Digital pianos can be a great introduction to piano playing for beginners on a budget and have also become a popular and versatile option for experienced players. At Rimmers we stock a wide and varied range of digital pianos from the biggest and best brands in the market such as Kawai, Roland and Yamaha, so we are sure to have something that fits your needs.
Digital Piano FAQs
When looking to purchase a digital piano there are a few things that you need to consider. We have condensed some frequently asked questions below to help you on your journey:
What is a digital piano?
A digital piano is a type of electronic keyboard that simulates the sound and feel of an acoustic piano. They typically have weighted keys that respond more realistically to the fingers, and some models also offer a simulated acoustic pedal response. Digital pianos are often used in live performance settings as well as in the home, studio, or classroom.
Why choose a digital piano?
A digital piano offers a number of advantages over traditional pianos. These include:
What is the difference between a digital and an acoustic piano?
The main difference between digital and acoustic pianos is the mechanisms they use to produce sound. An acoustic piano produces sound using hammers and strings whereas a digital version uses technology that plays the sound back through electronic speakers when a key is pressed. Additionally, digital pianos are usually smaller and lighter than their acoustic counterpart and adjusting the loudness and quality of the sound can be made simpler by plugging it into an amplifier or a PA system. This differs from an acoustic piano where the overall quality of the sound can differ due to a variety of factors, such as tuning, condition of the piano and the general acoustics of the room in which the instrument is being played.
Which is the best digital piano?
The ‘best’ digital piano is highly subjective as each brand has its own unique feel and style and deciding which piano is best for you will depend on your needs and budget.
If you’re looking for a budget entry-level solution, the Kawai KPD series or Roland F portable pianos would be a good place to start. If you have a little bit more to play with in your budget, you may want to consider the Yamaha CLP range or a Roland LX digital piano.
Does a digital piano require any maintenance?
Digital pianos require less maintenance than traditional pianos however if it is not functioning correctly it is advised to perform a factory reset - you can read more about this here in our handy guide.
What are weighted keys and why is that important?
A weighted key is a key on a digital piano that has been fitted with a mechanism that simulates the weight of an acoustic piano key. The mechanism varies in weight, depending on the make and model of the piano, but it is typically heavier than a standard keyboard key. This is important because it gives you a sense of resistance when pressing down on it, which is great for beginners who are just starting out because it helps with learning the correct technique and can prepare you for eventually playing an acoustic piano.
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