For the complete beginner on an extremely tight budget.
“What do you think of Thomann pianos?”
I found your book quite useful. I wanted some information
about the Thomann pianos compared to others as I had the
possibility of getting a used one. I have seen they are not
the best, but neither the worst.
Thank you for your interest.
Reply/ Hi Juan
Thomann pianos are quite basic. They’d be OK for
a complete beginner just to learn the basics, but
you’d need to upgrade to something with a more
realistic key touch after a year or two at most.
A similarly priced range of pianos that has a more
responsive key touch (feels more like a real piano)
and nicer sound, are the Broadway digital pianos.
Broadway pianos are really good pianos to learn
on. And they’ll take you up to grade 5 to 6 (that
can take 5-7 years on average).
You can see the range here:
Let me know if you’d like more information. You
can pop into the UK Pianos shop in Enfield or call
020 8367 2080.
I found the booklet very informative. The only problem I have is finding a good store to test things out. I’m an American now living in Germany. Any suggestions? I’m interested in the Roland and Kurzweil brands and the Classenti brand seems interesting.
Reply/ Hi Paula
Roland, Kurzweil and Classenti would all be
good brands to choose.
The best place to buy in Germany is Thomann
Thomann have some of the best prices in Europe.
They also have a vast range of makes and models.
You can check out their website here: Thomann Cyberstore
Firstly, many thanks for putting together the resources at
ukpianos.co.uk – it’s been a very helpful source of advice as I
venture into buying my first digital piano.
I was wondering if you had an opinion on either of these two:
After reading your site and guide, I was starting to settle on a
Yamaha P90/P85 or a Classenti P1 but the above seem to check a lot of
the same boxes for much less money.
For some context:
* I’m buying a piano to learn, my partner already plays (i.e. both a
beginner and an experienced person would play it)
* Money isn’t really an issue but would be keen to get something with
good resale prospects in case we dont’ end up using it much
* The room where we’d play it is a little tight for space – I’d
anticipate storing the piano vertically while not being played and
using a stand – is this sensible?
With kind regards, Tariq
Reply/ Hi Tariq
Both the Thomann SP5100 and SP5500 look like
decent pianos… they certainly have nice
But, the keys are only weighted. Not fully-
weighted. This is a BIG disadvantage when
you’re learning to play…
It’s extremely important to get a piano with
either fully-weighted or heavy-weighted keys.
Starting off with the right technique from the
outset, which includes developing finger strength
and getting used to the right resistance on the
keys, is so important.
Just have a a question about the portability of the Thomann DP50 and also of the Hemingway DP501. I am a university student so like to take my current keyboard back and forth with me between terms, are these two models relatively easy to take down and pack into a car? They seem to be of similar weight to similar Yamaha models. Also do you know the touch sensitivity levels of these two models?
One more quick question about the Yamaha P95, what is the maximum note polyphony and also what is the touch sensitivity level?
Thanks for the amazing guide and taking the time to answer these questions,
Reply/ Hi Mitch
The DP50 and DP501 would both be a bit of
pain to load and unload to your car frequently.
And you also risk damaging the stand.
I’m sure you’d find a portable/stage piano more
The Yamaha P95 has 64-note polyphony. More
than enough for any type of music.
Another piano worth comparing is the Hadley S1.
This is one of my favourites under £500. It has
a nice sound (Less tinny than the Yamaha) and
a really smooth key touch.
You can read more about it here: