Digital Piano V Real Piano


Choosing the right piano isn’t easy. You’ve got to think about the costs, the sound, maintenance, etc.   The first step in buying a piano is to decide between the two different types — the acoustic and the digital piano. Trying to compare a digital piano with a real piano probably seems silly, as they are certainly very different.  Having said that, I think the comparison is more, which piano would work best for you, your family and/or your lifestyle.

Firstly, the digital piano.  The digital piano is best if space is at a premium. Likewise, if you are living in a flat or even student accommodation, the biggest benefit of a digital piano is that you can connect your headphones and play without making any sound.  Great for anyone in either of these situations! Maybe you only get to play after the kids have gone to bed, again the digital piano option is probably the best way to go.  The down side to a digital piano is that it just simply does not sound as good as a real piano does.  A digital piano can only mimic the sound of the acoustic piano. Its sound is a digital file and therefore doesn’t allow for the same acoustic nuances.

What the digital piano may lack in terms of sound, they make it up with some additional features. These features allow you to use the digital piano in more than one way, making it a more versatile instrument.  For example; With the digital piano, you can produce the sound of almost any instruments, ranging from a saxophone to a choir. You can play around with the different types of sound and choose the sound that suits your music best.  Digital pianos differ in types and sizes, but they are all more portable than their acoustic counterparts. Some of the portable digital pianos can be moved by easily by just one person. Their smaller size also makes them a keyboard-instrument of choice in gigs or performances.  Another good thing to consider is price, in general, an acoustic piano will cost more than a digital piano.  This is something to also keep in mind when considering your options.

If you really want to play beautiful music nothing compares to a real piano, nothing quite captures the expression and warmth of a hammer hitting a string.  What you sacrifice in space (lets face it, is a grand piano really a sacrifice of space?!) you make up for in sound.  A lot of people buying real pianos also take in to consideration how the piece looks in the room.  It often makes the room!    The acoustic piano, as mentioned before, produces a sound when the hammer strikes a string. It gives you an authentic, acoustic sound that has a warmer, more resonant tone. You also have better control over the articulation and expression of the musical notes.

The down side?  An acoustic piano requires a little, yet regular maintenance. To keep your piano sounding  great, it must be tuned at least twice a year.   With regards to price, yes you will pay more, but actually in the long run, a real piano can last for decades, and often holds it price should you ever decide to sell or part exchange,  whereas a digital electric piano , like most things electrical, will not last anywhere near as long and will not hold it’s value over time.

Taking a step back and looking at both pianos, the decision really comes down to your lifestyle.  How a piano needs to fit into your life and home.  The most important thing is to consider  the options and try not to let this decision hold you back from your musical journey for too long!