Pianos come in different designs, sizes, shapes, and styles as well as various types. You can mainly choose between an upright or a grand piano, a digital or an acoustic piano, over-strung or straight strung, and many others. Below, I have listed a few useful things that you should know about the different available types of this particular musical instrument.
Acoustic or Digital Piano
An acoustic piano is a piano that provides its sound or tone wholly from the natural auditory of the felt-covered hammers that hit the high-tensile steel or wire strings. A digital piano, also known as an electronic piano, does not have hammers or strings at all, but as an alternative, it uses electronics in one way or another in order to generate its sounds. This is succinctly the difference between a digital and an acoustic piano. Typically, customers will ask me, which type of piano should they buy and is the one type more superior to the other?
There is definitely a market for both types of pianos; but to know which is better for you, it is more sensible to ensure that you are well informed or well versed on the subject of the different piano types before you shop for one. To make it easier for you, I have outlined the range of pros and cons of each type. I hope that with these details, you will be able to make a sound decision when it comes to buying a piano for you and your family.
Where Should You Place It in Your Home?
When you purchase a piano, it definitely has to be placed somewhere in your humble abode. So, where is the best place to put it? For an average-sized house, realistically, there are only a couple of alternatives. Consequently, prior to buying one, you need to consider the type of house you have, the living circumstances, and the space, as they all play a huge part in your final decision-making.
Digital pianos do not need a lot of space and certainly do not require tuning. This means that they can be placed in all rooms no matter what the humidity and temperature is like in them. While their footprint is akin to an acoustic piano, particularly the upright, their height is just about half of the acoustic piano’s height. Since you can use a pair of headphones to play the digital piano, you do not need to place it in a room where it will disturb others, like your family or guests.
An acoustic piano has to be placed in rooms where their temperature does not ebb and flow too much, because this can cause some tuning issues. Acoustic pianos produce rich, resonant sound and for that reason, it is best to choose a room that is acoustically separated from other living areas and neighbors. In doing so, you will have adequate space to practice without disturbing other people. If you cannot find a suitable room for the acoustic piano, I advise that you seriously consider the digital piano.
Different Pianos for Different Players
Personally, I feel that an acoustic piano is more suitable for people who are serious about their lessons and prefer playing classical pieces. The digital piano is appropriate for creative players who like to play with different “voices” or sounds to create their own pieces. Acoustic musical instruments come in two main types – the grand and the upright. Both have different attributes and each provides different results when it is played. Thus, I believe that it is imperative that a player plays all the different types of pianos first, to better determine which is best suited for him.
Would you prefer a digital or an acoustic piano in your house or flat?