Types of Piano Keyboards
Piano keyboards can be divided in five main groups
1. Electronic Keyboards:
These instruments are portable, normally budget friendly and have lots of fun sounds and effects to play around with. Electronic keyboards are generally not great for classical style pianists, but there are some good alternatives.
2. Digital Pianos:
Digital pianos, (or electric keyboards) are serious competitors to acoustic upright or grand piano keyboards. The sound and touch is excellent, and no maintenance is required. Many models are also somewhat portable. A digital piano is not the same as an acoustic in feel, neither in key-weight or "touch". But still, it's a budget friendly instrument and a great alternative for keeping in a place with less than ideal temperature or humidity/dryness.
3. Acoustic Upright Pianos:
An acoustic piano is an investment for the serious pianist. A small upright needs little space and comes in many brands and models. An upright is too heavy to move around, and needs regular care, maintenance and tuning for a long life. There are many different prices and brands available. You could also consider buying second hand.
4. Acoustic Grand:
A grand piano is for the serious pianist who wants to get the best. A grand needs a larger room though, and is not an instrument to be tucked away in a corner, but to be proudly displayed! Many different prices and brands are available, and second hand can be a brilliant choice.
5. Hybrid Pianos:
The best of two worlds, an acoustic and digital instrument in one. Costly- of course, but what an instrument!