The keyboard is a great instrument because it is so versatile. You can use keys to record samples for mixing tracks, use it as one of the instruments in your band and just for working on your ear and voice training. In the past, a piano was a symbol of wealth because many families couldn't afford them. Now, the instrument has become much more accessible because anyone can learn to play the keyboard.

If you're looking to buy a new keyboard, look below for some advice on finding the one that best fits your needs.

Tips for Finding the Right Keyboard

There are lots of things to keep in mind when you're shopping for a new keyboard. Taking these factors into consideration before making your purchase will help you pick out a great keyboard:

  •  Use: How do you plan on using your keyboard? Someone who just wants to learn enough for a basic understanding of the instrument would need something vastly different than the keyboard player in a professional music group. Thinking about how you'll use the keyboard will tell you the features that you need and don't need, as well as insight into other factors as well.
  • Complexity: If you need to get as much out of your keyboard as you can, then you'll want to go with a much more complex model than a person who only needs the more basic features. For instance, keyboards can have 61, 73 or 88 keys.
  • Range: A keyboard's size is usually based on how many octaves it has or the number of keys. If you want a wider range, get a bigger keyboard.
  • Portability: If you'll be exclusively using your keyboard at home or as part of a home studio, a digital upright keyboard is an option. But if you'll be taking the keyboard around with you, make sure you find one with better portability.
  • Extras: Besides the keyboard itself, you may want or need some extra equipment or accessories to go along with it. If you play in a band, hooking up a sampler to the keyboard will let you play pre-recorded samples. You can also get pedals to get the same effects as you would with a non-digital piano, and your keyboard may need its own stand.


When you think through these points, you'll be in a much better place to find the right keyboard for you. You can browse through a music shop with keyboards with a purpose instead of feeling overwhelmed.

Why You Should Shop With Bananas at Large

When you shop with us, you'll find a great deal on a quality piece of equipment and have the support of an experienced and knowledgeable team.

You can browse through our wide selection of keyboards from anywhere when you visit us online, and you can also stop into one of our two convenient locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our shops are in Santa Rosa and San Rafael. When you're looking to buy keyboards near San Francisco, we hope you visit Bananas at Large.