5 Things You Should Know About Buying a Digital Piano

5 Things You Should Know About Buying a Digital Piano

Ready to buy a piano? It can seem like a difficult task. Do a little searching online, and you’ll come away more confused. Should you pick up the free one on Craigslist? How much should you invest to ensure it’s high quality?

And just when you think you understand the difference between an upright and a grand, you find something else to add to the mix: acoustic versus digital. If you’re leaning towards the digital, what should you keep in mind?5 Things You Should Know About Buying a Digital Piano

Ensure 88 Keys

While the number of keys has changed throughout time, today’s modern pianos have 52 white keys and 36 black keys for a total of 88 keys. While you can find keyboards with lesser amounts, if your goal is to learn how to play the piano, avoid purchasing anything with a lower count. A full range will ensure you have the ability to play any music. 

Make Sure The Keys Are Standard Width

One of the fun parts of learning to play the piano is your ability to sit down at any piano and start to play. For this reason, it’s important to ensure the keys on your new digital piano are standard size. Be wary of “toy” pianos which usually have narrower keys. A standard piano key width is approximately 23mm wide. If you find one significantly narrower, it’s better to move on. 

They Keys Should Be Weighted

The keys should also feel like a traditional piano when they are pressed down and played. It makes the keys feel more like the keys of a traditional piano. Without weighted action, the keys on the keyboard will feel more like an organ. It will also be more difficult to convert your skills to a traditional piano. 

Avoid Bells and Whistles

When shopping for a digital piano, it’s easy to be wowed by the extra features attached. The buttons, lights, and hundreds of different instrument sounds and features can look fun and appealing. In most cases, those extras are rarely used throughout the life of the instrument. You will likely play on the acoustic setting the majority of the time. You just won’t use your piano to make a sound like a tuba. If you’re looking for extras, select things you will use: a built in metronome can be handy for learning rhythms. 

Make Sure It Has Pedals

At a minimum, be sure the digital piano you select has a pedal called a sustain pedal. It’s impossible to play modern music without one. If you select a high quality digital piano, one pedal shouldn’t be a problem. It may also have the second or third pedal as well. 

That’s it. If the digital piano you are considering has all five things, it will most likely be a piano you can play on for years. 

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What Is The Difference Between High-End and Low-End Digital Pianos

What Is The Difference Between High-End and Low-End Digital Pianos

Thinking of purchasing a new digital piano? In today’s world, a digital piano can be the perfect choice for a budding musician. They can be very practical if you are short on space and don’t have the room for a traditional piano; they are easy to transport, which can be a big benefit if a budding musician starts up his own band; and they are easy to maintain, which means no regular tuning sessions to keep it in top form.

If you have already started the hunt for a good digital piano, you’ve probably already noticed there can be a big difference in pricing. There is a reason for that.What Is The Difference Between High-End and Low-End Digital Pianos

So the first question to have answered about a digital piano is – where does it get its sound? When each piano manufacturer sets out to create a digital piano, it must record each individual sound of each individual key. This process is called modeling. They record it at different volumes and different ranges, so that when you press a key on the digital piano, it will create a rich sound that mimics playing an acoustic piano.

Modeling is what distinguishes a high end piano from a low end piano. Higher priced digital pianos will have more complexity in their tonal quality. Lower priced digital pianos can have very simple mechanisms, and in some cases be quite tinny in sound quality.

While sound quality is a major difference between high end and low end digital pianos, it isn’t the only difference. For some piano players, there is something equal in importance to sound … it’s the feel.

When an acoustic piano is played, the notes have a “feel” when they are touched and played. By putting different amounts of pressure on the keys, you can change the sound that is produced.

With lower end digital pianos, it’s a one touch one sound process. With higher end pianos, they incorporate that “feel” into the piano, giving digital piano players the same capabilities of creating sound by depressing keys at the desired level.

In addition to the importance of sound and feel, a digital piano can have many other characteristics that separate the two.

  • Speakers
  • Output quality
  • Recording device
  • Additional sounds and features
  • Casing and cabinet material

Many differences occur between the high end and low end offerings, and also between the different manufacturers. In some cases, there is very little pricing variance to move into more features and more practical comfort. It all depends on the desire of the musician, and the desire of the sound being produced.

If you’ve never seen a variety of digital pianos in action, stop by and let us show you the differences. The education you’ll receive just by looking can quickly show you where the differences really lie, and help you be more comfortable with your final selection.