Digital Piano vs. Stage Piano: Difference Between Digital and Stage Piano

It is quite understandable a dilemma of yours of not knowing what to buy when buying a piano for yourself. And hence, this article is to make it a little easier for you to decide on where to invest.

A digital piano or most commonly known as a home piano comes in various models. These pianos are the replacement for the classic acoustic pianos to have at home. They have a fixed base made of wood and are quite large just like a traditional acoustic piano.

If you have grooved to the music in a live concert then, you must know the piano used (if one was used) is a stage piano.

Difference between a Digital Piano and a Stage Piano

Digital Piano

  • Digital pianos are not suitable to carry around as they are heavy and one place ‘music furniture’.
  • They come in different models and most models offer additional sounds. E-pianos, harpsichord, organs, and strings are a few such examples of the same.
  • To simulate the feel of a grand piano, these pianos have weighted keys and hammered mechanism.
  • For the different range of pianos, the mechanics are implemented differently. For the high-end pianos, the mechanics implemented are very close to that of a grand piano.
  • The prices of digital pianos vary greatly depending upon the models. However, the main difference in prices is concerning the keyboard, the speaker systems and the piano sound itself. High-end ranges have components built in a more detailed and sophisticated way than the entry-level ranges.

Then there are compact digital Pianos.

Compact Digital Pianos

  • Where there is not much space in the house, a compact digital piano is an ideal choice.
  • They are easily transportable.
  • Some compact digital pianos are also called stage pianos by their manufacturers. Nevertheless, there are a few differences between a stage piano and a compact digital piano.
  • All components (keyboard, speakers, electronics)of a digital piano are housed into a slim body like a keyboard and can be easily packed in a case if you need to carry it to gigs and rehearsals.
  • Compact digital pianos are usually available in the lower price ranges. The most common companies that manufacture such pianos are, Casio, Roland, and Yamaha.

Stage Pianos

  • The striking difference is that stage pianos do not have inbuilt speakers and need to be connected to an amplification system.
  • Another important difference that sets them apart from digital pianos is that they offer a wider range of high-quality sounds and effects and the upside of this is that in a live concert, the pianist can cover sounds of vintage e-pianos, clavinet, and strings. They do not require any other instruments to do the same. One stone two birds!
  • There are stage pianos which are also equipped with some master keyboard function. This allows them to control a larger set-up with different MIDI instruments on the stage.

Who Should Buy Digital Piano and Stage Piano?

Digital Piano

Before deciding on buying a piano, you must be sure of one thing, whether what you are looking to buy is a keyboard or a digital piano. In most cases. Both are used interchangeably but there are a few differences between the two.

The first obvious difference is that the keyboard tends to comparatively lighter than a digital piano. Thus, making them significantly portable.

Keyboards usually consist of 49 or 61 keys. This is the case for most keyboards, surely there are high-end keyboards, but most keyboards with that many numbers of keys are ideal for students or beginners or people who want to just play around.

A keyboard is great for beginners who have just been bitten by the music bug or have just started their musical journey of digital instruments.

These pianos are lighter, cheaper and easier to operate.

Digital piano, on the other hand, is built closest to an acoustic piano. You can also read this article that talks about the digital piano and acoustic piano.

It features 61 or 76 keys. However, there are many that come with 88 keys which is a standard count.

Heavier are these pianos than the keyboards and are often built in a stand or come with a suitable cabinet.  The sounds onboard—harpsichord, pipe organ, strings, grand piano, etc— sound truer to the real instruments.

If you want to buy a digital piano, then finding one under 300 dollars is a good option. Check this article that shares information about popular digital pianos under this price range.

Stage Pianos

As the name suggests, it’s best suited for stage performances, live concerts.  If you are a newbie and want a piano to practice and learn on, maybe this is not the one for you. For entry-level learners, the best option is to go for keyboards or digital pianos.

Stage pianos are best designed to replicate the acoustic piano. Stage pianos usually use save digital file sound of the acoustic piano to sound like a replica of the former. They feature standard 88 keys. The mechanics are either hammered or weighted keys to simulate the feeling of an actual acoustic piano.

Most stage pianos have their casing made from wood and thus making them not very lightweight and not very easily transportable. However, it is not very difficult.

Final Words

It’s always better to do your homework before investing in an instrument. Hope reading this article was helpful enough.

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