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1) How To Understand Confusing Terminology (‘Piano Geek Speak’)
Find out what the following terms mean:
(a) Weighted keys
(b) Touch sensitive keys
(c) Graded hammer action
(d) Mechanism with escapement
(e) Key weight control
(f) GHS/GH/GH3 key touch
(g) Keyboard split
(i) Midi IN/OUT (USB)
(j) Aux IN/OUT
(k) Record facility
(l) Built-in metronome
(m) Speaker wattage
(p) Dual voice
(q) String resonance
(r) Key off samples
(t) Scale tuning
(u) Display screen
2) Common Digital Piano Questions
(a) Are wooden keys better than plastic keys?
(b) Which polyphony do I need: 32, 64, 96 or 128?
(c) How much speaker wattage do I need?
(d) What’s the difference between digital and stage pianos?
(e) Where’s the best and worst places in my home to put a digital piano?
(f) How do I protect my piano from drink spills, dust, and cup stains?
(g) Are wooden mechanisms in digital pianos a good thing, or a risky purchase?
(h) Are warranties transferable on digital pianos?
(i) What’s the average lifer of a digital piano?
3) The Disadvantages Of Buying A Second hand
Digital Piano Versus A New One
Discusses repairs, warranty, returns, technology, improvements, designs.
Where to buy second hand digital pianos.
4) 6 Simple Tests You Can Do In A Piano Store
Before Making Your Decision.
IMPORTANT: Don’t Buy If The Digital Piano
Doesn’t Pass All 6 !
a) This test should be done when you listen to the sound
b) How to test if the key mechanism is poor, acceptable, or top quality…
I can’t stress enough the importance of this!
c) Test the sideways movement of the keys… find out what is correct
d) Test the touch sensitivity… this is crucial
e) Do the keys have the correct resistance?
f) Make sure the sustain is long enough, or it could be a disaster!
5) The Top Digital Piano Brands. Scored On:
(a) Selection (top 5 brands)
(b) Reliability (top 10 brands)
(c) Long term popularity (top 5 brands)
(d) Recent popularity (top 5 brands)
(e) Overall result (top 15 brands)
6) Which Are The Best Digital Pianos?
(a) See the top 10 list. Rated on: touch, sound,
design, build quality, reliability, resale value,
popularity, and value for money
(b) The top 10 list in three categories: the best
under £500; the best from £500 to £1000;
and the best over £1,000
7) Should You Buy Online Or In A Physical Store?
(a) The advantages and disadvantages of both
(b) A list of trusted online, and offline stores – (website and contact details included)
(c) 2 simple ways to find out if a store is legitimate
(d) How to GUARANTEE your money is safe when you buy online – even if the store goes bust!
Graham Howard – Author and Piano Advisor.
Email for piano advice: email@example.com
or Call 01327 300 016
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Many thanks for your incredibly helpful guide. I found it very reassuring, like a child being held by the hand to give it the confidence it needs to go forward in the world. It helped immensely with the technical jargon, and the listings gave me confidence with choosing Yamaha.
Your comments about buying online and especially your list of trusted stores were useful and persuaded me to buy online.
Thank you, Robert
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I’ve actually just ordered the Roland RP501R.
I don’t have any questions as yet – but if I do I know where to come!
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