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  • An association of piano technicians, working under the guidance of Shawn Skylark, a highly acclaimed concert tuner with over 36 years of experience
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  • Whatever type of piano you have, whatever level of service you require, we have the right technician for you!
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Digital Pianos

Can't I avoid all of this and just get a digital or electronic keyboard?

This is a fair and important question. Some of the digital pianos on the market sound really good, cost less than "acoustic" pianos, have "weighted" keys, are much easier to transport, do not need tuning, and can be played silently with headphones. If you are trying to see if your children will "stick with it" before investing so much money in a "real" piano, why not?

Actually, it is not always a bad idea. A digital keyboard can be a good introduction to piano playing, but it is also limiting, especially to beginners. But let's go point by point.

They may sound pretty good, but the sound is generated by electronics, not strings. The strings and soundboard of an acoustic piano move air in such a way that the sound vibrates much more dynamically. You can "feel" the sound of a piano, and it affects you in a fundamental way. Very few children, given the side by side choice, will think the keyboard sounds better, and the better it sounds the more likely they will want to play it.

As for weighted keys, the key system is completely different on even the most sophisticated digital keyboards, and simply will not prepare children or adults for the feel and responsiveness of a real piano, which they will have to play for their lessons, recitals, etc.

They do not need tuning, but they do break, as do most computers and digital equipment from time to time, and so you still cannot avoid service costs.

They can be played silently, which is great. They also often have features like rhythm sections, alternate sounds, etc. We think that keyboards are a great ADDITION to the piano, and go well side by side. They can be a lot of fun, but simply do not provide a serious alternative to an acoustic piano. The more time we all spend with computers and video games, the more important it becomes to spend time with "the real thing." You wouldn't teach someone to drive a car with a video screen and joy-stick steering wheel, and you really cannot teach someone to play the piano without a real piano.

Even the cost is less of a factor these days. Good digital keyboards are often not much cheaper than entry level pianos, which these days are mostly built in China. The Chinese pianos are quite a bargain, and often surprisingly good.

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  • Steinway
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