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When shopping for your new digital piano, you will often find that brand names have created a reputation for themselves among teachers, industry professionals, beginners and maybe your friends and family. We often meet many customers looking for a particular make that they can trust or are more familiar with. Sometimes, however, it is good to consider something different as there is a variety of brands that may offer you what you need. I will reveal the top 5 digital piano makers that you can trust and hope this will lead you to the right instrument for you.

Axus Digital

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Axus Digital instruments have become increasingly popular with educational establishments and keen beginners alike. While it is not one of the well-known brands, it has proven to be reliable, efficient and money-saving and thus able to compete with more expensive instruments. Axus digital pianos are perfect for beginners and musicians on a budget.

For example, if you are looking for a traditional-looking digital piano, the AXD2 may be ideal for you. It has 88 weighted keys, metronome function, 3 pedals, dual headphone input and a great quality piano sound all wrapped up in a classy rosewood finish cabinet. With all the basics covered it also has plenty of fun voices and effects to experiment with. All this for well under £500, it truly is a great beginners instrument.

maxresdefaultFor the mobile musician and keyboard enthusiasts, Axus has the AXS2. It is a portable, lightweight stage piano that will be able to impress even more experienced pianists. With 559 voices and 203 rhythms, it still has a great piano sound, therefore, making it a very versatile instrument suitable for all environments. Perfect for a digital piano that is also a high performing stage instrument.

Korg

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Korg digital pianos are popular for their simplistic, slim and minimal designs, portability and great quality piano sound and feel. They are great for the money-savvy musician who values classic sounds and features, but needs a portable instrument either for saving space at home or gigging.

A great representation of Korg pianos is the SP-170S model. It is priced at a fantastic value, it has an extremely pure and natural piano sound at that price and it even possesses some lovely sounds including electric pianos, harpsichord, organ, strings and more. This portable instrument is weighted like a natural piano and is very responsive, accurately recreating any musical piece.

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Similar to the SP-170S model, the SP-280 also has fantastic sound quality and feel. This model, however, has 30 sounds, better quality speakers and bigger polyphony range. This makes the piano even more versatile and open to more experimentation. Great all rounders for home use and gigging alike, Korg pianos will not let you down in any situation.

 

Casio

px850bk_lb03The great thing about Casio is how much they have expanded their range in the recent years. A lot of people associate Casio with calculators and children’s keyboards, however, they have now built a great reputation within the digital piano world. And deservedly so, as their range of instruments is versatile, of high quality and affordable. They are particularly popular among beginner and intermediate level students/players.

maxresdefault (1)For beginners on a budget, Casio offers the CDP-120 model. Although it is a portable piano, it can be transformed into a more traditional instrument with the wooden stand. The Casio CDP-120 possesses very simplistic features and few sounds, however, it offers a great sound and piano feel, which is vital when you start learning.

 

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For a mobile musician, the Privia range models such as PX-150 or PX-350 would be ideal companions on stage and at home. The 150 model is great for classical sounds and simplicity, whereas, for a little extra the 350 model offers an impressive range of sounds, effects and accompaniment styles for an extremely versatile performance.

 

 

casio-ap650-6Finally, Casio’s traditional digital pianos will not fail to impress even the more experienced pianist and will look great within any household. The Celviano range pianos like AP-250, AP-450 and AP-650 have a larger cabinet and speakers that create a rich, resonant sound that is also very pure and natural. Weighted, natural action keys have a matte finish that ensures your fingers will not slip during those longer practices. If you are looking for a digital cabinet piano, but do not have enough space, Privia range models like PX-750 and PX-850 are equivalent to AP-250 and AP-450, but have a very slim design that will save  plenty of space but will not compromise on sound and performance quality.

 

Roland

header_RolandRoland pianos are designed to impress even the pickiest of players, delivering robust, industry standard instruments with a very realistic sound and feel. Whether it is and entry level digital piano with a cabinet or a professional level stage instrument with a range of features, Roland pianos are extremely reliable and durable.

 

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Even the entry level instruments such as Roland F-20 Digital piano have Roland’s SuperNatural piano sound engine that is seen in flagship pianos and provides a very rich, pure and expressive tone that is resembles that of a grand piano. While housing very traditional and practical features, the F-20 is also compact, perfect if you are looking for a space saving instrument that you can take with you on the road.

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If a cabinet piano is what you are looking for, Roland has some fantastic models such as RP-301SB and the slimmer F-120. Both of these instruments not only possess fantastic sound quality and feel with SuperNatural piano engine and Ivory Feel keyboard, they are also environmentally friendly with a very low power consumption and Auto Off function.

 

rd-300nx_hands_zoom_galFinally, for those of you who are looking for an exceptional performance on stage, the likes of Roland RD-300NX will not fail to impress you. It has an immaculate accuracy of tone and a great piano sound, while featuring a range of sounds, rhythms and effects to expand your creative options. All of this is shown on a very helpful LCD screen making the functions more accessible.

 

Yamaha

yamaha-pianos8Last but not least, Yamaha has been one of the most consistent brands throughout the years and produce a wide range of instruments from student to professional and industry standard models. Yamaha has been particularly renowned for their durability and quality that lasts years and even the entry level instruments are able to go the distance with you.

 

 

P35-3 (1)Yamaha have some great portable entry level models like P35 and P105 that are perfect starter instruments that will not break the bank and are also very portable and robust with a great piano sound and feel.

 

YAM-YDP162-SUPERThe ever popular Arius range offers the perfect entry-level pianos that are known for their simplicity and realistic, rich piano sound.  With this range Yamaha have avoided any unnecessary distraction and have created great looking pianos available in a range of colours, designed to fit into any home. The Arius range consists of YDP142 and YDP162 models and also the YDPS51 that possesses a slimmer, more compact cabinet.

DGX650This is topped off with the fabulous YDPV40 model that features an LCD screen and a wide range of voices and sounds, while still maintaining that traditional look and feel. Within the entry level instrument range you will also find DGX650, which brings you the perfect blend of a digital piano and keyboard features combined.

 

 

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Moving into the professional range of Yamaha digital pianos, you will find the timeless Clavinova models. Yamaha have recently revamped their Clavinovas and have released the new and improved CLP500 range. Designed to most accurately replicate the look, sound and feel of an acoustic piano, Yamaha certainly will not fail to impress you with this fantastic range of pianos.

 

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The CLP525 and CLP535 are crafted very simplistic sticking to the basics, however, moving on to models like CLP545, CLP575 and CLP585 you will find more refined shapes, more voices and features and even natural wooden keys for an even more expressive performance. They even offer a digital grand piano, which is the CLP565 and the Clavinova range is also available in a variety of colours.

 

 

787A0A825DBD47D38AE6EFE32BA32DEB_12074If you are looking for a portable instrument that will still possess the sound and realism of professional digital pianos, Yamaha’s P255 Digital stage piano will be the right instrument for you. It is available with a wooden stand for a more traditional look and has a beautiful tone and feel with a range of features that will not let you down in an on stage performance.

In summary

See our helpful comparison chart of all 5 piano brands to help you discover which brand has exactly what you need:

Piano-Brands

You may also be interested in:

5 Of The Best Stage Pianos

Top 5 Starter Keyboards of 2014

About the author

Diana was Normans Piano & Strings specialist for a number of years. She is a singer songwriter, plays piano and speaks 3 languages. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling as well as blogging about anything.

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Comments

  • Sarah Dames 10/08/2015 at 6:40 pm

    I am interested in purchasing a digital piano. Is the piano built or does it need assembled on delivery?

    Thank you.

    Sarah Dames

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    • Diana Stone 11/08/2015 at 8:19 am

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, our digital pianos arrive flat-packed, however, the assembly process is very straightforward. You may need another person to help you out depending on the size of the piano you are going for. We also offer various delivery services, suitable for the instrument you wish to order. I would be happy to chat to you about this further, so please do not hesitate to give me a call on 01283 535333 option 1.

      Best wishes,

      Diana

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  • Shibu 20/09/2015 at 5:56 pm

    Hi,
    I’ve a 10 year old daughter who has passed her stage-2 in piano. she has been learning on Yamaha PSR E413. Now we’re told to buy a digital piano with pedals. I’m thinking to get my second daughter also to start piano.
    Overall I do not want to spend too much money on a next stage piano but at the same time would like the piano to last till my daughters reach stage 8.

    Prices on your website indicate £500 for beginners piano, £1000(Yamaha YDPV240) for intermediate and £1500 for professional.

    Can you please suggest the best model for my requirement with a price range from £500 to £700.

    Thanks

    Shibu.

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  • George Mulholland 10/01/2016 at 7:23 pm

    Hi,
    I’m about to purchase a digital piano and have about £3,000 to spend and am about to go for a Clavinova CLP585. Can I better this for authentic sound?

    Thanks.

    George

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    • Diana Stone 11/01/2016 at 10:24 am

      Hi George,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. The Yamaha CLP585 is certainly the best piano we sell in terms authenticity of sound, touch and looks and I am sure you will not be disappointed with it. If you require any more information, please contact our sales team on 01283 535333 option 1 or sales@normans.co.uk.

      Best wishes,

      Diana

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      • George Mulholland 13/01/2016 at 12:47 am

        Thank you Diana.

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  • Carl 13/01/2016 at 12:54 pm

    Hi there, we are interested in the Yamaha P 115 White, but find the prices of Normans high compared to GAK for example £395. Can you match and is this in stock boxed new? Thanks

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    • Diana Stone 13/01/2016 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Carl,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. I can see that you have placed an order with my colleague Jack for the P115 in White and hope the piano will be delivered to you as anticipated.

      Best wishes,

      Diana

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  • Judith Williams 23/01/2016 at 9:59 pm

    I am accompanist to a mixed choir of 70-75 members. We are looking for a suitable keyboard/clavinova/digital piano to take to concerts.Could you advise what you have which would suit us and prices please?

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    • Diana Stone 25/01/2016 at 9:26 am

      Hi Judith,

      Thanks for your comment. It might be worth giving our sales team a call on 01283 535333 option 1 and we would be happy to advise the best instrument for you as it all depends on whether you would like the instrument to be portable, the features you require and, of course, the budget you are looking to spend. Alternatively, you can also send us an email on sales@normans.co.uk.

      I hope this helps.

      Best wishes,

      Diana

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  • Ludovik 02/02/2016 at 1:06 pm

    Hi, Diana,
    I’m a long time amateur pianist & have an old, much loved cranky 30’s upright piano that I’m learning early blues and boogie woogie on. I like the appropriate sound quality of this big old beast to the material I’m messing with… however, my cat and my neighbours are beginning to complain about my keen practice of the repetitive left hand… So i’m looking for a keyboard I can lay on top of my upright and practice silently without tormenting anyone. I would like to play along to favorite boogie tracks, and have both those and my performance come over the same headphones. Is this possible with any of your models? Which one do you think I could get to more closely emulate the sound of an old upright….I do find most electronic pianos I hear to be very “tinny”. Hoping you can help, many thanks.

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    • Diana Stone 03/02/2016 at 3:42 pm

      Hi Ludovik,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. If you are looking for an instrument that you can play your own MP3 tracks on, I would suggest looking for a model with Aux input for MP3 playback. Depending on your budget, probably the cheapest model for this would be the Yamaha PSRE353:

      http://www.normans.co.uk/p-7752-yamaha-psre353-portable-keyboard.aspx

      However, this instrument only has 61 keys and it is not weighted. So, if you are looking for something a little closer to the acoustic piano, I would definitely recommend the Casio PX-360 Digital Piano:

      http://www.normans.co.uk/p-8183-casio-px-360-privia-portable-digital-piano.aspx

      This instrument has a really nice, weighted 88 note keyboard, it is compact and portable enough to rest on your upright and you will be able to play along to your MP3s or use the huge variety of on-board sounds and rhythms. This piano has a headphone input for silent practice too. You can also listen to the on-board sounds on our website.

      I hope this helps. If there is anything else I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Best wishes,

      Diana

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  • Jed 16/02/2016 at 9:31 am

    Morning,

    Do you sell Kawai digital pianos?

    Thanks

    Jed

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    • Diana Stone 16/02/2016 at 4:08 pm

      Hi Jed,

      Unfortunately, we do not sell Kawai pianos, however, if you need any help with our range of instruments then please contact our sales team on 01283 535333 option 1 or sales@normans.co.uk and we will be happy to help.

      Best wishes,

      Diana

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  • Yannick 30/08/2016 at 12:54 pm

    Hi there, I am wondering out of these four which would be better in terms of sound quality and natural feel.
    Roland RD500
    Casio CDP-220R
    Casio CDP-200R
    Casio Privia PX-120

    Thank you.

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    • Diana Stone 31/08/2016 at 11:10 am

      Hi Yannick,

      Thanks for your comment. The Casio CDP-220R and CDP-200R digital pianos have been discontinued and replaced by the new Casio CDP-230R:

      http://www.normans.co.uk/p-8952-casio-cdp-230r-digital-stage-piano-in-black.aspx

      Casio Privia PX-120 has been replaced by PX-160:

      http://www.normans.co.uk/p-7950-casio-px-160-privia-88-note-digital-piano.aspx

      Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information on the Roland RD500, so I’m going to assume that it is an older model that I am not familiar with. Apologies about that. Between the Casio CDP-230R and PX-160, however, I would say that the PX-160 would be a better investment in terms of an authentic piano sound and feel. However, if you are looking for the digital functions as well, the Casio CDP-230 would offer the complete package.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,

      Diana

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  • Julianna 19/10/2016 at 1:03 pm

    Many agree that the brand produces some of the best of the best in the digital piano world.Roland digital pianos are known for being made with a high level of dedication and professionalism.

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