Digital Piano Buyer’s Guide

You are probably here because you want to buy a digital piano, but you don’t know exactly what questions you should ask yourself before reaching for the wallet. This is why we have compiled this short digital piano buyer’s guide for you.
First of all, you should know that the criteria a good digital piano should meet are very different than the criteria for an acoustic piano.

For example, if you buy an acoustic piano you want those strings to be as long as possible, and you want your sound board to be as big as possible. With a digital piano, you don’t need to think about that, because it doesn’t have strings, and since the sound is produced electronically, you don’t need an acoustic chamber. There are more, but let’s just get to the guide for now.

Here’s what you need to pay attention to prior of buying a digital piano:

  • Brand

Some brands are really good, others are not so good. For example, if you buy a Yamaha you have a way better chance of congratulating yourself for your choice than you would if you bought a bad Korg model. It’s not that Korg is a bad brand, it’s just that many of their products simply do not perform as well as Yamahas, Rolands or Clasennti pianos.

Good brands: Yamaha, Kaway, Roland, Classenti, even Casio (some models).

Lesser brands: Korg, Kurzweil (they’re good with acoustic pianos, but their digital products are not so hot), Thomann, Suzuki, Galileo, etc.

  • Feel

A good digital (electric) piano is a piano that makes you believe it’s acoustic. The keys must respond to your force of touch exactly like a real piano. Well, “exactly” is a harsh word, because not many digital pianos can actually pull that off, so let’s say “almost”. The keys must respond to your force of touch almost like a real piano.

  • Sound

Your piano needs to sound real, otherwise it’s just a toy. It doesn’t just need to feel like a real piano to the touch. It also must sound like one. Take sound location for instance. High note keys should produce a sound in the left speakers, low note keys should be heard in the right speakers, and if you hit the middle keys the sound should be heard from both speakers to give you the illusion it’s coming from the center.

Also, it’s important to see how many notes a digital piano can sustain at once. An acoustic piano holds as many notes as you want, but digital pianos work in a different way, and each sound uses up a channel. This is why polyphony is very important. Low polyphony pianos can hold 12-16 notes at once, so please aim higher.

  • Pedals

If the piano you are looking at has pedals that only go on and off, it’s a bad thing. You want multiple levels of pedaling response, otherwise your music is probably going to lack any personality and individuality, if you are a pianist who likes to use half-pedaling techniques. If you are not, then ignore this part.

  • “Digital” Features

We can’t finish our digital piano buyers guide without talking about the “digital features” we should look for. I for one like the fact that I can use more sounds on my digital piano than just the classic piano sound. Sure, the classic sound is what I use most, but I like to fool around sometimes and make some funky jazz blues fusion type tunes with different sounds. It’s fun!

If your piano allows you to combine two sounds to make a new sound that’s even better!

Of course, you need to be able to connect your instrument to the computer if you want to really taste the digital experience. You, your piano and your computer can make beautiful music together.

If this short digital piano buyer’s guide didn’t in fact do much for your dilemma (choosing between two models you think are almost the same, for example), then make sure you go on a website like Amazon and read ALL the customer reviews you find there on those models. It helps a lot.

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