A common question for new piano students or parents is which keyboard should we buy? Here are some tips to help you narrow down your search.
I recommend selecting a keyboard from Casio, Yamaha, Kawai, Korg or Roland. I would be wary of other brands in a price range below $1000. (For example, Guitar Center's house brand, Williams, seems to have trouble functioning much past the expiration of the warranty) To budget properly, I would recommend spending about $500 on a keyboard. Anything that is below $300 brand new is likely lacking important features that will make practicing at home much more difficult than it should be. I would much rather a student delay starting lessons by a couple of months and get a quality instrument for practice, rather than jumping right in and not being able to practice effectively at home.