Nothing quite epitomizes the piano lifestyle more than a grand piano. Anyone who has played a grand piano knows that there isn’t quite another feeling then playing a grand piano. Whether it is a Steinway & Sons or a Rubenstein, the feel of one of these great instruments is something that any pianist should have at least once in their life. Unfortunately, with a great looking grand piano comes a huge price tag. To get one of these models $10,000 and up of extra cash is the only route to owning one of these. Fortunately for these companies there is the option of the digital baby grand piano.
The digital model of the grand piano is not a new concept but is something that is becoming more and more popular these days. With a price tag of about 10% of a traditional baby grand piano, these digital pianos are becoming more and more popular for pianists looking to add a well furnished grand piano to their collection. Let’s look at two reasons why I feel that the digital baby grand piano vs acoustic baby grand piano debate may favor the digital piano.
Price: After reviewing many of the top baby grand pianos online, I have come to the consensus that unless you are very wealthy or that you inherit one from a relative, many people will never have the luxury of owning a grand piano. A digital version of the baby grand is a different story. With a price tag usually ranging between $2,000- $3,000 for the higher end models the digital baby grand is about 10% of the cost of its counterparts. For example a used baby grand piano might fetch between $7,000+ online with a shipping fee at almost the same price of the digital baby piano.
THE BEST DIGITAL BABY GRAND PIANO
Versatility: The one thing that we found what separated the newer digital pianos from the previous ones is the versatility that we have found with the software and all the extra “bells and whistles” that come with the newer baby digital pianos. Not only are these pianos able to hook up to state of the art software, but as technology grows, so do these pianos. With the newer models, young pianists are able to record and practice by themselves. The piano software not only assists in the practice lessons, but also gives feedback on things they are having trouble with, which is something that no acoustic baby grand piano can do.
Besides these two qualities there are a number of things that make the digital version a wise choice. As an instructor I feel there is no better sound or feel than a traditional baby grand piano, but I do think that there are many great versions of the digital variety. I have seen many in use, but I have one particular favorite that I will discuss below.
The Suzuki S-350 Baby Grand Digital Piano [Currently unavailable. Good alternative: Suzuki S-400 Baby Grand Digital Piano] was by far the best digital version that I have used to date. While weighing in at approximately 150 lbs., this piano is big enough to be the centerpiece of a room, but light enough to be transported. While traditionally not a huge fan of Suzuki digital pianos, I feel that this model was everything that one could ask for in a baby grand piano. The amount of music files is almost endless and the sound and feel are as close to a traditional grand piano as you can get. Overall if I were to invest in a new digital baby grand piano and only have about $2,500.00, I would not hesitate to choose the Suzuki S-350 Mini Grand Digital Piano to any of my students. If this is not an option it may be wise to just buy a used baby grand piano and make sure that it has not lost all of its value.