There is a reason a grand piano or an acoustic piano is considered among the best of musical instruments. The sound, the appearance, the feel is unmatched by any other musical instrument. But for the first time buyer, getting one can be intimidating. Learning one is not the issue. The size, maintenance, the price are the main concerns.
The answer to those concerns is to give digital pianos a consideration. Digital pianos are the closest you will get to an acoustic piano without dealing with the size or price issues. It works by emulating the sound of a real piano with additional features like volume control, recording etc.
Because it is an electronic instrument, the quality differences between different models and brands are huge. Buying the right one becomes difficult. Here are tips that you should know before getting one –
88 Keys is a Must
All modern acoustic pianos have 88 keys. If you are buying the digital piano for learning then you should get one with 88 keys. This way, you can move to a better one without any problems. People often practice on the 61 keys models and later find it difficult to adjust to full-sized models.
You want a model that will allow you to practice with the full range of sounds. This will help you to become a better player.
The response of the Keys
Weight and responsiveness of the keys on a digital piano play a big role. In a real piano, the mechanical connections give that heavy and responsive feel to the keys. It makes you feel connections with every stroke. In a digital piano, there are no strings or hammers so to emulate the feel.
So you will come across three main types of digital pianos – non-weighted, semi-weighted and fully weighted. If you want the best then going for a fully weighted, 88-keys piano should be your choice.
Quality of Sound and Number of Tones
Digital pianos work by playing back a recorded sound an acoustic piano. So depending on the price you want to pay, you should aim for the highest quality option. If you are a beginner, you will not have a need for higher end tones and sounds but as begin to advance, the sound quality will help you learn better.
Some pianos come with thousands of sounds that you would, most probably, never use. Instead of paying for numbers, pay for higher quality. The notes should come out crisp and rich. If they sound thin then your 3000 unique sound model is worthless. When you visit a digital piano store, you should try some options and choose the one which has the best sound.
You should invest in a piano which can provide the most reasonable polyphony for your needs. The cheaper versions start at 64-note, and the higher end ones can get up to 264 note. If you are learning to produce music and going for the advanced parts then getting the one with higher polyphony will be better.