So I’m guessing you’re on the hunt for an affordable digital piano and you came across the Lagrima brand. This Lagrima piano review will look at their 3 digital piano models. Our top pick of the three is Lagima 88-key compact with pedal board. Read on to see why…
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!
However, whether it’s a bargain or not, you don’t want to spend money on something that you’ll be disappointed with and have to upgrade in a short while. Let’s delve in a little deeper and see if these pianos really pass the test.
LAGRIMA DIGITAL PIANO MODELS
ALL THREE MODELS HAVE:
- LCD display screen – easily see what feature you have selected
- 88 keys – this is the same as a standard full size piano
- Song recorder – listen back to yourself! See how you improve over time!
- MIDI connectivity – connect your tablet/computer
- 80 demo songs – listen to how well known songs/pieces should be played
- Built-in stereo speakers – good quality stereo sound
- All are available in black or white – click here to see white models
LAGRIMA DIGITAL PIANO MODELS – WHICH IS BEST?
The table above shows the three models of digital piano Lagrima offers. Number 1 does not offer a built-in pedal board. It has a plug in single pedal system.
OUR TOP CHOICE : PEDAL BOARD AND STAND DESIGN
So as you can see, all three models have some differences while they have a number of features in common.
The most basic model, number 1 on our list, has a basic compact furniture stand. There in no in-built pedal board- the pedal is plug in. This is a disadvantage for student progress.
The use of the pedal is a skill you need to learn as you progress. The fact that the pedal is not on a proper pedal board is also unappealing to me. If you are going to buy a digital piano on a proper furniture stand, get one with a proper pedal board.
Number 2 on our list, our “Top choice” with the basic furniture stand and 3 pedal board has the same features as the first basic model except it features a proper pedal board. If you’re definitely going to get a Lagrima digital piano, we recommend number 2 on the list. It has all the digital features you’ll need plus a built-in three pedal board.
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 used most frequently.
The pedals have different funtions relating to the texture and dynamics (louds/softs). As you progress on your piano journey, you will learn more about the pedals and how to use them as they are marked on music notation.
The most expensive Lagrima model (number 3) has a built-in three pedal board and has of a full body furniture stand. It is the most expensive of the three but it is still cheap for a digital piano! However, we feel that for about a hundred dollars more, number 3 doesn’t offer much more than the full body stand and a few extra unnecessary features such as additional tones.
Number 2, our top choice of the three has a much neater flat design than number 3. Look at the image below with the lid closed.
BUTTONS AND CONTROLS
The buttons and controls are to the side on our top choice- hidden from main view which is a popular feature with many digital piano brands. The other two models have their buttons above the keys. Granted the full body model hides the buttons with the lid closed but the most basic model has the buttons up on top. This brings me to another issue with the basic model. There is no lid -it does come with a purple dust cover but personally, I would prefer a proper lid.
DIGITAL TONES AND RHYTHMS- WHAT ARE THEY FOR?
The various tones 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!
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.
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. The Lagrima digital piano 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- if you want one, click the image below.
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IS LAGRIMA A GOOD BRAND?
The Lagrima 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?
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. Now, you can’t expect to get a top-of-the-range digital piano for the price Lagrima promotes.
However, people tend to expect a top-of-the-range product and end up disappointed! I always find that if I know what I am getting into I do not have unrealistic expectations. I do not feel I have been misled and I am satisfied. This Lagrima piano review is honest and frank. So read on to see some of the common customer issues.
COMMON CUSTOMER ISSUES
"SUPER" Heavy hammer action!
A common complaint among customers is the heavy weight of the keys. The hammer action keys are meant to have a heaviness comparable to an acoustic piano. Experienced pianists notice that the keys on Lagrima Digital Pianos are much heavier than required.
For those of you who are thinking of a digital piano to last over many years of progress, this is not good! 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 keys.
You should not feel a vast difference when you play a piano that is not yours. If you get used to a Lagrima, you’ll get used to these heavy keys.
If you’re a beginner and haven’t played piano much, you won’t notice this. You may need to consider an upgrade though when you get into serious practice!
Lagrima Digital Piano Assembly
Another issue among those who bought a Lagrima digital piano is the assembly instructions (or lack thereof!)
The Lagrima digital piano manual isn’t very helpful… to read the graphic diagram, you’d need supersonic eyes to magnify it and figure out what goes where!
Here’s a very helpful video on digital piano assembly to help any of you who need it. If you want to download a PDF of the “graphic representation” for Lagrima piano assembly manual click here … not that it will help!
LAGRIMA WHITE DIGITAL PIANO
All three models also come in white. Click the images below to see best prices.