Top Digital Pianos for 2019
If you’re looking to buy a new digital piano, you may have realized that searching through and reading about all of the electric pianos on the market and trying to find the one that fits your requirements and your budget can be time consuming. While it’s great that manufacturers are making more and better digital pianos than ever before, it also makes it tougher to make a decision. Whether you’re looking for a good keyboard for you, your child, or your students to learn on, or you’re looking to upgrade to a better piano, there are high quality models available at a range of prices.
To help you in your search, our music experts have hand-picked some of the best piano keyboards in our collection. Learn more about the types and brands of digital pianos to look for, as well as information about our top 5 picks.
Different Types of Digital Pianos
The first thing to understand when shopping for a digital piano is that there are several types and styles of digital pianos, and each one is suited for different uses and situations.
Digital Console Pianos
These instruments look like a traditional upright acoustic piano. Digital console pianos are much lighter and easier to move than acoustic pianos, but are generally intended to remain stationary in your home, studio or classroom. They have everything you need to replace the form and function of an acoustic piano. Digital pianos always come with a full-sized, 88-key keyboard that is fully weighted to replicate the feel of playing a piano. Digital pianos also usually come with built in speakers, pedals, and base. Their realistic sound mimics that of an upright acoustic piano.
Portable pianos (also just called keyboards) are designed to be, well, portable! They’re ideal for traveling musicians or anyone who simply doesn’t have room for a full-sized piano. While you’ll find some models that have similar features to console pianos, such as weighted keys and real piano sound, these instruments look more like keyboards or synthesizers. Portable pianos do not have built in bases or pedals, so you’ll need to purchase a pedal unit and folding stand. Portable pianos are great, but probably not what you want if you’re looking to mimic the sound and feel of an acoustic piano.
Synthesizers aren’t really a piano at all, but they often get lumped into this discussion of digital pianos and keyboards. A synthesizer is more of a controller than a musical instrument. They are typically used in either stage performances or music production.
Synthesizers come with a wide range of keys, including 37, 49, 61,76, or 88 keys. They are only partially weighted (if they are weighted at all). Like portable pianos, synthesizers are designed to be lightweight and portable. They have a huge array of built in functions and are used to play or produce modern, electronic music or to modify various tones on the go, either in a live performance or in music production.
Top 5 Digital Pianos and Keyboards
- Williams Legato III Keyboard Package Intro Package – this keyboard package from Williams is a full-size digital piano with 88 touch-sensitive keys, Bluetooth MIDI capabilities, iOS app and built-in speakers. It comes with a Musician’s Gear keyboard stand. It’s a great-sounding instrument for playing, practicing and performing.
- Williams Rhapsody 2 88-Key Console Digital Piano Regular – another great option from Williams, this digital console piano is incredibly affordable. It has 88 hammer-action, fully weighted keys that provide outstanding feel and response, Sustain and Sostenuto pedals for realistic playability, and it comes with 12 high-definition custom sounds.
- Yamaha P-45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano Package – this Yamaha digital piano is a great value that includes a stand, bench and pedals. It’s ideal for beginner piano students or for anyone who wants a convincing, authentic-sounding piano to play. It features 88 blocked-end semi-weighted keys, built-in speakers and best of all, Yamaha's legendary piano sound.
- Korg Grandstage Digital Stage Piano – this incredible digital stage piano from Korg is loaded with meticulously selected keyboard sounds. Its grand piano sounds were captured using instruments from Heidelberg, Berlin, Austria, Japan, as well as a newly sampled Italian grand piano! If you’re looking for a truly impressive instrument, this is a great choice.
- Casio CT-X800STSP Bundle – this affordable Casio bundle is perfect for casual or beginning players, but its stunning sound makes it a must-have for keyboardists of any level who need a portable instrument. The package includes keyboard, stand and pedal.
Shopping for a Digital Piano?
If you’re shopping for a digital piano, a portable keyboard, a synthesizer or any other type of keyboard (including acoustic pianos), Woodwind & Brasswind carries a huge selection, with instruments to fit any budget, style and level of player. Backed by our low-price and satisfaction guarantees, you can feel confident in your purchase. Our music experts are available to help you choose the best piano for you, your child or your students.
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