pick the perfect digital piano
As any musician knows, buying a new instrument requires a lot of research. For most of us, it involves figuring out what features we need, what options are available in our price range, and getting as much advice as we can about what specifications will work best for our needs.
Choosing any instrument is a careful process – no one wants to shell out for something that ends up not being right for them. When it comes to buying a large instrument like a piano, it’s perhaps even more important to get it right. Recognising this, Casio has created this handy guide for choosing the right digital piano, to help musicians select the perfect model…
Digital pianos are a wonderful resource for people of all ages and all kinds of disciplines. They make learning and performing much easier but still offer the satisfaction of playing on a beautiful expressive musical instrument. Whether you’re looking to learn the piano or gift a beginner with their first ever instrument, choosing the right piano can be exhausting and frustrating.
Casio, one of the world’s most renowned producers of premium, digital hybrid pianos including the premium Celviano Grand Hybrid, offers six tips to consider when selecting a beginner’s piano.
An authentic touch
Today, all digital piano keys are designed to look like those on a traditional piano, but some can feel far superior to others and it’s worth looking closely at how the keys are made. Some instruments, such as Casio’s Grand Hybrid range, have keys that are made from exactly the same materials as acoustic pianos, to make the playing experience as close to a traditional instrument as possible. What’s more, Casio Grand Hybrid keys are connected to real, moving hammers (which is what acoustic pianos have) to ensure that the weighting of the keys is true to the original instrument.
One of the big advantages of a digital piano is that it takes up far less space than an acoustic one. Portable pianos, those without wooden stands, are great for carrying around or setting up in a spare bedroom. You should consider the maximum practical weight of a portable piano to be about 12kg – anything more and it will be difficult to carry.
Will you be using headphones
One of the huge benefits of a digital piano is the ability to play with headphones so that you don’t disturb others. The trouble is, many pianists say that using headphones removes the live acoustics that they hear when playing normally. If you’re going to be using headphones frequently, consider buying an instrument with a dedicated Headphone Mode, which will remix the sound and put the natural ambience back.
Look out for features that can take your playing in a new direction
Features such as USB Audio allows you to play audio tracks through the speakers of the digital piano, meaning that you can play along to any song that you have stored on a USB Stick. There are a range of many different features to look out for, such as Casio’s ‘Concert Play’ that allows you to play along to real orchestral recordings of famous classical pieces. There’s even the Hall Simulator – which recreates the acoustics of famous concert venues.
Check to see if it connects to other home devices
With the popularity of music learning apps on iPads and online music lesson systems, it’s important to make sure that your chosen instrument will work with a computer or tablet.
Are you sitting comfortably?
Take time to check out your chosen instrument in a music store, and bring some music with you to try. Make sure that you are happy with the playing height and the position of the music when you play.
The Celviano Grand Hybrid by Casio, designed in collaboration with esteemed acoustic manufacturer C. Bechstein combines key elements of a grand piano, such as the Natural Grand Hammer Action mechanism that follows the same path as a grand piano, and full-length precision wooden keys – the perfect combination for both new learners and experienced pianists. Casio’s Celviano Grand Hybrid is available from music instrument stores nationwide including Andertons, Gear4Music, Rich Tone Music, Reidys and Rimmers Music.
Casio is also taking ‘Action in Music’ with an initiative to shine a spotlight on music education across the UK and celebrate the work of music teachers nationwide.
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