When it comes to buying a product, information may be limited. This may mean that you are buying the wrong product. You can even buy what you originally wanted, but quickly feel dissatisfied. It’s just hard for people to buy something if they don’t have all the information they need.
So one day I decided I just wanted to help people like Superman, but not really. I’ve been doing pianos for a long time, so I can give some basic tips on buying a digital piano. Now there are literally hundreds of models of digital pianos, so I can understand why some people don’t even know where to start.
I’m sure you searched for “digital piano” in Google and found over 5 million results. You can even go to your local store to find only dozens of models. Hey, it’s an improvement, but if they have names like P95 or MP6, you’ll still get confused as always. Finally, you’ve probably asked the seller for advice before you quickly realize that he’s trying to sell something instead of helping you.
Now with this guide you’ll know where to start and what you want.
First step: who
Before you buy anything, you need to decide for whom it is. Is that for you? Is it for your wife who loves the piano? Is this for a 7-year-old? All these solutions are important when choosing a digital piano. Remember this before you do anything. You may even have several users of this piano. In this case, you will want to meet the expectations of the most advanced player. For example, with an entry-level digital piano will not bother the beginner, but the advanced player will be. With a high-end digital piano will be satisfied with both beginner and professional. That is why it is so important to meet the expectations of the most advanced player.
Everything else will revolve around this first step.
Step two: feeling
In my opinion, after I’ve decided for who it’s going to be, the feeling of the piano is the second most important part when it comes to buying a piano. Play a note on one end of the acoustic piano for greater clarity. Now play another note on the other side. You’ll notice that the lowest note is a little heavier than the highest.
However, digital pianos mimic this sense of weight. There are many variations, and the best of them look like a real acoustic piano, and cheaper ones do not. Yamaha brands, for example, have GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) and GH/GHE (Graded Hammer Effect). GHS is commonly used in entry-level digital pianos. It’s lighter than GH. Most beginners don’t notice this, but more advanced gamers prefer GH action keyboards.
I believe that this step is the most important in choosing a piano. If you don’t like it, you’ll always be bothered by your own digital piano. Sometimes the keys seem too plastic. You wouldn’t want that now, would you? Some people claim that sound is more important than sensation. In any case, everyone will agree that these two aspects are crucial when buying a digital piano. This brings us to the next step …
Step three: sound
The sound of music is potentially as important as the feeling of the keyboard. It is important that the digital piano looks like a real piano. It needs to be purchased.
All piano societies strive to reproduce the sound of the piano. For example, if you press a key, the sound will be different depending on how hard you press it. Most conventional digital pianos do not have this function. These pianos are not sensitive to the speed of pressing. The more expensive pianos are sensitive to the speed of pressing and vary from piano to piano. Some digital pianos can only have one level of speed. Some may have 10 levels of speed. Of course, the more layers, the more expressiveness in your performance. You can really bring your composition to life, because these digital pianos reveal all the nuances and subtleties of your game.
You have to make sure the piano sounds the way you want. Sometimes you can listen to them online or watch videos on YouTube. I recommend going to a real store with headphones.
Unlike acoustic pianos, digital pianos can sound like any other instrument! Yeah, that’s cool. Some digital pianos have 535 instruments! Others may only have 10. Usually you buy a digital piano for real piano sounds, so these other instruments don’t really matter.
Step four: characteristics
“Voices,” “sounds” and “sounds” are another way to label instruments. On a digital piano you can play guitar, drums or any other instrument. It even allows beginners to create beautiful music with basic piano knowledge.
Typically, entry-level digital pianos have only a few voices. However, it still gives you a lot of tools. If you like other instruments (and I know many of you), you want to know exactly what sounds they contain and how they sound.
Polyphony indicates how many notes can be played at the same time. For example, the Casio PX-130 has a 128-voice polyphony. This means that it can play up to 128 different notes at a time. If you exceed this number, the first note played will disappear. Therefore, the higher the better.
128-note polyphony for most is more than enough. A 32-note polyphony is enough for beginners. Although the bigger the better, but low polyphony does not mean that the piano is bad. After all, it’s just an overload of features if you don’t plan on using it. Beginners probably don’t need much, so keep that in mind if you’re a beginner.
Reverb is a function that makes you feel like you’re in a concert hall. For example, if you play a digital piano with external speakers in your room, the sound will bounce off the walls and create a kind of natural reverb. The reverb function creates this effect without external speakers or being in a concert hall.
“Glee” almost speaks for itself. This function reproduces the atmosphere in which the note is reproduced as a group. When you use this effect, it seems that 20 pianos are played at the same time.
As you can see, digital pianos have many other functions. I mentioned only a very small percentage of the features. Some digital pianos can be split in half. Others allow you to customize your own sound. The features can be endless. Before you buy a digital piano, think about what features you would like to have.
Step five: portability
I like portable digital pianos because I travel a lot. I don’t mean “travel” between countries.