PIANO


There are three categories of keyboard instruments available.

  • acoustic piano
  • digital piano
  • electronic keyboard

There are some advantages to having a digital piano or electronic keyboard over an acoustic piano.  The ability to plug in headphones so that a child can practice without disturbing anyone may give more opportunity for a student to work on their skills.  Many of these instruments can be connected with a midi or USB cable to a computer and access many computer programs.  They are easy to move around and never need to be tuned.

On the other hand, nothing compares with an acoustic piano in sensitivity to sound production.  If your family has space in your home and your budget for an acoustic piano, you are encouraged to choose this option.

Here is a good comparison chart to help you in your decision making. Included prices are approximate for new.  Second hand purchases enable you to trade up at a later date.

Piano & Keyboard Comparison Chart

Grand Piano Upright Piano Digital Piano Electronic Keyboard
How much does it cost? $6,000–$10,000+ $4,000–$8,000 $600–$2,000 $100–$1,000
How much space does it take up? 5 feet wide, 5–8 feet long 5 feet of wall space, extending 3–4 feet into the room when in use 4½ feet of wall space, extending 2–3 feet into the room when in use Same as a digital piano of 88 keys; smaller keyboards need an area of 3–4 feet square when in use
How much sound does it make? Lots of sound, will be softer if you close the lid. A good amount of sound. Ranges from loud to silent (player can wear headphones) Ranges from loud to silent (player can wear headphones)
What does it cost to maintain? About $100–$200 per year for tuning About $100–$200 per year for tuning None None
How long will it last? 30–50 years (if well maintained) 20–30 years (if well maintained) 5–10 years 3–5 years
How easy is it to move? Difficult Hard Easy Very Easy
Where can I buy it? Piano Store Piano Store

Piano store, music store, order online, a few other stores

Piano store, music store, order online,  a few other stores

 

Can I rent one? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Best brands Yamaha, Kawai, Boston, Schimmel Yamaha, Kawai, Boston, Schimmel Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, Casio Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, Casio