We’ve been researching new budget digital pianos to test.
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The Grand Piano 1 sound is the only one that has a button on the console for selection (it doubles as the Function button). It was a clear favorite amongst our panelists: Three testers picked it as their first choice, and one ranked it second. Photo: Kyle Fitzgerald.
It was everyone’s least favorite. From there I searched through Amazon, Musician’s Friend, and Sweetwater for available models, then cross-checked that information with manufacturer websites and added anything that was missing. It’s likely there to emulate the string vibration that can be felt through the keys on an acoustic piano. After unboxing them and setting them up, I invited Liz, Jack, and Brent to come in and try them out. Our testing process for online piano lessons started with evaluating how easily each product can be purchased, downloaded and installed. She was Ryan Gosling’s piano coach for La La Land and recently worked with Simon Pegg and Juno Temple for the film Lost Transmissions.
If our top pick isn’t available and you can’t wait until it is, the Yamaha P-45 is an excellent alternative. If you’re learning piano technique and piano music on a digital instrument, you should be able to easily transition to an acoustic piano. Since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood has composed the music for each of Anderson's films. I also taught music for 10 years at a private Los Angeles middle and high school. Casio definitely thought about the student/teacher relationship when designing the PX-160. The headphone jack is located on the back panel of the keyboard, making access a bit more difficult than with the Casio’s front-mounted jacks. I asked them to rate the key action and the sound of the piano and to evaluate features from the perspective of a beginner.