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Why buy an upright digital piano?

Upright digital pianos are often preferred by players due to the small amount of space that they need compared to that of a baby grand or grand piano. Although some may feel that grand and baby grand pianos look better, upright pianos are still extremely beautiful sounding instruments that can produce a huge sound without taking up too much room, and they still look beautiful too!

You can even match colours to your existing home decor. Strong tones, a wide dynamic range and an impressive amount of leverage in the keys and action are still inherent in upright pianos and are easily made part of a room without taking up metres upon metres of floor space.

Should I buy a digital upright piano or an acoustic upright piano?

This is a question we get asked quite a lot here at Dawsons HQ. The simple answer here is, there is no simple answer. Perhaps we should discuss the benefits of a digital upright piano to give you a better understanding.


Yamaha is one of the most popular digital piano manufacturers known today. They offer pianos for the home, for beginners and for stage performance.

Their commitment to product development shows in the way they dedicate their brand toward making their digital pianos feel and sound as similar to real pianos as possible.

They are famous for retrieving sound samples for their digital pianos from their acclaimed CFIIIS 9-foot acoustic concert grand piano.

Because of this, their digital pianos have come to be some of the most highly sought after on the market.Yamaha’s digital pianos are sturdy, reliable and constantly leave customers satisfied.

The company dedicates itself to creating technology for each component of the piano including graded hammer action keys, tone and voice selection, wave sampling technology and other features.

The brand is so advanced in the technology market engineers from other brands study the effects found in their products. Along with their features Yamaha digital pianos have a variety of price values, giving them a greater affordability and thus a higher value on the market overall.

Yamaha YPG-235

It’s been stated to look and feel of high quality — no plastic stuff here at all. It’s decently priced as well and won’t completely break your wallet. This is our pick for the best portable digital piano. It’s perfect for those who travel to shows, choirs, band practice, or even a friend’s house to jam out.

The sounds are very realistic as well. You have a whopping 361! More than any other digital piano out there (excluding those with MIDI). I’ve heard great things about the sounds. Watch the video below for some samples. There’s a higher version you may want to look at, albeit more expensive, that comes with a stand and the full 88 keys. Here’s a video demo. More at

How big are upright pianos?

If you’re moving home or thinking of buying an upright piano and thinking to yourself “what size is an upright piano” or things like “will an upright piano fit in my living room” it’s best to take a few measurements first.

Upright pianos range in size of course, but the average size is:

Height: 110cm – 150cm
Width: 150cm
Depth: 40cm – 60cm

These measurements are just a guide, so before you purchase your upright piano, it’s best to check that you have enough room before you try and fit it in to your living room!

How has the world of digital pianos evolved over the years – why do you think more and more people are choosing the digital option?

Given their dependence on technology, digital pianos have evolved considerably over the years, with the greater availability of memory enabling bigger and more comprehensive sampling, as found in our premium HI-XL system found on these new models. In making the most of these opportunities, Kawai has the very real advantage of also being a long established manufacturer of acoustic pianos, meaning we have been able to incorporate action refinements that take these models closer to the feel of playing an acoustic piano without having to borrow technology from outside.

These improvements are, I feel, an important factor in people choosing a digital piano, as they have become a much more rewarding instrument to rehearse and perform on. No digital can fully replace a high quality, well prepared acoustic piano for touch and tone, but in circumstances where the flexibility of a digital is required, the considerable qualities of the CS-Series pianos make a strong case to anyone who plays them.


Casio has been a leading brand in musical instruments for years. While once shunned with a reputation for low-quality products, along with the company’s notoriety for producing other electronics such as calculators, watches and cameras, Casio has now grown into a respected brand in digital piano production.

The brand has combined musical innovation, leading design and class to provide consumers with some of the best digital pianos on the market.

Each model is influenced by the expertise of diligent engineers aiming to put the players’ experiences first.In fighting to overcome their early reputation, Casio has produced quality lines of digital pianos including the Privia and Celviano ranges.

The brand offers a variety of instruments with graded hammer action technology in addition to top-of-the-line wave generation and sound technology. These features can be found throughout the brand from beginner to advanced-level pianos.

Even better, many of the brand’s instruments are affordable as well, with seven models of quality pianos with weighted keys coming in under $1000. Owning a Casio digital piano will prove to be a wise and long-term investment.

Casio CAS PX150

Recommended if you’re trying to save a few bucks as opposed to grabbing the P105. It’s below that price point and can be see as in the middle. It doesn’t have an LED screen, ins or outs and or other capabilities as a few competitors, but the key bed technology isn’t just fancy wording — it feels extremely real and isn’t plastic whatsoever. Grab it if you want some high quality keys and a solid build for a digital piano. Here’s a video of the PX150 to hear it out.


Digital pianos made by Roland are known to have a warm and rounded tone. This is due to the fact that the sound is sampled from the acoustic Steinway concert grand piano.

The brand’s stage pianos rank among the best on the market due to the realistic sound and key touch. These are ideal for professional pianists that rely on their digital pianos for performing while traveling.

Many agree that the brand produces some of the best of the best in the digital piano world.Roland digital pianos are known for being made with a high level of dedication and professionalism.

Any digital piano from the Roland brand can be counted on for reliability, expert construction, efficiency and productivity.

This is due to the extreme effort put forth by the company’s engineers and developers that work to find innovations in sound sampling, connectivity, tone selection and more.

Roland digital pianos can serve a variety of purposes from instruction to recording to performance.

A benefit of this brand is the selection available for every player’s needs. No matter the expertise, budget or personal preferences there is guaranteed to be a model that meets expectations.

Roland V-Piano

Another heavy-hitter in the high-end digital piano category, Roland’s V-Piano brings us stunning sound and feel. We have a multitude of sounds to start off, ranging from grand-pianos to some futuristic almost synth-like hybrid tones.

The 88 keys have a lovely ivory feel having a feature called “Escapement”, which is their term for the subtle click we get as we press the hammer key down. The control panel is quite user-friendly which makes this one great for home as well as stage, giving us quick and easy access to sound and FX without much fuss and extra clicks and scrolls.

In regards to ins and outs, you have an XLR and 1/4″ analog, a digital (coaxial) output, and USB memory paired up with MIDI I/O (pretty standard for a type of digital piano like this). This is one of the most natural-sounding digital pianos in the game, making us scratch our head why it’s considered “digital” aside from the build and size.


As a brand Kawai is known for having a vast range of digital piano models to choose from. The variety is seen in the styles and colors available. In addition, many of the brand’s models are less expensive than similar pianos from brands like Roland and Yamaha.

Kawai produces high-quality digital pianos that have set the standard for many others in the industry.

The brand has managed to take the components of tone and sound from their grand and upright pianos and transfer them to the digital variety with precision and dedication. Furthermore, the touch and key weight found in the brand’s acoustic pianos have provided the blueprint through which the company creates the digital models.

Buying a digital piano from Kawai guarantees a successful duplication of the sound and expression available in the standard piano. The brand puts the playing and listening experiences as a top priority during the production process.

Kawai digital pianos offer the best of both worlds through classic sound along with the convenience of modern features and looks.

There will always be specific characteristics that distinguish digital piano brands from one another. When comparing them making the final choice may simply depend upon previous experience or good advice from a respected fellow digital piano user. More at

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What’s the Best Digital Piano with 88 Weighted Keys?

In this article, we’re going to discuss how you can best determine what digital piano with 88 weighted keys you should purchase. We’ll compare and contrast models and brands, and base our decision not just on the quality of the keybed and piano’s features, but also it’s price and overall what it offers you as a piano player.

Be sure to quickly take a look at our interactive table below that features a small handful of fantastic digital pianos that have 88 weighted keys. They all are different and offer something unique, and because of that, you can compare each instrument to one another based on price, weight, and average customer review ratings.

How to Tune a Digital Piano?

Whilst acoustic pianos rely on strings and mechanical mechanisms to produce their sounds, the digital piano uses recorded sounds to produce audio. The mechanical operation of the acoustic piano means that it will require manual and professional tuning from time to time.

Depending on the style and the quality of the acoustic piano, this could mean that the acoustic piano will need to be tuned a couple of times a year to ensure that it is in tune with itself as well as other instruments that may be playing with it. Digital pianos however never actually need to be tuned because they use recorded sounds of notes that remain perfectly in tune.

There may, however, come a time when you want to tune your digital piano for one reason or another. Perhaps you are playing with several instruments that have been tuned to the same level and want your digital piano to match them rather than tuning all the other instruments.

Not all digital pianos have a tuning feature. This is because they do not really need it. If your digital stage piano has got a tuner, however, it is as simple as pressing the relevant button on the menu to bring up the tuning feature controls and then simply altering the pitch to be more sharp or flat. You can do this with accuracy thanks to the digital operation.

It is important that you do not confuse the term ‘tuning’ with ‘transposing’ however. These two terms have completely different. Many digital pianos come with the option to transpose and it can be a very useful feature to use.

When you transpose a piano, you essentially alter the key that the digital piano is being played in, and you can also transpose the piano up or down an octave most of the time too. This is particularly useful if you are playing with an instrument that plays in a different key to the music that you are using.

Transposing with a digital piano couldn’t be easier. You will need to first ensure that you piano offers this feature before you begin and check your manual for precise instructions about how to transpose the key.

Usually, like with tuning, you will be able to adjust the transposition by quite simply pressing a few buttons. Most digital pianos are very easy to use and if you do struggle with changing any settings, you should keep referring to your manual. More at

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What’s the Best Digital Piano with 88 Weighted Keys

Significance of 88 Keys That Are Weighted?

As expected, one major characteristic of a digital piano that heavily influences purchases is the presence of 88 weighted keys.

Digital pianos come in different ranges and sizes, but the most standard of them is a full length keybed containing 88 keys. 88-keys is the basic range that pianos have been made with for many years, and this range consists of 52 white keys, 36 black keys, all ranging over 7 octaves plus a minor third.

The only real exception to this comes from very expensive pianos made by Austrian manufacturers B?sendorfer, which sometimes come with an extended 92 keys.

As the making of digital pianos have progressed, the weight behind the keys has only increased and been made more technologically advanced than ever before. Nowadays digital pianos have exquisite hammer action key systems that are made to the exact detail of the real hammer action in an actual acoustic or grand piano. There are varying levels of detail, cost, and weight that come with these systems.

Inexpensive Options for 88 Weighted Keys

First, let’s discuss the cheaper option for those interested in an weighted, 88-key digital piano One such model is that of the Williams Allegro.

Williams Pianos is a lesser-known company, but they produce dependable machines that appeal to those that are not willing to drop huge stacks of cash on digital pianos.

The Allegro comes with a hammer action system that is not trademarked, but certainly gets the job done. The keys on the piano are all velocity sensitive, so the expression of your music will always come through, instead of the uniform velocity that you see on many a cheap digital piano.

The piano also comes with 8 dependable tones, a metronome, a two track recording system, and MIDI connectivity. All of this for around $300 is truly an amazing package.

I have to keep it real, however, and that means the truth is most people aren’t feeling Williams Pianos. And if you’re one of those people, you may want to try another affordable option. If so, I’d recommend the Yamaha P-115.

The P-105 has been one of best selling options on the market for years, and it provides everything a piano player needs.

This piano features Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) key system, a dependable and awesome option for this price range of piano. It has hard, soft, medium, and fixed touch sensitivity settings, along with the tone generation of the original Pure CF Sound Engine, which features real authentic piano samples.

The 14 voices housed on the machine are backed by 128 notes of polyphony, along with 14 demo songs for each instrument. From a list price of $1000 down to a bargain $600, this is certainly one of the best options out there. More at