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Digital Piano Guide: Different Looks & Types of Pianos
A Digital piano can come in various looks - upright, grand piano or the simple stage piano look, each targeting a different set of piano players, including beginners as well as professional pianists.
Here is your complete guide to digital pianos....
To begin with, here is an interesting article you may want to read about the practical advantages of buying digital pianos
. It will help to set the ball rolling...
So, A piano with 88 keys is what you are looking for?
Have you decided what features your 88 key digital keyboard should have, in terms of musical styles, plain piano sounds
, etc, etc.?
What about looks, do you want it to look like a real piano and with weighted, graded hammer action keys
You still have some more options from which you will need to select your final 88 Key Digital Piano!
Digital Pianos usually combine the features of electronic keyboards as well as acoustic pianos, and that is the reason you get so many varieties of "88 keys digital pianos".
Types of Pianos
Before we go in the details, here’s a brief note on the various types of pianos, in terms of their sizes.
Please note that the digital versions can come in much compact sizes, as we will see further. But then most of these come with a bundled stand that you’re supposed to assemble, which makes it look like a vertical piano.
However, when it comes to the traditional format, the following are the most common types of pianos that are available even in the acoustic versions. These versions have existed for a long time.
Grand pianos & Baby Grand Pianos
The biggest of them all, where the strings are laid horizontally to the ground, for the best sound
Baby Grand pianos are smaller than the grand pianos but similar in shape and structure
Upright Pianos (Vertical Pianos)
The strings are vertical in position
Sound is good but the richness of the sound is not as good as on a grand piano
You do get smaller vertical pianos with shorter strings, which do not take a lot of space
The tallest are Upright pianos, then the Studio Pianos, then comes the Console Pianos, and the shortest are the Spinet Pianos
But I'm sure you must have observed that over the years, even with the acoustic pianos, the preference has been more towards a smaller model that people could comfortably keep in their house, and also afford.
That explains the transition from the grand pianos to the baby grands to the various vertical pianos, and now to the various portable digital pianos, and that too with different number of keys.
Lots Of Varieties
You will find piano keyboard models targeted towards beginners, as well as towards professional pianists.
You will find models which just have the basic piano sounds as well as models which are loaded with amazing sounds and musical styles.
Further, you will have varieties in looks, colors, sizes, key
and other features.
Basically, you will get lot of options to choose from!
The different digital piano models can generally be categorized as follows
Synth Action Pianos
These Digital Pianos are extension of electronic keyboards; they come with 88 keys and have synth action.
They are meant for keyboard players
who are not accustomed to playing with hard keys but need more than 61 keys.
These models normally contain numerous musical styles, sounds and effects.
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Some of the models contain the basic piano sounds and a few other sounds like electric piano, organ, and strings.
You can consider these models if you are a serious Piano learner with a tight budget
. Note that these may or may not come with built-in speakers
These are even used by a lot of gigging pianists
as they tend to be considerably lightweight, so a good option if you intend to gig around.
Electric Pianos for On-Stage Performances
Portable Stage Piano for Beginners & Performers
Upright Digital Pianos
These are the Digital Pianos with the traditional upright piano look!
They have a very good piano sound and are visually very appealing. If you like the Piano because of its looks as well then you will surely like some of these models.
Again, some of the models will have only the basic piano sounds and some additional sounds like the electric piano, organ, and strings.
You may also hear words like "Digital Ensembles"
which are nothing but pianos with built-in musical styles, multiple sounds and effects.
Most of these models come with the graded weighted or graded hammer action
giving it a very authentic feel. The keys tend to be heavier on the bass side and lighter on the right side which is how an acoustic grand piano behaves.
The samples used, the built-in speakers and the amplifiers are of very superior quality resulting in some truly amazing and authentic piano sounds.
Note: You may also hear some other words to refer to upright pianos based on their heights, words like studio uprights, consoles and spinets!
Digital Grand Pianos
This is the big daddy among all the 88 key digital pianos.
Designed to attract professional pianists, music conservatories, five star hotels and people who want nothing but the best, these pianos are the closest match to an acoustic grand piano.
With polished ebony cabinet, expressive grand piano sound, powerful speakers, and numerous instrument sounds, these digital grand pianos
combine the features of acoustic grand pianos
with the modern & flexible features available with digital technology
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