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Top 5 Digital Piano Keyboards for your music lessons​

Your guide to the best options under $500 CAD

At Midtown Toronto Piano Studio are are always ready to help our students. Today we would like to share a list of piano keyboards that will help you establish a practice routine at home and begin your musical journey. 

Before we start, we want to let you know that buying the cheapest possible keyboard is not always the best course of action, even if you are a complete beginner. You need an instrument with weighted keys and a complete set of keys – 88, to be precise. These technical terms may sound scary but fear not. We will translate this into actual English.

Weighted keys mean the keyboard is produced to give you a realistic piano playing experience. The keyboards recreate the quality of a real acoustic piano (which is made of wood). They feel more natural and realistic. Weighted keys help you develop finger strength and technique when learning to play the piano.

A complete set of keys indicates the number of piano keys you will find on the keyboard. Real acoustic pianos have 88 keys. 

When looking for an instrument, remember to look for the acoustic piano experience. In the market, you will find digital piano keyboards with 76, 73 or 61 keys. But, the keyboards with 88 piano keys are the way to go. 

99% of the pieces for piano are written to be played over 88 keys. As you develop you music skills, so does the number of keys needed when playing.

We know for many people acoustic pianos are a preferred choice. However, we understand that this is not always possible due to the room and maintenance they need. 

On the other hand, digital piano keyboards offer practicality and comfort. 

You can plug your headphones in and practice at any time of the day. You can modify the keyboard sounds to the ones you prefer. The options are limitless. Digital keyboards can be a lot of fun to play and practice.  We recommend them to all our students.

And without further ado, here is our Top 5 list:

Alesis Recital – 88 Key Digital Electric Piano

  • Built-in Speakers
  • 88 premium full-sized semi-weighted keys 
  • Adjustable touch response to suit your preferred playing style
  • Power via the included power adapter or 6 D cell batteries 

Donner DEP-20 Keyboard Piano Digital

  • Full-Weighted Digital Piano
  • 238 types of tone like Ukulele, drum, bass, etc. 
  • Built-in Speakers
  • 88 premium full-sized semi-weighted keys 

Roland GO 88-Key Digital Piano (GO-88P)

  • The keyboard features 88 full-size keys and standard spacing
  • Lightweight and portable, so you can take the piano anywhere to keep practicing
  • Built-in speakers allow you to play with or without headphones 
  • Wireless connection to your smartphone

Korg 88-Key Digital Piano (B2N)

  • Innovative sound engine featuring 12 sounds and 120 accompaniment voices let you experiment with various music styles.
  • Connect your smartphone’s headphone jack.
  • Lightweight body (less than 10kg) and compact design offer a great balance of premium look and convenience.
  • Includes AC adaptor, music stand, and damper pedal
  • The keyboard features 88 full-size keys and standard spacing.

Williams Pianos Legato III 88 Key Digital Piano 

  • 88-key touch-sensitive piano keyboard
  • 10 Sounds including Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synth and Bass from the Williams Custom Sound Library
  • Built-in full-frequency dual-driver speakers
  • Battery or AC operation