Digital or Electronic Pianos
1. They do not require tuning.
1. The sound of a digital does not sound as good as an acoustic because there is a lack of depth to the digital sound. This has to do with the difference in harmonics produced digitally and from regular strings.
However, while a fine acoustic piano would be preferred, escalating prices cause many beginning students to consider an electronic alternative. As well, the portability of the digital makes it the desired piano for many living in apartments, or dormatories.
Criteria to Consider in Purchasing a Digital Piano
Should you decide to purchase a digital piano, here are some suggestions. The features will be shown on the webpages you are directed to but look for these items in particular.
#1 Make sure the instrument has 88 full-size standard piano keys.
#2 Make sure it has at least 64 note polyphony. That means the instrument is capable of playing up to 64 notes at a time. Playing chords up and down the keyboard with the sustain (damper) pedal down can easily use up all the resources of the keyboard, causing notes to drop out. Many digital pianos having 32 note polyphony are not good enough to handle what an intermediate pianist can perform. And even with 64 note polyphony a good pianist may use up all the resources.
#3 Make sure it has a weighted piano action or keys that simulate the weight of the keys and action on a regular piano. Keyboards do NOT do that. Learning proper "touch" on a piano is crucial to playing well.
#4 Be careful in accepting reviews from people that claim the digital piano sounds just like their grand piano. Either these people are half deaf or they do not have a trained ear. No digital piano sounds like a grand piano, not even a good upright piano. Sound from a digital piano comes through speakers and unless you have a very sophisticated sound system in your home that you can plug the digital into - it will not sound like the real thing - I doubt it will even then.
#5 Make sure you are receiving what you want. Some offers on the internet include all kinds of extras, some do not. Some include shipping and others do not, and shipping may be only to the curb and not into your home so be aware what is included in the price before you purchase.
#6 If you are in Canada be aware that if you buy a digital piano in the United States the warranty becomes void when you bring it across the border. I have a son in law that I recommended he buy a particular digital piano for their budget. I never thought he would purchase from a dealer in the United States so I hadn't warned him about the warranty issue. Then, by the time it got across the border it was a good two months later (after Christmas had passed) because there were customs problems.
To see the previews of the pianos we recommend, please view our webpage entitled Digital Piano Reviews