Williams Digital Pianos
Williams pianos are an alternative to famous name-brand digital pianos. Yamaha, Korg and Roland make superb instruments, but a less expensive option has been sought for many years. Musician’s Friend partnered with Williams more than a decade ago, and we have been with them every step of the way in developing this excellent line of pianos.
Williams offers digital pianos in a grand piano form as well as the more common upright type. They also have two portable models that are easy to transport. All of the home models have weighted, hammer-action keyboards. The portables feature a lighter touch. In all, there are five models in the Williams line.
The Williams Symphony resembles a grand piano. It is available in traditional ebony or a rich mahogany. It contains 174 voices, including 46 from Williams’ high-definition Custom Sound Library and 128 General MIDI sounds.
Williams’ flagship home digital piano in an upright form factor is the Williams Overture 2. Like the Williams Symphony, it is available in traditional ebony or rich mahogany. It has 15 sounds from the Williams library as well as General MIDI sounds. Like all of the Williams console pianos, it comes with a music rest for books and sheet music. Sounds include piano, electric piano, organ, strings, brass and vibraphone.
The Williams line’s best-seller is the Williams Rhapsody 2. The Rhapsody 2 is a great-sounding home piano in an upright form that sells for less than $500. It is an extraordinary instrument and value.
The two portable instruments in the Williams line are the Allegro and the Legato. The Allegro is in its third version, the Allegro III. It is an 88 weighted-key digital piano with 10 high-resolution sounds. Sounds include pianos, electric pianos, organs, strings and bass. They were all sampled using quality instruments with full dynamic ranges. Its weighted keyboard affords an expressive, responsive feel.
The most affordable instrument in the Williams line is the Williams Legato III. As the name implies, it, too, has had a second redesign. It is a full-size, 88-key digital piano. Its keyboard is velocity sensitive and has blocked-end keys, but does not have the hammer action of the upper models. It features Bluetooth, MIDI capabilities and an iOS app. The Legato III has 10 sounds from the same Williams Custom Sound Library as the top-of-the-line Williams instruments.