The Piano F.A.Q.
Finding the right instrument for a beginning player is not as difficult a task as it may seem. Though it’s true that Gist Piano Center offers a number of options from portable keyboards in the 100 dollar range to art-case Steinway grand pianos in the 200,000 dollar range, it is equally true that each of our team members is uniquely trained to help you find the right instrument – and the right plan – for you.
…but, if you’re like most first-time shoppers, you probably want to know a little bit more about pianos in general before you begin speaking to a professional. Thus, here is a brief F.A.Q. (a list of Frequently Asked Questions) to help get you started:
- Can I start lessons on a keyboard?
- What kind of keyboard is best?
- What should my keyboard have on it?
- How can I tell if my instrument has “full-sized” keys?
- What does “weighted key” mean?
- What is a sustain pedal?
- What about a digital piano?
- How much do digital pianos cost?
- Which is better, a digital piano or a used piano?
- How much do new pianos cost?
- Do you rent pianos?
Yamaha brand. Yamaha has a better piano sound, exciting “Yamaha Education Suite” features, and a better service record.
88-Note keyboard (pianos have 88 keys) with full-sized piano keys, a weighted key action, and a sustain pedal. 76 Note keyboards and smaller are ideal for travel fun or computer hookups. Most portable keyboards will come with at least 100 different instrument sounds and some drum rhythm options. These can be fun for the kids but will most likely not play a big role in their first year of lessons. Click here for a copy of our "Minimum Acceptable Practice Instrument" criteria.
digital piano buyers.
digital piano (sometimes referred to as a “Clavinova”) is an acceptable choice for beginning lessons. Most digital pianos feature 88 full-sized “weighted key” actions, with authentic piano sounds and a sustain pedal. Some even include recording options, additional instruments, and onboard learning software. Digital pianos are popular because they allow students to record themselves, hook to their computers, play using headphones, or create their own music. …and, since they never need tuning, they are great for apartments, houses with little or no climate control, and school labs.
used piano will be ideal. If he or she wants to play with different instruments, record, or listen through headphones, a digital piano might be the best option. As with any instrument, the most important thing here is to find the right tool to keep the player interested. The choice is often highly individual.
SpreadPay® program. You select the piano you would like to play, put 10% down and spread the payments out over two years. Payments start as low as $50/mo and, at the end of your rental period, you own the piano! With Gist's SpreadPay® program, we can help you spend less and get more without locking you into an inflexible lease.
For more information on pianos, digital pianos, keyboards or modern player systems, please don't hesitate to contact us. Highly trained on dozens of different brands, shapes, sizes, colors, and price points, the Gist Piano Center Service Team is uniquely-positioned to help you find the piano of your dreams. None of our staff is on commission, so you can rest assured that we’ll get you the best piano – and the best price – for you. Your visit with any of these incredible people will be full of good information, warm recommendations, and friendly support as we guide you through your selection process. There is nothing like talking to an expert – especially when that expert loves music as much as we do. Talk to us! You’ll make a good buying decision and a life-long friend.
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