Digital Piano Review – Buying a used digital piano Part 2
Welcome to Digital Piano Reviews. This is part 2 of buying a used digital piano article. You can read the first part here. In part 1 of the article, we covered information mostly on buying used digital pianos online, and its advantages.
This part 2 will cover details on how to inspect the used instrument before purchasing it.
The steps of inspection
Firstly, just quickly scan around the digital piano. Look for things like missing parts, damages, or anything like that. If the instrument seems fine, move on.
Now, start off with the keyboard. Play each and every single key one at a time. Don’t rush. No matter how many keys there are – 76, 88, 96, more or less, make sure every key works properly. Make sure none of the keys wobble or feel like they’ll pop right out.
Also, make sure they feel right when you press them. Are they unusually stiff? Do they return smoothly to their normal position? Remember these little details count. You don’t want to disappointment. The key action should feel normal.
Also, check what materials the keys are made of. If they are made of cheap plastic, walk away. Plastic only suits cheaper electronic keyboards, not digital pianos. To get the proper touch of an acoustic piano, you need fully-weighted keys. Now most models already have these, so it should be a problem.
But wait, we’re still not done with the keys, yet. We need to see how the touch sensitivity or response is. This only applies if your piano has a touch response feature. If it doesn’t, you can skip this step. Anyways, touch response is basically the volume depending on how hard or soft the keys are hit. When this feature is on, the volume will be higher if you hit the keys hard. And lower if the keys are hit lightly. The volume will be steady if the response feature is turned off.
It’s better to have touch response since your digital piano will feel more like an acoustic one. Once again, play each key several times with hard and light hits. If few keys have lost their sensitivity, it may be fine. If more keys have, than decide if you’re fine with it.
Next, we move on to the pedals. Before test them, make sure that you’re at least getting the pedals. If not, you can get some good ones online. Digital Piano Review recommends you buy pedals from Amazon for $20-$40. So as long as the pedals are in working condition, that’s good.
The usual three pedals are: sustain or damper, soft, and sostenuto. Some models may only come with the damper pedal. This is fine, too. Hold the pedal or pedals and play each note. Don’t play the next note before releasing, and re-pressing the pedal. This may seem like a lot, but it’ll save you from being unsatisfied.
Now, test the speakers, and the volume. Start by listening to sounds when volume is fully turned down. You won’t here any music, but you may here clanks, squeaks or any other odd noises. This may be because a mechanical problem. If it’s not too significant, that’s fine.
Then, listen to how loud the volume goes up to. That sound that comes out of the speakers should be clear. If you hear any crackles at any volume, you decide if you’re fine with it or not. If there is a headphone output, you can try the sound with headphones for your own satisfaction.
Now, remember we first scanned to look for any damages. This time, we will fully inspect the instrument. Don’t just ask the owner and believe him/her. The person could lie just to sell you the used product. To check if something was ever spilled, press down each key and look for stains. Even if there are stains, and sound’s still fine, there could be potential problems in the futures. Also look around for anything unusual.
Digital Piano Reviews – Conclusion
If you follow these tips before buying a used digital piano, you’ll save yourself from trouble. When people want to get rid of things, they lie. So, inspection may take some time, but in the long run, you will be satisfied with your decision. We hope this article, as well as part 1 of it, helps if buying used. Thank you for taking your time to read this article by Digital Piano Review.
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