Every piano or keyboard is as unique as the individual playing that instrument. There is no 1 "right" keyboard. The search for an instrument is exciting. Here is some information to help you in your search. Lots of information below.
MANY BEGINNING STUDENTS WANT TO PURCHASE A DIGITAL KEYBOARD FIRST.
I recommend one of these: 2 Yamaha 125 or Roland FP30. Watch this video:
You might find this online resource helpful:
The above site includes not only information but a searchable database of instruments for sale.
For "real" pianos - built of wood with strings:
Steinway & Sons Paramus, NJ
455 Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ 07652
Mon - Sat 10AM - 6PM
Steinway Rental Program:
NOTE: The Piano Studio of Linda Petrocchi is an Educational Partner with Steinway & Sons
Faust Harrison Pianos - New York City
3 locations - carries all the major brands, you can check prices on the website
Lindeblad Piano - Highway 46 Pinebrook, NJ
This website also has a lot of information about pianos and only carries premium instruments.
Vienna Piano Company - Hacketstown, NJ
The Great American Piano Company - Parispanny and Edison, NJ
Freehold Music Center - Freehold, NJ
Robbies Music City - Route 46 Wayne, NJ
Local colleges and universities sell their keyboards on a regular basis, usually in the spring. Seton Hall sells instruments in late winter or early spring.
DIGITAL KEYBOARDS - two reliable makers are Yamaha Roland and Casio. The Yamaha "P" series is pretty good. The lowest price option is the P45
For a good selection of digital keyboards that you can play try these locations:
Sam Ash Paramus, NJ
E-50 Route 4
Paramus, NJ 07652
Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sun: No Sunday Hours
Guitar Center Totowa -
1 Rte 46 West, Suite #7
Totowa, New Jersey 07512
Mon-Thur: 11-9 | Fri: 10-9 | Sat: 10-8 | Sun: 11-6