Should you buy a traditional acoustic piano or a state-of-the-art digital piano? It’s a question that many prospective piano buyers face, especially in this day and age of technological advancements among musical instruments. Ask yourself how you’ll be using the piano and what features of each instrument best suit your needs.
If the best sound is an absolute priority, an acoustic piano will be ideal for you. Although digital pianos are quite sophisticated and can beautifully emulate the sounds of real strings and hammers, the quality of their sound will always be an imitation of an acoustic piano. Acoustic pianos acquire their sound from their unique physical components and the reverberation of sound waves, and no two pianos will sound the same.
Acoustic pianos are also the preferred choice for professional pianists. These musicians must play on something comparable to the instrument they’ll use in concert. Unlike digital pianos, acoustic pianos, depending on the model and condition, may appreciate in value over time.
One of the most common reasons people buy digital is because of volume concerns. Digital pianos allow you to control the volume and even use headphones, so you will never upset your neighbors. If you’re considering a digital piano for a pianist in training, most have weighted keys and three pedals just like an acoustic piano.
New, high-quality digital pianos offer the player more than just the well-imitated sound of a piano. Some have options that enhance entertaining, like a microphone input, CD player, USB port, and MP3 player input. Many of these options are also helpful for piano students, as they allow them to play along to songs and auditory piano tutorials. Another advantage of digital pianos is they can be moved more easily, without hiring a piano mover.
The Arizona Piano Company has a 14,000-square-foot showroom with both new and used grand, upright, digital, and acoustic pianos from the best brands at the best prices. Our knowledgeable staff, including our concert pianist and owner, Jason Sipe, is always on-hand to answer questions and help you find the perfect piano for your home. Give us a call today at (602) 457-3910.