What is a Digital Piano?

By: Rick Turnock  

Buying a Digital Piano


So, your child has decided to they want to learn to play the Piano. Your first thought is where am I going to put a Piano, followed closely by how much is this going to cost me?!

It used to be the case that if you wanted to learn Piano properly, you had to have a good quality acoustic piano to allow you to do so. These days, the technology behind digital pianos means that for most people the advantages of digital far outweigh any disadvantages.

Whats the difference?

A traditional acoustic piano works with a mechanism that uses hammers attached to the keys which strike strings located within the body of the piano. This is usually referred to as the Action. There is a large amount of articulation that can be applied using this type of system, which is the challenge for manufacturers of Digital Pianos.

There are a number of different types of actions used to replicate an acoustic piano action. To be considered a Digital Piano, the action must be hammer weighted, meaning that the action uses a series of weights to provide resistance and bring the key back to its starting position, rather than using springs, which can wear out.

There are a number of advantages Digital Pianos have over traditional Pianos for the Home user. 

  • Wide variety of sounds available, not just Piano sounds.
  • Ability to plug headphones in for silent practice.
  • Size and Weight - easy to move
  • Maintenance free - never need to be tuned!
  • Ability to connect to a computer for recording and lessons
  • Bluetooth connectivity on some new models
  • Built in lessons


The Kawai Difference


Here at Somerset Music we use and recommend Kawai Digital Pianos.

Kawai have been making pianos for 90 years, and make some of the finest  Acoustic Pianos in the world.

This know how has been applied to their Digital Piano range, from the entry level ES110 portable Digital Piano, through to the premium Concert Artist range.

For more information on the various Kawai models available you can follow the link below, call us on 02 4603 5958 or visit us instore for a demonstration.