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Why buy a digital piano? Well there are a multitude of reasons why you might be considering the digital option over the traditional acoustic one. One of the most obvious being space. Portable pianos allow you to store your piano in a cupboard or under a bed, take it to school or a gig. The cabinet style digital piano, as a contrast, takes up less room than an acoustic (height especially) and has the advantage of being situated in an upstairs room, making them ideal for multi-floor flats or maisonettes.
Because of their weight, acoustic pianos, installed in upstairs rooms, require a reinforced floor to support it. A typical upright acoustic weighs in at around 200kgs., whereas a cabinet style digital piano weighs from as little as 60kgs.
Another relevant fact to consider is, living as we do in centrally-heated homes, this can affect the tuning and in some cases, warp the soundboard..not so with a digital piano.
A lot of us live in big cities and living cheek to jowl in semi-detached and terraced houses, we have to be aware of our neighbours..and trying to keep them happy, always hoping this will prompt them to act in a similar manner! To this end, having the facility to use headphones with your digital pianos means they will never be disturbed by you. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep, padding downstairs and playing your piano!
PART TWO will feature touch curves, weighted keys, graded keys, piano samples, temperaments and hammer resonance.