QUICK TIP: My call on the best digital piano 2010
Welcome to Best Digital Piano.
Are you looking for a digital piano that does it all but won’t leave you paying for it for the next 10 years?
You might be confused and frustrated at the sheer weight of choice out there in your search for the best digital piano that YOUR money can buy?
Shopping online can be a wonderful experience and overwhelming at the same time. The aim of my blog is to offer you some informed opinion on which digital piano is going to be the best fit for you.
I am a piano player of 10 years. I am a digital piano player of 9 of those years (equally, I shifted from acoustic drums to electric drums after a similarly short period of time – the benefits to my family and neighbours are pretty self explanatory, but we’ll get on to more of that later!)
I have put this blog together to ensure that you get the information you need on how to select the most appropriate digital piano for your current budget, playing level and style.
I find a lot of people who have taken my recommendations over the years quite simply bypass the weight of info and end up buying this – I named it my best digital piano of 2010. Hey, if I just saved you some time – all the better!
I tend to focus on the most established brands of piano. For no other reason other than to say you get good customer service and excellent after sales support (provided you buy a new rather than second hand digital piano, of course)
My suggestions here are my own and I aim to cover the largest range of digi pianos that my fingers will allow me to type. I appreciate you might be in the market right now – in which case I suggest you take a look at these best deals today.
* 76 full size touch sensitive piano style keys
* Great range of 489 real sounds
* 150 styles (2 variations) to play along to
* Portable grand feature at the touch of a button
* 6 track recorder built in to record performances
* USB to host connection
* Free adaptor
Designed for the player who wants the feel of piano style keys at a fantastic price. The DGX220 is packed with features such as a 6 track sequencer to record your own songs. The DGX220 is easy to carry and can be battery operated. With over 480 superb sounds to choose from plus touch sensitivity your playing can be as expressive as on an acoustic instrument. A newly designed panel layout makes using the keyboard easy and the clear blue backlit LCD panel makes the DGX220 look as good as it sounds. Box Contents
# CD-ROM Whether Piano or Keyboard – the 76 keys of DGX-220 offer the ambitious beginner several possibilites to develop. The internal six-track-recorder opens brilliant recording-functions and via PC and USB to host you can load new songs into Flash ROM memory. Specifications: Top design in silver 76 piano tyoe keys with Touch response (unweighted) backlit LC-Display 489 Voices, included 360 XG-Lite-Voices 150 Styles with 2 Variations Music Database with 267 Entries Flash ROM for Songs Registration Memory 30 Preset Songs Digital Effekts: Reverb/Chorus/DSP Master EQ Pitch Bend Wheel Performance Assistant YAMAHA Education Suuite Y.E.S. 4 USB to host 2-Way Speaker system 2 x 6 Watt My short review of the Yamaga DGX220 I have played this model for a total playing time of around 3 hours, so it's not the digital piano that I have most experience with. However, the price guide on this model is pretty reasonable. I simply can not recommend it over this Yamaha piano though. It's a better buy and a better model in my view. Find out more about the DGX220
* 88 full size touch sensitive piano style keys – the same as a real piano
* 500 real sounds of every type of instrument in amazing clarity
* 150 styles (2 variations of each) to play along to
* Portable grand feature
* 6 track recorder
* Pitch wheel for dynamic control
* Performance assistant technology means you can never play the wrong note!
* USB to host
* Includes stand, free adaptor
Fast analysis / review:
Fantastic value digital piano.
If you’ve already learned to play the piano and are looking to broaden your scope but not quite ready to take the leap toward the very best in digital piano technology, the Yamaha DGX520 is absolutely perfect.
* Stunning pianos onboard, from grand-piano classics to never-before-heard futuristic hybrids
* All pianos are customizable
* Newly-developed 88-note PHA-III Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement
* Analog (XLR and 1/4 inch) outputs, digital output (coaxial), USB Memory port and MIDI I/O And the official product description from the manufacturer:
The Piano RedefinedSince 1972, Roland has pioneered many groundbreaking technologies and 'world's first' products. In recent decades, no family of Roland instruments has won more respect and acclaim than the revolutionary 'V' series – V-Accordion, V-Bass, V-Drums, V-Guitar, and V-Synth. Today, Roland proudly announces the next chapter in the V legacy…the V-Piano. Throw away all preconceived notions of what a digital piano was and is. This instrument changes everything.Features* Revolutionary 'living' piano core that breaks the digital-sampling barrier in a stand-alone instrument* Stunning pianos onboard, from grand-piano classics to never-before-heard futuristic hybrids* All pianos are customizable* Newly-developed 88-note PHA-III Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement* Analog (XLR and 1/4 inch) outputs, digital output (coaxial), USB Memory port and MIDI I/OBreaking BarriersThe V-Piano soars above the limitations of past technologies with its revolutionary 'living' piano core, allowing every note to respond and evolve naturally, seamlessly, and perfectly without requiring samples. With the V-Piano, there is no velocity switching, and it provides a smooth, natural decay that must be heard to be believed.Create Your Dream CollectionWith the V-Piano, you can choose from beautifully crafted vintage grand-piano presets or you can create your own custom dream collection. Vary the hardness of the virtual hammer felts. Experiment with exotic string configurations and tunings. Put a world-famous grand under your fingertips or play a futuristic piano that has never been heard before.New PHA-III Ivory Feel KeyboardEven the most demanding pianist will appreciate the V-Piano's new PHA-III Ivory Feel keyboard with Escapement. This advanced keyboard technology.
If you haven't already guessed, I am of course talking about the awesome Roland V digital piano.I first played one in a music shop in London a couple of years back and I was totally hooked. I could go on and on about WHY I think it's the best but I believe the only way you can possibly get a feel for the depth and value of this machine is to actually stand behind one and start playing. Clearly at the price, it's a piano for those with deeper pockets. But is the Roland V worth the money? Here's my short review…. YES!!! Find out more….
The base and mid level models start at around £245 – £400 (go much lower than that and you will notice a difference). Electronic keyboards range from the tiny little Casios that make pleasant sounds but are more suited to very young children, up to stadium level acoustic symphonies fit for a stage show by Yes or Kraftwerk. You really can't get a straight handle on a genre vs genre and instead it's better to focus on needs, wants and budgets before making a range vs range comparison in the digital piano sector vs a similarly priced and spec electric keyboard. I'm going to do exactly that in a forthcoming blog post so, stay tuned!
As Christmas 2010 draws ever nearer, what better time to write a summary review of the best digital piano to buy in 2010.
When researching your digital piano choice there are some key considerations to factor:
1. The budget for your digital piano
2. The spec you require of your digital piano
3. Understanding your long term capabilities
So lets’ start with budget: how much are you willing to buy your digital piano for?
A quick check of the latest prices shows us the huge pricing ranges available to us in the UK.
It’s vitally important not to under spend and end up with a digital piano that’s simply not going to allow us to fulfil our long term goals in terms of where we expect our playing capabilities to be in, say, 3 years.
At the same time, we simply have to make sure we don’t end up splurging on a really high end digital piano that we ‘never grow in to’.
So let’s make an assumption at begin our search in the mid range market.
I could spend the next few pages extolling the virtues of this piano or that but I really don’t feel a need. I’m therefore going to save you a lot of time and effort and come right out and name the best mid-range digital piano your money can buy in 2010….(keyboard roll please….)
The new NP30 Contemporary Digital Piano represents an entirely new class of Yamaha digital pianos. Designed to offer quality, value and portability with a lighter touch, the NP30 includes 76 Graded ‘Soft’ Touch piano-style keys and stereo-sampled piano voices. Additional features include 10 quality voices like Pianos, Organs, and Strings plus 32 notes of polyphony and ten recordings of standard piano repertoire.
Now come on, it’s a Yamaha digital piano and it’s less than £250.
You can’t miss.