When it comes to buying a digital piano, there are an overwhelming number of choices and several decisions you will need to make, including which brand and model to buy and where to buy it from. This article will help you make the right purchase.

Things You Will Need

You'll need a lot of patience -- it is worth taking some time to make sure you really love the digital keyboard you buy before you buy it. A decent full size keyboard can easily cost over a thousand dollars, so you need to make a thoughtful, educated choice.

Step 1

Decide what you will use your keyboard for. Are you a musician who hauls your instrument to gigs regularly? If so, portability is a huge factor for you. Are you a producer who makes electronic music or hip hop beats on your computer? If you are, then you should look for a keyboard with a variety of samples and MIDI capabilities. Keep these things in mind throughout the process.

Step 2

Choose the right size. You can get full size keyboards (with 88 keys like a real piano), but you can also get smaller, more portable models. The advantage of a full size digital piano is obvious -- it is closer to the real thing. However, if you have limited space or prefer something that isn't so heavy (full size keyboards can easily weigh over 50 lbs), you should consider a smaller or even half size keyboard.

Step 3

Consider you budget. Price is influenced by quality and functionality. If you want an 88 key digital piano with all of the bells and whistles, you are going to pay at least a thousand dollars.

Step 4

Test drive your favorites. After you've narrowed your options down to a few different models and checked out their specs and reviews online, go to your local music store or Guitar Center and play your favorite songs on each keyboard. Pay attention to how they feel and sound. Play all of the low and high keys, as these will sound very bad on a low quality piano. Listen through the built in speakers and headphones and take note of the difference.

Step 5

Find the best retailer. Just because you went to Guitar Center to test the keyboards doesn't mean you ohave to buy from them. Check out Sweet Water music (online store only), Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. Be aware, however, that used keyboards may be damaged or just worn down. Instruments often times take a beating from inexperienced players (or professionals who play constantly). Remember that many retailers will match the prices of their competitors.

Step 6

Buy your digital piano on sale, if possible. Instrument dealers are always having great sales, so take advantage of it!

Step 7

Enjoy your new piano. Practice often and play everyday!

Now you know what to consider when buying a digital piano. The most important thing is that you enjoy playing it (how it feels and sounds). Now go do your research, buy one, and play!

Tips & Warnings

Be wary of buying used. Ideally, you should know the person who owned the used instrument or at least have some idea of how they treated it.