When shopping for your new digital piano, you will often find that brand names have created a reputation for themselves among teachers, industry professionals, beginners and maybe your friends and family. We often meet many customers looking for a particular make that they can trust or are more familiar with. Sometimes, however, it is good to consider something different as there is a variety of brands that may offer you what you need. I will reveal the top 5 digital piano makers that you can trust and hope this will lead you to the right instrument for you.
Axus Digital instruments have become increasingly popular with educational establishments and keen beginners alike. While it is not one of the well-known brands, it has proven to be reliable, efficient and money-saving and thus able to compete with more expensive instruments. Axus digital pianos are perfect for beginners and musicians on a budget.
For example, if you are looking for a traditional-looking digital piano, the AXD2 may be ideal for you. It has 88 weighted keys, metronome function, 3 pedals, dual headphone input and a great quality piano sound all wrapped up in a classy rosewood finish cabinet. With all the basics covered it also has plenty of fun voices and effects to experiment with. All this for well under £500, it truly is a great beginners instrument.
For the mobile musician and keyboard enthusiasts, Axus has the AXS2. It is a portable, lightweight stage piano that will be able to impress even more experienced pianists. With 559 voices and 203 rhythms, it still has a great piano sound, therefore, making it a very versatile instrument suitable for all environments. Perfect for a digital piano that is also a high performing stage instrument.
Korg digital pianos are popular for their simplistic, slim and minimal designs, portability and great quality piano sound and feel. They are great for the money-savvy musician who values classic sounds and features, but needs a portable instrument either for saving space at home or gigging.
A great representation of Korg pianos is the SP-170S model. It is priced at a fantastic value, it has an extremely pure and natural piano sound at that price and it even possesses some lovely sounds including electric pianos, harpsichord, organ, strings and more. This portable instrument is weighted like a natural piano and is very responsive, accurately recreating any musical piece.
Similar to the SP-170S model, the SP-280 also has fantastic sound quality and feel. This model, however, has 30 sounds, better quality speakers and bigger polyphony range. This makes the piano even more versatile and open to more experimentation. Great all rounders for home use and gigging alike, Korg pianos will not let you down in any situation.
The great thing about Casio is how much they have expanded their range in the recent years. A lot of people associate Casio with calculators and children’s keyboards, however, they have now built a great reputation within the digital piano world. And deservedly so, as their range of instruments is versatile, of high quality and affordable. They are particularly popular among beginner and intermediate level students/players.
For beginners on a budget, Casio offers the CDP-120 model. Although it is a portable piano, it can be transformed into a more traditional instrument with the wooden stand. The Casio CDP-120 possesses very simplistic features and few sounds, however, it offers a great sound and piano feel, which is vital when you start learning.
For a mobile musician, the Privia range models such as PX-150 or PX-350 would be ideal companions on stage and at home. The 150 model is great for classical sounds and simplicity, whereas, for a little extra the 350 model offers an impressive range of sounds, effects and accompaniment styles for an extremely versatile performance.
Finally, Casio’s traditional digital pianos will not fail to impress even the more experienced pianist and will look great within any household. The Celviano range pianos like AP-250, AP-450 and AP-650 have a larger cabinet and speakers that create a rich, resonant sound that is also very pure and natural. Weighted, natural action keys have a matte finish that ensures your fingers will not slip during those longer practices. If you are looking for a digital cabinet piano, but do not have enough space, Privia range models like PX-750 and PX-850 are equivalent to AP-250 and AP-450, but have a very slim design that will save plenty of space but will not compromise on sound and performance quality.
Roland pianos are designed to impress even the pickiest of players, delivering robust, industry standard instruments with a very realistic sound and feel. Whether it is and entry level digital piano with a cabinet or a professional level stage instrument with a range of features, Roland pianos are extremely reliable and durable.
Even the entry level instruments such as Roland F-20 Digital piano have Roland’s SuperNatural piano sound engine that is seen in flagship pianos and provides a very rich, pure and expressive tone that is resembles that of a grand piano. While housing very traditional and practical features, the F-20 is also compact, perfect if you are looking for a space saving instrument that you can take with you on the road.
If a cabinet piano is what you are looking for, Roland has some fantastic models such as RP-301SB and the slimmer F-120. Both of these instruments not only possess fantastic sound quality and feel with SuperNatural piano engine and Ivory Feel keyboard, they are also environmentally friendly with a very low power consumption and Auto Off function.
Finally, for those of you who are looking for an exceptional performance on stage, the likes of Roland RD-300NX will not fail to impress you. It has an immaculate accuracy of tone and a great piano sound, while featuring a range of sounds, rhythms and effects to expand your creative options. All of this is shown on a very helpful LCD screen making the functions more accessible.
Last but not least, Yamaha has been one of the most consistent brands throughout the years and produce a wide range of instruments from student to professional and industry standard models. Yamaha has been particularly renowned for their durability and quality that lasts years and even the entry level instruments are able to go the distance with you.
Yamaha have some great portable entry level models like P35 and P105 that are perfect starter instruments that will not break the bank and are also very portable and robust with a great piano sound and feel.
The ever popular Arius range offers the perfect entry-level pianos that are known for their simplicity and realistic, rich piano sound. With this range Yamaha have avoided any unnecessary distraction and have created great looking pianos available in a range of colours, designed to fit into any home. The Arius range consists of YDP142 and YDP162 models and also the YDPS51 that possesses a slimmer, more compact cabinet.
This is topped off with the fabulous YDPV40 model that features an LCD screen and a wide range of voices and sounds, while still maintaining that traditional look and feel. Within the entry level instrument range you will also find DGX650, which brings you the perfect blend of a digital piano and keyboard features combined.
Moving into the professional range of Yamaha digital pianos, you will find the timeless Clavinova models. Yamaha have recently revamped their Clavinovas and have released the new and improved CLP500 range. Designed to most accurately replicate the look, sound and feel of an acoustic piano, Yamaha certainly will not fail to impress you with this fantastic range of pianos.
The CLP525 and CLP535 are crafted very simplistic sticking to the basics, however, moving on to models like CLP545, CLP575 and CLP585 you will find more refined shapes, more voices and features and even natural wooden keys for an even more expressive performance. They even offer a digital grand piano, which is the CLP565 and the Clavinova range is also available in a variety of colours.
If you are looking for a portable instrument that will still possess the sound and realism of professional digital pianos, Yamaha’s P255 Digital stage piano will be the right instrument for you. It is available with a wooden stand for a more traditional look and has a beautiful tone and feel with a range of features that will not let you down in an on stage performance.
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