TYPES OF PIANOS
The piano comes in many different designs, styles, shapes and sizes But there are two main types of pianos:
- Acoustic piano
- Digital piano
This produces sound because when the keys are pressed, the hammer moves which strikes the wires and produces vibrations. An acoustic piano has the hammer and steel wires enclosed by a wooden exterior.
Acoustic pianos are further divided into two categories
- Horizontal pianos
- Vertical pianos
The horizontal piano consists of a damper closer to the hammer and at the top of the string, the soundboard is inside a supportable opening platform.
Piano in which the soundboard and plane of strings are vertical and perpendicular to Keyboard. this type of pianos is the vertical piano. It takes less floor space than a horizontal piano. They are ideal for achieving concert-quality sound.
The digital piano is designed as an alternative to the acoustic piano.
A digital piano is a type of electric keyboard.
Its keys are weighted, the sound produced from which equates the digital piano to the acoustic piano, and it produces an acoustic piano-like sound.
Digital upright piano
Digital portable piano
Digital baby grand piano
Acoustic piano vs Digital piano
|Acoustic Piano||Digital Piano|
|Space requirement||large space required||less space required|
|Portability||bulky in weight, at least two people and special equipment are required to move from one place to another.||Light in weight, only one person, is enough to carry it from one place to another.|
|Power source||not needed||needed|
|Pedals||2 or 3 pedals,
including the sustain pedal
|Some models come with pedals, not all models|
|Tuning||1-2 times yearly||not needed|
|Technology||Not equipped||Can connect to PC/Laptop using MIDI or USB connector|