While the Casio keyboards and Yamaha keyboards are the “big boys” in the keyboard department there are still other great options when searching for piano keyboards. Most beginners and parents of children who are just beginning piano lessons should avoid spending thousands of dollars on a brand new piano, because frankly many people quit after only a few weeks. Besides this there are a few other reasons to have an inexpensive piano keyboard at your disposal. Some students may take their keyboard to school, drop it or misplace which can be much easier to deal with when spending $150 over $1,500 which is the average price for a higher end model. With that being said, it is also nice to get a good quality piano when no matter how much money you spend.
For this reason we have picked our 3 favorite low priced keyboards and reviewed each of them below. Remember these aren’t going to have the same sound, quality or feel of a Roland stage piano, but they will be enough for the young student or for someone that needs a decent practice tool. So below is our choices for the cheap digital pianos, dig in.
Top 3 Cheap Piano Keyboards
This is often the first keyboard that I use with younger students when teaching them the basics. In fact since it is such a low priced piano keyboard, I tend to keep a few on hand to give away for some of my students. With a price tag at around $50, this model is great for those looking to save cash. While it doesn’t have the pure sound or the feel of a larger electronic keyboard it is not bad for the youngster learning their notes. With only 44 keys it makes it easier for students who are having trouble reaching to the outer keys. Overall I would rate this about 6/10 for a newbie adult and a 9/10 for a child.
A couple steps up from the Casio SA-76 are the Yamaha Piaggero NP11 model. Lightweight at just about 20 lbs. and easy to carry, this is a nice buy for those students who have graduated from the mini keyboards and the other youth models. With 61 keys and sold quality all around, I would rank the Yamaha NP11 as one of the best cheap piano keyboards for students entering their 2nd year of piano lessons. The adjustment from 44 to 61 keys can easily be made by this time and almost any youth pianist will have no trouble adjusting to the additional 16 keys. At under $200 the keys are quite sensitive and it almost has the feel of the more expensive Yamaha digital pianos. Overall I would give this a solid 9/10 for the 2nd year student and a great starter for a teenager who is learning the keys.
Another 61 key model is the Casio LK280, while I don’t like this as much as the Yamaha NP11 it is still a solid 2nd keyboard for those who are just getting into their musical careers. What makes this great is the lighted keyboard system that helps new players learns songs and notes. While this is great for the newbie, it is kind of distracting for the more accomplished player as it often gets in the way of learning. Overall I would give this an 8/10 for newbies and a 7/10 for intermediate/advanced players as the lighted keyboard system takes some of the ambiance away from playing.
More details about Casio Digital Pianos here: http://digitalpianoreviewssite.com/casio/
Visit the Yamaha Digital Piano page for more info and recommendations: http://digitalpianoreviewssite.com/yamaha/