Two situations in which a digital piano would be a better choice than an acoustic one

Posted on: 2 October 2019

If you are finding it hard to decide if you should buy a digital piano or an acoustic one, and you are in one of the situations described here, it might be better to choose the former.

You live in an apartment block that has very thin walls

If you reside in an apartment block that has extremely thin walls (i.e. the walls are so flimsy that sound passes through them incredibly easily) and you have no intention of moving somewhere else, then a digital piano would probably be the best option for you. The reason for this is as follows: unlike acoustic pianos, most digital pianos come with volume control dials that allow those that play them to augment or decrease the amount of noise that each key makes. This means that even in your thin-walled apartment, you should be able to play music on your piano for hours on end without driving your neighbours to despair or dealing with official noise complaints. You can even play music on it late at night or very early in the morning, without waking up the other people who live in your apartment block.

Having the freedom to indulge in your musical talents whenever you want to (or whenever you have a spare moment) will increase the likelihood of you practising this instrument more often; you won't be limited to playing it for short bouts, during specific periods of the day, when your neighbours are at work or are outdoors.

You move around a lot and would like to be able to take your piano with you

If, because of the nature of your job (or because of your wanderlust), you move around a lot and you would like to be able to take your piano with you when you move so that you can play pieces of music whenever you want, without having to hunt down a new piano every time you arrive at a new destination, then a digital piano would be far more suitable than an acoustic piano.

The reasons for this are as follows: a piano like this is reasonably light and you should be able to carry it (in its case) through airports, as well as on trains and buses, with very little difficulty. Conversely, an acoustic piano usually needs to be lifted by at least three people and is much too bulky to be put into the back of a small van or car. As such, moving this instrument normally necessitates the rental of a very big moving truck. If you prefer to travel light and keep your expenses down when moving, then the logistics and expenses associated with transporting an acoustic piano probably won't appeal to you.

Additionally, because it is more compact and is easier to protect by putting it into a hard case when it is in transit, there is much less chance of a digital piano getting damaged when you take it with you to yet another new home. This means that when you arrive at a new residence, you won't have to pay someone to repair the piano before you can start playing music on it.

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