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The Difference Between Digital Pianos and Keyboards

The advance of piano technology over the past decade means we can use space more creatively.

As a result, there is a crossover in the functionality of keyboards and digital pianos.

Here we delve deeper into the differences between keyboards and digital pianos, helping you identify which best suits your musical requirements.

Digital Pianos

Their sole purpose is to replicate the performance of an acoustic grand piano. As well as mimicking the appearance, a digital piano aims to provide musicians with the same feel, quality of sound and full capability of a traditional alternative. In many respects it is a modern twist on a classic, allowing for improved portability and connectivity.

Digital pianos are perhaps a middle ground; they are much lighter than a grand piano, but heavier than a portable keyboard.

Weighing anywhere between 25 and 60lbs, a digital piano can come custom-built with a cabinet and have up to 88 keys. Depending on the model, they can feel almost indistinguishable to an acoustic piano with some using weighted keys.

Unlike portable electronic keyboards, digital pianos are more complex which makes them tricky to master if you haven’t previously played other digital models or an acoustic piano. Their more authentic weighted keys and sound does though prepare you to advance to an acoustic model after enough practice.

In terms of cost, digital pianos again fall between a keyboard and acoustic piano. They are often double, even triple, the price of an electronic keyboard. Digital pianos are more often priced from £250 through to £8,500. You can find an entry-level digital piano for about the same £250 price tag, but for the best tone and key action you’re probably looking for a digital piano that costs closer to £500 – £1000.

Electronic Keyboards

Electronic Keyboards are most often used as a stepping stone to learning how to play the piano. It is an ideal choice for a beginner seeking to become acquainted with piano keys. Unlike digital pianos, keyboards are not built with the intention of replicating the sound of an acoustic piano. Instead, they focus on producing a piano tone and offering portability.

Often weighing little more than 20lbs and containing between 49, 61 and 88 keys, Electronic Keyboards are easy to move around because they are lightweight. That also means they can be positioned on worktops, tables and floors with ease. They are simpler to store around the home too, unlike a digital or acoustic piano that needs both time and consideration before moving.

Keys on a keyboard are usually made of plastic and may not be appropriate for those after a more authentic feel and sound.

Sometimes they are considered ‘gimmicky’ because they come preloaded with artificial sounds, tones and songs, but those same functions can be a fun addition for children and beginners. From there they can learn the basics of playing the piano while practising the fundamental skills.

When it comes to the cost of electronic keyboards for adults, you can expect to pay anywhere between £100, for a basic model, to £4500 for an established brand. You can usually find a good and perfectly functional basic keyboard, and expect to pay about £250- £500.

There are stark differences between a digital piano and a keyboard, but arguably the biggest difference is the required skill level. Electronic Keyboards are without a doubt more suited to beginners and those wanting to understand the layout of a piano as well as the fundamentals of the instrument. In contrast, a digital piano is more difficult to master and is closer to an acoustic model in terms of both performance and sound.

If you would like more advice on pianos or keyboards, please feel free to drop into our piano showroom in London or call us at 0207 935 8682 to speak to a member of our friendly team.

Best 88-Key Digital Keyboards To Buy In 2020

Not everybody has the space, or budget, to accommodate a grand piano which is why many opt for a portable solution like an 88-key digital keyboard.

It is electronic alternative that is ideal for those looking to replicate the sound of a piano while also benefiting from the reduced size and increased functionality of a keyboard.

Here we discuss what we believe to be the best 88-key digital keyboards on the market this year whether you’re new to pianos or wanting to upgrade an existing model.

Yamaha Digital CLP series

At Markson Pianos, we offer a selection of models from the Yamaha Digital CLP Series in a range of colours.

Each example in the Clavinova series features absorbent synthetic ivory keys that make playing for any length of time feel natural and enjoyable while effortlessly bringing the sound of an acoustic piano into your home.

The keys in the CLP series are designed to accurately replicate the delicate touch of acoustic ones, creating an authentic experience.

Yamaha has made this a central part of its design, sampling sounds directly from two of the most renowned concert grand pianos; the Bosendorfer Imperial and the Yamaha CFX.

Using their innovative binaural sampling technology, the entire CLP series allows you to enjoy a wide range of expression and to feel as if you are playing a grand piano.

Examples in the range are ideal for those that have sound quality at the top of a list of priorities.

A simple design makes them accessible for beginners as well as experienced grand piano players who are looking for a similar grand-like feel that gives them total control over the intricate points of performance.

If you want to discover more about the Yamaha Digital CLP series sold by Markson Pianos, take a look here.

Kawai Digital ES110

Another of our personal favourites for 2020 is undoubtedly the Kawai Digital ES110.

Released initially in 2017, it has since become one of the most coveted and popular additions to Kawai’s digital piano series.

This model seamlessly combines authentic keyboard action and piano sound technologies in an affordable and portable keyboard.

Kawai has a reputation across the world for the authenticity of its instruments, and this model conforms to expectation with a sustain pedal and a lectern included as part of a range of features.

It is an updated version and successor to the best-selling ES100 with a new Responsive Hammer Compact keyboard action and the firm’s unique Harmonic Imaging technology delivering a realistic and highly-enjoyable musical experience.

Live players will also appreciate dedicated line out jacks for sound reinforcement, while built-in Bluetooth capability facilitates connection with smart devices and computers.

It is an ideal choice for all skill levels, but particularly for beginners wanting to understand and experience playing the piano.

Equally, its realistic acoustic touch will appeal to more experienced players looking for a more compact piano solution.

The superb keyboard action, combined with a stunning array of grand piano sounds as well as the more modern, digital features, creates an amazing, compact instrument that can be used for all occasions and abilities.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Kawai Digital ES110 model, then take a look here.

At Markson Pianos, we are proud to offer a comprehensive array of digital pianos from leading manufacturers which would be ideal for the passionate pianist who wants all of the benefits in terms of rich sound and beautiful style of an acoustic piano, but at a fraction of the price and with a whole host of additional functionality to explore.

If you want to know more about our 88-key keyboards or other digital pianos in our range, then contact us today or pop into our London piano showroom to give them a try.

Our piano showroom in the UK capital was founded more than a century ago, and we continue to specialise in the sale of acoustic, digital and grand pianos.