Digital Piano Comparison
Let's make an acoustic and digital piano comparison to see what the pros and cons are of each.
Sometimes its hard to decide between a digital and acoustic - hopefully this will help you.
If you are a piano 'purist' like me, only an acoustic piano will do. No matter how much you spend on a digital piano, it will never sound exactly like an acoustic (although it comes very close, and only an extremely sensitive ear could pick up the difference).
I like the old fashioned feel and shape of an antique upright piano (and I have the space for it), so this is my choice. And if you are prepared to hunt around for a bargain (like a used upright piano), you will probably find one at a very reasonable price.
Lastly, a good quality acoustic upright piano will last a long long time, without ever 'dating'. It is something you can pass down to the generations. I like that.
There are many other factors to consider when making your acoustic vs digital piano comparison, and this is where I believe there are many benefits of having a digital over an acoustic.
~ Acoustic Vs Digital Piano Comparison ~
An upright acoustic can weigh around 500lbs (and way more (pardon the pun) for a grand piano).
Most digital pianos, on the other hand, weigh less than 200lbs.
Acoustic pianos are difficult to move, and can be expensive because you'll probably have to hire special piano movers.
Moving an acoustic piano is a major exercise and not an easy task!
Digital pianos are much more portable. You can even buy special portable digital pianos (as well as electronic keyboards) that are light and easy to carry if you want to take it with you outside the home.
2. Privacy With Headphones!
A major factor to consider when making your acoustic vs digital piano comparison! This is especially handy if you live in an apartment, or simply want some privacy or don't want to disturb the family.
Just plug in some headphones and only you will hear the music that you play.
3. TuningDigital pianos don't need to be tuned. The sounds for a digital piano are recorded and stored 'digitally', so it doesn't go out of tune like an acoustic can.
If you have an acoustic piano, you will usually have to tune it at least once or twice a year. This can be expensive (here in Australia, they tend to cost $90 per tuning, at a minimum).
4. Maintenance - Acoustic vs Digital Piano Repair, Used Digital PianosApart from keeping it away from direct sunlight and heaters, there is little maintenance required (apart from the occasional dusting) for digital pianos.
Acoustic pianos, on the other hand, are more affected by changes in temperature, damp and sunlight.
On the other side of the coin, used digital pianos tend to lose their value more quickly than acoustic. It is often more economic to buy a brand new model, rather than used digital pianos that may be out of warranty and built with outdated technology or software.
Acoustic pianos, on the other hand, may increase in value over time.
5. Features And GadgetsDigital pianos have a whole range of features that a traditional acoustic can't offer, like the ability to play different instrumental sounds and effects; or connect through a sound sytem or your computer.
For example, a digital grand piano often has the best of both worlds - the physical beauty and sound of an acoustic grand but with all the fun 'extras'!
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