Mar 23 2016 0 Comments
So You Want a Keyboard?
Digital Pianos - Part 2 of 5
Greetings Keyboard Land!
For those of you just joining us, this is a series that is focusing on the major "categories" of keyboards that we often talk about and use. This part will be a breakdown of the digital piano family.
Are you a gigging pianist that just needs a few good piano sounds without all the bells and whistles? Or are you a student that wants a beginner instrument that feels like a real piano? Maybe you're an enthusiast that wants something for your house or studio without the cost and footprint of an acoustic? Or you want to practice your Beethoven sonatas and record them to a flash drive right in your living room? A digital piano will likely be the right choice for you. A digital piano will feature one important thing: an 88 key weighted keybed design, giving the feel of an acoustic piano. There are usually two varieties: console or furniture pieces, or portable. Both have their pro's and con's depending on what your needs are.
If you go with the portable variety, you'll gain space and mobility. Usually weighing between 25 and 40 lbs, a portable digital piano will be easy to move and won't take up much space. These are the least expensive of your options, starting at around $500. Included, usually, will be a music rest and sustain pedal. You'll need a stand to put it on, as most of these won't come with one. Furniture legs (usually wooden) are available from the manufacturers for certain models, where portable stands are available in all shapes and sizes from several companies. One of the companies we deal with is OnStage Stands, and you can view some examples here.
The console style piano will look more like a piano. A roll-down cover (in most cases), a wooden cabinet and 3 pedal unit, larger (and better) speakers, more advanced recording capabilities and an increased quality key action are your biggest gains in this category. Perfect for the person who wants an acoustic piano, but doesn't want the price tag of one. Headphone jacks and music rests come standard.
Overall you'll see an increase in certain features the higher in price you go. Speaker quality and power, durability of the design, better samples, recording features, connectivity to external devices (PA systems, computers) and key action are among variables that are determined by price. If you're really picky about these aspects of an instrument, you'll want to come try one out.
Keep an eye out for part 3: Stage Pianos!