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#2618159 - Today at 11:16 AM So Many Different Typessssssssssssss?
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Driving me nuts. You guys. So many types of digital pianos out there. So many makers too. So far I've managed to identify Digital Baby Grand and Digital Console and Digital Upright.

BUT. Totally clueless about Digital Portable Pianos and Digital Stage Pianos? All I know is that a portable is so much cheaper. Should I get the more expensive stage ones? BUT. I cannot tell them apart. Help. You guys.

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#2618170 - Today at 11:53 AM Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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You've been asked this before if I'm not mistaken, _what_ is it you want to accomplish? What are your musical needs?

Also, how much musical training do you have?
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#2618202 - Today at 01:42 PM Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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Never expected to get a question here from Cobra Commander! smile

Keyz,

I think you are getting too caught up in the nomenclature. None of these types are standard classifications, you don't have bodies like IUPAC or ANSI determining or enforcing whether a DP is labeled a portable or stage (or keyboard or workstation). You just need to look at the features you want/need, including form factor, weight and dimensions. Then you can decide for yourself whether the piano you're looking at is a portable, stage, semi-portable, portable-permanent, infinite-mass, or even non-potable (unless you have iodine).

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#2618212 - Today at 02:11 PM Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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Gombessa is right. The words are not important.

And Dave Horne asks the central question: What are your needs?
What matters is: - What do you want to do with the piano?
- Need it be portable?
- Do you care about the appearance?
- Will you play through a stage/hall sound system?

These factors differentiate the various piano classifications.
Pick a type that fits your needs.
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#2618255 - Today at 05:05 PM Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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Yes. Numerous times have I answered too. Recreational Use. Entertaining Dinner Party Guests. Things like that.

Not necessary portable. BUT. Portability might be a plus. A pro. Just small enough to fit into an average four - or - five - room - apartment. You know. Without feeling cluttered. Is it big enough for a non - portable?

Appearance is only somewhat of an importance.

Plugging into an amp / speaker / sound system might be a possibility but not a priority though.

The accomplishment is all about having fun.

Musical needs? Preferably 88 keys? I don't know?

Can play chords with one hand. One chord at a time. Not that kind of players that can play Rythym / Melody thingies separately. Three right fingers and three left fingers. Only three right fingers here. We can play both parts only via piano duet though. LoL smile Please don't judge us despite being super old smile

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#2618257 - 56 minutes 0 seconds ago Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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Right. Check out Kawai ES8 and Roland FP90. Both available with a stand and pedal set up if you want to enhance the form factor over normal keyboard stands. Both are portable. Both have decent onboard speakers that would suffice for a normal living room environment. Both are good value relative to their respective ranges. Both are recent launches and have lots of life left in them.

Your next step is to go to a piano shop and see what you think of the options out there.

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#2618259 - 53 minutes 59 seconds ago Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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... and then you have the choice of a piano stand and a bench.

Amplification? smile It never ends.
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#2618261 - 52 minutes 29 seconds ago Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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Oh yes. Must be no more than 9499.99 tops. Preferably around 1500 even though.

I know that I am always being very technical and not touchy feely like you gurus out here. You know the ones who can tell which machine sounds better and all. We just don't have that kind of ear for pianos at least. All weighted keys feel the same to me. Fingers are not that sensitive. Ours at least. That's why we always go for specs.

So we really must understand the difference between digital stage piano and digital portable piano. Bare with me. Guys. Only then I can narrow down my stupid list.

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#2618268 - 41 minutes 5 seconds ago Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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Amplification. Stand. Bench. I think we can manage that later. LoL. The machine is what's important.

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#2618272 - 35 minutes 6 seconds ago Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: keykeyzkeys]
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The difference between a digital stage piano and a digital portable piano is that the former needs to be plugged into an amplifier and speakers (usually a PA or monitor system) to work. The latter has built-in amplifier and speakers.

Because the stage piano is more for working musicians, it usually has more professional features such as performance set ups and more in/ out options.

Both nearly always have 88 keys with hammer type action of some kind.

Why not try the ones essbrace suggested above before much more ado. They really sound like the ones that would suit your requirements.
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#2618279 - 19 minutes 32 seconds ago Re: So Many Different Typessssssssssssss? [Re: toddy]
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Originally Posted By toddy
The difference between a digital stage piano and a digital portable piano is that the former needs to be plugged into an amplifier and speakers (usually a PA or monitor system) to work. The latter has built-in amplifier and speakers.

Because the stage piano is more for working musicians, it usually has more professional features such as performance set ups and more in/ out options.

Both nearly always have 88 keys with hammer type action of some kind.

Why not try the ones essbrace suggested above before much more ado. They really sound like the ones that would suit your requirements.




Thanks man. Best explanation so far for this thread.

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