Everywhere you look, there seems to be no shortage of secondhand digital pianos and keyboards being sold to buyers on a budget. You can find them on eBay, CraigList, and local music instrument stores. People even post ads online concerning the sale of used digital piano in a bid to reach out to interested buyers. So, if you intend to buy a secondhand electric piano, finding one will be very easy. But that said, should you even buy a secondhand keyboard or would you be better off with a new unit?
This article weighs the pros and cons of used music keyboards versus new digital pianos to help you make the right decision.
Pros of Used Keyboards Over New Units
One of the main things that attract people to used keyboards and digital pianos is price. New digital pianos and keyboard are cheaper than grand pianos and acoustic keyboard, and the price is further reduced in the case of used digital pianos/keyboards, making these instruments very affordable. So, where price is concerned, secondhand digital pianos and keyboards have a huge advantage over newer units.
Most used digital pianos and keyboards come loaded with different sounds and functions. Therefore, you can use the instruments for a variety of purposes and play a variety of music. This versatility, however, can be matched by new digital pianos. Therefore, whether you go with the used or new option, versatility is a sure guarantee.
Cons of Used Keyboards/Digital Pianos Over New Units
When it comes to used digital pianos and keyboards, there is no set standard when it comes to quality. As a result, some of the secondhand models on offer are relatively new, others are really old, while the rest are in between. Alternatively, some feature useful current-day technology while others feature outdated technology. So, simply put, there is no guarantee of quality when you buy a used instrument.
New keyboards and digital pianos, on the other hand, are improving on quality with each passing day. The newer models in the market are inching closer and closer towards reaching the high performance of real pianos. They have the same look as grand pianos, give off sounds similar to those of grand pianos and even feature keys with the same feel and keyboard action as real pianos. Therefore, as far as quality is concerned, a new keyboard offers you the best chance of getting value for your money.
It’s easy to maintain a new digital piano since all you have to do are tasks such as dusting the keyboard regularly, maintaining proper electric care, and covering it up when not in use.
With used digital pianos, however, you run the risk of ending up with a high-maintenance instrument that looks good on the outside but is full of problems on the inside. Repairing these problems can cost you more than the savings you made when you bought the instrument. For this reason, it’s perhaps cheaper to buy a new keyboard the first time round.
Most (if not all) new digital pianos come with a manufacturer’s warranty that varies from a few years to a lifetime. And depending on the conditions, a warranty can sometimes get you free parts, repairs, or even a new instrument when yours breaks down or suffers damage.
With a used keyboard, however, there is no such thing as a warranty. When you buy anything secondhand, you’re really taking a huge risk. Any damage that may occur in the future, whether it’s your fault or not, will leave you with no other options but pay out of pocket to get your keyboard fixed.
A good deal on used digital pianos and keyboards is one where you find a cheap secondhand instrument which is in good working condition and plays well. However, finding such a deal is not easy. Even if you do manage to get a great deal, there is no way of being 100% sure that you won’t have to spend a ton of money in repair bills down the road trying to revive a used piano. Therefore, it’s safer to go with a new keyboard. Sure, they’re not as cheap as used instruments but they come with a warranty, which in turn guarantees you quality and low maintenance. If budget constraints are an issue, take more time to save up because the wait for a new piano will be worth it.