What are the Best Digital Pianos for Beginners?

ragtimeadmin April 28, 2014 0

It can be pretty hard to weed through all of the digital pianos out there to find the right one if you are new to playing the piano. Don’t worry though because I am going to guide you through the process of selecting the right one for you. Take a look at the short list I have compiled to make this whole process a bit easier for you.

Here are some of the best digital pianos for beginners

Weighted Keys
Weight (lbs)
Williams Allegro
Roland HP-201
Casio PX350
Yamaha P105B

Yamaha P105WH 88 Key Digital Piano

The Yamaha P105 is my favorite piano for beginners. The price of this digital piano is great and well worth it considering all of the capabilities and features. The hammer action feature of the keys feels just like a real piano and sounds like it too. I do wish there was more storage capacity, but you can always transfer your data to your computer via a USB once you reach capacity. You can’t really go wrong with a digital piano that is made by Yamaha and this one is no exception. All of the great features below make the Yamaha P105B 88 Key Digital Piano perfect for beginners and it is one of the best digital pianos available:

  • Pure CF sampled piano: sampled from Yamaha’s own acclaimed CFIII concert grand, no digital piano at this price point delivers recording from such a high end instrument
  • Pianist styles: There is a built in duet partner that plays along with you in one of ten different playing styles
  • Built in drum patterns: basic drum patterns put the fun back into practicing and is practical to a metronome. Or turn your solo act into a two piece band where the drummer is always on time
  • 88 note, weighted GHS action: heavier touch in the low end and lighter in the highs, just like an acoustic piano
  • 128 note polyphony: even when using dual voice and split mode with a drum pattern, 128 note polyphony ensures every note gets heard

Casio PX350 BK 88 Key Touch Sensitive Privia Digital Piano

One of the very first things that I noticed about the Casio PX350 was how visually appealing and sleek it looked, even coming straight out of the box. This is a very easy to use digital piano and it is perfect for beginners. The sound quality is fantastic, especially considering the low wattage of the internal speakers and it sounds equally amazing when using an amp. One of the contributing factors to the great sound is definitely the weighted keys and the scaled action hammer on the keyboard.

This makes the sound crystal clear and comparable to an acoustic piano. The piano is great with headphones, but you will need a ¼” converter since the jack is not the standard 1/8” that most headphones have. These are just a few of the great features available with this great digital piano, so take a look at the other things it can do:

  • 88 keys with 3 sensors per key
  • Scaled hammer action
  • Tri sensor scaled hammer action keyboard II
  • Maximum polyphony – 128
  • Number of built in tones – 250

Korg SP280 BK 88 Key Digital Piano

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  • Rich, dynamic acoustic piano sounds that are enjoyable to play authentic vintage electric piano sounds, perfect for live performance
  • Natural weighted hammer action (NH) keyboard faithfully reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano
  • Authentic vintage electric piano sounds, perfect for live performances
  • High output amp section produces plenty of volume
  • Bundle includes: stand, sustain pedal and headphones

Roland HP203

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  • 88 key multi sampled piano sound with piano resonance
  • PHA II keyboard with Escapement and offers enhanced dynamic range of touch response
  • Newly designed cabinet with front legs for a stable and stylish look
  • Continuous pedal for wider expression
  • Twin piano mode for education applications
  • SMF and WAV file playback via USB host port
  • Optional USB CD drive allows for audio CD playback, audio transpose and center cancel

Williams Allegro 88 Key Digital Piano

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  • 88 touch sensitive, hammer action, velocity sensitive keys
  • 64 note polyphony
  • 8 piano and keyboard sounds (piano 1, piano 2, electric piano 1, electric piano 2, church organ, rock/jazz, strings and upright bass)
  • Demo songs corresponding to each voice
  • Layer, split and transpose modes
  • Reverb and chorus effects
  • Metronome feature with variable tempo to facilitate practice or recording
  • Two track recorder allowing song recording and playback
  • Headphone jack allows silent practice mode
  • MIDI in/out connections
  • Stereo/mono line outputs
  • Accessory pack includes: external DC power supply unit, sustain pedal, music rest and manual

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