I remember visiting a friend one day and was stunned by the number of pianos at her place.
On one side, there's a grand piano. On the other side of her studio, there are two upright pianos. She occasionally plays on the digital piano too.
While I fully understand her passion for pianos (she's a piano teacher and freelance pianist), I can't help but ask her why did she invest so much to get different types of pianos.
Here comes the moment of truth.
"Oh, they produce different sounds. One song can be interpreted differently with these different pianos."
What Are Some Popular Piano Types Among Malaysians?
While exploring the sound of music of different types of pianos, let's first look at the 3 most frequently bought piano types in the local market.
1. Upright Piano
First on our list is the classic upright piano. Commonly known as the vertical piano (due to the vertical position of the strings and frames), this piano is widely used by piano learning students and their tutors for their lessons.
It is a good piano choice for beginners because of its affordability, portability, good pedal and playing quality and compactness which allows it to produce good sound quality in a confined space, like a practice room or piano examination room that is relatively smaller.
2. Grand Piano
Next on the list is the largest type of piano, the grand piano. Also known as the horizontal piano (due to the horizontal placement of the strings and also its general length), the grand piano is widely used by professional pianists who desire richer and well-balanced sound production while playing.
One of the most important features of the grand piano is its majestic sound projection that can fill up a large room. That's why it's no secret that you'll find professional concert pianists like Lang Lang who perform regularly on Steinway grand pianos.
3. Digital Piano
The third piano on our list is none other than the digital piano. A digital piano provides piano players with a slightly casual and varied playing style. Like other piano types, it usually comes with 88 piano keys (some smaller ones may have lesser notes) and it offers a wider range of piano sounds that have been sampled.
The main difference between a digital piano and other pianos lies in the weight of pressing the keys. In other words, a digital piano is more touch-sensitive and offers a lighter performing experience.
There are many piano manufacturers that offer good quality digital pianos such as:
- Clavia Nord
Get to know the general costs of different types of pianos in Malaysia.
Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Get A Digital Piano
Let's talk about why digital pianos are increasingly becoming a staple choice among different piano players of learning levels.
We've done our research and here are the top 5 most given reasons in case you need some solid backings.
#1 Smaller and lighter
The first thing you'll notice about a digital piano is certainly its smaller size and lighter weight as compared to other types of pianos.
This means it's easier for you to place and move it anywhere you want, without worrying too much about logistics complications. Also, a digital piano will come in handy if you are used to performing at different locations, be it indoor or outdoor as you need a smaller space to start playing.
#2 Cost-effective (short term and long term)
You certainly can't ignore money matters when you're purchasing a musical instrument.
Digital pianos are generally cheaper than upright pianos and grand pianos.
You can find digital pianos prices ranging from below RM1000 to those below RM10,000 according to different manufacturing brands (Yamaha, Casio, Kawai, Roland), state of pianos (brand-new/second-hand) and so on.
Do you know that the price of normal upright pianos can range from RM4,000 to RM11,800 even for secondhand pianos in Malaysia?
As for grand pianos, a used Yamaha G2E Grand Piano can cost at least RM16,000 while a used Yamaha GB1 Grand Piano is around RM26,000.
Also, a digital piano does not require manual tuning so you can save a lot on maintenance fees in the long run.
You can do the math to determine if a digital piano is a good investment.
#3 Flexible volume production
Another important and useful feature is that a digital piano enables you to project the volume of your playing according to your preference.
Need to practice in a noisy living room? No problem. You can just plug in your headphone and focus on your playing.
Planning to perform your favourite song in a large hall? Not to worry, you can connect your digital piano to a laptop, or PC via a USB cable and transform it into a Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) for sound amplification purposes.
#4 Diverse sound effects
Are you someone who loves to experiment with different sounds while playing the piano? Then digital piano is your ultimate choice.
Apart from the regular acoustic piano sound, you can also find other sound effects such as strings, electric pianos, and harpsichords and play multiple layers for a richer sound according to the song that you're practising.
#5 Easier to maintain sound quality
As mentioned earlier, a digital piano does not require manual tunings like upright pianos and grand pianos as it does not require strings and hammers to produce the notes. You don't have to worry about your piano going out of tune or being affected by room conditions too.
You can easily bring your digital piano to the shop for regular checking or "repairing" should anything feels off as long as it is within the warranty period.
Where Can You Shop For A Budget Friendly Digital Piano in Malaysia?
You might be convinced to get a digital piano right now after reading the top 5 points.
But, where do you start looking for one? You know, the CHOSEN one that fits your personal preferences in terms of playing purpose and BUDGET!
We got you covered with the latest price list and piano brands to buy the best digital piano!
a) Direct purchase from piano manufacturers' shops and local music instrument outlets
When it comes to buying a musical instrument, nothing beats the real shopping experience.
A digital piano may be smaller as compared to its counterparts, but you would still want to touch and test it physically, choose your favourite colour, listen to its sound production and maybe even bargain for a cheaper price.
You can refer to this table below to have an idea of the price range for different digital piano brands that you can find in Malaysia.
|Piano Models||Price Range|
|Kawai MP7SE Digital Piano [Kawai Malaysia]||RM7,890.00|
|Kawai CA59 Digital Piano [Kawai Malaysia]||RM11,790.00|
|Yamaha P-125 88-Keys Digital Piano Black [Wah Lee Hong]||RM3,680.00|
|Yamaha Clavinova CLP-725 Digital Piano with Piano Bench [Wah Lee Hong]||RM7,470.00|
|Casio CDP-S150 88-Key Digital Piano [Swee Lee]||RM3119.00|
|Casio CDP-S350 88-Key Digital Piano [Swee Lee]||RM3,338.00|
|Roland FP-30X White - 88-Key Digital Piano [Swee Lee]||RM3978.00|
|Roland F-701 Charcoal Black - 88-Key Digital Piano [Swee Lee]||RM6,111.00|
Don't forget to check out the prices of other piano types at Yamaha here.
b) Online shopping platforms for more options
If you prefer to compare the features of various digital pianos at your pace and complete your purchase online, you can take a look at this table to look at the price range of various piano manufacturer brands.
Digital pianos are generally much cheaper on online shopping platforms like Lazada and Shopee.
However, be sure to check for additional delivery fees of the platforms (some products have free shipping) and read the product description carefully for the warranty details and current state of the piano (brand new/used piano/repaired).
|Digital Piano Model||Price Range|
|Yamaha Arius YDP-145 88-key Digital Piano Home Package with Headphone||RM4850 ++ (Lazada)|
|Roland FP-30X 88-key Digital Piano with Headphone and Adapter||RM3,793.00 (Lazada plus free shipping)|
|Casio CDP-S110 88 Key Digital Piano Home Package With Headphone, Bench, Stand, Dust Cover||RM2199++ (Lazada)|
|Kawai KDP-75 Digital Home Piano||RM3990 (Lazada)|
Digital piano buying tip: Find a piano that has at least one year of warranty and make sure the basic features are provided.
Master Digital Piano Playing For Any Occasion And Learning Level With Superprof
After getting yourself a decent digital piano, it's time to put it to good use!
It does not matter if you are buying a digital piano to start learning as a beginner or if you're buying it to play for leisure.
You may be looking for someone to guide you if you're playing for the first time.
Finding a private piano tutor is pretty convenient these days thanks to Superprof!
You don't have to enrol in a music school and go through different exam levels. You can just pick up some basic piano playing skills at your own pace and learn to play your favourite songs on a digital piano.
All you need to do is just head to the Superprof Malaysia homepage and start browsing for a wide selection of piano tutors.
You'll get to review various tutors' profiles and get to know them better before deciding to book your first lesson.
You can learn more about their basic information such as:
- How they conduct their lessons (teaching methodology and lesson plan)
- The lesson duration
- Their relevant teaching experience and qualifications (ABRSM Grade, for example)
- Teaching levels for students
- Hourly rate
- Response time
- Current number of students at Superprof
- Reviews of former students
Also, the piano tutors at Superprof offer two learning modes: home tutoring/online tutoring. You don't have to worry about location and time restrictions as it is super flexible! That being said, you can pick your tutors from various parts of Malaysia and even the world if you are open to online piano tutoring. How cool is that!
As you prepare for a fruitful piano lesson, feel free to read more on the price range of grand pianos in Malaysia. It might come in handy one day.
But for now, do make the best out of your digital piano!
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