Finally, as we wrap up this article, we’d like to leave you with five great digital pianos that we feel are great for beginners and intermediate players. Whether you want to buy the piano brand new or used, we think most players will be quite content with any of the following five pianos:
CASIO CDP-130: BEST ENTRY-LEVEL DIGITAL PIANO
This entry-level piano offers the best value to students and beginners, with a great hammer-action keyboard and ten good sounds. With a MSRP of $399, you can buy this piano for $349 (new, online) or around $299 (used). In this case, since the price difference is relatively negligible, we recommend buying new.
CASIO PX-150/PX-160: BEST DIGITAL PIANO UNDER $500
This piano includes the Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR sound engine and the renowned Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer-Action Keyboard, along with great features and mechanical emulations. You can buy for new from both online and local stores for $469, but if you’re lucky to find one of the few used units, you can make yours a second hand PX-150 for $399. In this case, we’d opt for the used unit.
KAWAI ES-100: BEST DIGITAL PIANO UNDER $1000
This affordable Kawai piano has one of the greatest 88-key weighted action in this price range and possibly the best sounding piano engine of its category. You can find the ES-100 for the street price of $799 (new), but being a relatively new product, you’re not going to find lots of used units in both online and offline spaces. Here, you might want to go the brand new route.
CASIO PX-750/PX-760: BEST UPRIGHT-LIKE PIANO UNDER $1000
The new furniture-cabinet digital piano from Casio has the best value ever in its price range and includes many of the best features contained within other pianos in the Privia line. You can buy a new one for just $799, while used units are still on sale for about $749 (depending on where you look). We recommend buying the new instrument if the prices are that close, or you can simply wait for the new Casio PX-760 to become a bit more popular in the market and then see if you can track down a very used PX-750.
YAMAHA CLP-535: BEST UPRIGHT-LIKE PIANO UNDER $3000
This revamped iteration of the Clavinova furniture-cabinet pianos offers a stunning sound engine, great keyboard action with ivory keytops, an elegant furniture stand and lots of educational and fun features. It ships for $2899 in its most affordable finish, but you can buy it used for $2300 to $2500. Being a home piano that’s not meant to be even the least bit portable, any used unit you come across might be in pretty good condition. If so, you can potentially save up to $500. If that’s the case, it’s recommended you purchase this piano used.