The world of digital pianos tends to be over run with high-priced items making it a large financial commitment for someone new to the piano to go out and buy one for themselves. Today I got to spend a decent amount time getting familiar with the new Williams Legato 88 key digital piano.
If you’ve read some of my other reviews you will know that I am a big fan of the Williams brand. What I find unique about Williams versus other digital piano brands, such as Yamaha, is that they strictly focus on digital pianos. In fact, I believe that they are the only one out of the mainstream digital piano brands that does not make any other kind of instrument. The mentality behind the Williams company is that they focus strictly on perfecting the digital piano and are not worried about becoming a market leader in other niches. I think this idea of achieving perfection in one niche rather than tackling several different products sticks out in their production of digital pianos and is apparent over some of the other popular brands.
What Not To Like About This Piano
First of all let’s go over what I don’t like about this piano. The biggest issue that I struggled to wrap my head around was that the piano was sold without a power cord. You are expected to run this piano off of six D batteries. While I find battery power an awesome option for people looking for a portable piano, the idea of selling a digital piano without a traditional power supply cord seems kind of crazy to me. However, you are able to purchase that separately. The other negative in regards to the power supply is that in order to buy it you have to buy the Williams legato accessory package which includes headphones and a pedal. The headphones are fairly decent, but the petal is pretty cheaply made. Of course you can do some hunting around and find a separate power supply cord, but make sure you have a return policy in case it doesn’t work. One of the other common complaints regarding this piano is the internal speakers not being extremely loud. I personally didn’t find this to be a major issue, but if it you find it annoying you do have the option of plugging it into an external amplifier.
What I like About This Piano
Outside of the above-mentioned issues everything else about this piano is fantastic. For under $200 you are able to have a very professional sounding full-sized piano. There are very few pianos at this price point, and most of them are of pretty poor quality. This is where Williams has risen above their competition to produce an extremely high quality instrument at such an affordable price. This is a great instrument for beginners or anyone looking for a full-size piano that is fairly easy to store. As someone living in a college apartment at the moment, space is of the essence making traditional standup digital pianos somewhat of an inconvenience in my small living space. It’s also worth noting that this is not a piano that you’ll grow out of overnight.
If you’re someone who is a very experienced piano player you will probably want to look at some of the more expensive options if your budget is willing, but I wouldn’t turn my back on this instrument just because it’s intended for beginning pianists. This is really a quality instrument at an affordable price point. I commend Williams for bringing their quality production down to an affordable price that I think will allow more people to be introduced to the piano that otherwise wouldn’t have. They are one of my favorite digital piano brands and as someone who has been both playing and teaching for several years I highly recommend this instrument.
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