I have worked with and played nearly all of the major brands of digital pianos (also known as electric pianos) throughout the years including Yamaha, Roland, Casio, Kawai, Kurzweil, Korg, Technics, Nord, Gem, Suzuki, and many more. I have played them professionally, recreationally, taught lessons on them and know how they work. There are always used digital pianos for sale on eBay, CraigsList, in various ads on-line and locally, in piano stores and various music stores. There seems to be no shortage of used digital pianos and a few are good and many are bad, and some are some in-between. Some models are newer, some are older, and some have useful technology, but many used digital pianos are outdated in terms of not having a piano sound & key action along with having unseen internal wear, and therefore not worth owning.
|Used digital piano|
|New digital piano technology|
|Bad keys - common problem|
|Bad internal circuit board|
|older digital piano internal parts|
|Broken-loose piano keys|
So, are good (and the word "good" is very important) used digital pianos better buys than getting a new one? The answer is..."occasionally," but it depends on many things and you definitely don't want to pay too much or get stuck with something that seems good on the outside but has problems on the inside which you may not see or know about! As I said before, it only takes one broken key or bad part on a used piano to potentially add up to hundreds of dollars in repairs (kind of like a used car). A good deal on a used piano is only good when you are absolutely sure the piano is in perfect working order and you have carefully compared it to new digital pianos in the same price range. If the used piano is a current model then that one may be a good buy as long as the new model has a good track record for not needing repairs or other kinds of service. In some cases a used digital piano in a lower price range can have a more attractive furniture cabinet than a new one in that same price range. However, the piano sound realism, proper key action movement, and pedal function realism in an older used digital piano may be much less realistic than a low priced new digital piano, so it depends on what is most important to you and your family (the looks or the actual playability of the piano), and what your piano playing expectations are? At the end of the day it's all about enjoying the piano playing experience for you and your family, so don't short change that experience by getting a used piano that may cause you headaches down the road, because making music and having fun, whether you are a beginner or advanced player, is what really counts. Just be sure you do it on a good piano that will last a while and offer the things which are important including a good factory warranty (with a new piano) from a good company who will stand behind it. For more info, you can contact me and I will answer your questions no charge.
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