Although it seems like more when you’re browsing, there are essentially four different types of piano available; portable, upright, stage and grand. The main difference is in their size – whether you live in a compact apartment or a spacious mansion a, digital piano will fill your home with sound. You just need to find the right type for you…
Upright Digital Pianos
This is an example of the most popular type – the upright digital piano. Ideal for players at any level, these pianos are designed for home use and are just as much a piece of furniture as they are a piano. A traditional cabinet design such as this tends to be popular as it resembles the look of an acoustic upright piano and will have a built in music desk, lid and integral stand with backboard and pedals. If you prefer a more modern look, some manufacturers offer a contemporary cabinet design such as the Roland F-130 where the lid acts as a music rack when open and covers the keyboard when closed. These pianos, while still classed as upright digital pianos, tend to be known as ‘Compact’ pianos as they invariably occupy less floor space.
Portable Digital Pianos
Similar to an upright digital piano but without the cabinet, a portable digital piano can be stored away when not in use or used away from home. This type of piano can be placed on a simple cross frame stand or sometimes on an optional matching stand. Unlike an upright digital piano, the speaker system is located in the actual piano itself rather than the cabinet. This ensures portability and low weight although sometimes at the expense of sound quality. An upright digital piano will have bigger and better speakers housed in the integral stand where there is more space. Also, the sustain pedal and music desk is usually detachable.
Digital Stage Pianos
Stage pianos are designed for gigging. Therefore, most stage pianos do not have built in speakers as they are normally used with a keyboard amplifier or PA system. In addition, a stage piano will have features aimed specifically at the live keyboard player like the ability to mix and blend lots of sounds at once, the ability to edit and create your own sounds plus the ability to control other keyboards in a rig. Built for the stage and not the home, their appearance can be quite functional.
Digital Grand Pianos
Finally, if you love the look of a grand piano, then you can have the features of an upright digital piano in a “baby grand” case. Not only do you get the appearance of a traditional grand piano, you also get the best sound possible as the bigger cabinet usually houses a flagship speaker system.
Read more posts from our beginner piano series
- Choosing between an acoustic or digital piano
- What do I need to know when I’m in a piano shop?
- Do you need accessories for your digital piano?
- The variety of sounds on digital pianos
- Digital piano features that help you improve quickly
- Setting up your digital piano in your home
- Digital piano action explained
- Connecting a digital piano to a computer
- Useful features on a digital piano