Although upright analogue pianos have been popular in Australian homes since the nineteenth century, they are by no means as practical as their modern, digital counterparts. These days, digital pianos offer a great deal more clarity and playability than electric keyboards. If you are considering learning to play the piano or would like to upgrade your current keyboard, then why would you choose one of the many digital pianos now being made rather than an analogue version?
To begin with, a digital piano takes up much less space in your home than a real one. Although you can purchase ones which replicate the sound of a grand piano, they are smaller than even an upright version. This means that they take up much less room in your practice area, allowing for daily life to continue without a large object in the way. In addition, you can pick them up and move them around your home with much greater ease which means being able to store them in a cupboard or take them upstairs — something which you cannot expect from a real piano, of course.
Great Sound and Playability
A typical digital piano will have weighted keys. This means that you lose very little in terms of the musical dynamism they offer. Some people still prefer the sound of an analogue piano but unless you are going to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on one, the superior audio quality you will obtain will be negligible. In fact, some top-quality digital models have a superior dynamic range for players to enjoy, and they cost a fraction of the price of concert models. Of course, you also get a range of different sounds with digital pianos so you can use them as an organ or a harpsichord, for instance. Again, this is something that real pianos can never offer.
Portability for Performing
If you want to take your musical career more seriously and start to get paid work as a jobbing musician, then you will need an instrument that you can move around with you. Very few modern concert venues have their own piano that you can use and, therefore, a digital piano that you can put into the boot of your car to take to gigs is the only viable option. Bear in mind that they can be plugged into a PA system much more easily than a real piano, too. This is because you do not need to mic them up — just connect them via the headphone socket.