There are so many good brands in the market for digital pianos. From Casio to Roland, to Korg and Kawai, not to mention the popular Yamaha, there are endless options.
All the brands specialize in one thing or the other, be it acoustics, technology, cost friendliness, or any other factor that makes a brand stand out. This, therefore, warrants the question; How do I get the best digital piano for a classical pianist amongst all the available ones? Here’s a guide to key considerations for the classical pianist when choosing a digital piano:
How to Choose A Digital Piano for Classical Pianist
1. Built-in Sound Quality
All components of the piano need to be of good quality to produce good sound, in as much as most people assume the quality of speakers is the only factor that determines quality sound.
The piano should manage to synthesize different notes at a time, making pianos having a 64 and above- Note polyphony ideal. To choose the best system, one listens to the whole tone from keys as well as the sound produced when tapering off. A good piano will allow you to play a variety of timbres ranging from a honky-tonk piano to a grand concert piano.
2. Weighted Keys
Acoustic pianos, which the digital pianos attempt to imitate have a unique feel due to hammer action inside the piano when keys are pressed.
Digital pianos can have a replicated minor version of this hammer action, have weighted or semi-weighted keys to give the impression of the weighty keys of the acoustic piano, or have fully weighted keys. The latter are the best as they work relative to the octave of the keys. A lower octave yields a heavier hammer. Though they are a bit pricey, they are the ultimate go-to for a classical pianist.
When you’re able to connect to other devices, a myriad of opportunities is opened up for you.
The piano you choose should, therefore, have USB or MIDI port connections to allow you to sync with recording devices and computers. It saves the cost of having to go to a recording studio which can be expensive and inconvenient.
4. Recording Capability
Other pianos have an in-built recorder saving the time of having to reconnect to other devices. When learning a difficult piece, this will be extremely convenient as it saves the clean parts allowing you to pick up from certain sections.
5. Weight, Size, and Presentation
As they come in different customizations, choose a size that is compact for easy handling and portability. Going for one that looks like a grand acoustic piano will also come in handy, as you’re a classical pianist. It wouldn’t hurt to look the part!
6. Teaching and Learning
Digital pianos come with in-built pieces, metronomes, exercises, and music note displays. They also have an online platform where you can access different lessons. This will help in practicing to make you even better at playing. They also come with headset jacks which allows silent learning exercises.
Digital pianos are extremely versatile to make, shape, look, size, and sound quality. With these 6 consideration boxes ticked, you’ll have the best possible digital piano!