Digital pianos range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. Like a computer, a digital piano is another contemporary in home entertainment equipment.
In the early years, when digital pianos were not so well received, manufacturers made conventional grand pianos available more as majors than as extras.
The same has been true of sound computers, CD players and cell phones.
However, with the introduction of the new digital pianos, including hybrid technology, made digital pianos more desirable.
Prices began to normalize, at least in the old sense that a piano coming for $200 was more valuable than one coming for $999.
Even as the digital piano totes on, quality standards and reliability remained in place. The same technology that enabled you to quickly download a performance from a digital piano also made it possible to record performances and edit them, creating a wealth of new piano recordings. If you are serious about recording performing, the digital piano is the way to go.
Which One to Choose?
Among the better models are Yamaha’s YPT-11100 piano, which retails for $3,500. It comes with a sound monitor, three programs, and a price of $4,500.
The YPT-11000 is the hybrid version of the 11100. It has the same body style and all of the same technology, but offers a step faster USB, which enables you to transfer studio recordings to your computer.
If you would prefer a piano without a monitor, for example, the YPT-2250 is also a viable option. It lacks some of the less-acclaimed features, but with a lower price point makes a reasonable choice.
DC Refinements by Yamaha is another option with a more limited feature set. It retails for $3,500. It has a succumb cabinet, but as an added bonus is fitted with a headphone jack.
For those on a limited budget, one of Yamaha’s drum machines worth considering is the CS6100. Over three decades of Yamaha experience gives this product rich tones and excellent sustain.
Despite its’ sagging reputation as a low quality drum machine, this is still the machine for many drummers. The main differences with this model are that it is fitted with a steel frets and has the previously mentioned mic preamps.
Another worth considering is the CT6280. This fits straightly into Yamaha’s top-of-the-range product range and has a more refined appearance than the 6100.
But like the CS6100, the CT6280 has a headphone jack and offers the same package as the 6100. However, it lacks the imaging features of the 11000.
Capitol also offer two models in their Club series, theSPA7000 and theSPA5000 in the space of the PA5100. The Club series are also fitted with WY pedal and are further comprised of Words of Wisdom Proby backing track.
A budget option is the Wattssembler 88 with its 80 built-in songs. Weighing 70kg, the Wattssembler 88 can play all 88 songs on any system. For those of you who want a more advanced machine, the TI-84 classically-priced keyboard mat would be the top model.
Other good Yamaha portables are the Yamaha Spec series (plates mentioning Yamaha’s name), the reinforcing SL-7700 and SL-7750, the stylish WM-5700 and our old friend, the trusty Yamaha F310.
Can you do without them? Well, yes, you can. Without a doubt, the lack of digital quality in such a top-grade machine is inexcusable. But, if you can’t afford it, don’t panic.…