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Hiya, my daughter will ba having piano lessons soon, so we need to buy her something that she can practice on at home. We can't afford a proper upright piano nor do we have the space. My hubby is… Read More
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Hiya,

my daughter will ba having piano lessons soon, so we need to buy her something that she can practice on at home. We can't afford a proper upright piano nor do we have the space. My hubby is suggesting an electric keyboard with a piano function?

Any good deals out there? And one that doesn't take up too much space?
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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
My son has piano lessons and we only have a keyboard,we actually bought the keyboard 1st to have keyboard lessons but the music teacher recommened he has piano lessons, we have a casio CTK-900.Im sorry if this doesnt actually answer your question.
#2
If you don't mind me asking, how much did you buy the keyboard for? We already have a piano that we inherited but it needs full restoration and we just can't afford to fix it at the mo! :(
#3
if you're only learning i'd go with a fairly cheap keyboard (all keyboards have piano sounds), i'm currently using a casio ctk-671 which cost me about £40 off of ebay a while ago and it does it's job fine (i'm waiting til i move out, then i can buy a more expensive electric piano XD)

If you wanted to go more expensive but more piano-esque you could perhaps buy a keyboard with weighted keys for 150+

Any keyboard will take up space but you can store them however as long as you have a place to sit when you take them out, i currently have a shelf under my desk where i keep mine
#4
keyboard will be fine, weighted keys are a good idea if learning piano. good idea also to get one that has the option to use a pedal. not all keyboards have this.
#5
jazminkennedy
If you don't mind me asking, how much did you buy the keyboard for? We already have a piano that we inherited but it needs full restoration and we just can't afford to fix it at the mo! :(

He had it bought about 4yrs ago now, I think we paid about £120, but it was a xmas presant at the time.
#6
Yamaha clavinovas are good. They should take your daughter to at least Grade 6 piano. They have weighted keys and although not cheap are much smaller than a proper piano and they keep their value quite well so you can always sell it when she moves on to a proper piano. It just depends if you think she will play the piano for a long time and do grades etc...

If you think she will it is better to spend a little more now to save spending again when she progresses and needs a better "piano" than just a keyboard. Don't forget most keyboards haven't got enough keys! You really need 7 octaves. Try Fleabay or perhaps Gumtree. or ask on Freecycle.

Hope that helps :)
#7
Yes, weighted keys are the way forward. As are pedals. Both will be needed by the time your daughter is preparing for her Grade 1 exam. BUT for the first couple of months, anything cheap with full-sized keys will do as she will be mostly learning left and right hand exercises and practicing single-octave scales. All of which can be done with a 4 or 5 octave keyboard. Which is where Freecycle/Freegle really should be able to help.
If she takes to the instrument (and to be honest, a lot of kids don't. Sad but true, and there are lots of adults out there who regret having given up piano lessons as kids as they found them boring), then you're going to have to look at something decent in the not-too-distant future.
Hope this helps.
#8
depending on how much you wanna spend, you have many options. Ive been learning for just under a year now and bought the Yamaha p85; its got weighted keys, great sound, and comes with pedal and power supply-some i looked at didnt have power supply! its on at bout £435 on amazon. otherwise I have afriend who went for the np-30 and she said its great (costs bout £220), though it doesn't have weighted keys and the sound prob wont be as good.

Best advice is to go to a music shop and have a look around before you buy. hope this helps.
#9
Thank you all for your helpful advice. I went to my MIL's house today and after chattin to her about piano lessons, she brought out my hubbys old Yamaha Keyboard!! My hubby played 'Moonlight Sinatrra' on it when he was 8 so i fink we'll give it ago for my 5 year old! :)
#10
good idea! lol never know what MILs have hidden away. ;)

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