|Samick Acoustic Grand|
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Two main reasons why I believe these pianos are worth consideration is because Samick has a business relationship with the Fatar key action company and the Orla digital design & 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 high 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 very reasonable prices for many people looking for a beautiful and well built furniture cabinet along with very good piano action, overall sound, and digital features. It is important to note the the Fatar key action company builds a variety piano key actions at different quality levels, so just because a piano brand says they use a Fatar key action does not mean that key action will necessarily be that good. Of the many Fatar key actions offered by that company, Samick is using their best non-wood key action (which costs more money but is noticeably better than the others) as opposed to the bottom of the line entry-level key actions used by some other brands.
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 impressive instrument sounds including electric pianos, organs, strings, guitars, synths, brass, woodwinds, percussion, and many other 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|
|Connector input/output array|
styles (1-finger/3-finger easy play) and helpful drum patterns for all styles of music, a right hand harmonizer note system when you play auto-chord style on the right hand. The auto arrangement chord system includes Classical, Jazz, Latin, Rock, Country, Big Band, Swing, Broadway, Ragtime, New Age, Christmas, Disney, and everything in-between. This kind of system is great for people who do not play piano and just want to have instant musical fun or for people who don't want to play in a traditional bass/treble clef style all the time but want to have fun just using chords even though they may play piano quite well otherwise. Other features include "continuous play music" using General MIDI song files playing from a USB flash drive (all three Samick models can do this) which is great fun for just listening to your favorite music through the piano even if you are not playing it yourself. MIDI song files in all categories of music are available to purchase on-line so you can always get what you want and hear songs that you like. The SG450 also has real time volume controls over various functions in the piano, a variable brilliance control to get a variety of personalized acoustic piano sounds from mellow to bright, and a twin piano mode which electronically divides the 88 keys in half for two identical 44-key piano keyboards (with the same octaves and tuning) which is great for two people playing at the same time...very cool. Piano store selling price for this piano is usually about $4500 and is my favorite model of the three.
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' deep SG310 & SG450 (left pic) 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 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 (as I mentioned earlier), but those pianos are a lot more money. Also, there are digital baby grands for less money such as Suzuki, Adagio, Artesia, and others, 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 so it's good to be very careful when spending this kind of money. 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 (especially with regard to key action and sound dynamics) at reasonable prices. There are many things to think about when investing in a digital piano as well as many choices, and I can help you figure it all out if you contact me.
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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 and the SG450 would sound the same as far as the piano sound and instrument playback goes:)