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AZ PIANO REVIEWS – The #1 Most Trusted Digital Piano Review & News Blog in the world! LOWER PRICES than Amazon and internet music stores! Free ship, no tax on most items. Don’t order anywhere until you check with Tim & Erik Praskins 1st! Email us at or call 602-571-1864

Best Digital Piano Reviews & News in the USA by Tim & Erik Praskins – The #1 Place to get Expert Info and Advice

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UPDATED March 1, 2023 – AZ Piano Reviews & News, a division of Arizona Piano Wholesale LLCYOUR #1 SOURCE for the latest digital piano reviews, news, shopping & buying tips, and other useful information including how to BUY FOR EVEN LESS MONEY IN THE USA THAN INTERNET DISCOUNTS, AMAZON SALES, BUNDLES, AND LOCAL STORES. If you are located in the mainland US then call us at 602-571-1864 or email Read my reviews and related articles by using the navigation bar on this site to enter my review and news pages. If you want to ask general questions, please email us and we will respond asap including Saturdays.  

Hello to all our music friends out there! My name is Tim Praskins and I created this piano review and news blog many years ago as a way to provide my 40 plus years of piano and teaching expertise & experience to the public. I am a real person based in Phoenix, Arizona USA and I review and talk about digital and acoustic pianos, piano and keyboard lessons, and help piano shoppers in the USA and around the world in deciding which digital piano would be best for them. 
I am a well known international digital piano consultant to teachers, schools, churches, studios, families, and to beginner through advanced piano students. I teach a number of different instruments in my music studio where I live in Phoenix, Arizona and am a pro musician who plays acoustic grand & upright pianos, digital pianos, pro keyboards, synthesizers, church & jazz organs, and guitars of all types. I know more about digital pianos than almost anyone else out there and how they compare to each other. Along with my son Erik who is also very experienced with digital pianos, we have actually played and examined the ones that we talk about. 

Music is our passion

I have continued to play and teach on digital pianos professionally and have direct hands-on experience with all price ranges of digital pianos so that I can advise people on what to look for and what to stay away from. There are also “inside tips” that I know about (which others do not) in helping you make a good buying decision. We do this because we want to and not because we have to or need to send you to Amazon to buy pianos so that we can make money. Music is my passion and it’s much more than a hobby…it’s what I consider to be a “mission” to see more people play music and do it on the right instrument based on their budget and musical goals. All my reviews are my opinions and done by myself for the public at large. Please click on pics for larger views!

My son Erik
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My son Erik, who is in his early 40’s, is quite musical (plays piano, guitar, drums) and has learned about digital pianos from me and through his own personal experience. He works with me and has his own studio and is very knowledgeable with digital pianos (like Father, like son:) and is definitely capable of helping you with your questions too. Erik and his wife have a younger son who is battling brain damage from his fight with Leukemia that he got when he was an infant. You can read more about my Grandson, Dylan, by going to his story on the right side of this blog page.

 I also have three daughters, two of whom are accomplished local piano teachers & musicians and the other daughter an accomplished flute player. In fact, my two piano teaching daughters are also RN’s as well as my wife Claudia who cares for Neonatal Critical
care babies (left pic). My wife also plays musical instruments including sax,
clarinet, organ, and is a vocalist as well. So there is a lot of music in my family
as well as extended family, and always has been. My son Erik & I
will give you helpful advice for FREE (free email and/or phone conversations – phone for US residents only) because we love music and want people to experience it on a good piano that works well and sounds great.
Dog We are donating our time to our internet friends wherever you may live to give people FREE consultations with no obligation whatsoever. 
Music is my passion and playing & teaching music is the most important thing in my life just behind my commitment to God, family, friends, and helping others achieve the satisfaction & personal expression that I have had and continue to have with music! By the way, did you some animals really like music? Yes, it’s true and it is very obvious sometimes by their behavior. When I play piano in my teaching and recording studio, my dog (I call him Beethoven) always comes over and then lays down and listens to the music regardless of how loud or soft it is. In a short time after that he goes to sleep and it happens all the time because the music puts him in a restful state. I also know that playing music creates many different feelings in people including excitement, happiness, sadness, or becoming very calm and peaceful. Listening and playing music touches the soul.

The following is a brief overview of what you can expect from my in-depth detailed piano blog and reviews:

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We are independent of any digital piano manufacturer and work out of our music studios and do not have a store, warehouse, or shopping cart for selling pianos. We don’t link to Amazon or eBay to get you to buy pianos to make us money (like so many others do). Our goal is to focus on giving out real, organic piano buying advice from our studios to people all over the USA, and the world, to help you purchase the right digital piano for you, and for less money than anywhere else if you live in the USA. All of my digital piano reviews are completely unique, unfiltered, organic, and updated regularly and I have thoroughly played all of the pianos I have reviewed unless otherwise noted. 

Real piano reviews

The information we provide is done through our own personal experiences & research and playing the pianos we talk about. We are not paid, persuaded, endorsed, or pressured by any piano company or Amazon on how we review pianos. This allows us the freedom to say what we really think…unlike most others who say nice things about every digital piano out there (regardless of what those instruments are really like) so that we can link you to internet buying sites (like Amazon and/or eBay) so they can make money (a commission). 

We will tell you if a piano is a Best Buy, Recommended, Not Recommended, etc. My goal (as well as my son Erik) is to share with you what we know about digital and acoustic pianos, piano lesson programs, educational features of digital pianos, iPad piano & music educational apps, computer music software, and ways to shop for digital pianos that will help you make the right buying decision and save you a lot of money.  

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Many of the top name brands I review include Roland, Kawai, Casio, Yamaha,  Korg, Samick, and Kurzweil, just to name a few, and I review pianos in all price ranges up to $10,000 and beyond. I also review off-brands such as Suzuki, Williams, Donner, Artesia, and others that are found at Costco, Amazon, large local consumer or music stores, or on-line stores in various places. You might also look at the testimonials on this site by clicking on the testimonial navigation button because there are many organic, unbiased testimonials from people just like you who have come to us for help and share their experiences.

WARNING – Please Read This!

It’s good to be aware that there are many digital piano review sites on-line which are either out of date, show discontinued models as the newest models, give high marks to some bad digital pianos, and/or the “reviewers” have not actually played those pianos and the instruments are reviewed by people who generally do not know what they are talking about…and I see this all the time. These people watch YouTube videos and read consumer Amazon reviews (just like you would) and then just regenerate those remarks in different words which they call “their” review when in fact they probably never played that piano. There are many so-called review sites out there now and their names are very similar, but they are pretty much all the same. 

Many of these “fake” sites are controlled by a single person or group of people whose only goal is to make money off Amazon purchases from you. They make things up all the time which make no sense at all and their way of explaining things is amateurish at best.  I see it happen all the time….including on models like the Yamaha YDP Arius, Roland RP/F 700 series, and many others. There are even some review sites that give ridiculous “rankings” and “scores” for digital pianos and keyboards mixed together, as if you could actually do that. There can be no such thing as an objective score or ranking given to a specific digital piano or keyboard because they all vary in
so many ways and have different prices and are made for different purposes. 88-key digital pianos are either (overall) good with a variety of features or bad with specific deficiencies. 
In fact, I have noticed that many of these “fake review sites” steal my content and then post a version of it on their web sites. I know this because they would NEVER have been able to test out the pianos that I have and then come up with the conclusions that they state in their reviews. This is because they have never played those digital pianos and in fact may not even know how to play a piano at all. It is true that imitation or downright coping is the sincerest form of flattery so people stealing (coping and reusing) my blog content does not bother me (much). Unfortunately on those sites it is done solely to make money off of you, and that does bother me!

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If you see any of these pretend digital piano review sites that just make these things up, then we encourage you to STAY AWAY from those reviews as they are likely done just to get you to purchase product on Amazon and other web sites that pay those so-called reviewers an “affiliate fee.”
If you see Amazon or eBay buying links on those review sites, then that is a BIG RED FLAG and you should be careful! Making money by selling pianos is one thing, but recommending vastly inferior pianos or telling people things that are just not true on pianos they have never played is quite another thing! Those people really don’t care about you, they just care about the money and in fact may not be who they say they are. Be careful out there and be sure you contact us first before making a buying decision and we’ll give you the advice you need, and we do not charge for that advice. It is a labor of love and after nearly 40 years of working around and playing digital (and acoustic) pianos for a living, and seeing two of my children become accomplished piano teachers and musicians, I still love it:).

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What is a Digital Piano?

A digital piano is generally thought of as having an 88-key piano keyboard with piano weighted keys that move up and down like an acoustic piano. Digital pianos can also be referred to as an electric piano although the term digital piano is the world-wide accepted description. This instrument can be lightweight and portable, stationary with built-in internal speakers, having no speakers, having an upright piano shape, grand piano shape, or smaller compact piano shape, as well as being a hybrid version with a combination of acoustic and digital piano features.

Digital KeyboardsDigital Keyboards: A keyboard is missing one or more of those digital piano elements. It may sound like an acoustic piano, but not feel like one (unweighted or semi-weighted keys). It may feel like an acoustic piano but not sound like one, or it may feel, sound, and operate like a digital piano but not have 88 black and white keys (maybe just 49, 61, or 76). Please go to the following link to learn more about the differences between digital pianos and digital keyboards: Digital Keyboard vs Digital Piano – What’s the difference?

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Why Choose a Digital Piano over an Acoustic Piano?

Choosing between a digital piano and traditional acoustic piano can be a bit confusing because there are different opinions out there depending on what a person’s musical experience is. A piano teacher you talk with may have a different opinion than another experienced piano teacher. A piano store salesperson may differ with a general music store salesperson, whereas a professional musician may agree or disagree with all of them. So it really just depends upon your musical goals, skill level, budget, and expectations when it comes to playing piano for
Acoustic Digital Piano
yourself and/or for your children. I happen to like both acoustic and digital pianos but I am more fond of digital pianos when it comes to overall music learning and piano playing pleasure. 

However, playing on a top quality real acoustic grand piano is a fabulous experience especially if that grand piano is a Steinway, Yamaha, Kawai, Bosendorfer, Boston, Essex, or any fine grand piano. However unlike digital pianos, you cannot plug in headphones to a regular acoustic piano for private practice, you need to regularly tune an acoustic piano, and you are limited to just one single piano sound as opposed to a variety of great piano sounds and features that good digital pianos have these days. Go here for more info on differences between an acoustic and digital piano: Digital Piano or Acoustic Piano – What should you buy?

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Which Digital Piano Should I Buy?
Everyone has different goals when purchasing a digital piano which is based on your experience, how you intend to use it, your musical goals, budget factors, and other reasons. We openly encourage all readers of this blog who are considering buying a digital piano to contact us first. We can help you get lower prices in the US on new top name brand digital pianos that best fits your needs and your budget. Check out our shopping tips article at the following link Shopping Tips. You can also email us directly, or call us if you live in the US. Again, welcome to…AZ Piano Reviews, a place where you can learn a lot about digital pianos as well as piano lessons, educational iPad apps, and so much more. Talk to us, the pro’s who know what they are talking about. Completely free advice with “no strings attached!”

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If you want more info on new digital pianos and Lower Prices than internet, Amazon, and US store prices, please email me at or call direct at 602-571-1864.

0 Responses

  1. Hi Tim
    I have been reading all your reviews and learned a lot. I like to know for piano learning with app would you favor Yamaha NoteStar or Roland DigiScore since each is a propitiatory software or is it better to get and new Ipad pro and use other teaching apps?
    Thanks for your help

  2. Roland Digiscore is not really an educational app (it does basic flash cards) and can only be used with certain Roland pianos for music playalong. Yamaha Notestar is a music playalong app based on a huge variety of sheet music and songs which can be purchased in a on-line sheet music store and the Notestar app works for all USB capable digital pianos of all brands. 3rd part instructional apps can be used for any digital piano with USB compliant output connection.

  3. Hi – thanks for writing such informative reviews ad comments. I have a Korg C-15 which I played poorly but enjoyed. It is over 20 years old and the electronics stopped working – I brought it to a local repair shop who cleaned up some leaking capacitors and it played well for a couple of weeks. It is now back in the shop and I doubt that it can be fixed. I am looking for something basic, with a good sound, weighted keys, not lots of bells and whistles, that looks as good as the Korg did in the living room, and would cost under $1500 (which is about $2000 Cdn these days). I would prefer to buy it locally (Montreal Canada). I read your recent column on pianos between $1000 and $2000 which is very helpful. Once I make a decision, where would you advise me to buy it and are there ways to find what I want at a lower price? Joyeux fêtes.

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