Digital pianos are electronic instruments that reproduce piano sounds. Unlike conventional upright pianos, they’ve no hammers, no strings and no soundboard to produce the sounds you hear. Rather they’ve speakers and electronic sound chips.
Purchasing a new piano can be a somewhat overwhelming experience with numerous brands, models, styles and finishes available for electric piano for sale. Your first decision may well be whether to buy a traditional acoustic upright or even a digital piano. The following unbiased info will help you to decide and hopefully make the process clearer for you.
Even with today’s sampling technologies specific notes may be quite accurately reproduced, but the tone of notes sounding together, as in an acoustic piano – with complex harmonics resonating against a flexible wooden soundboard – cannot be 100 % matched. Many individuals also choose the look of a regular piano, which too is a vital factor to consider. A good upright piano will hold its value a lot better than a digital. They may last anything up to hundred years, while digital models are always being upgraded and would not hold their original value.
Digital pianos usually have a variety of functions that make them an enticing alternative to an acoustic piano, whilst still having 88 piano style “weighted keys” (these mimic the feel of an upright piano). Some of these features are as follows:
Many different tones (sounds) other than just piano Built-in rhythms and accompaniments to differentiate your playing The capacity to record your performance MIDI compatibility Low maintenance – no tuning ever required Headset can be plugged in to allow private practicing and also to protect against disturbing anyone Easier portability and less space required Volume control Less expensive
For the beginner or even someone who wishes to perhaps “try” piano without spending a great amount of money, the Casio CDP-100 is the perfect one to go for. Our entry-level upright piano is the modern compact Schaeffer finished in Mahogany High Gloss.
Digital pianos in general are most likely less expensive compared to upright pianos. Having said that, both Roland and Yamaha offer higher end digitals, which can cost several thousand pounds. These often have an enormous amount of features, for instance the Yamaha CVP-509 has over one 1000 tones (sounds) and a 7.5 inch display screen. The Yamaha CLP-370 and CLP-380 both have real wooden keys and synthetic ivory key tops giving them almost an identical feel to the real thing. Yamaha produce various kinds of digital pianos from their entry level “Arius” to the contemporary and stylish “Modus” through to the digitale piano.
A very popular brand of upright piano is the Waldstein range. Models start at the modern 108 which will be the smallest of the range of theirs, up to the 130 being the tallest. All of these’re available in various wood finishes with matching accessories being available, i.e. piano stools etc.
Roland offer a superb alternative to those who’d appreciate a grand piano but maybe do not have the space or budget for one. Their RG series offers the “digital mini grand piano” (RG 1), that is a smaller type of digital grand piano.
Plan to spend plenty of time browsing, and don’t make a decision before you see as many pianos as is possible. Try them all out to get a concept of the differences in touch and tone. Hopefully the piano you do decide on is going to be in the home of yours for a long time, so it is important that you buy something that you’re totally happy with.
This 88 key digital piano has an attractive walnut cabinet finish that looks great in any home. You’ll particularly like the fact that it has a stand that has 3 pedals built into it. So you don’t have to worry about a pedal sliding on the floor when playing.
Yamaha does a good job of simulating the feel of an acoustic piano. They make use of different types of keyboard action in their various models. For the Yamaha YDP213 they use the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) piano action. This particular sort of piano action emulates the feel of an acoustic grand piano by making the lower notes a bit heavier than the higher notes.
The feel of a digital piano’s keyboard action is a subjective thing. But some players think the Yamaha GHS piano action is actually a tad too light. Yamaha also uses Graded Hammer Effect on much more expensive models, which offers a stiffer feeling piano action that more faithfully recreates the acoustic piano touch. This’s one reason the Yamaha YDP213 is actually better for beginning and hobby piano players and not for professionals. But once again, this’s a subjective thing, and you should try some keyboard out to achieve your own conclusion.
You can expect to have good sound quality from this Yamaha digital piano. Yamaha samples the sounds of a real Yamaha acoustic grand piano. Advanced Wave Memory tone generation technology is used by the YDP213. And stereo sound sampling makes the sound even more realistic. That’s what’s great about a major player in the digital piano market like Yamaha. They provide great audio quality on their digital pianos. As a beginner or advanced piano player this’s extremely important. in case sound quality is actually inferior the danger of not playing the portable digital piano is actually greater, and what good is the keyboard if it just collects dust?
As stated before, the YDP213 evawwe has three pedals built into its stand. It has the soft, sostenuto, and sustain pedal, just like an acoustic piano. One drawback with the pedals is actually that it does not offer half-pedaling capability. Nonetheless, this may not be important to a newbie or even hobbyist piano player.