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Purchasing the Right Piano

Purchasing the Right Piano

When purchasing a piano, there are three major types to compare; acoustic, digital and electronic. Between the features of each piano and your budget, you should be able to make an informed decision about purchasing the right piano.

acoustic upright piano
An acoustic piano, which is the most traditional but also the most expensive, offers real wood and real strings. The combination of these features increases responsiveness and the range of tone that can be created. Many experts recommend an acoustic piano for beginners, but they tend to cost upwards of $4,000 depending on make, model and whether it is upright, grand or baby grand. However, there can be the option to purchase a pre-loved (used) acoustic piano for lessons.

A digital piano aims to replicate the experience of an acoustic piano. While it, of course, cannot be exactly the same, digital pianos are sensitive to touch, pressure and speed from the player. This is a less expensive alternative for beginning players that don’t want a large investment. Digital pianos are smaller and more portable than acoustic pianos and normally cost between $1,000 and $5,000.

portable electric keyboard
Electronic keyboards are another option for aspiring players. These are the most cost-effective option for students, available in a range of models and prices. Electronic keyboards appropriate for learning should have at least 61 piano keys. This will enable students to learn in a more similar situation to an acoustic or digital keyboard. And, while electronic keyboards can provide a good starting point, more serious piano students should move onto a digital or acoustic piano sooner rather than later.

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