What to Know about Hybrid Pianos Before You Buy

It may surprise you to find out that there is more to buying pianos than choosing between a grand and an upright. The world of pianos has changed over the past few decades, and one of your new options may surprise you. The latest piano option is known as a hybrid, like the ones offered by Kawai pianos. There are a few things you need to know before you either buy one or overlook one as an option.


The technology of a hybrid piano is the real difference between it and a traditional acoustic option. A hybrid piano uses soundboards and speaker systems to give a clear digital output of the music being entered into the device through the keys. Some of the more advanced models will give the player the option of playing with the soundboard or using a traditional acoustic sound.

This is ideal if you live in an apartment setting where an accoustic piano could put out a much larger sound than what you would like. The digital technology also offers options for headset and Bluetooth capability if you would prefer to hear the sound through headphones or a Bluetooth speaker system that can be adjusted for the right sound volume.


One of the reasons you may be considering purchasing a piano in the first place is for your child or someone in the home who is learning to play. This means performance will play a strong role in the type of piano you choose. For example, you may not want to purchase an option that sounds or performs vastly different at home as compared to the type of instrument your child will be playing at their recital. When you purchase a hybrid piano, you can rest easy knowing that though it is digitally advanced, and the performance is still the same as the traditional acoustic option. The difference is in the clarity of sound and other digitally mastered options.


When you hear the term hybrid piano, you may think they would look much different in appearance and form. The truth is, a hybrid is designed to look just like a traditional piano in most every way. For example, if you are looking at an acoustic grand piano, or traditional grand piano, and a hybrid piano, you won't notice any difference in the pedals or keys. They can also resemble either an upright or baby grand piano. The design will look nearly the same. This is ideal if you want something that is more technologically advanced but gives the appearance of a traditional instrument.

These are only three of the things you need to know before purchasing a hybrid piano. If you are ready to see your hybrid options, visit your local Kawai piano dealer.