Which is the best digital piano? One of the first questions that comes up with a new piano student is what type of piano to buy, electronic or acoustic. Budget plays a huge roll, of course, but also things like maintenance and the possibility to practice with headphones.
A digital piano is a type of electronic keyboard, but trying to "imitate" a regular acoustic upright piano, though smaller and lighter.
Digital pianos are becoming better and better, and should be seriously compared with acoustic pianos as a good alternative.
The digital piano has developed enormously the last 10 years and is a great instrument both in quality and sound.
This type of electronic piano normally has full size keys and all 88 of them as well. You can play loud and soft (called "touch sensitive") and it has pedals like a "normal" piano.
However, digital pianos and electronic piano keyboards are getting harder to tell apart. The quality is getting better all the time, though. So, why would you choose a digital or electronic piano and not an acoustic instrument? Let's look at some of the pro's and con's:
The advantages of a digital piano compared to an acoustic piano are many, for example:
So what are the disadvantages?
The best digital pianos for piano lessons should at a minimum have:
Below I have handpicked what I consider a great choice of digital pianos that are for learning to play the piano. This list is not in any particular order.
The links go to Amazon, which have a large selection of digital pianos to great prices.
So, have you decided yet? Acoustic or electric? Grand or upright? New or old?
I will make it even harder for you!
Today we have the better of two worlds available. A modern “Player Piano”; the Disklavier (Yamaha)! (See picture)
This is a hybrid between a digital and acoustic piano- since it is both!
The Disklavier is an amazing instrument with limitless possibilities. You can choose between upright and grand pianos.
This is a really fantastic instrument, and definitely the one thing I would bring to a deserted island… (...or maybe not, no electricity!) But, it is expensive. On my wish list, right after a Steinway or Bosendorfer grand piano - absolutely!