Does The Technological World Mean An End For The Acoustic Piano?
These days it seems like everything is digital. You can’t really escape it and for the most part it does seem to be adding value to our everyday lives by making things easier and less time consuming. With advances in technology there have been vast improvements to the digital world of piano playing. Keyboards have vastly improved and some would argue that in some instances there is little difference between an acoustic and a digital keyboard.
So, does this mean the end for the acoustic piano?
We don’t think so. Does the ability to read books on the Kindle or other e-book platforms mean the end of hardback books? People will always have a preference, and some will always prefer the acoustic version of their favourite instrument than the digital spin-off.
However, there are some bonuses of the technologically advanced versions. For example, Latest kawai digital pianos have a reputation for allowing people to turn their modest homes in to grand concert venues by virtue of the sounds their instruments can produce. The same could not be achieved with an acoustic, unless of course it was a grand (or at least a baby grand).
This brings us on to the issue of size. Electronic keyboards are significantly smaller than their more traditional alternative. While this may bring with it its own issues in terms of playability (a 61-key instrument is going to have significant playing limitations) it does mean that people who don’t live on a country estate can find the space to take up piano playing.
The more lightweight alternative is also much easier to transport, either from room to room or location to location. This makes it a firm favourite with students, many of whom may have a traditional instrument waiting for them at their parents’ home for when they return.
Finally, there is the issue of noise. While you may love the sound of your playing, your neighbours may not. This is especially true during unsociable hours, or if you are repetitively rehearsing a performance piece. It is impossible to mute an upright piano; however, you can easily turn the sound down on an electronic version. The vast majority of modern machines also have the ability to plug in headphones, which means that there is every chance your neighbours won’t hear a single thing you are playing at all without your own hearing being compromised.
Getting the right choice for you
It is important that you consider your precise needs when it comes to piano purchasing, taking into consideration your budget, location and general requirements. This in turn will have a huge influence on what sort of instrument is the best bet for you. For some the digital option will always rank higher, for others the more traditional route offers no limitations.