Here are some pianos/keyboards that have lots of good features for a reasonable price. Please read 7 Must-Have Features for Digital Pianos and Keyboards to see why I recommend these. Let me know if you have unanswered questions still, or if you’d like me to research a particular instrument you are interested in buying. You can leave a comment below, or use the contact form to message only me. (Your email is never shared, BTW.)
$299.00 at Musician’s Friend – Shipping is FREE
This is a budget-friendly keyboard with all of my recommended features: 88 hammer-action/weighted/touch-sensitive keys, built-in speakers, audio out, headphone jack, sustain pedal, MIDI in/out, 64-note polyphony (not the most, but still plenty). It only has 8 different sounds, so what you’re paying for here is truly the playability and having a compact, affordable “piano” to practice on. You can always buy external sound sources later to expand the capabilities of this keyboard, although with only 64-note polyphony, thicker sounds will be limited. Still, a great start & beyond…
If you buy this keyboard, you will need a stand (unless you have a bookshelf or desk rated to hold 40lbs). It is 20.27″ deep. A bench would be great, but a chair or stool would work fine, too.
$24.95 at Musician’s Friend
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$599.00 (down from $999.00) at Musician’s Friend – Shipping is FREE
This may be more than you want to spend, but it would be a wise purchase considering the features it has – 88 graded-hammer-action (very nice!), 14 voices, 128-note polyphony (yay!) and very high quality sound. This is not a piano to just “get by with for now,” but rather a quality investment that the whole family should enjoy, not just the piano student in the family.
This piano only weighs 26 lbs. and is only 11-3/8″ deep! It could definitely sit on a shelf or bookshelf, though a stand like the one above would allow you to adjust the height to be just right for each player.