Deciding to study the piano is the first step in a tremendously rewarding journey. The good news is that you will not be traveling alone. You will be given an instrument to practice on. It will be a daily source of pleasure, a reassuring presence in your house, and a valued companion. So, using our four-piano buying advice, let’s find you the perfect instrument.
A full-size piano keyboard includes 88 keys, seven octaves, and three more notes. Choose this if you want the most authentic piano experience. If you are limited by size, the next largest will suffice (76 keys: six octaves, three notes). This will be useful, but you will reach your limit on some classical tunes.
If you have less than 76 keys, you will frequently reach the upper or lower limitations. Of course, if you don’t have the room and have to choose between 61 keys and nothing at all, 61 keys it is.
This word refers to the mechanism of a piano. Because digital keyboards and pianos lack the same physical components as a real piano, they employ a variety of approaches to simulate the heavier touch and feel of a genuine piano’s keys. Better instruments do this by including or recreating models of the moving components. These keyboards, which simulate the key responsiveness of an acoustic piano, are more costly and heavier than conventional keyboards but are still smaller, cheaper, and lighter than both digital and acoustic pianos.
Digital pianos provide the ease and flexibility of a keyboard while faithfully reproducing the playing experience of an acoustic piano, especially as technology advances. They are often constructed of wood or imitation material and have hammer-action keys. This simulates playing a solid instrument while not requiring tuning or the same physical care as an acoustic piano.
For ages, the original sound and playing experience have influenced Western music. You can feel the sounds resonating up through your fingertips and throughout the room as you play. This “acoustic” sound is produced solely by physical means, with no use of electronics, sampling, or loudspeakers.
There is a lot to think about, and the possibilities might be overwhelming, especially if you are unfamiliar with all the terminologies.
These four learning resources might be useful in obtaining a new piano. Forte Piano Movers can be reached at 412-756-6399 for more information.