DIGITAL PIANO REVIEWS & NEWS by TIM PRASKINS - The #1 PLACE for EXPERT INFO and LOWER PRICES!UPDATED: August 2, 2015 - AZ Piano News - YOUR #1 SOURCE for digital piano reviews, news, shopping & buying tips, and other useful information including how to BUY FOR EVEN LESS MONEY THAN INTERNET, AMAZON, BUNDLES, AND LOCAL STORES.
My name is Tim Praskins and I created this piano news blog many years ago as a way to provide my 40 plus years of piano expertise & experience to the public. I am a real person and I review and talk about digital and acoustic pianos, piano and keyboard lessons, and help piano shoppers around the world in deciding which digital piano would be best for them. I am a well known international digital piano consultant to teachers, schools, churches, studios, families, and to beginner through advanced piano students. I teach a number of different instruments in my music studio where I live in Phoenix, Arizona and am a pro musician who plays acoustic grand & upright pianos, digital pianos, pro keyboards, synthesizers, church & jazz organs, and guitars of all types. I know more about digital pianos and how they compare to each other (I have actually played the ones I talk about and review) than most people in the world and I started playing them when they first came out decades ago. I have continued to play and teach on them professionally and have direct hands-on experience with high and low end digital pianos so that I can advise people on what to look for and what to stay away from. There are also "inside tips" that I know about (which others do not) in helping you make a good buying decision. I do this because I want to and not because I have to or need to send you to Amazon to buy pianos...it is my passion and it's much more than a hobby. It's what I consider to be a mission to see more people play music and do it on the right instrument for their budget and their musical desires.
The following is a brief overview of what you can expect from my in-depth detailed piano blog and reviews:
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We do not have a store, warehouse, or shopping cart for selling pianos and we don't link to Amazon or eBay to get you to buy pianos to make us money (like so many others do). Our goal is to focus on giving out real, organic piano buying advice from my teaching studio to people all over the world. All of my digital piano reviews are completely unique, unfiltered, organic, and updated regularly and I have thoroughly played all of the pianos I have reviewed unless otherwise noted. The information I provide is done through my own personal experience & research and playing the pianos I talk about. I am not paid, persuaded, or endorsed by any piano company or Amazon link on how I review pianos which allows me the freedom to say what I really think...unlike most others who say nice things about everything (regardless of how those instruments really are) just to link you to internet buying sites (like Amazon and/or eBay) so they can make money (a commission). I will tell you if a piano is a Best Buy, Recommended, Not Recommended, etc. My goal (as well as my son Erik) is to share with you what we know about digital and acoustic pianos, piano lesson programs, educational features of digital pianos, iPad piano & music educational apps, computer music software, and ways to shop that will help you make the right buying decision and save you a lot of money in the process including even lower prices than Amazon, eBay, and bundles that are out there on the internet in the US. Many of the top name brands I review include Roland, Kawai, Casio, Yamaha, Samick, Korg, and Kurzweil, just to name a few and I review pianos in all price ranges up to $10,000 and beyond. I also review off-brands such as Suzuki, Williams, Adagio, Artesia, and others that are found at Costco and large local consumer or music stores, or on-line stores in various places. You might also look at the testimonials on this site by clicking on the testimonial navigation button because there are many organic, unbiased testimonials from people just like you who have come to us for help and share their experiences.
WARNING - Please Read This!
It's good to be aware that there are many digital piano review sites on-line which are either out of date, show discontinued models as the newest models, give high marks to some bad digital pianos, and/or the "reviewers" have not actually played those pianos and the instruments are reviewed by people who generally do not know what they are talking about...and I see this all the time. These people watch Youtube videos and read consumer Amazon reviews (just like you would) and then just regenerate those remarks in different words which they call "their" review when in fact they probably never played that piano. There are many so-called review sites out there now and their names are very similar, but they are pretty much all the same. Many of these "fake" sites are controlled by a single person or group of people whose only goal is to make money off Amazon purchases by you. They make things up all the time which make no sense at all and their way of explaining things is amateurish at best. As an example of some laughable and FALSE statements a so-called reviewer has made on their site, read this statement taken directly from them: "The Yamaha YDP142R’s “Acoustic Optimizer” catapults (catapults -
really? no one actually talks that way!) the Yamaha YDP142R miles (miles? - really?!) above other digital pianos out there – you may come across some digital pianos, a lot more like keyboards really (digital pianos are not keyboards), that include a pitch-bend and change the sound (that feature isn't designed to change piano sound) – but only internally, and it nearly always comes out sounding distorted (distorted? not possible), normally this would be better than nothing (nothing? what does that mean?)… but thanks to the Yamaha YDP142R you no longer have to settle (settle for what?). The “Acoustic Optimizer” PHYSICALLY (not true) changes the pitch (pitch? not true) for you by fine tuning the piano strings (there are no strings) to maximise the impact of your acoustic performance – the Yamaha YDP142R can more than just stand alone, it sounds great whilst doing it too (what does that mean? - nothing!) !" Not only is the language in that statement bad English and bad spelling, but it makes absolutely no sense at all. It is likely the "reviewer" is actually from another country representing themselves as something they are not, (along with a fake picture) just to pick up possible commissions on Amazon...I see it happen all the time. There are even some review sites that give ridiculous "rankings" and "scores" for digital pianos and keyboards mixed together, as if you could actually do that. There can be no such thing as a objective score or ranking given to a specific digital piano or keyboard because they all vary in
BIG RED FLAG and you should be careful! Making money by selling pianos is one thing, but recommending vastly inferior pianos or telling people things that are just not true on pianos they have never played is quite another thing! Those people really don't care about you, they just care about the money and in fact may not be who they say they are. Be careful out there and be sure you contact us first before making a buying decision and we'll give you the advice you need, and we do not charge for that advice. It is a labor of love and after nearly 40 years of working around and playing digital (and acoustic) pianos for a living, and seeing two of my children become accomplished piano teachers and musicians, I still love it:).
A digital piano is generally thought of as having an 88-key piano keyboard with piano weighted keys that move up and down like an acoustic piano. Digital pianos can also be referred to as an electric piano although the term digital piano is the world-wide accepted description. This instrument can be lightweight and portable, stationary with built-in internal speakers, having no speakers, having an upright piano shape, grand piano shape, or smaller compact piano shape, as well as being a hybrid version with a combination of acoustic and digital piano features.
A keyboard is missing one or more of those digital piano elements. It may sound like an acoustic piano, but not feel like one (unweighted or semi-weighted keys). It may feel like an acoustic piano but not sound like one, or it may feel, sound, and operate like a digital piano but not have 88 black and white keys (maybe just 49, 61, or 76). Please go to the following link to learn more about the differences between digital pianos and digital keyboards: Digital Keyboard vs Digital Piano - What's the difference?
Choosing between a digital piano and traditional acoustic piano can be a bit confusing because there are different opinions out there depending on what a person's musical experience is. A piano teacher you talk with may have a different opinion than another experienced piano teacher. A piano store salesperson may differ with a general music store salesperson, whereas a professional musician may agree or disagree with all of them. So it really just depends upon your musical goals, skill level, budget, and expectations when it comes to playing piano for
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