Shopping for a Piano: Acoustic vs. Digital
The most serious piano teachers will adamantly point their students in the direction of an acoustic piano. For serious piano studying, I agree with this
completely for reasons I will discuss shortly. But for many reasons, a genuine handcrafted instrument may not be the best choice for you. With the
affordability, portability, and the many features that come with digital pianos, you may wish to head the other way. Summarily, the question of acoustic
versus digital boils down to a matter of authenticity versus everything else.
Mostly, the drawbacks of an acoustic piano are matters of practicality, such as price. For what you could get a new, decent quality digital piano with,
you’ll be dealing with a rather meager acoustic. This can encompass a number of problems. For instance, aside from any tuning it might need, the
overall sound quality of a cheap acoustic piano can be quite poor. This may not just be an issue of bad strings, but can result from an infinite number
of possible factors arising from any of the complex mechanics of the piano being in disrepair. Other common problems of old pianos are broken keys
and sticky keys, which is when the keys fail to spring up the way they should. There may also be faults with the framework that can range from
nuisances to impending hazards. The list of the possible troubles of a bad acoustic continues indefinitely, and it is likely that the piano will need a
decent amount of initial maintenance, in addition to periodic maintenance, which is likely to pull a few additional large bills out of your wallet right way.
Also, because of its bulk and weight, an acoustic may be a very difficult accommodation for people living in tight or elevated spaces, such as dorm
rooms and certain city apartments. Some buildings may even prohibit pianos, particularly on floors above the ground level, because the weight and
bulk of pianos make them quite cumbersome and possibly hazardous to either the tenants or the buildings themselves. This raises the