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What is the best digital piano for the home? Selecting a piano is a matter of personal choice. What sounds, touch, feel, design and price suit your needs?
One of the first questions that comes up with a new piano student is what type of piano to buy. Should it be electronic or acoustic?
Budget plays a big role, of course, but also things like maintenance and the possibility to practice with headphones.
A digital piano is a type of electronic keyboard, but "imitating" a regular acoustic upright or grand piano, though it's both smaller and lighter.
Digital pianos are constantly being improved, and should be seriously compared with acoustic pianos as a great alternative.
The digital piano has developed enormously the last 10 years and is now a great instrument both in quality and sound.
The best digital 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 piano for starting 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 at 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!