Although you never get the same degree of character you obtain from the sound of a real piano, digital versions offer so many benefits that you might ask yourself why people buy anything else. Indeed, what some people regard as a characterful sound when an analogue piano is played may sound out of tune to other ears. That said, many musicians continue to prefer the real thing to a digital keyboard. Why should you consider investing in a digital piano instead?
1. Perfect Tuning
When you play any of the digital pianos on the market, you will find it in perfect tune. That's because even a well-tempered piano will always vary a little depending on the local climatic conditions. With a digital version, you simply switch it on without ever needing to tune it. Indeed, for beginners who want to transpose a performance piece to another key without having to relearn it, they can do so with the digital musical technology available today.
2. Zero Maintenance
All pianos need a bit of care and attention over time. Even if you look after yours, small components will need to be replaced over the years you play it. Of course, electronic components can also fail in any device but, generally speaking, digital keyboards and pianos require no ongoing maintenance whatsoever.
3. Take Up Less Room
Even if you have room for a grand piano in your home, you may not want to take up so much space with an instrument that only gets occasional use. Even a more common upright piano has a fairly large footprint in the average living room. With a digital piano, the space taken up is much less. Indeed, you can always flip one onto its end and store it in a cupboard when it is not in use.
4. More Sounds
A digital version of a piano may be geared up to emulate the sound of the real thing but you can also often find models with additional keyboard sounds, like Hammond organs and harpsichords. In fact, many of them can be hooked up to a MIDI sound module which could make the available sounds virtually limitless.
5. Learn Faster
When you are learning an instrument, recording yourself and listening back for errors can be extremely useful. With a digital instrument, like a piano, you can usually do this from the instrument itself without the need to set another recording device going. You can also play with headphones, which helps to extend your rehearsal time without disturbing other family members.