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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Our piano teacher has said that we should only get a digital piano if it has weighted keys. What are weighted keys?

A: Firstly, it is important not to confuse weighted with touch sensitive. The weight of a single key on a traditional piano is much heavier than that on a portable keyboard. This weight offers the player more control, which is necessary to achieve expression and feeling within the music.

Q: What is touch sensitive?

A: This simply means that the harder you strike the key the louder the volume. This is usually a feature on a portable keyboard. A piano teacher would recommend only weighted keys.

Q: How often should I tune my piano?

A: This will depend on the piano itself, how often its played, where it is situated, what standard of playing it receives. Ideally pianos should be tuned twice a year. In practice, many people have them tuned only once a year. I would recommend once a year as a minimum.

Q: Should I buy a digital or a traditional upright (acoustic) piano?

A: This is one of the questions I get asked all the time, and the answer depends on a number of factors. How much do you want to spend? Where will the instrument be placed in you home? Do you already have a piano? Three of my recent sales illustrate the choice process. First, I delivered a digital piano to an attic room which could never have accommodated an upright! Then I sold a digital to someone whose girlfriend is a hospital doctor and lives in the nurses' wing. Why a digital? Because she often plays in the middle of the night using headphones! Thirdly, I sold an upright piano to someone who wanted it for his daughter who is an advanced player; and he had both a generous budget and a large room to place the piano in. In short, it all depends…
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