Purchasing a piano can be a big investment and commonly through history they up end in many households as a beautiful piece of furniture. Rarely do we get a musical guest to come over and bless the piano with their graces, but how often does that happen? Let’s think about a few factors before purchasing this beautiful instrument.
Q: Does a digital piano feel like an acoustic piano?A: Our needs sometimes to do not agree with our wants. Fortunately, there is no right or wrong answer here. Both options are great, but a digital piano beats out an acoustic piano in today’s technological world. There is zero scientific evidence that states an acoustic piano will help strengthen young hands. There are many digital keyboards that have advanced their technology to feel exactly like an acoustic piano.
Q: Does the digital piano sound like an acoustic piano?
A: To understand this question we must think about the situations we are in. The sound of an acoustic piano can be effected by its surrounding environment. Will you put the instrument in a small room, big room, furnished room, empty room, etc.? Do you live in an apartment and which floor? The warmth of an acoustic piano can be downright spectacular, but the conditions above will dictate your needs. Roland, Co., Yamaha and Korg all have fantastic industry standards for feel and sound in regards to being as close to an acoustic piano. There are also many other manufacturers not states here that are great!
Q: How does maintenance differ?A: Acoustic pianos are tuned regularly (months or years) depending on the usage. Digital pianos never have to be tuned. Say goodbye to your acoustic piano if you find any cracks in your acoustic piano. I’ve personally only had to open up my Kurzweil digital piano once after 15 years of usage! It’s feels like brand new again.
Q: What do I look for in the feel of the keys?
A: Check to see how fast the keys come back up after pressing them down. Is there a light click feeling in the keyboard when you push down on the keys. This is a good thing. Rapidly, play one key as fast as you can over and over to test the reverse action.
Q: Do I need all 3 pedals for my piano?
A: To be honest it’s great to have option, but you will be using one pedal 99% of the time in your learning career! The sustain pedal is that special pedal we will all grow to love, which is the pedal on the right for acoustic pianos.
Q: What if I move out of my home?A: If you ever browse craigslist, there a many people giving away their acoustic pianos. Some reasons are: too heavy to move, no one plays it so why bother, it’s too big for our new place. If you’re planning to stay in one place for a very long time, invest in a top of the line acoustic piano that you will not be giving away! Do you ever see a traveling musician carrying their acoustic piano in the trunk of their car?
Q: What are the cost differences?
A: Acoustic pianos are in the thousands of dollars and digital pianos are in the hundreds. Like any electronic device all digital pianos depreciate in value. If you purchase the right acoustic piano, the value will stay the same or increase over the years. A few example brands are Steinway, Yamaha, Baldwin and Mason/Hamlin to name a few, are all handmade. Here’s a cool video on how piano’s are made: