The Question: "Should I buy a digital or acoustic piano? Is it basically the same thing?"
There are a great number of electronic pianos available.
We are presenting some information in an unbiased manner in order for you to weigh the pro's and con's of buying an electronic versus an acoustic piano.
Some dealers prefer to push electronic pianos as they are more manageable, do not require delivery, setup, or a dealer backed warranty. The manufacturer of the electronic piano does provide a warranty, but it is often only for 1 year.
These kinds of dealers are operating in a manner that is most beneficial to them, and the customer is simply handed a box in return for their money.
Acoustic pianos involve a great deal of precision and care on the part of the dealer, as well as a host of extra costs. The piano must be unpacked, then set up, at which point it requires tuning and regulation. This alone involves five to ten hours of labour. Once it is sold it then needs to be delivered, often tuned again, and the dealer must give the customer some sort of guarantee on the piano. No wonder some piano dealers recommend electronic pianos!
There are some good reasons to purchase a digital piano. But buying digital because it’s what the dealer would rather sell isn’t one of those reasons.
The initial cost of an acoustic piano could be a little more than the purchase of an electronic piano -- although the price difference is marginal. However, after five years, your acoustic piano will be worth more money, and the value of your electronic piano will have depreciated to almost nothing.
If you are purchasing the instrument for your children, it is recommended that you purchase an acoustic piano. This is because children especially require the real touch and sound of a piano. Their brains are like sponges and grow accustomed to whatever they are presented with. This means that they will begin to expect the lightly weighted feel of an electronic piano, and when it comes time to complete Royal Conservatory examinations, they will have a very hard time adapting. We encounter numerous frustrated parents whose children's teachers have told them to go buy "a real piano" after just investing a lot of money in an electronic one. For close to the same amount of money they laid out initially for the electronic piano, they could have bought an acoustic piano of good quality!
However, electronic pianos have their specific purpose as well. Some examples include: locations that have no way to control the climate, nursing homes, rock bands, or even just for fun. These are just some of the entirely practical applications for choosing electronic pianos. If you have considered all of this information and would like to make an informed decision to purchase an electronic piano, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. We are simply here to ensure your decision is an informed one. We sell electronic as well as acoustic pianos in a wide variety of brands in order to satisfy the needs of most any customer. You can browse through our stock on the inventory page.
Some advantages when considering an electronic piano:
- No need to ever tune it
- Headphone jack and volume control
- Possible lower initial cost
- An array of sounds other than just piano
- MIDI and computer connectivity
- Lightly weighted keys requiring little hand strength
Some advantages when considering an acoustic piano:
- Value holds, and often appreciates
- Much more presentable, and aesthetically pleasing
- Real weighted piano keys (just like in RCM exams)
- Real piano sound that can never be duplicated
- Enjoys a much longer life
- A genuine musical instrument
There is also often presented the misconception that an electronic piano takes up less space than its acoustic counterpart. However, in most cases the square footage required is identical.