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I have always fancied learning how to play the piano and now seems as good a time as any.  I live in a flat so I think it would be kinder to my neighbours to buy a digital piano that I can plug my headphones into whilst I butcher chopsticks.  I need to do some research into the different models available so if anyone has some advice on what to look out for that would be appreciated.  Also, if anyone has any recommendations for "learn to play the piano" music books, apps or online tutorials please let me know.

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  • p00hsticksp00hsticks Forumite
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    I'm no expert, but I bought one myself a few years back, which I confess I don't play that often.
    When I was researching I was told to look for one with weighted keys, which make it feel more like playing a normal acoustic piano.
    I ended up with a Yamaha model, whoch together with the stand and a couple of tutorials cost me about £300.

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    I'm no expert, but I bought one myself a few years back, which I confess I don't play that often.
    When I was researching I was told to look for one with weighted keys, which make it feel more like playing a normal acoustic piano.
    I ended up with a Yamaha model, whoch together with the stand and a couple of tutorials cost me about £300.


    That sounds about right.
    There is a very big difference between a "digital keyboard" and"digital piano": the latter is what you want.

  • Lover_of_LycraLover_of_Lycra Forumite
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    It's electric pianos I've been looking at and I found some videos on YouTube from piano shop owners comparing various models from Yamaha, Kawasi and Casio.  £300 sounds very cheap compared with the electric pianos I've been researching.  I keep having a look on Gumtree etc in the hope that someone is selling one. 
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    edited 23 April at 1:13PM
    It's electric pianos I've been looking at and I found some videos on YouTube from piano shop owners comparing various models from Yamaha, Kawasi and Casio.  £300 sounds very cheap compared with the electric pianos I've been researching.  I keep having a look on Gumtree etc in the hope that someone is selling one. 

    I've just gone back through my Amazon orders and the one I ended up with (in 2009, so longer ago than I thought) was a Yamaha NB30P-K Portable Digital Piano, which cost £256.44. When I look at the order it says that that model is no longer available, but the current equivalent is the NP32.
    It's only 76 keys though, so less than a normal piano, which has 88.

  • Lover_of_LycraLover_of_Lycra Forumite
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    It's electric pianos I've been looking at and I found some videos on YouTube from piano shop owners comparing various models from Yamaha, Kawasi and Casio.  £300 sounds very cheap compared with the electric pianos I've been researching.  I keep having a look on Gumtree etc in the hope that someone is selling one. 

    I've just gone back through my Amazon orders and the one I ended up with (in 2009, so longer ago than I thought) was a Yamaha NB30P-K Portable Digital Piano, which cost £256.44. When I look at the order it says that that model is no longer available, but the current equivalent is the NP32.
    It's only 76 keys though, so less than a normal piano, which has 88.

    Thank you.  Funnily enough I think it was videos from Bonners Music I was watching online about the different makes and models.
  • AdamcAdamc Forumite
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    I'm no expert, but I bought one myself a few years back, which I confess I don't play that often.
    When I was researching I was told to look for one with weighted keys, which make it feel more like playing a normal acoustic piano.
    I ended up with a Yamaha model, whoch together with the stand and a couple of tutorials cost me about £300.

    What stopped you playing and did you have lessons?
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    It's electric pianos I've been looking at and I found some videos on YouTube from piano shop owners comparing various models from Yamaha, Kawasi and Casio.  £300 sounds very cheap compared with the electric pianos I've been researching.  I keep having a look on Gumtree etc in the hope that someone is selling one. 

    I've just gone back through my Amazon orders and the one I ended up with (in 2009, so longer ago than I thought) was a Yamaha NB30P-K Portable Digital Piano, which cost £256.44. When I look at the order it says that that model is no longer available, but the current equivalent is the NP32.
    It's only 76 keys though, so less than a normal piano, which has 88.

    Thank you.  Funnily enough I think it was videos from Bonners Music I was watching online about the different makes and models.
    Not cheap but have you considered the Yamaha p45?
  • p00hsticksp00hsticks Forumite
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    Adamc said:
    I'm no expert, but I bought one myself a few years back, which I confess I don't play that often.
    When I was researching I was told to look for one with weighted keys, which make it feel more like playing a normal acoustic piano.
    I ended up with a Yamaha model, whoch together with the stand and a couple of tutorials cost me about £300.

    What stopped you playing and did you have lessons?
    I've not stopped so much as never really got into the habit of learning / practising - it was something I bought with a view to learning when I retired, but have never got round to organising lessons for myself.
    It's on my 'to do' list.
  • ZoeSkinnerZoeSkinner Forumite
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    I recommend buying a real piano, as Norah Jones has. I adore her piano videos on Facebook! Have you seen them?


  • Lover_of_LycraLover_of_Lycra Forumite
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    I recommend buying a real piano, as Norah Jones has. I adore her piano videos on Facebook! Have you seen them?


    I haven’t and I would love to have a real piano but I live in a flat. I don’t think my neighbours would thank me. 
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