Introduction – Part One: Type – Part Two: Budget – Part Three: Features – Part Four: Extras – Part Five: Manufacturers
Here’s a list of popular keyboard manufacturers and their websites so that you can see what sort of instruments are available.
- Baldwin: Manufacture acoustic pianos
- Casio: Manufacture home keyboards and digital pianos
- Emu / Ensoniq: Manufacture synths and controller keyboards
- Korg: Manufacture several digital pianos and a wider range of synths
- Kurzweil: Manufacture digital pianos, controller keyboards and synths
- Roland: Manufacture digital pianos and synths
- Steinway: Manufacture acoustic pianos
- Yamaha: Manufacture a wide range of acoustic pianos, digital pianos (including Clavinovas), workstations, home keyboards and synths
Whilst this isn’t an exhaustive list, it covers the today’s main keyboard manufacturers.
So there you have it. Hopefully you now have a better idea of what instruments are available, what they can do, how much they cost, and who makes them.
A few final points:
- Have a look around the manufacturers websites, go to a local showroom or two and try out some instruments, and see what you like.
- Don’t be afraid to negotiate a better deal on new equipment.
- Buying online can be cheaper, but make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.
- If you’re buying a present for someone else, it’s usually better to take them with you. What might be lost on the surprise element is gained in getting something they really want.
- Enjoy looking, choosing, then buying and playing (or giving away) your new instrument!
Go and get a great deal!