Which keyboard to Buy?

Which Keyboard to Buy?

As with all instruments there are several things to consider before buying a keyboard.  They can vary considerably in price but the keyboard has many advantages for beginners over the larger instruments, such as a digital or acoustic piano:

  • Casio LK120 - A great keyboard for beginners which is available from Rimmers MusicLightweight and easy to carry around
  • Cheaper than a digital or acoustic piano 
  • Easier to pick up with help from functions such as ‘light-up keys’ ­
  • Can learn chords and play along with background music

The most popular electronic keyboards have 61 touch sensitive keys and a host of different musical instrument sounds, percussion sounds and many other features.

The best way to tell if the keyboard is right for you is if it “feels” right. But, here are a few simple guidelines that can help you out come purchase time.

How many keys should your keyboard have? The answer is really down to personal preference and what exactly you’re using your keyboard for. For many is will be best to get a keyboard with the full 88 keys. But 76 and even 61 will usually be enough. If you were just using a small range of the keyboard and it’s more for recording interesting samples and so on, then fewer keys is fine. Most professionals will use 88 keys.


The next thing to look at is weighted keys or “synth” action. This means what the feel of the actual keys is like. This again really depends on personal taste. Some keyboards have weighted keys – keys that have the same feel and weight as keys on a standard piano.

One of the benefits of playing on a keyboard with weighted keys is that if you never played an acoustic piano before you should easily be able to adjust quickly because your hands will be used to it. Synth style keys also have their advantages. Because they’re not weighted it’s a lot easier to play them faster.

Yamaha Tyros 5: a top end keyboard available from Rimmers MusicAnother important aspect is the velocity and after touch of the keyboard. Velocity refers to whether how hard you hit the keys affects how loud the sound that comes out, so that if you lightly touch the keyboard you will get a nice quiet sound.  Similarly if you hit down hard you will get a nice loud reaction. After touch refers to the sensitivity to the sound and touch after you hit the note and hold it down. If you play a note and you want it to ring the way an acoustic piano does, after touch is very important.

Remember that you want it to be something that you can spend a lot of time on so make sure that you are completely happy with what you end up with.  Rimmers music has a huge range of keyboards to suit all levels of ability.  Our trained sales staff are on hand to ensure you find the right keyboard for YOU.
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