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Piano/Keyboard Shopping? Are You Thinking Ebay?
from the Homeschool Parents/Teachers Resource Index

Your seven year old has just expressed an interest in learning to play the piano. Now you are confronted with the task of purchasing the right acoustic piano or electronic keyboard for you child. Are you thinking Ebay? If you are, this article is for you!

If you are considering a portable electronic keyboard Ebay would be a great place to purchase it. Yamaha and Casio make a wide variety of models that would work well for the beginning student. Most keyboards are built with tone banks that can reproduce a wide variety of instrumental sounds, and rhythm banks that can keep your kids rockin' out for hours. Only two features, however, are of any importance when you are shopping for a keyboard on which to study music. The first, and most important feature, is that the electronic keyboard have full size keys. The second, though less important feature, is that it should be that it is able to accept a foot pedal. While it is not necessary that the keyboard come with a pedal, it would be preferable to be able to plug one into the keyboard when your child was ready for it. A keyboard stand and bench should also be purchased, in order to place you child in the correct playing position.

Ebay Shopping Tips:

1) Search Terms: Yamaha Keyboard, Casio Keyboard

2) Stick with brand name keyboards

3) Make sure the keyboard features full size keys

4) Check shipping costs

5) Read listings carefully. You don't want to find out your keyboard was pictured actual size!

Electronic Pianos with Weighted Keys
If your budget is a little bigger you can to begin to consider electronic pianos with weighted keys. Weighted keys will more closely simulate the action of an acoustic piano, providing the opportunity for a more expressive musical performance. While some inexpensive keyboards are designed with touch-sensitive functions, they do not allow young musicians to play expressively, and therefore miss out on the rich variation that makes music so interesting to listen to and play. Finding a keyboard with a built-in metronome would be a wonderful, though not necessary, option.

Ebay Shopping Tips:

1) Search Terms: Piano Weighted Keys

2) Stick with brand names such as Yamaha, Casio, Kurtzweil and Roland

3) Make sure the keyboard features full size keys

4) Read listings carefully

5) Check Shipping Costs

6) Consider narowing your Search Options (in left navigation panel) to items within 50 miles of your zip code. It would be great to see and hear the piano before purchasing it.

Acoustic Pianos
If your budget allows for the purchase of an acoustic piano, a spinet or upright piano would be an ideal choice. Pianos built in the USA are generally of high-quality design and construction, and are more expensive than imports. Recommended USA brands include Steinway and Baldwin. Asian pianos are highly regarded. The two most popular and recommended brands from Japan are Yamaha and Kawai. While German and Austrian made pianos, including Bosendorer and Perzina, are considered some of the world's finest, the Czech Republic, France, and the U.K. also produce a fine range of pianos.

If you are considering buying a used acoustic piano on Ebay, remember that while a piano may look good on the outside, many problems may be lurking inside. The best choice you can make is to search only within your area, and then email the seller to set up a time that you can evaluate the piano with your piano teacher or local piano technician. There are many great used pianos out there, you just have to sift through the weeds to find the flowers.

Ebay Shopping Tips:

1) Search Terms: Piano

2) Stick with brand names such as Yamaha, Kawai, Baldwin, Petrof, Perzina, Bosendorfer, Steinway

3) Read listings carefully

4) Consider piano moving costs

5) Check Shipping Costs

6) Ask the age of a piano. Most pianos will provide will about 30 years of service.

7) Consider narrowing your Search Options (in left navigation panel) to items within 50 miles of your zip code. It would be great to see and hear the piano before purchasing it.

Time to Shop!

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