Digital pianos offer a breath of fresh air when it comes to the potential you can get out of them, particularly if you are buying for someone who is just learning to play. In the past there were complaints that digital pianos, while often easier to maintain, did not sound or feel like that of a traditional acoustic piano. But with advancements in technology that is simply not true.
Here are a few reasons digital pianos may be a better purchase for you than you think.
You Get What You Pay For
Most buyers have a maximum budget they're able to spend on a new piano and it will largely depend on what the purpose of the piano is. If you are teaching yourself or your child, you'll want to go for a piano that gives you the best tone and touch, not to mention you'll want to go with a piano that gives you the most bang for your buck. In most cases, this is going to be a digital piano.
A quality digital piano is going to outrank an acoustic piano in the same price range. This is because a quality acoustic piano will be significantly more expensive. Many buyers who purchase acoustic over digital, both of which were priced the same, actually end by buying either an older piano or a newer piano with poor sound quality, touch and overall tone.
Digital pianos offer a significant amount of features that can advance the learning process and encourage additional musical development that an acoustic piano may not readily provide. With a digital piano, you're often able to connect to a computer and record digital compositions that you can easily play back. On an acoustic piano, this process is drastically slowed, requiring that you manually write down each note and record from an external device.
There is also the addition of other instrumental sounds on digital pianos. This puts an emphasis on learners developing an ear for the sound of the other instruments, encouraging deeper understanding of music. With a traditional piano, there is no way to replicate these sounds without having the instruments playing live around you or on a recording.
All in all, with today's digital pianos on the market, there is often more that you can get from them than you think. Some are even designed to look and feel like that of an acoustic. Popular brands like Kawai pianos are also available as digital pianos. When making your purchase decision, always consider what you need from your piano for your financial investment to be worth it.