Over recent years, advancement in technology has meant that digital pianos have better sound replication than ever before. However, many pianists and musicologists believe that a digital piano cannot, and will never be able to, match the quality of the real thing. So, which is better: a digital or traditional piano? Well, digital pianos certainly have their advantages. On the other hand, there are some disadvantages, too. This article will discuss the pros and cons of owning a digital piano.
The Advantages of Digital Pianos
One of the principal advantages of a digital piano is that they are significantly cheaper than traditional pianos. For many people, a real piano would be impossible to afford. Therefore, a digital model is a wonderful alternative. After all, as a beginner, it is impossible to reach your maximum potential without being able to practice regularly.
Digital pianos are also more compact and, subsequently, can be placed in a home of any size. Traditional instruments, particularly horizontal piano, such as the baby grand, can only be owned by those with large living spaces. Similarly, a digital piano is more portable than a real piano and therefore can be transported with ease when necessary.
Unlike real pianos, digital pianos do not need any form of maintenance. Not only does a digital piano not require tuning, but it can also be placed in any room, because heat, moisture and humidity will not damage the instrument. Subsequently, owning a digital piano is more convenient for most learning pianists.
If you live in an apartment, a digital piano may be particularly advisable, for not only the reasons already mentioned, but also because digital pianos have volume control features. Therefore, you can practice without the fear of disturbing your neighbors.
In addition, digital pianos can be incredibly useful during the learning process, as many models have recording and playback features, which allow you to review your practice and identify any mistakes that you may have made.
Disadvantages of Digital Pianos
Despite the convenience of digital pianos, it is true that a digital model cannot compare with the sound and feel of the real thing.
Moreover, only particularly sophisticated models of digital piano are able to mimic the key dynamics of a real piano. In other words, in most models of digital piano, the volume of a note is not affected by how hard or softly the key is pressed.
Although some of the more expensive digital pianos are designed beautifully, most digital pianos cannot offer the aesthetic value of a real piano.
When purchasing any kind of piano, it is wise to do some research and discover which type of instrument is right for you and your home. It is also advisable to test the instruments in the show room before purchase. Digital pianos are a wonderful alternative for those who do not have the finances or room for a real piano. However, if you are able to afford a traditional piano and you have space in your house for one, then nothing can beat the sound, feel and sight of the real thing.
Article Source: Mary Ann Evans, AssociatedContent
The piano comes in many different styles, designs, shapes and sizes. Pianos have two basic categories: the vertical and horizontal pianos.
They are called vertical pianos because of their height and the position of the strings. The height range of the vertical piano is between 36 - 60 inches.
The Upright or Vertical piano is the most common piano due to its affordability, compactness and warm sound. The soundboard is vertical, strings and dampers stretching downward, hammers and dampers horizontal to the board. Since the hammers strike outward or horizontally, they take slightly longer to return to resting position than the hammers of a grand (which strike vertically). The support base of the soundboard, as well as wooden reinforcements, is visible from the backside.
Uprights usually cost less, depending on the model, however some can exceed grand pianos in total value. Although uprights often are depicted as inferior to the grand pianos, a five-foot upright can rival a typical grand in terms of tone quality and loudness. Essentially the keyboard is the same and like the grand, varies in material construction.
|Spinet||35"-37"||~58"||Smallest of the pianos. Popular choice of people living in limited living spaces. i.e. apartments. 'Lost motion'; it has less power and accuracy due to size and construction|
|Console||40"-43"||~58"||Comes in variety of styles and finishes. It is made with a direct action, thus producing more enhanced tones.|
|Studio||45"-48"||~58"||Seen mostly in music schools and music studios; it is very durable. Larger soundboard and larger strings produces good tone quality.|
|Full Size/Professional||48"-60"||~58"||Tallest among vertical pianos. When cared for properly, it stands the test of time and mantains its rich tone. Older type of piano your great grandparents would have played.|
Grand pianos are the largest piano type, and frequently the most majestic (as well as expensive). Grand Pianos (also known as horizontal pianos) are categorized by horizontal soundboards sometimes stretching up to 4 ft. (front to back). The Soundboard is encased in a supportable opening platform that lifts on the left in an upwards direction. Dampers lie on top of the strings, adjacent to the hammers (also horizontal). The internal construction is braced with form-holders, usually made of wood, as well as the small equipped metal reinforcements. Essentially the casing is "bottomless" allowing one to see the soundboard support base, also of reinforced wood, which technically acts as the base. Keys consist of wood coated in ivory, or sometimes pure ivory, depending on the piano's manufacturers and classification. The grand piano has the standard 88 keys. Most of these pianos have sheet music platforms. A retractable cover slides over or folds down on the keys. Grand pianos are said to produce finer tones and has the most responsive key action.
|Petite Grand||4'5"-4'11"||Smallest of horizontal pianos, but still powerful.|
|Baby Grand||4'11"-5'6"||Very popular type because of its sound quality, esthetic appeal and affortability.|
|Living Room/Parlor/Medium Grand||5'7"-6'4"|
|Concert Grand||7'6"-9'+||Largest of all grand pianos.|