refreshing to have unbiased un-salesman like information”
Thank you for your e-mail. I’m so glad I came across your book, it was an immense help!
I’ve actually just ordered the Roland RP501R.
I don’t have any questions as yet – but if I do I know where to come!
Thanks for being so open with the advice given on your website – it’s so refreshing to have unbiased un-salesman like information.
Kind Regards, Claire Miller, Andover
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