There is really no excuse today for a person who would like to learn how to top digital pianos, to be unable to get an instrument, try taking some lessons, and learn how to play at least to some degree. The accessibility of teachers as well as the wide variety of available piano choices provides a very affordable, healthy, and enjoyable activity that can be experienced by all who may have the desire.
“What sort of piano must i get?”
One of the primary questions many teachers are asked by their students is ‘What type of piano should I get?” As a piano technician (and x-pianist), I am asked this query every once in awhile too. I really hope my thoughts listed here are helpful to individuals who are trying to investigate just what the differences are involving the acoustic and electric pianos. There are many reasons piano teachers recommend a real acoustic piano for their students.
To begin with, an acoustic piano is really a stand alone acoustic instrument. This is a mechanical instrument made basically of wood and felt and metal and does require regular service and tuning. A qualified piano tuner/technicians is going to be needed for regular servicing as well as the occasional repairs and adjustments that might be needed, as a result of basic deterioration and humidity fluctuations.
Acoustic pianos contain strings and a sounding board, along with a very mechanical action that is all activated and controlled through the keys. The sound is “3 dimensional” and is a result of a (piano) hammer hitting a string and causing that string to vibrate. The string’s vibrations are transferred to the soundboard and the whole piano becomes an acoustic instrument. Again, the sound is “3 dimensional”.
An electric powered piano requires electricity and speakers to generate its sound. (There were some electric pianos made previously that did have strings and somewhat of a semblance of a real piano action, but they are mostly outdated now, and are not what type which you will generally see in the dealers stores instead of an acoustic piano). The electrical piano either has it’s own speakers build in it, or it ought to be attached to some sort of an amplifier/speaker/sound system to help make any sound.
Electric pianos do not need regular tuning such as an acoustic piano does. Electric piano repair and maintenance is normally carried out by electronics technicians. Electric pianos do contain some mechanical aspects (keys, pedals, etc) but the rest is switches, wires, circuit boards, chips, hard drives, computer stuff, etc. I equate the guys who service the electrical pianos as the guys who used to service electric organs. Your dealer will be able to refer you to a qualified service person for any repairs and adjustments that should be performed on your own electric piano.
The noise of the Kawai KDP90 is essentially “2 dimensional”. The keys are linked to a ‘switch’ that turns the sound on / off, as well as the speed of the key is electronically measured to discover the volume. The faster the key moves the louder the sound. The keys are also weighted to approximate the ‘feel’ of a real acoustic piano.
The electronic pianos have gotten better through the years in a number of ways. The majority of them are actually stereo, which will help them sound more ‘attractive”, and the sorts of weighting and spring systems found in the keys to assist the to approximate the feel of any real piano has gotten better also.
Piano Sound: “3 Dimensional” vs. “2 Dimensional”
I wish I really could remember who I first heard describe the differences of the sound of an electric vs. acoustic piano as “2 dimensional” vs. “3 dimensional”. A “2 dimensional” sound is comparable to a graph which includes an ” x-axis” as well as a “y-axis”.
Think of the speaker within your car radio. This speaker operates by moving air in a “2 dimensional” way, the speaker vibrates forward and backward moving air and thereby producing whatever sound is xozkev into it from it’s sound source – in this instance whatever “sound’ is selected and modified on the keyboard by the various buttons, and options available on that particular keyboard.
A “3 dimensional” sound is one that not just has an “x-axis” and a “y-axis”, but it additionally features a “z-axis”. The piano hammer striking the string creates a sound that is a true acoustic phenomena vibrating in all 3 dimensions. An acoustic piano, as with other acoustic instruments, fails to require any amplification to be heard and played and (hopefully) enjoyed.
Many electric piano buyers begin small, then decide they desire more features or basically just more instrument. So trading up is yet another possibility with the electronic pianos as well.
I am hoping this has been useful when you are understanding a number of the applications and the differences between the electric pianos as well as the acoustic pianos. Your dealer also needs to help you in answering questions you could have. Buy as good a piano that you can justify – especially if it is an acoustic piano. A good buy digital piano will hold it’s value and through proper care and maintenance will give you years of good service and enjoyment.