When it comes to purchasing any product, information can be limited. Because of this, you might purchase the wrong item. You might even purchase what you initially wanted but soon become unsatisfied with it. It’s just hard for people to buy something when they don’t have all the necessary information.
So, one day, I decided that I just wanted to help people like Superman except not really. I’ve just been in the piano business for a long time so I can give some basic tips when it comes to purchasing a digital piano. There are literally hundreds of models for digital pianos now so I can understand why some people don’t even know where to start.
I’m sure you’ve searched “digital piano” on Google only to find over 5 million results. You might have even resorted to going to a local store only to find dozens of models. Hey, it’s an improvement but when they have names like P95 or MP6, you’re still as confused as ever. Finally, you probably asked a salesman for advice before you quickly noticed that he’s trying to sell something rather than help you.
Now, with the help of this guide, you’ll know where to start and what you want.
Step One: The Who
Before you purchase anything, you have to first decide who this is for. Is it for yourself? Is it for your wife, who loves pianos? Is it for a 7-year-old child? All these decisions matter when it comes to choosing a digital piano. Before you do anything, take this into consideration. You might even have multiple users for this piano. In that case, you would want to meet the expectations of the most advanced player. For example, with an entry-level digital piano, a beginner won’t mind but an advanced player will. With a higher-end digital piano, both the beginner and the expert will be satisfied. Therefore, it’s important to meet the expectations of the most advanced player.
Everything else will revolve around this first step.
Step Two: The Feel
In my opinion, after deciding who this will be for, the feel of the piano is the next most important part when it comes to purchasing a piano. To clarify, play a note on one end of the acoustic piano. Now play another note on the opposite end. What you’ll notice is that the lower note is a bit heavier than the higher note. What happens is that when you press a key on a piano, you are actually lifting a hammer to hit the string, causing it to vibrate. This makes sound (source: my awesome physics knowledge). The hammers for the lower notes are a bit heavier than the hammers for the higher notes, which explains why those keys feel heavier. In addition, when you press the key too slowly (or lightly), the hammer never reaches the string so you never hear a sound.
With that said, digital pianos emulate this weighted feeling. There are many variations, and the best ones feel like a real acoustic piano while the cheap ones simply don’t. For example, the Yamaha brands have the GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) and the GH/GHE (Graded Hammer Effect). The GHS is typically in the entry-level digital pianos. It feels lighter than the GH. Most beginners don’t notice, but the more advanced players tend to prefer the GH action keyboards.
I believe this step to be the most important step in choosing your piano. If you don’t like the feel of it, then you will be continuously bothered by your own digital piano. Sometimes, the keys feel too plastic. You wouldn’t want that now, would you? Some people argue that the sound is more important than the feel. Regardless, everyone will agree that these two aspects are crucial to buying a digital piano. This brings us to our next step…http://1059jamz.com/
Step Three: The Sound
The sound of the music is potentially just as important as the feel of the keyboard. It’s important for the digital piano to feel like an actual piano. That should be a given.
All piano companies strive to duplicate the grand piano sound. For example, when you play a key, it will sound different depending on how hard you press it. The most basic digital pianos do not have this feature. These pianos are not velocity-sensitive. The more expensive pianos are velocity sensitive, and it differs from piano to piano. Some digital pianos may only have one velocity layer. Some may have 10 velocity layers. Of course, more layers generally mean more expressivity in your performances. You can truly bring your composition to life because these digital pianos notice all the nuances and subtleties in your performance.