Any good musician will tell you that equipment greatly affects your performance ability. For example, if you use an out-of-tune piano, you will not be able to play at your best. On the other hand, a $150,000 Bosendorfer will not make even the most dedicated beginners sound like pros. The same is true of keyboardists. Using the appropriate digital piano or synthesizer is essential to success. Buying the right equipment is really about balancing your needs and interests with a little common sense and a good dose of gear know-how.