[quote=abacus]....when it comes to furniture and looks, nothing beats a piano.. and thats where the ladies in the househeld of musicall kids will have an important vote..
And thank goodness for that. IMO, never start a kid on an 'easy-play' keyboard. If he/she masters the piano, learning another keyboard (arranger, ws, synth) will be a piece of cake...mastered in months. Unfortunately, the reverse is not true. Same principle as learning to drive; learn on a manual transmission, the 'automatic' will be mastered in minutes.
I'm sure that most of the people here, even those that LOVE their arrangers, will admit that they are grateful for their early training on piano or accordion. In fact, compare THEIR arranger playing with those who STARTED on arrangers. JMO, though.