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Ask the professionals about the best digital pianos on the market
Try one out to see which one has the best sound
Try one out to see which one has the most realistic touch
Find out about how much more affordable Roland digital pianos are

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and check out our great prices

We have the incredible LX15 on our floor!
(they sell fast!)

Fabulous upright piano case with the Roland magic inside.
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What is the difference between a keyboard and a digital piano?

Most keyboards are not full 88 note instruments.  They usually have 61 or 76 keys and often the keys are not full sized (they are smaller than a piano).  The keys are also not normally weighted to feel like a piano.  They feel like an organ (it takes no finger strength to play).  Keyboards do not usually have pedals.  And most importantly they are not built to accurately reproduce the true recorded sounds of the original instrument.

A true digital piano is full sized, weighted, 88 key instruments.  The feel (action) is built to have the same type of feel and control as an acoustic piano.  It has working pedals in the same position as a traditional piano.  And most importantly, the sounds are recreated from the original (piano, flute, guitar, etc.).

So what you should ask yourself is: what is this keyboard to be used for?  Is it just for fun, just to see if there is any musical inclination?  Just to play around on and make some fun sounds?  If so, then an inexpensive keyboard is a reasonable purchase.  You are not then asking it to deliver more than it is capable.  It is a fun toy.

But if you want a musical instrument, if you want a piano with the digital advantages (no tuning, volume control, headphone jacks, other instrument sounds, recording capability, accompaniment, etc.) then a keyboard is probably not the best decision.  Most piano teachers will not continue with students that only have a keyboard for more than a few months.  Those students are not building the strength in their fingers necessary to play an acoustic piano (they would on a weighted note digital piano though).  Keyboard students do not have access to all 88 notes or the pedals.

If you are considering piano lessons for your child and you are not sure if he or she will stick with it, you might be hesitating to make the financial commitment to a piano or digital piano.  At least not yet.  That makes sense.  What you might want to consider instead of buying that cheap keyboard is renting a piano.  Click here to read about our rental program.  Buy that little keyboard for the fun of it, not as a substitute for a true musical instrument.

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