Whatever electronic, mechanical, or materially produced product you thought was irreplaceable is, in many cases, being replaced by something better, cheaper, and more exciting these days. So get ready because...Acoustic console & Upright Pianos may become a thing of the past one day! They will (likely be) mostly be gone from homes, schools, churches, stages, recording studios, retirement centers, and everywhere else, although this is my opinion based on what I see as continued obsolescence of products made by human beings. The opinion of many families, especially here in the US is that a good digital piano is a great alternative for them because of low maintenance issues, headphone capability for private practice allowing for more practice time in homes, recording options, direct connection to iPad for exciting home piano learning and practice, and the ability to learn orchestration and rhythm timing in ways not possible on regular acoustic pianos.
So what's the bottom line? If you don't believe what I'm telling you then you ought to get out more and try these new digital pianos for yourself.
If you are thinking about buying a piano, then think twice about buying a regular acoustic console or upright over a digital pianos. A traditional Grand Piano is still a great instrument and is holding a decent value overall (although many do depreciate, especially in this economy). But someday, those too may be all but gone in the average home, on stage, and in churches. Perhaps only "purists" will want these acoustic instruments because it's what they are accustomed to or they just want the "organic" experience. There will always be people like that but that's the way it's always been.
But if you want an excellent piano value and great musical playing experience (in my opinion) and you want to spend less money too, then seriously consider one of the new advanced technology digital pianos that are available right now, but beware of one thing; there is still older technology digital pianos out there that do not produce a satisfying piano playing experience, so stay away from those. By the way, I have had top brand digital pianos for years and they seldom break or have electronic problems and can be more reliable and take less maintenance than some regular acoustic pianos, assuming they are a good brand.
If you want more info on new digital pianos and LOWER PRICES than internet discounts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 602-571-1864.