piano recommendation for beginner

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piano recommendation for beginner

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Hey guys,
I am a complete beginner on instruments and am going to be taking some piano lessons soon. Have found a couple I want to rent off Fat Lama but have no idea which one to go for. Would appreciate any advice on what I should be looking out for and which ones you recommend (There’s a Yamaha P-120, Roland RD150 Stage Piano and a Casio LK-240). Have only ever heard of Yamaha if I’m honest but as a beginner, would love to know which of those (or any other ones) you’d recommend I go for.
Thanks in advance,
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The make and model is not important at this stage, and doesn't make much difference for a starter renting.
For any digital piano with a view to starting lessons, just note the following:-

1. Full 88 note keyboard / full sized keys (learning the geography of a keyboard is important early on)
2. Touch-weighted keys
3. Sustain pedal (after about 6-8 months' tuition)
4. Fixed cabinet or X stand with stool

At a later stage, you may think of upgrading, then ask your teacher.
Buying Yamaha is like buying Adidas trainers - buying the brand name, but not thinking of its practical use.
If you become a serious musician, then upgrade further to an acoustic piano.
Deciding between various makes won't necessarily turn you into a good pianist - the object at first is to get a digital piano with the basic "ingredients" as outlined 1 - 4 above.
Hope that helps.
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