In this decade, people have begun to use the Internet more and more to obtain information and make purchases. This has its advantages because it is now possible to buy products from the other side of the world, but at the same time it is becoming more and more difficult to establish which products are good and which are of poor quality. This is especially true when it comes to musical instruments, the difficulty with which musicians can find quality products is at an alarming level.
Let’s take digital pianos for example; now it is almost impossible to find a product that is not advertised as “exactly like a grand piano” or “better than any other model on the market”. This is normal in an open economy, but what is a beginning musician supposed to do when he tries to decide which instrument suits him best?
First of all, there are no professional and cheap ones; An instrument may be profitable or value for money, but you should never trust reviews that clearly oversell the product. An example of wording you can trust is “these are the best digital pianos under 1000”. In addition, there are certain main points that you should follow in a review, their absence being a clear sign that what you are reading may not be impartial at all.
Perhaps the most important part of reading digital piano reviews is keeping an eye out for advertised brands. Some brands are much better than others, so if you ever read that a Casio model has proven to be better than a Roland, you can be sure that the respective review is fake. The feel and sound of an instrument also make great gifts, so try to avoid products that claim to only have perks, especially if their prices or manufacturers are questionable. Another aspect that you should take into account is the digital features. Generally, professional instruments tend not to have “9000 effects” or unlimited flexibility, so always be skeptical of a model that seems to do too much.
But don’t worry, there are also many different models to suit your tastes and needs, you just have to spend some time finding them, and most importantly, always try out the exact digital piano you plan to buy.