In this decade people have started using the internet more and more for information and for making purchases. This has its advantages due to the fact that it is now possible to buy products from the other side of the world, but in the same time it is harder and harder to establish which products are good and which are of poor quality. This is especially true when talking about musical instruments, the difficulty with which musicians can find quality goods being at an alarming level.
Let’s take digital pianos for example; it is almost impossible now to find a product which is not advertised to be “exactly like a grand piano” or “better than any other model on the market”. This is normal in an open economy, but what is a beginner musician supposed to do when trying to decide which instrument suits him/her better?
First of all, there is no such thing as professional and cheap; an instrument might be cost effective or have a good quality-price ratio, but you should never trust reviews that clearly oversell the product. An example of wording that you may trust is “these are the best digital pianos under 1000”. Moreover there are certain main points that you must follow in a review, their absence being a clear sign that what you are reading might not be at all unbiased.
Perhaps the most important part of reading digital piano reviews is to keep an eye out for the brands advertised. Some brands are by far better than others, therefore if you ever read that a Casio model has been proven to be better than a Roland, you can be sure that the respective review is false. The feel and sound of an instrument are also great giveaways so try to avoid products that are said to have only advantages, especially if their prices or producers are questionable. Another aspect that you should take into account is the digital features. Generally professional instruments tend not to have “9000 effects” or unlimited flexibility, so you should always be skeptical of a model that seems to do too much.
But do not worry, there are also a lot of different models that are suited for your taste and needs, you just have to spend some time to find them, and most importantly always try out the exact digital piano that you plan to buy.