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“The most important thing you need from a digital piano is a realistic key touch. A good piano tone and minimum of 4 dynamic levels are also important. But other things such as dimensions, weight, colour, ‘bells and whistles’, etc. shouldn’t factor so much in your purchase decision “, Graham Howard, Piano Adviser — Get my FREE digital pianos buyer guide here
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The most popular ranges are YDP and CLP. The YDP Arius pianos offers nice sounding, budget models; the CLP Clavinova range offers some of the finest digital pianos around; and the CVP Clavinovas offer additional instrumental voices, rhythms and advanced functions. There’s also the P series stage pianos and AvantGrand hybrid pianos. You can’t go far wrong with a Yamaha. Digital pianos that do what they say on the tin: reliable, well-built and a good resale value. Stocked by most piano retailers. View all Yamaha
I like the Roland sound. And the touch feels easy and responsive. The range of HP digital pianos are the most popular. The HP series digital pianos: HP702 and HP704 offer a variety of sounds and functions similar to those you’d find on a Yamaha CLP. Roland’s top models are the LX705 and LX708… these are more like the traditional upright acoustic piano shape. Roland is worth considering and comparing against Yamaha and Kurzweil equivalents, but the prices are a little higher. Verdict: Very nice pianos with the latest technology, excellent build quality, reliable, and a good brand name. View all Roland
The Gewa company in Germany has launched their latest range of impressive digital pianos. I was invited over to their factory in Nurenberg to test out and give advice on a new range they’d been developing for about 5 years now. Their previous models were average, so I wasn’t really expecting much… but I have to say that I was blown away by their new pianos! The sound quality is phenomenal… it’s so realistic. Gewa has a collaboration with Steinway, they were given permission to sample a Steinway concert grand in a Hamburg studio. This is the tone quality that sings through in all Gewa digital pianos. An unfair advantage over the Japanese brands if you’d ask me. These pianos are priced similar to a mid range Clavinova or Roland HP series. So if you’re looking for a piano that’s suitable for learning on right up to grade 8 level, then I recommend you go and try one out. You’ll love it! The pianos recommended for all grades are: UP365, UP385, and UP405. View all Gewa
Way back in 1982, the American, Ray Kurzweil (with the help and guidance of Stevie Wonder) was the first to realistically sample and transfer the sound of an acoustic grand piano into a piano keyboard. Now Kurzweil has a vast range of digital pianos, grand and stage pianos, keyboards and synths. With Kurzweil it’s all about the sound… All Kurzweil digital pianos have a natural piano tone full of warmth and resonance. If you want an authentic sounding digital piano, Kurzweil are really hard to beat. Check out the popular MPS10 portable piano, also the MP120 home piano. Going up the range you have the CUP320, which has an all natural wood key action. You have to try this… it feels so realistic. But the very best in the range are the digital upright CUP2A and CGP220W digital baby grand. View all Kurzweil
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Broadway pianos have a small, but good value range of models. You can choose from their starter piano (EZ-102), or their most popular range (BW1) for all levels and abilities. The Broadway BW1 is UK Piano’s number one selling piano. The BW1 is rated top out of all pianos under £1000 (see the Howard Score). There’s also two baby grand pianos: BG2 and MK11. The MK11 is a self-playing digital baby grand piano and is the only one available that has moving keys when in self-play mode (very popular in hotels, restaurants, bars and even for home use to impress the guests). If you’re on a tight budget but want a piano that’s good to learn and progress through the grades, then the Broadway range is a great choice. View all Broadway
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Yamaha or Roland, but at the same time having a reasonable piano sound then Casio could be an option for you. You get to choose from two ranges: The Privia PX, and Celviano AP. The Privia models are modern/cool looking space savers, but their downside is a weak, bright tone, a light/springy touch and very noisy keys. The AP range is better, but still lacks a decent touch. Casio have made some small improvements over the past few years but they really need to focus more on quality. View all Casio
Because Kawai also manufacture acoustic pianos they have good piano knowledge, which enables them to build digital pianos. Kawai digital pianos have a pleasant sound (although a little on the electronic side – not as pure as Yamaha and Roland), and a medium-weight, soft touch at the bottom of the key stroke. Their top end digital pianos from the CA range are good (they’re worth comparing against the equivalent Yamaha CLP models). Kawai also have a big range of styles to choose from. View all Kawai
Some of the best synthesizers around, but Korg only have a small selection of budget range digital pianos which have always struggled to make in impression in the market. View all Korg
This ever popular brand offers an excellent range of affordable digital pianos that are suitable for anyone learning to play. All their digital pianos have the correct key resistance to emulate the feel of a real piano, which is essential for children learning. What’s more, the lower cost is attractive for parents on a budget. Check out the Hadley D10, which is a full cabinet-style digital piano with 3 built-in pedals, a great sound, and costs less than £700. Superb value! There’s a portable model in the range (S1) if you don’t have much space (costs under £500). View all Hadley
There are 6 models in all: 5 digital pianos and 1 baby grand. The starter piano (CDP1) is designed for someone that wants a realistic piano sound and touch without too many bells and whistles. CDP1 was replaced by the new H1 model. The next piano (CDP2) has a deeper, more resonant piano sound. CDP2 replaced by the new H2. The top model (UD1) looks, sounds and feels very close to playing on a traditional, acoustic piano – it’s called a digital upright piano. With Classenti you get a quality sound and a realistic, heavy-weighted touch. Unlike most other digital pianos, you don’t get hundreds of gimmicks and flashing lights… Good value for money. View all Classenti
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Advantages of digital pianos over upright pianos
- Saves space
- Lots of instrument sounds and functions
- Cheaper price than upright pianos
- Headphone connections and volume level control
- Easier to move around (much lighter in weight)
- No tuning required (about £200 saving per year)
- No maintenance needed
- Recording capabilities
- Computer connection (learn to play online, or write your own music)
If you want an instrument that sounds like a real piano, doesn’t take up as much space or requires any maintenance, then digital pianos are for you. Digital pianos are 100% electronic and usually have a number of instrument sounds and functions. The most popular makes in the UK are: Yamaha, Roland, Casio, Broadway, Kurzweil and Kawai.
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Piano Questions and Answers
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Questions and Answers
“Please recommend a realistic piano for kids to learn on”
I was looking for some advice on pianos.
I used the play and have lessons as a child and stopped in my teens.
My children have recently found my old Casio keyboard in the loft and started to play around on it.
I’ve also had a play on it and find I quite enjoy having a play a few hours a week (albeit very rusty) and not liking the unweighted unrealistic non full size keyboard.
What digital would you recommend for us that’s a realistic to a piano as possible that would stand kids playing but also give me enough to “hobby” play?
Many thanks, Nicola
Reply/ Dear Nicola
The piano I recommend for you and for your
children is the Broadway BW1.
The Broadway BW1 has a nice, full tone. And the
key touch is fully-weighted. It also feels smooth
and responsive under the fingers, like a real
Also, the cabinet is really compact in depth
(from front to back), so it takes up less space
than other digital pianos.
What’s more, it’s a good piano to learn and progress
on. Finger strength and technique will develop in the
correct way. And you’ll find it easy to transfer to an
upright or grand piano later.
This is my first choice out of all pianos between
£800 and £1000. And it’s our best-selling piano.
You can see the Broadway here
If you can stretch your budget up another £100,
then take a look at the Gewa DP300G for comparison.
The DP300G has an ever-so-slightly firmer key touch.
The sound quality is just as good as the Broadway:
natural, warm, and resonant.
You can see the Gewa here
Let me know if you have any questions or
would like to place an order.
“Which digital piano do you I advise I buy?”
I am looking to purchase a digital piano. I got up to grade VI when I was a kid but haven’t played a piano for over 25 years. I learnt on my Mother’s baby grand and we used to play a lot of Scott Joplin back then. Anyway, I’d like to start playing again, just for fun and mainly boogie-woogie and blues.
I have a budget of circa £900-1,200. I want a white piano, one of the better brands, and after reading your advice online, fully weighted/hammer keys (if that is the correct terminology). I’d like that ‘banging it out on the piano’ feel/sound, and I want it to put out some oomph (in terms of volume and sound).
I’ve looked at the Kurzweil MP120 but it’s possibly a bit over budget, the Yamaha CLP625 Clavinova, Gewa DP300G and Gewa DP340G, but, to be honest, I’m clueless as to what best suits my needs. I know the ones I like the look of (Gewa) but that’s about it!
Any advice gratefully received.
Kind regards, Rebecca
Reply/ Hi Rebecca
The Kurzweil MP120 is a good choice.
It has a warm, sonorous tone and responsive
key action. It is a nice piano to play and is
suitable for up to grade 8 level.
I realise it’s above your intended budget, so
one of the Gewa digital pianos would be
a really good alternative…
I love the tone quality of the Gewas.
Every model is sampled on a Steinway concert
grand piano. You can hear the warm, rounded
tone throughout its range.
The DP300G is the first model in the range and
is suitable for anyone learning to play, because
the keys are fully-weighted and react in the
same way as a real piano.
The advantage of the next model up in the range
(DP340G) is the improved sound quality. It has
an extra speaker outlet that projects the sound.
This not only improves the clarity of tone, but
more importantly projects the sound better, so you
don’t have to try as hard to play louder when required.
For example music that is Forte or Fortissimo.
All in all, the DP340G is easier to play and more
enjoyable as you progress to a higher level.
Another difference between DP300 and DP340
is the cabinet. The DP340G is a more modern,
open style. Because of this open design, it can
give the illusion of taking up less space.
If you can stretch up to the Gewa UP365 then
this offers even more volume output.
It has an extra dynamic level over the DP300
and DP340. So you can put more expression
into your music, and playing louder is very easy.
The UP365 has a graded hammer action.
This makes each key slightly more weighted
to replicate the exact feel of a real piano.
Let me know if you would like to reserve
one of these pianos.