So I’m guessing you’re on the hunt for an affordable digital piano and you came across the Lagrima brand.
One of my students just got the LAGRIMA-8813 in March 2021. This was an upgrade from a 61-key Casio keyboard. What a difference I have noticed in her playing, enthusiasm, and technique since she got what she calls “a proper piano”! Of all the models this is my top choice! It’s not the most expensive and it’s not the cheapest but it’s certainly a bargain for what’s included!
This Lagrima piano review will look at their digital piano models and the features they offer. This brand has truly taken off and is proving to be a very popular choice.
At first glance, you’ve probably noticed that they sure look impressive and the features they boast seem to match competitor brands.
Yet, the price tag is considerably lower!
Let’s delve in a little deeper and see if these pianos really pass the test.
UPDATED LAGRIMA PIANO REVIEW
This Lagrima digital piano review has been updated in 2021 to show you the latest range of pianos models this brand offers. The company now has several new models with varying features which I talk about in this Lagrima piano review. If you search Lagrima digital piano on Amazon, it’s quite hard to figure out which model is which. Some even seem to have more than one model number!
I have named each in this post (see the table below), outlined their features, and added a link for each. If you’ve further questions, however, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll do the best I can to help you.
MOST EXPENSIVE MODEL VS CHEAPEST
DO YOU “NEED” BLUETOOTH?
Some models offer Bluetooth and some don’t as you can see on the table above. You may be sure you don’t need Bluetooth… you may want it to connect to some music or learning apps but you do have the option of the USB connection for that.
As for using Bluetooth to connect your wireless headphones, this is not a good idea in general with musical instruments. There is a very slight delay… a delay you would not notice listening to music, but listening to yourself play a musical instrument, you will notice! So stick to wired headphones. Read more on this on Yamaha’s site here.
CLAMSHELL DESIGN LID
The cheapest Lagrima digital piano option mentioned above, the LAG-800/080/090 is a fine choice – but it does not include a Bluetooth connection. It also has ‘standard keys’.
Whereas the LAG-8813 has GHS keys – which are Graded Hammer Standard – that is, weighted keys that help the pianist develop good technique as they progress. This is my top choice model and also has this lovely clamshell design. If you are sure you don’t want Bluetooth, this model is packed with features, has weighted keys, and is beautiful with its flat, square design.
Personally, I like this level, flat lid design the best in a digital piano.
The brand calls this flat lid design “Clamshell Design”- I just love how this level lid design looks when the piano is closed. Speaking of which, to prevent dust and dirt building up in your piano- keep it closed when not in use.
LAGRIMA PIANO MODELS (TABLE)
If you look at Lagrima pianos on Amazon, it’s hard to find the model numbers and distinguish which is which. I’ve listed them all out on the table below. You’ll also see all the main features of all the models and their price range listed in the table below (click the little + to the left).
NOTE: Click the plus to the left to see more details on each model.
|Title / Model Name||View more||Features||Image|
|TopWE RECOMMEND: LAGRIMA LAG-8813/500||View on Amazon||88 GHS keys / 64 polyphony 960 Tones/ 200 Rhythms / 80 Demo songs / Recording / MIDI / BLUETOOTH NOT INCLUDED- Model numbers: LAG-8813 or LAG-500|
|LAGRIMA LAG-540/550||View on Amazon||This model has all the features you'll need including Bluetooth. 88 GHS keys/ 128 polyphony/ 802 Tones/ 400 Rhythms/ 200 demo songs/ Recording/ MIDI/ BLUETOOTH|
|LAGRIMA LAG-650||View on Amazon||Brown wooden effect/ 88 GHS keys/ 128 polyphony/ 128 Tones/ 100 Rhythms/ 88 Demo songs/ Recording/ MIDI/ BLUETOOTH|
|LAGRIMA LAG-060/070||View on Amazon||88 standard keys/ 128 polyphony/ 238 Tones/ 200 Rhythms/ 100 Demo songs/ Recording/ MIDI/ BLUETOOTH NOT INCLUDED|
|LOWEST PRICED MODEL: LAGRIMA LAG-800/080/090||View on Amazon||88 Standard keys/ 64 polyphony/ 680 Tones/ 600 Rhythms/ 80 Demo songs/ Recording/ MIDI/ BLUETOOTH NOT INCLUDED. This lowest priced model is an excellent choice. It is featured in the "unboxing" video at the bottom of this post in white. It has all the features you'll need to learn piano.|
LAGRIMA DIGITAL PIANO REVIEW | MAIN FEATURES
Take a look at the features I listed for the models in the table above. You’ll see they all have a varying amount of tones/ rhythms and polyphony. If you want to learn more about polyphony on a digital piano, see our post here.
FEATURES INCLUDED ON ALL MODELS
- LCD display screen – easily see what feature you have selected on the LCD screen.
- 88 keys – this is the same as a standard full-size 88 key acoustic piano
- Song recorder – listen back to yourself with the playback function! See how you improve over time with the recording function.
- MIDI connectivity – connect your tablet/computer
- Demo songs – listen to how well known songs/pieces should be played
- Built-in stereo speakers – good quality stereo sound
- Dual headphone jacks– so you can play along with someone or learn in silence. (Quiet mode!)
- Touch sensitivity- Can be turned on or off.
- Most models are available in black or white
- USB connectivity- Connect your mobile device or smart device to a learning app of your choice.
- Wide variety of tones and rhythms- such as standard piano/ electric piano/ organ/ traditional instruments and many more.
LAGRIMA pianos include the soft pedal, the sostenuto pedal, and the sustain pedal.
What are the 3 piano pedals for?
The use of the pedal is a skill you need to learn as you progress.
The pedals from left to right are the soft pedal (una corda), the sostenuto pedal, and the sustaining pedal (damper pedal).
If there is only one pedal, it will be the sustaining pedal, which is the one used most frequently.
All these Lagrima models have the 3-pedal board which is good for learners and more advanced players.
The pedals have different functions relating to the texture and dynamics (loud/soft).
You can see on the image of the piece of music, an example of how the composer would direct the player to use the pedals. As you play the keys, you press whatever pedal is marked on the music with those notes and lift when instructed on the sheet music.
As you progress on your piano journey, you will learn more about the pedal system and how to use them as they are marked on music notation.
Having the 3 pedals is a bonus even if you don’t need them right now, you may need them later in your piano learning journey.
If you want to read more about piano pedals click here.
DIGITAL TONES AND RHYTHMS | and what they do
The various tones and sounds allow you to change instrument sound – you can make the piano sound like an accordion, strings or even a guitar. For example, the church organ sound is great for practicing Wagner’s Bridal Chorus! Listen below. There are various piano sounds including a grand piano.
With the preset rhythms, you can add a beat to your music. This might sound like fun but apart from fun, it can be very good for practicing your time-keeping. There are a huge number of tones and rhythm sounds on the Lagrima digital piano. They vary on each model. For the number of tones and rhythms available on each particular model, scroll up to the table and click the plus on the left.
You can also use the built in demo songs to learn- having a backing track to play along with keeps us in time and teaches us through imitation.
METRONOME | and using rhythms to practice time-keeping
The tick-tock sound of a traditional metronome is what we used to use to practice our timing and make sure we were playing at the correct tempo.
Lagrima pianos, like most digital pianos, features a built-in metronome.
However, with the preset rhythms, for a bit of variety, you could add a rock or samba beat behind your playing and make sure you are playing exactly on time to the beat!
The “old-style” traditional wind-up metronomes are still available and still very popular-I still have my mother’s old metronome, if you want a similar one, click the image to view on Amazon.
If you’re going to be using your Lagrima for piano lessons – you’ll soon learn how important exact rhythm and timing is- the metronome function is a great advantage for practice.
IS LAGRIMA A GOOD BRAND?
Lagrima is a Chinese company and the brand produces a wide range of home furnishings and electronics, including musical instruments. Their products are attractive and inexpensive. But I’m sure you’re wondering – does the price reflect the quality?
You may be asking ‘is Lagrima a good piano brand?’
Lagrima pianos are not ‘top of the range’ in the piano market. They are a cheaper alternative. I guess you knew that though! If you want a top-of-the-range digital piano, consider a Yamaha or a Roland.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “you get what you pay for”…. Well, in this case, my opinion is that Lagrima produces surprisingly good products for the low price the customer pays. In the last year or so, the brand has updated old and developed new digital piano models. The brand has become a best seller on Amazon.
The functionalities of Lagrima pianos are extensive and the built in stereo speakers produce excellent sound.
KEYBOARD ACTION | HAMMER ACTION
Lagrima pianos have ‘heavy’ hammer action – and the company now includes this as part of their marketing! So, what does that mean?
It relates to how the keys feel when you press down on them. The hammer action keys are meant to have a heaviness comparable to the keys on an acoustic piano. Experienced pianists notice that the piano keys on Lagrima Digital Pianos are slightly heavier than the feel of an acoustic piano.
You need a piano that mimics a ‘real’ acoustic piano – where the hammers hit the strings and you feel the force of that while you press down on the piano keys. You will get used to how this feels.
You should not feel a vast difference when you play a piano that is not yours. If you’re just starting out on your piano journey and haven’t played piano much, you won’t notice this. It is important to adjust the touch sensitivity to a level that feels right for you.
An issue that often came up in customer reviews was “complicated assembly and instructions” (or lack thereof!) The Lagrima manual was not very helpful. However, since the company has upgraded their models, they listened to these issues and the pianos now include an easy-to-follow set of assembly instructions.
It comes flat-packed and is quite easy to assemble. Watch the ‘unboxing video below’ – where you’ll also hear the rich piano tones of a Lagrima piano.
If you want the model in this video (Isn’t the white Lagrima beautiful?) – it’s the LAG-900 (ie the white version of the 800)- click the image below.
LAGRIMA WHITE DIGITAL PIANO
ALTERNATIVES TO CONSIDER
Other piano brands do not offer the range of features that Lagrima pianos offer in this price range. If you do want an alternative option the Yamaha p71 88-key weighted action digital piano is a good option (which is the same as the Yamaha P45 except the P-71 is “Amazon Exclusive”). It is also an affordable option for a beginner piano player.
Which brand of Digital Piano is the best?
When I’m asked ‘which brand of digital piano is the best?‘ I always put Yamaha on top of the list as the brand with the best pianos with weighted keys. Other good brands include Roland, Casio, and Korg. Yamaha produces pianos and keyboards with high-quality realistic sound and the hammer standard on their instruments is highly-rated. They take piano sample sounds from their best grand concert piano to use in their electric keyboards and pianos.
You can’t go wrong with a Yamaha keyboard piano and the P-71 is a great choice for piano students. If you want more of an upright-piano-style than a portable keyboard, you can get a bundle that includes the Yamaha P71 with a full furniture stand and a piano bench. Read our more detailed review on the Yamaha P-71 here.
For the more advanced player, you may consider the Lagrima as a second piano or a budget piano to upgrade from. If you’re looking for a weighted action digital piano for more advanced-level pieces and techniques, the best digital piano I recommend is the Yamaha P-515. Take a look at my post here on the Yamaha P-515. It is a much higher quality digital piano and comes close to an acoustic piano in regards to sound quality and the feel of the keys (it has real wooden keys). It is of course a more expensive piano.
LAGRIMA CONCLUSION | EXCELLENT BEGINNER PIANO
Overall, Lagrima digital pianos are an excellent choice for the beginner or for someone who wants a good budget piano. They are beautifully designed and as you can hear in the unboxing video above, the built-in speakers produce quality sound and the piano tones are excellent on the Lagrima digital piano.
The Lagrima digital piano brand has all the features you’ll need to start your piano journey and beyond. I am impressed in 2021, with the new models and how Lagrima listened to and addressed customer issues such as ease of assembly and a better set of assembly instructions! The brand has really taken off since my last Lagrima digital piano review a couple of years ago.
If you’re buying a piano to start your child learning, this is a really good choice. It has the feel of a real piano that will build up good habits, technique, and posture in your child, and yet it won’t break the bank if he or she doesn’t make it all the way to Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu! (You can have a listen to the great Rousseau’s rendition below!)