Pianos are elegant and extremely versatile instruments. They are, perhaps, one of the most sought after instruments to learn and can be a life-long and rewarding study.
Not only are there different playing styles, you will find the piano in every genre from classical and rock to funk and jazz.
When discussing piano and keyboards you are usually referring to one of three instruments: the Piano, Synthesizer or Keyboard. Each has particular differentiating features.
Types of Keyboards and Synthesizers
When we refer to a piano, we typically imagine the familiar large instrument that is seen on stages, and in ballrooms and studios. They are larger and distinctly different in appearance from electronic keyboards and synthesizers.
However, it is the mechanics of the piano that really distinguish them from the other family members.
Pianos have a mechanical action, with hammers activated to strike strings when the musician presses a key.
Keyboards are characterized as being digital as opposed to the hammer and strings of the piano. They are also a more compact size, as well as being portable. The keyboard can have anywhere from 88 keys down to 25 keys (two octaves) such as on smaller MIDI keyboards.
Synthesizers are smaller keyboards that produce a range of sounds that can be used in various ways - for production, composing and live performances.
You can have keyboards that have synth features or synthesizers that are separate from keyboards.
Points to think on
For the best keyboard, piano or synthesizer playing experience, be sure to know when and how to tune your instrument. This is especially important regardless of if you are buying a new or used instrument. You will also need to save for stands and cases for the keyboard or synthesizer.
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What to know about buying pre-ownedPianos & Keyboards
It is quite common for people to buy a used keyboard or piano, since they are built to last a very long time. Buying a pre-owned one in good condition is a great option.
When buying a used or cheap piano, you want to ensure that the keys have good tension by pressing each one and making sure they don’t “stick”.
The same advice goes for the cheaper keyboards and synths. Though with these, you will also have to check for any electronic issues.
What to know about buying new Pianos & Keyboards
Buying new is a very popular choice for those with the budget for it. Since pianos need tuning and maintenance as they age, buying new can ensure that you have a properly tuned and working instrument to start with.
Buying keyboards and synths new also will allow you to update sounds and synching features.