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How To Test A Piano/Keyboard Before You Buy It

Before you make the purchase, don’t just be satisfied by the looks of the keyboard and what the salesperson has to tell you about the capabilities theoretically. You need to test the digital keyboard yourself.

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Remember that one of the important purpose for which you have gone to the piano store is to try out the keyboard for yourself. Try out different features. Try out the sound at different volume levels. This can be an important point if using built-in speakers. Certain keyboard models may not be able to sound good or handle high volumes. Any good piano on the display keyboard store should allow you to try the models you are interested in. If the store manager or the salesman asks you not to touch the merchandise, you are much better off finding another store that will allow you to do this.

Keep in mind that many digital keyboards on display are connected to processors, effects and other digital enhancements to make them sound better. In order to avoid getting fooled by this extra and sophisticated gear, ask the salesperson to turn off all the effects so you can hear the keyboard as it is. You may also want to use amplifier or the speaker that you intend to use at home. You also need to hear the inbuilt speakers of the keyboard since that is what you are most likely to use when practicing at home.

Notice the following things about each piano or keyboard that you try.

  1. Is the overall sound full or wimpy, bright or dull?
  2. Do long notes actually lost as long as you play them?
  3. On an acoustic piano do the top 5 keys sound good and not metallic? Do the lower 5 keys sound good and not sloppy? Do you get a quick response when you press the keys, is a keyboard too sensitive or not sensitive enough?
  4. Do your fingers have enough room on the keys? This question is pertinent if you are not buying a full-sized keyboard the smaller keyboards might have smaller keys and require you to play differently than you would on a full-size keyboard.
  5. Do you like the overall look and color and design of the keyboard? Will you be happy with it taking up space in your house for the next few years?
  6. Can you make out any noticeable dents or scratches? This may be a sign that the piano is not new but a used one. If the piano is a used one, manufacturer and the dealer should offer you a better price and not try to sell it to you as new.
  7. Check all the keys. Make sure they sound ok.┬áBefore you make the purchase, don’t just be satisfied by the looks of the keyboard and what the salesperson has to tell you about the capabilities theoretically. You need to test the digital keyboard yourself.