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Pianos n’ Pianos offers a large selection of new and consigned digital pianos and keyboards. We pride ourselves on providing the right instrument to meet each customers’ needs in terms of features, performance and affordability.
Casio Celviano AL-150R Ebony Polish Ensemble Digital Piano
The AL-150R includes 88 Full-Size Weighted Scaled Hammer Action Keys, Dual-Color Key Lighting System, ZPI Chip, 64-Note Polyphony, Touch Sensitive, 271 Tones, 100 Rhythms, General MIDI, Backlit LCD, FDD, Polished Ebony Finish. Includes two speakers at 30 watts. Stereo sampled voices.
This keyboard includes a superb learning system (CASIO’s Advanced Lesson System) that uses multi-colored lights under the keys as an aid to fingering and quick uptake. See details here.
Kurzweil Digital Pianos
Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by the Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
Ray Kurzweil: The pioneer of America’s first Digital Piano
Click here to view a brief video profile of Ray Kurzweil: http://www.kurzweiltech.com/media/ray_profile.mov
The latest in electronic instrument chip technology has been in development for several years at Kurzweil R&D in Waltham, MA. This newest sound chip is used in the MarkPro Series, creating a powerful digital piano unlike any other. USB compatible, pre-programmed drum patterns, 64 voice polyphony, song recorder, and much more!
Kurzweil MarkPro TWO-i
88 note fully weighted hammer action with velocity sensitive adjustable keys. The MarkPro TWO-i is a digital piano of great lineage. With a sound engine derived from our 2007 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award winning SP2X Controller, the MarkPro TWO-i offers an array of performance features and superb sounds.
88 Note fully weighted hammer action with velocity sensitive adjustable keys, designed by Fatar of Italy. The MarkPro ONEiF is a digital piano of great lineage. With a sound engine derived from our 2007 Electronic Musician Editor’s Choice Award winning SP2X Controller, the MarkPro ONEiF offers an array of performance features and superb sounds.
Read more at: http://www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com/
Used Digital Pianos
In addition to our new digital pianos we also carry a variety of pre-owned consigned digital pianos. Our inventory changes frequently, so visit us to see our current inventory, or call and we will let you know what we have that meets your price and needs.
Types of Digitals
Standard Digital Pianos
These pianos are an alternative to acoustic pianos, providing basic features for practicing and performing. These are 88-note keyboards (the same number of notes as an acoustic piano) with with keys that are “weighted” to simulate the feel of an acoustic keyboard. These pianos have anywhere from ten to several hundred of selectable “voices”, have built-in foot pedals (three, just like an acoustic piano), are integrated with a rigid stand, and include built-in speakers. Most of these pianos have recording capability in which the playing can be recorded as a digital MIDI file.
Ensemble Digital Pianos
Ensemble pianos go well beyond the capabilities of an acoustic piano in that they provide the capability to do composing and arranging with multiple instruments, including percussion. These usually have all the features of the digital pianos, but add rhythm, more voices, more tracks of recording, editing, the ability to save registration settings, and the ability to automatically play lead-ins, endings, fill-ins, arpeggios, etc.
Pianos n’ Pianos Cabinet Customizing Department
Here are some before and after pictures of digital pianos we have customized. We can “taylor make” a color and pattern scheme to fit your personality and decor. Contact us for more information and quotes!
Slab (Stage) KeyboardsThese keyboards are designed to be very portable, and as a result do not have an integrated stand–the stand is usually purchased separately. Very often they do not have integrated speakers, relying instead on the availability of a sound system to plug in to. In addition they don’t have three integrated pedals and instead usually rely on one individual plug-in pedal–usually programmed by default as a sustain pedal. As a result these keyboards are not suitable for playing traditional piano repertoire that require three pedals.
Slab keyboards come in a variety of sizes from as few as 61 notes to a full 88 notes, and with keys that are unweighted, semi-weighted, or fully weighted.
These keyboards usually have the functional capabilities of Ensemble Digital Pianos, but sometimes have additional capabilities to support controlling other keyboards, saving settings, etc., so that they can support live performance situations by very quickly changing their settings for different numbers.
Digital Piano Information
Should I Get an Acoustic or a Digital Piano?
First, let’s be clear about what each type of piano is and is not.
Acoustic piano – an acoustic piano produces sound mechanically. When the player strikes a key, the key action causes a padded hammer to strike a tuned string (or set of as many as three strings). The resulting string vibration is transferred to a wooden sound board which resonates “sympathetically” with the string, producing the sound which we hear.
Digital piano – a digital piano produces sound electronically. When the player strikes a key, the key action opens an electrical switch that is connected to the input of an electronic sound module. The sound module generates the “piano sound” (or other instrument or instrument-like sound) electrical signal and this is then sent to an audio amplifier which then drives speakers (or headphones) to to produce the sound we hear. Most digital pianos also have the capability to output digital signals directly via USB or MIDI connections to a computer or to other digital device such as an other digital keyboard, sequencer, sound module, etc.
You should consider a digital piano if:
- you have limited space
An 88-key digital piano is approximately the same width as an acoustic piano (approx. 54″), and the shortest acoustic pianos (spinets) are about the same height (approx. 36″), but the depth of a digital piano can be considerably less than an acoustic.
- you want to be able to practice quietly or silently
Virtually all digital pianos have a headphone jack for silent play. There is only one acoustic piano manufacturer that provides this capability: Story & Clark offers an option on all its pianos to have a lever-actuated stop rail (prevents the hammers from striking the strings) which combined with a digital sound module (Petine™ unit) that includes a headphone jack supports silent practice.
- you want to reproduce instruments other than piano, or to layer sounds
Perhaps you want an electric piano, saxophone, guitar, or synthetic sound. Layering provides the capability to, for example, add violins on top of the piano sound.
- you want to be able to transpose keys instantly
This can be very helpful when accompanying a vocalist who asks “can you drop the key from F to E-flat?”
- your piano must be portable
Most digital pianos weight a fraction of what an acoustic piano weighs.
- you want an instrument that requires minimal care and maintenance
Digital pianos never require tuning, and are not as sensitive to temperature and humidity changes as are acoustic pianos. This is not to say that digital pianos never have problems–they are subject to the same types of issues as other complex electronic devices. Electronic failures are infrequent, but when a failure does occur it is often totally debilitating to the instrument.
You should consider an acoustic piano if:
- you are a beginner and want to advance quickly in piano technique and build finger dexterity and strength
Most teachers want their students to learn on an acoustic piano because of the difference in technique involved. Most teachers teach using acoustic piano and have their students perform their recitals on an acoustic piano. Young students in particular can be intimidated performing their recitals on a grand piano if all their practice at home has been on a digital piano.
- you want “real piano sound”
Digital pianos have improved dramatically over the last 20 years in accurately reproducing acoustic piano sound. Nevertheless subtle differences still exist, and an experienced player will be able to tell the difference, and will generally not be totally satisfied with the digital piano’s reproduction of acoustic piano sounds.
- you want “real piano feel (touch)”
Digital piano engineers have worked hard to reproduce the feel of a piano action on their higher-end models, and have had good success. But here again differences still exist. Part of the reason for this is that in order to reproduce the feel of a grand piano action considerable extra weight must be added to the digital piano action. Since one of the reasons many people choose a digital piano has to do with portability, a trade-off is required between portability and “feel”. Most teachers feel that the digital piano key actions do not yet provide the kind of learning experience they prefer for their students.
- you want a piano that will last multiple generations and become an heirloom
The typical new piano will last for three generations before any reconditioning is required. The typical digital piano will be obsolete in 10 years and possibly no longer repairable.
- you desire the classic piano look
There is just something about walking into a room and seeing the raised lid of a grand piano to say “this room has class,” even though the person may not be consciously aware of the piano. Often a living room or great room has a space that, aesthetically speaking (and depending on the layout and decor), can only be filled by a grand piano. One evidence of this is that home showcases such as Colorado’s Parade of Homes will often stage a grand piano as a room centerpiece.
- want a beautiful piece of furniture
Acoustic pianos are still made of wood, while digital pianos are usually made of synthetics. Acoustic pianos also come in a wide variety of furniture styles, colors, and finishes to complement any decor. Some pianos, categorized as “art case” pianos are virtually works of art.
- you need a piano that doesn’t require electrical power
This might be a consideration in a rustic lodge or other venue where power is unavailable or unreliable, or where power cords could present a tripping or shock hazard (e.g., dance studio).
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