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Hello to all my music friends out there! 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 and teaching expertise & experience to the public. I am a real person based in Phoenix, Arizona USA 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, and I have actually played and examined the ones that I talk about. I have continued to play and teach on digital pianos professionally and have direct hands-on experience with all price ranges of 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 so that I can make money. Music 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 based on their budget and musical goals. All my reviews are my opinions and done by myself for the public at large. Please click on pics for larger views!
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 are an independent entity and work out of our music studio and do not have a store, warehouse, or shopping cart for selling pianos. 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 as well as help you purchase new digital pianos for less than anywhere else. 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.
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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 so many ways and have different prices and are made for different purposes. 88-key digital pianos are either (overall) good with a variety of features or bad with specific deficiencies. In fact, I have noticed that many of these "fake review sites" steal my content and then post a version of it on their web sites. I know this because they would NEVER have been able to test out the pianos that I have and then come up with the conclusions that they state in their reviews. This is because they have never played those digital pianos and in fact may not even know how to play a piano at all. It is true that imitation or downright coping is the sincerest form of flattery so people stealing (coping and reusing) my blog content does not bother me (much). Unfortunately on those sites it is done solely to make money off of you, and that does bother me!
If you see any of these pretend digital piano review sites that just make these things up, then we encourage you to STAY AWAY from those reviews as they are likely done just to get you to purchase product on Amazon and other web sites that pay those so-called reviewers a "commission." If you see Amazon or eBay buying links on those review sites, then that is a 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:).
What is a Digital Piano? 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.
Digital Keyboards: 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?
Why Choose a Digital Piano over an Acoustic Piano? 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 yourself and/or for your children. I happen to like both acoustic and digital pianos but I am more fond of digital pianos when it comes to overall music learning and piano playing pleasure. However, playing on a top quality real acoustic grand piano is a fabulous experience especially if that grand piano is a Steinway, Yamaha, Kawai, Bosendorfer, Boston, Essex, or any fine grand piano. However unlike digital pianos, you cannot plug in headphones to a regular acoustic piano for private practice, you need to regularly tune an acoustic piano, and you are limited to just one single piano sound as opposed to a variety of great piano sounds and features that good digital pianos have these days. Go here for more info on differences between an acoustic and digital piano: Digital Piano or Acoustic Piano - What should you buy?
Which Digital Piano Should I Buy? Everyone has different goals when purchasing a digital piano which is based on your experience, how you intend to use it, your musical goals, budget factors, and many other reasons. We openly encourage all readers of this blog who are considering buying a digital piano to contact us first. We can help you get lower prices in the US on new top name brand digital pianos that best fits your needs and your budget, no matter what it is. Check out our shopping tips article at the following link Shopping Tips. You can also email us directly, or call us if you live in the US. Again, welcome to...
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