Other FAQs

Other Common Digital Piano Related Questions

Other FAQs1. Are wooden keys better than plastic keys?

Yamaha, Roland and Kawai’s top of the range digital pianos use mainly wood in their keys instead of plastic material. 

Solid wooden keys are more expensive to produce than plastic keys. Same concept applies to real wooden furniture than plastic furniture. This is why you only find them on more expensive digital pianos.

Wood is slightly heavier than plastic, so, the touch should be heavier and firmer. Personally, we  do find that the touch is more solid with wooden keys. The feeling is an overall solidness or firmness, no matter where you touch the key.

Wooden keys can also make a difference psychologically. If you’re used to playing an upright or grand piano, then seeing the wood on the side of your digital piano’s key could make you feel better.

One important key point we’d like our clients to know though, is that the key doesn’t play any part in the piano’s sound. So, wooden keys would make no difference at all.

2. Which polyphony do I need: 32, 64, 96 or 128?

As we mentioned before, 32-note polyphony isn’t enough for complex pieces so is more suitable for beginners. You’ll lose some of the notes when playing complex chords whilst holding down the sustain pedal.

64-note polyphony is just right. This is enough for practically any piece of music.

96, 128 or even 256-note polyphony could come in handy if you’re playing multiple instrumental voices, effects, complex chords AND using the sustain pedal all the same time. Not very likely though!

In our opinion though, 96 and 128 polyphony is really overkill. If you were a beginner it’s absolutely not necessary.

3. What’s the difference between digital and
stage pianos?

Digital pianos are primarily for home use. Digital pianos come with a fixed stand. The speakers are either built-in to its stand or underneath the key bed.

Stage pianos come either with, or without speakers. The best stage pianos usually come without speakers. This is because they’re used mainly by professional musicians for gigs.The player would usually carry a separate amplifier to connect to the piano. The amplifier produces a much louder, clearer sound. This is essential when playing in a group, or in a noisy place.

If you’re buying a piano for your home then you should go for a digital piano. If you plan on transporting your piano frequently, then a stage piano would be better for you.

4. Where are the best and worst places in my
home to put a digital piano?

Digital pianos are much more resistant to heat, cold, and humidity fluctuations than upright pianos. Digital pianos don’t suffer as much from the heat, cold, or temperature changes. However you do need to be careful of condensation though. Condensation can occur if your digital piano is next to an open window when it’s raining, or in a cold, damp place such as a basement, or subject to steam from cooking. Excessive condensation can cause problems with your piano’s electronics. This is something you’d definitely want to avoid. You should also try to avoid putting your digital piano directly in front of a radiator, especially if you have the heating on very high.

So, the worst places to put your digital piano, (in order of worst first), are:

  • Near a cooker in an open-plan kitchen
  • In a damp basement
  • Next to a window that’s permanently open
  • Directly in front of a hot radiator
  • In a conservatory, under direct sunlight

5. How do I protect my piano from drink
spills, dust and cup stains?

A sliding key cover will help protect your piano from drink spills. It will also keep dust from getting underneath the keys. There’s nothing worse than a sticky drink that’s spilt on your keys. It not only makes your keys sluggish, but can destroy the electronic circuits, sensors and contacts underneath the keys! Dust isn’t really a major problem if it gets under the keys. Dust can take a long time to build up. And, if too much of it gets underneath the keys it can interfere with key’s contact pads. This could result in some notes not sounding. As for cup stains, a dust cover is the answer! Dust covers are useful for keeping dust from getting under your keys, they’re also ideal for covering your piano when you’re having a party. You know people ALWAYS put their drinks on your piano! Well, with a good quality dust cover you don’t have to worry.The waterproof material stops liquids from spilling on, or even worse, IN your piano. And, if someone does place a hot cup of tea on top of your piano, then it won’t leave a horrible ring mark! If sticky drinks spill on your keys then you could be in for a VERY expensive repair bill. Liquid will certainly drip down onto the electronic parts and contact rubbers which are located underneath your piano keys.

6. What’s the average life of a digital piano?

Digital pianos have an average life of 10 years. Now, this figure depends on the following:

1) Quality of the piano’s parts (especially the keyboard and electronics)

2) How much it is played

3) How it is looked after

The best case scenario is:

A high quality (and high price) digital piano from a leading brand, that doesn’t get played every day, and is kept in a clean and tidy environment could last for up to 20 years.

Summary: Buying a digital piano isn’t something you do often. Well, hopefully not if you get it right the first time! After you’ve digested the detailed information on this sale we hope you have a pretty good idea of what digital piano you’d go for. At Digital Piano Advice, we wish you many years of enjoyment with your, soon to be, new digital piano. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us and please feel free to leave us comments anytime!

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