Introduction – Part One: Type – Part Two: Budget – Part Three: Features – Part Four: Extras – Part Five: Manufacturers
You may settle on a particular keyboard, but remember that to get the best from it, you may well need or want some additional items.
- Pedals: Sustain, damper and expression pedals don’t always come as standard. If your instrument can use them, you may want to invest in them.
- Stands: Unless you buy a freestanding acoustic or digital piano, you’ll need a stand for your keyboard. It needs to be strong and durable enough for the type of keyboard, and be easily adjustable.
- Seating: Particularly for pianos, you may want to invest in a good quality seat/bench. It can make all the difference for your playing
- Educational materials: Keyboard manufacturers often sell tutorial books/DVDs that you may wish to invest in.
- Power: Check that your instrument comes with the necessary power cables and transformers.
- Cables: If you want to connect to a computer or audio equipment, you may want MIDI, USB and audio cabling
Whilst you can get these at a later date, you may be able to get a better deal if you buy them at the same time as the keyboard.
Part five of this guide overviews some of the main manufacturers.