Piano Time Education #2 - Digital vs acoustic piano, explained

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If you have been staying tuned to our Piano Time page, you will easily notice our sweet digital piano deals! But you may not understand which one is best suited for you and why
That’s why today we are here to present you with a simple post explaining which one you should buy for your next piano purchases! Depending on your circumstances both digital and acoustic (upright) pianos can be amazing choices!
Before we start, we highly recommend digital pianos to beginners as they provide more conveniences with little compromises in sound and keyboard feel.
With that out of the way, let’s start! We have divided our comparison into 4 parts:

The sound produced – Acoustic wins

The acoustic piano produces a sound when the hammer strikes a string and gives an authentic, natural acoustic sound that has a warmer, more resonant tone and frequencies.
Digital piano provides sound by mimicking the acoustic pianos. With the advancement of modern technology, the sound from a digital piano is getting close to acoustic sound but not there yet. Its sound is a digital file and thus doesn’t allow for the same acoustic nuances.
However, a cheap acoustic piano will sound worse than a good digital piano, nonetheless.

Practicality – Digital wins

Digital pianos are light and easy to move compared to the extremely heavy acoustic pianos, which will need multiple people to help moving it around.
The advantages of technology also make digital pianos shine! You can easily plug earphones into one and not disturb any family members or neighbours when you play. Volume control in digital pianos can be done simply by adjusting the volume, providing high customizability.
Digital pianos also let you play in the sound of any instruments easily. If you’re a composer or wanting to record your play, simply plug your digital piano into your computer and everything’s set.

Tuning and maintenance – Digital wins

Digital piano does not require tuning at all, whereas an acoustic piano requires tuning at least once a year. The tuning can not be done by yourself as it will require the help of a professional that may be expensive. Also, the humidity can affect the longevity of the acoustic pianos’ wooden frame and can damage the interior if not tended regularly.

Keyboard feel – Acoustic wins, but…

Many people claim that the main drawback of digital pianos is the lack of a weighty feel when playing. It is true that acoustic pianos’ weighted keys feel better when played comparing to digital pianos’ keys. However, many manufacturers have introduced hammer action keys (weighted keys) into digital pianos that mimic the feel of acoustic pianos.
The expressiveness provided by acoustic pianos is only needed when you’re an experienced piano player, but digital piano can’t provide the touch-sensitive sound as all sound produced are digital files already set during manufacturing.
Piano Time Education is a new series of posts in which we answer the most daring questions you might have when choosing the right instruments. Our goal is to provide the best service to you! Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any inquiries! 

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