A piano is one of the most expensive purchases a household will ever make, and buying a piano can be difficult, confusing, and time consuming.
Piano Buyer is a free, 280-page, semiannual piano buying guide that will help you make a fast informed decision concerning the purchase of a piano or digital piano.
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by Owen Lovell
For decades, Roland Corporation has enjoyed well-deserved recognition among quality digital pianos for product lines such as the powerful and reliable HP series, the RD stage pianos, and especially the V-Piano, a pioneer in hardware-based, physically modeled piano sound. Until recently, Roland had not made significant inroads into the market for entry-level pianos. In 2016, Roland introduced the FP-30 digital piano slab and the FP-30C console. MORE
by Owen Lovell
My history with Casio keyboards is long. I remember riding the bus to school in sixth grade with my Casio VLTone keyboard and picking out melodies of pop songs by ear. In junior high, I saved birthday and holiday checks to buy my first full-size keyboard, a Casio with touch sensitivity. Two decades later, I needed an inexpensive, portable, lightweight, 88-key digital piano for practicing on the road, and bought a Casio Privia PX-200. MORE
by Sally Phillips
There are many common misconceptions about buying pianos for young students, and one of them is that a suitable piano can be had for only a few hundred dollars. The truth is that, to progress, young students need better pianos, not worse. MORE
by Sally Phillips
Those who’ve found themselves in a showroom full of beautifully crafted, prestige and high-performance pianos know that the experience can be both impressive and unnerving—impressive for obvious reasons, unnerving because of the extraordinary prices these instruments command. In this article, I explain what sets high-end pianos apart from less costly ones that might, at least superficially, look the same, and why the higher price can be justified. MORE
by David J. Korevaar
When I was asked to review some new instruments from the German piano maker August Förster, I recalled my last encounter with this brand. Several years ago, I made two trips to Tajikistan, a country that had been riven by low-grade civil conflict, and from which many of the Russians who had supported musical culture had fled. August Förster had been one of the main suppliers of better-quality instruments to the farther reaches of the Soviet Union; these were still around but unmaintained. MORE
I get a phone call from someone selling an old no-name upright in "decent" condition but that "hasn't been played or tuned for many years." I explain that there simply is no market for this kind of piano, and recommend junking it.. MORE ...
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