Top Digital Pianos Reviews – Best Pianos in the Market

Casio CDP-S350: Lots of sounds and grooves

The Casio CDP-S350 is a digital piano for everyone looking for an electric piano with a particularly large number of sounds and a sophisticated automatic accompaniment:

The piano sounds sound brilliant, crystal clear and balanced.
A total of 700 sounds are on board, as well as a sophisticated automatic accompaniment with 200 modern rhythm grooves.
It can be operated with batteries as well as with a power supply unit and can therefore be used just as well at home, on stage or on the go.
The Casio CDP-S350 is a very good stage piano for advanced players and offers an excellent price-performance ratio. Read the Casio CDP-S350 review here

The Casio CDP-S350 is a good electric piano for advanced players. Due to its light weight and slim design, it is very easy to transport. It can be operated with both batteries and a power supply unit. The keyboard has been redesigned and is balanced and pleasant to play. The piano sounds sound brilliant, crystal clear and balanced. A total of 700 sounds are on board and also a sophisticated automatic accompaniment with modern rhythm grooves. That brings a lot of variety to daily practice and play. The Casio CDP-S350 can also be connected to a smartphone or tablet and can then be controlled via the free Chordana Play app. The Casio CDP-S350 is a very good stage piano for advanced players and offers an excellent price-performance ratio!

The best electric pianos up to 1000 euros

If you want to spend up to 1000 euros on your new digital piano, you can choose between two different types.

If you want to set up the electric piano permanently in your apartment, I recommend a home piano. These instruments are always supplied with a suitable stand, three foot pedals and a keyboard cover.

But if you are looking for a digital piano that can be quickly taken with you to a rehearsal, class or performance, you are better off with a portable piano. The instrument is then placed on a suitable keyboard stand and supplemented with a pedal.

All major brand manufacturers offer free apps in this price range for intuitive operation. The extensive functions can then be controlled easily on the touchscreen of the smartphone or tablet.

Yamaha YDP-S34

The Yamaha YDP-S34 Arius is a stylish electric piano for the home. With its authentic feel, it is suitable for both ambitious beginners and advanced players:

The proven Graded Hammer Standard Keyboard (GHS) with weighted hammer mechanics and touch dynamics is fluid and rich in nuances.
The new CFX Sound Engine and the two built-in stereo loudspeakers offer a brilliant sound like an acoustic piano.
The YDP-S34 can be operated easily and intuitively via smartphone and tablet using the Yamaha Smart Piano app.
The Yamaha YDP-S34 is available in the three colors White, White Ash and Black Walnut. Thanks to its particularly slim and modern design, it also fits well into smaller rooms.

The Yamaha YDP-S34 Arius is a first-class electric piano for the home. It convinces with the new brilliant CFX piano sound, a good keyboard and operation via the Smart Pianist app. It offers all the basic functions and is ideal for all beginners and beginners.

E-piano test purchase advice: stage piano or home piano
When buying an electric piano, the question quickly arises: should I get a digital piano for home or a stage piano? So let’s take a closer look: how do these two types of digital pianos differ? And what advantages and disadvantages do they offer?

For example, the purpose is important. If you want to play mostly at home, then a digital piano for home, a home piano, is the right choice. However, if you would rather use your digital piano as a mobile and transportable one, then you’d better opt for a portable piano.

You can also leave the decision open. More and more piano players are opting for the choice in between, the Home Bundle. You choose a stage piano of your choice and choose a suitable digital piano stand. Pedal strips with 3 pedals are also available for many models.

The best stage pianos: light and portable
Stage pianos are also called compact digital pianos or portable pianos.

Portable digital pianos are the most popular type of digital piano. They are compact, light and transportable and still offer the full range of 88 keys.

The biggest advantage of portable pianos is their design. They are delivered without a substructure and can be transported and used without any problems. This also applies to storage. After playing, your portable digital piano can be quickly packed away again.


How Does The New Piano Get Into My Apartment?

The transport of the instrument should also play a role in your considerations. Acoustic pianos or grand pianos should be delivered professionally in order to arrive home safely. Your own living situation also plays a major role here: How easy is the site accessible, are there stairwells with enough space, how big is the hallway in the apartment and how easy it is to get to the room in which the instrument is located. Because of the weight alone, it is not advisable to transport a piano yourself, if only because you have to expect injuring yourself or the instrument, not to mention transporting a grand piano. Transport is often free, but this is not a general rule and can result in additional costs that have to be taken into account.

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A digital piano can easily be transported with the transporter and, depending on the model and version, can be transported in different boxes or picked up yourself. A digital piano often weighs only a fraction of what its acoustic counterpart weighs on the scales. But there are also exceptions, especially with high-priced digital pianos, whose housing, the built-in electronics and the installed amplifier / speaker system are very heavy. Usually, however, conventional digital pianos can be easily set up and positioned with the help of a second person.

The following two articles provide important tips and help on the subject of piano and grand piano transport as well as the safe transport of keyboards, synthesizers and stage pianos.

Buy A Used or New Piano?

In the case of acoustic instruments, it depends on who you buy the used instrument from. If the seller is a piano tuner or even a piano maker, you can be pretty sure that the instrument of interest is technically perfectly fine. And that is of particular importance with a piano or grand piano, the soundboard in particular is very sensitive.

This very thin and extremely fragile wooden plate sits behind the strings and picks up their vibrations in order to amplify them. The soundboard itself ensures a good transmission of the vibrations, like the strings themselves, under strong tension and was glued to the rest of the instrument during the construction of the piano. If the soundboard is damaged, the sound is severely impaired and the piano can hardly be used.
If you look at a used piano on your own, you must pay attention to it. In addition, it doesn’t hurt to take a closer look at the interior of the piano. If the strings are rusted or cracked, the tuning pegs are bent, the hammers are broken, or the smell is strange, you should refrain from buying them because repairs will be expensive.

But even with used electronic pianos – whether digital piano or stage piano – things can become defective. Therefore, one should take a closer look at the instrument on the outside and, if necessary, on the inside. Is the keyboard okay? Are all buttons, controls and speakers working? Is the device in good condition from the outside, or are there many scratches?

In the end, of course, despite careful inspection, something can also become defective in the period after the purchase, which can never be ruled out. But you shouldn’t forget that when you buy a private car, you are completely alone. Depending on the condition of the used instrument, this must also affect the purchase price.

Should I Choose An Acoustic or An Electronic Piano?

This decision depends on many factors, but the most important factors are your budget and the parking space. In terms of costs, there are, of course, major differences between these types of instruments, as just stated. At this point you should realize that a good instrument does not make a good pianist. A good instrument offers you the advantage of a durable mechanism, an easy-to-play keyboard, a high level of tuning stability and the feeling of having something for eternity.

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Another important point when choosing (d) an instrument type is the future installation location. A grand piano is a very large and loud instrument and is usually completely oversized for a normal rental apartment. A piano, on the other hand, is significantly more space-saving, somewhat quieter in normal operation and can be switched to ‘quiet mode’ with the middle pedal, if available. A thin felt – the moderator’s felt – slides between the hammers and strings, making the piano significantly quieter.
With the digital piano, too high a volume can be easily adjusted using the volume control, just like with a home stereo system, or you can simply use headphones. If you practice a lot, you should also think about your neighbors when choosing your instrument.

We’ll take a closer look at how much you have to spend on a piano, grand piano or digital piano later.

In the next step:

you should be able to imagine what you are going to do with your new instrument. Your plan, so to speak. An acoustic upright piano or grand piano is quite heavy due to its construction. The genre of digital pianos is significantly lighter in weight. Anyone who has ever tried to move their acoustic piano to the side can certainly guess what it is about. Transport to the band rehearsal or on stage is therefore excluded. So if you want to make music in different places, you are much better off with an electronic piano, be it a digital piano or a stage piano.

If you are interested in composition, arrangement and music production in addition to playing the piano, the electronic version also offers other advantages. In addition to piano and grand piano sounds, digital pianos and stage pianos have a number of other sounds on board, so that you can play a Bach fugue e.g. B. can also play with an organ sound or a string ensemble. Or you can connect the digital piano to (d) a computer via MIDI cable to record pieces, edit notes afterwards and finally create recordings of your creativity.
By the way, this is a very interesting point that the acoustic piano cannot fulfill due to its mechanical structure. It will always sound like a piano, this is where a digital piano is more flexible. However, if you don’t know yet whether learning to play the piano is right for you, you should think twice about an expensive purchase. That’s why the motto is: It’s better to start small and then upgrade at some point with the appropriate amount of work and success.

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