Jim, I am searching for a piano and it will be with me for ever at my middle age here.....I am interested in a digital, but it just doesn't "seem right" somehow, compared to a "real" piano.....can you really "feel" the keys and does it really sound like a grand piano? Or is it really just, well "digital". I have a hard time thinking it would have a soul or character like traditional pianos.
This would be a great question to ask on the webcast
Here are some quick points from my experience:
- Like acoustic pianos, digital pianos will have a different feel between brands and models and sometimes even between the same model.
- Digital pianos can do a great job at mimicking the feel of an acoustic piano. Some of them are even loaded with the exact same "hammer action" mechanisms as an acoustic. I would suggest visiting your local music or piano store and spending some quality time with them to get an idea.
- The sound of a good quality digital piano is carefully and painstakingly modeled after one or several acoustic pianos, they capture the nuances of an acoustic piano as best as possible. Will it have the same "quirks" as an acoustic piano? Not really, since each model of digital piano is loaded with the same sounds. The sounds they come loaded with vary between models and manufacturers.
- That can also be beneficial since digital pianos require virtually no maintenance. An acoustic piano should be tuned and serviced at least once a year while digital will always stay in tune.
- As for soul and character, well that can be a personal opinion, by far. As you may have seen in my "story time with Jim" (you can find it on YouTube) segment, I have my favorite acoustic piano. It has a "thing" for sure, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy playing a good quality digital piano. Once you try a few and weigh the pros and cons you'll probably have a great idea what you want for a long term investment"
Thanks for asking!
Jim Brickman Music