It’s a conundrum that many parents will face: A child wants to play the piano, but there’s no guarantee it will last. A year from now he or she might have decided to ditch the piano to become the next great skateboarder. It’s why many parents don’t want to invest thousands of dollars in a high-quality acoustic piano. Even rentals of an upright or grand piano can be cost-prohibitive for many families. A good choice is a quality keyboard or digital piano for beginners.
Top Choices From Yamaha
SoCal Pianos in Ontario & Palm Desert, CA (appointment only at both locations) has several excellent options to choose from. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to stick to the Yamaha piano brand because of the quality it provides. A recent listing of top digital keyboards or pianos for beginners includes the following Yamaha models:
- Yamaha P-45: This digital piano has been a bestseller for a long time. This Yamaha piano uses the tried-and-tested Advanced Wave Modelling (AWM) digital sampling technology to provide top quality sound. It also has an excellent keyboard that is weighted heavier from left to right to make it feel like an acoustic piano.
- Yamaha p-125: This is a step up from the P-45 in terms of sound quality and the number of features. This keyboard delivers 192 notes, which equates to exceptionally realistic piano tones. Among the host of extra features are dual headphone outlets. This means the student and a teacher (or parent) can listen without the rest of the household being disturbed. Unlike the P-45, the P-125 is compatible with the Yamaha Smart Pianist app for iOS devices.
- Yamaha YDP-S34: Reviewers call this Yamaha Piano a superb entry-level cabinet style piano. As such, it’s not portable like a keyboard. Moving to this level provides you with digitally sampled sound from the flagship Yamaha CFX 9’ concert grand piano. Being a cabinet piano, it includes a three-pedal setup that will allow you to move far beyond beginner status before needing an upgraded piano.
Pick Up the Phone
SoCal Pianos is happy to help with any questions you might have about pianos for beginners; important features to look for and what Yamaha piano or keyboard can meet your needs without breaking the bank. Give us a call today or make an appointment to stop by our California showrooms in Ontario and Palm Springs.