|Samick Acoustic Grand|
Two main reasons why I believe these pianos are much better than they used to be is because Samick has a business relationship with the Fatar key action company and the Orla digital sound electronics company, both of which are located in Italy. These two well known Italian companies have been designing quality digital piano components for many years and are respected in Europe and around the world. Samick is now using these two company's pro quality (I have played them and they are really good) graded hammer piano key actions (with nice dynamic response) along with convincing stereo digital piano & instrument sounds and had them built into these models. I believe the resulting outcome is that Samick has the best digital pianos they have ever offered and these instruments are at reasonable prices (in my opinion) for many people looking for a beautiful and well built furniture cabinet along with good piano action, overall sound, and digital features.
Both SG110 & SG310 models (SG310 - left pics) have a fairly realistic European made graded piano weighted hammer action (as I mentioned earlier) with 3 functioning brass pedals, 64 notes of polyphony which is OK for the price and fine for most people (128 notes would have been better), and 385 very impressive instrument sounds including electric pianos, organs, strings, guitars, synths, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and many other very cool sounds. These pianos also include 20 panel memories for saving your favorite setups and a 16-track General MIDI multi-track player/recorder using a USB flash drive which enables you to save and load songs and even use the piano to play continuous music of your choice just like a player piano but without moving keys. The SG pianos also allows you to play accompaniment lesson songs from popular piano lesson curriculum which is great for practicing your lessons and listening to the songs that are in the lesson books while you play:). Each of the 16 instrument tracks, including the melody line, can be individually muted (switched off) so that you can isolate certain parts for better understanding of how that part plays and sounds, which is great for learning and playalong. That is a very useful feature not found in many digital pianos. Go here for more info on how General MIDI lesson & song accompaniments can help you play better and have more fun: General MIDI songs & lessons
|SG310 front view pic|
Considering how heavy a regular small acoustic baby grand weighs, which is approx 600-700lbs, the lighter weight of these small digital baby grands makes them much easier to move and assemble than traditional pianos. The SG110 3' deep baby grand weighs in at 165lbs and the 4'1" deep SG310 & SG450 weigh in at 260lbs each. Not bad considering their size. But whichever Samick digital baby grand piano you may choose, I believe you'll likely have a good time playing it (depending on your skill level) and be especially pleased with how they look. There certainly are better digital baby grands for piano tone, dynamics, pedal decay & resonance, key action, and other features from brands like Yamaha, Roland, and Kawai, but those pianos would be substantially more money. Also there are digital baby grands for less money, but I have not found any of them to be acceptable even at minimum standards. You just don't normally get something for nothing out there. Samick piano company seems to be the one of the those manufacturers that has been able to fill a niche of offering higher quality digital grand pianos at very reasonable prices. However, if you are at a higher level of playing skill or want even more acoustic piano realism in your digital piano, then you might want to consider just getting a regular vertical style digital piano in the same price range. Digital grand cabinets are a lot more money to produce so in some cases you'll get a better playing experience if you spend the same money on a vertical digital piano in another brand like Kawai, Yamaha, Casio, or Roland. There are many things to think about when investing in a digital piano and I can help you figure it all out if you contact me. UPDATE - There is a private unadvertised sale on the SG310 going on right now direct from Samick (while supplies last in their warehouse) at an exceptionally low price. Please contact me for more info on this.
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* Also, below a video of the SG310 in action. The guy playing the SG310 in the video is a pretty amazing player:)