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For those looking for an ideal keyboard bench to go with their digital piano, you are at the right place!

There are a few factors you should look at when purchasing a best keyboard bench:

Portability: The best portable keyboard benches are made to be lightweight and portable. The best adjustable keyboard benches can also fold for easy storage and carrying. If you are looking for a music bench that is meant to be stable and sitting in the same place, you may be looking for a piano bench.

Height Adjustments: Most keyboard benches do not have quick height adjustment knobs. The ones that do, such as the Hercules KB200B, are a bit pricier, but are worth it if you want to quickly adjusting sitting positions in a tight situation.

Please do not confuse keyboard benches with piano benches (as even google confuses the two).

A piano bench looks like this:

If you are looking for piano benches, please visit this page.

Hercules KB200B Keyboard Bench

For professional musicians, I highly recommend this best digital keyboard bench.

A key feature of the Hercules KB200B bench is the quick and easy height adjustment knob. You can easily switch between four different height positions with this best adjustable keyboard bench. With the other keyboard benches, you have to painstakingly flip the keyboard bench upside down, unscrew the securing latches, and switch the positioning of the keyboard legs in order to change the height.

In addition, with a micro adjustment knob, you can adjust the keyboard bench in subtle amounts. This is best for keyboard players looking for a very specific height position.

This keyboard bench weighs about 14 pounds.

Some users of this bench feel that the padding is a bit hard.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com! 

Proline PL1250 Keyboard Bench With Memory Foam

I have personally used this keyboard bench by Pro Line, the PL1250, and it had lasted for years.

It’s very soft to sit on, as the cushion is made from memory foam.

Very easy to adjust with handy height adjustments.

Here is picture of the Pro Line bench I used for about 6 years. I replaced it with a Yamaha PKBB1 keyboard bench.

I highly recommend this keyboard bench for those who wish for a very soft and comfortable bench that can easily adjust.

Click here for review and pricing on Amazon.com!

Yamaha PKBB1 Adjustable Padded Keyboard Bench

The best selling keyboard bench on Amazon.com! It is also very affordable.

The X Style keyboard bench has a padded top and steel legs that can be adjusted to 3 different height positions.

This best keyboard bench weighs eight pounds, so it can easily be carried with one hand.

Some users complain that this the Yamaha PKBB1 bench is a bit wobbly. If this happens, simply return your bench.

The padding is also pretty firm and tough.

This keyboard is also a bit difficult to adjust. You can see this on the following picture:

You have to unscrew the turn dial screw, line up the holes in the two columns, and painfully try to connect everything and screw at the same time.

If you are not too concerned with adjusting your bench with ease, and want an inexpensive keyboard bench, then this keyboard bench will be good for you.

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On Stage KT7800 Plus Padded Keyboard Bench

For those looking for a good sturdy keyboard bench, The On Stage KT7800 would be a great option!

It costs more than the Yamaha PKBB1, but is a more quality keyboard bench. I placed it lower on the list because of the pricing.

This best keyboard bench has a 300 lb weight capacity, and has extra padding for more comfortable seating.

This seat can adjust to four different heights – 19, 21, 23, and 25 inches.

This keyboard bench weights about 11 pounds.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

Go Plus Piano Bench Adjustable Piano Keyboard Chair

I recommend the Go Plus keyboard bench for those looking for a keyboard bench without much padding.

The height for this seat can be adjusted from 18 – 20 inches.

This keyboard bench weighs 5.3 pounds.

This best collapsible keyboard bench can easily be stored and carried.

Some users complain that the padding is a bit hard.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com! 

On Stage KB8902 Flip Top Keyboard Bench

For users of a stay at home digital piano, this would be the ideal keyboard bench.

Light and portable, this keyboard bench is great for digital upright pianos.

There is also a compartment for storage with this unique keyboard bench.

Some users complain about the set-up of this bench, and of the sturdiness as well. (If you want a more sturdy keyboard bench such as this, please look at the piano bench page)

This best keyboard bench weighs about 14 pounds.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

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For those looking for an ideal keyboard bench to go with their digital piano, you are at the right place!

There are a few factors you should look at when purchasing a best keyboard bench:

Portability: The best portable keyboard benches are made to be lightweight and portable. The best adjustable keyboard benches can also fold for easy storage and carrying. If you are looking for a music bench that is meant to be stable and sitting in the same place, you may be looking for a piano bench.

Height Adjustments: Most keyboard benches do not have quick height adjustment knobs. The ones that do, such as the Hercules KB200B, are a bit pricier, but are worth it if you want to quickly adjusting sitting positions in a tight situation.

Please do not confuse keyboard benches with piano benches (as even google confuses the two).

A piano bench looks like this:

If you are looking for piano benches, please visit this page.

Hercules KB200B Keyboard Bench

For professional musicians, I highly recommend this best digital keyboard bench.

A key feature of the Hercules KB200B bench is the quick and easy height adjustment knob. You can easily switch between four different height positions with this best adjustable keyboard bench. With the other keyboard benches, you have to painstakingly flip the keyboard bench upside down, unscrew the securing latches, and switch the positioning of the keyboard legs in order to change the height.

In addition, with a micro adjustment knob, you can adjust the keyboard bench in subtle amounts. This is best for keyboard players looking for a very specific height position.

This keyboard bench weighs about 14 pounds.

Some users of this bench feel that the padding is a bit hard.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com! 

Yamaha PKBB1 Adjustable Padded Keyboard Bench

The best selling keyboard bench on Amazon.com! It is also very affordable.

The X Style keyboard bench has a padded top and steel legs that can be adjusted to 3 different height positions.

This best keyboard bench weighs eight pounds, so it can easily be carried with one hand.

Some users complain that this the Yamaha PKBB1 bench is a bit wobbly. If this happens, simply return your bench.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

On Stage KT7800 Plus Padded Keyboard Bench

For those looking for a good sturdy keyboard bench, The On Stage KT7800 would be a great option!

It costs more than the Yamaha PKBB1, but is a more quality keyboard bench. I placed it lower on the list because of the pricing.

This best keyboard bench has a 300 lb weight capacity, and has extra padding for more comfortable seating.

This seat can adjust to four different heights – 19, 21, 23, and 25 inches.

This keyboard bench weights about 11 pounds.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

Go Plus Piano Bench Adjustable Piano Keyboard Chair

I recommend the Go Plus keyboard bench for those looking for a keyboard bench without much padding.

The height for this seat can be adjusted from 18 – 20 inches.

This keyboard bench weighs 5.3 pounds.

This best collapsible keyboard bench can easily be stored and carried.

Some users complain that the padding is a bit hard.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com! 

On Stage KB8902 Flip Top Keyboard Bench

For users of a stay at home digital piano, this would be the ideal keyboard bench.

Light and portable, this keyboard bench is great for digital upright pianos.

There is also a compartment for storage with this unique keyboard bench.

Some users complain about the set-up of this bench, and of the sturdiness as well. (If you want a more sturdy keyboard bench such as this, please look at the piano bench page)

This best keyboard bench weighs about 14 pounds.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

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Forever alone: a popular, usually humorous way for people to express online that they will never find lasting love and be single until the day they die.

Even though a pianist is capable of super-human like powers, such as hypnotizing their audience into feeling whatever emotion they wish to convey through the piano, sometimes there are issues with finding and keeping a significant other and being forever alone.

Even Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Liszt, musical geniuses whose music is used even today to swoon lovers and captivate audiences, failed to find a life partner.

Perhaps every pianist goes through similar difficulties and can relate to the challenges being presented.

Have fun reading!

Loser Van Beethoven

How can a man who writes beautiful music that is played even in modern wedding ceremonies (such as the 2nd movement of the Pathetique piano sonata) end up never being married?

Let’s take a quick look at some of Beethoven’s lovers and see the reasons why his relationships didn’t work out!

Love: Eleonore von Breuning. The Piano Sonata in C WoO 51 was one work that was dedicated to her. She was the sister of his bro, Stephan von Breuning.

Problem: According to one of Beethoven’s letters, it seemed that they had a quarrel of some sort and lost their friendship. She married Franz Wegeler in 1802.

Love: Magdalena Willman. She was a soprano.

Problem: Said Beethoven was “too ugly and half crazy”. She probably only used him to advance her own career. (Source)

Love: Therese Malfatti. She was the dedicatee of the famous Fur Elise.

Problem: Beethoven planned to proposed to her, but failed. According to one source, Beethoven planned to perform Fur Elise to her and propose, but got drunk and did not do it. She married Wilhelm von Droßdik, a Hungarian Count instead.

Love: Countess Giulietta Guicciardi. A pupil of Beethoven’s and the dedicatee of the Moonlight Sonata.

Problem: Social class. Married a count instead.

There are many other reported lovers of Beethoven, but this should suffice for understanding about Beethoven’s issues.

And let’s not forget about Beethoven’s physical appearance. According to many reports, Beethoven was short, had bushy eyebrows, lots of small pox scars, not orderly, and dressed badly. One time Beethoven was arrested by the police being confused for a homeless person. While the pictures and sculpture that we have today convey a certain image of Beethoven, we should not forget what sort of image he actually portrayed to the people in front of him.

The majority of Beethoven’s lovers were students of his. They were usually of high social class. Beethoven, being a musician who was quite clumsy with his money, was of a lower social class, which may have led to the demise of many of his relationships. With Magdalena Willman, Beethoven may have had a chance at happiness since they were both musicians, but she was simply not attracted to the poor guy.

With the information above, it can be hypothesized that Beethoven failed at finding a significant other for two reason: he was ugly and was of a low social class.

Johannes Alone Brahms

I have mad respect for this man. Johannes Brahms, the man who willfully stayed in Clara Schumann‘s friend zone and took the phrase “bros before hoes” to the next level, ultimately died alone as well.

Did Brahms suffer from the same issues as Beethoven? Was Brahms ugly? Let’s take a look.

Dayum! This man is beautiful! If Disney ever needed an actor for Prince Charming in the 19th century, they would most definitely choose a young Johannes Brahms. Brahms had no problems at attracting the ladies, and was known for having quite a few romantic attractions. But why is it that he never got married?

It’s all her fault! Clara Schumann

Robert Schumann, a fellow composer and friend of Brahms, became sick, and, being a good bro, Brahms helped Robert Schumann’s wife with household chores and communicating with Robert. Brahms quickly fell in love with Robert’s wife, Clara Schumann, and developed a strong friendship with her.

After Robert’s death, Brahms and Clara remained good friends. She became a supporting figure for Brahms, encouraging him to compose and giving him feedback to his music.

It is unknown if Brahms made a move on Clara, but I choose to believe that he remained a true gentleman and never made an advance on her since she was the widow of his dear friend.

I believe that because Brahms was deeply in love with Clara Schumann, he could not quite find himself to love another woman as deeply as he loved her. It may be because of this reason that he never married.

Desperate Chopin

If you could make a dollar for each time Chopin’s music was used for swooning, you’d have enough money to buy a Bosendorfer grand piano.

There are two lovers of Chopin that we can study briefly that will give us an understanding of why this romantic man never married.

They are Maria Wodzińska (1819 –  1896) and Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, better known as George Sand (1804 – 1876).

Maria Wodzinksa was a very talented artist who was the daughter of Count Wincenty and Countess Theresa Wodzińska (meaning she came from a pretty wealthy family). Here is a famous watercolor painting of Chopin she made:

Pretty dayum good right?

Maria also was a talented pianist who studied with John Field and Chopin.

Chopin was a friend of the Wodzinksa family since childhood, and was asked to come visit the family in Dresden in 1835.

There, Chopin was able to meet his childhood friend who was at the age of 16 (I believe this was a legal age to marry at that time – possible source). Here is a portrait of her:

Needless to say, Chopin could not resist her. Chopin may have found a way to make a move on her while teaching her (I’m guessing that it is a trend among great pianists to flirt with their students) and the two fell in love.

The next year, Chopin asked Maria to be married. Maria’s parents were not so approving of the relationship, but they allowed the great composer to show them if his health and income could improve, thus showing himself to be a suitable partner for their daughter. And what did Chopin do? He became increasingly sick, and was not doing so well financially either.

In 1837, their relationship ended. Four years later, Maria married to Józef Skarbek, the son of Chopin’s godfather. After their divorce, she married Władysław Orpiszewski in 1848. They lived happily until 1881, when Wladyslaw passed away.

A good bro always has his bro’s back. While Chopin was mourning over his loss and suffering from lung issues, his bro, Franz Liszt (who also made it to the forever alone list), decided to introduce Chopin to a new cutie, George Sand. Let’s take a look at her.

In modern times, it’s no problem (at least it should not be) if we see a woman dressed this way.  However, in this time period, being a woman and dressing like a man was extremely improper and repulsive. Being a passionate novelist and feminist, George Sand choose to oppose the status quo of how women should dress. She justified her choice to dress this way by saying it was cheaper and easier to move in men’s clothes. Chopin was quite disgusted when he first met her. He even asked Liszt if she was a woman.

In some bizarre and unknown way, the two fell in love and had a ten year long relationship from 1837-1847. The two seemed to benefit from their relationship by the prolific writings they were both able to produce during this period. However, the couple ran into two major problems.

Problem no. 1 – Chopin was always sick. And being sick, George Sand would have to take the role of a mother and would have to nurse the poor guy. Chopin died two years after their break up in 1847. While some believe that George Sand contributed to Chopin’s early death (he was really sad and was not taking care of himself), I choose to believe that if it was not for George Sand, Chopin may have died much earlier.

Problem no. 2 – Family Drama. I’ll try to make this short. George Sand had a daughter named  Solange and was in a bitter fight with her in regards to borrowing money. George asked Chopin to not be in contact with her, and he ignored her. Chopin was accused of being “in love” with Solange, which led to the couple fighting with each other. They eventually broke up, and seized talking to each other. George did not even attend the funeral for Chopin (for reasons unknown).

It seems that overall, the..

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Best Electronic Keyboard 2018-2019 Review

In this post, we will cover the best 61 key piano keyboard, the best 76 key piano keyboard, the best 88 key piano keyboard (full size), and the best roll up pianos.  These best portable keyboards and best affordable keyboards can easily be transported from one location to the next, and can be purchased with a reasonable price.

Electronic keyboards are great because of their low pricing, versatility, light weight, and portability.

The best digital keyboard are generally inexpensive in comparison to other type of digital pianos (keyboard workstations, digital upright pianos, etc.). The keys are either weighted or unweighted (weighted keys imitate the feel of a real piano, unweighted keys feels like pressing down on plastic). They are great for beginners who wish to start learning the piano, or for gigging in bands.

Careful consideration was taken to the listing of these best musical instrument keyboards with factors including pricing, weighted or unweighted keys, popularity, internal speaker quality, sound quality, sound effects, and customer satisfaction.

Note: Do not confuse the best electronic keyboards with keyboard synthesizers, keyboard arrangerkeyboard workstationdigital grand pianos, stage pianos, or digital upright pianos (Even Google confuses these still!) While all of these instruments fall under the category of digital pianos, there are stark differences between each type of digital piano.

Here are examples of the differences:

Keyboard Synthesizer

These bad boys contain a large amount of built in sound functions, and are used generally in music production. Keyboard synthesizers usually have to be plugged into an external speaker, as they do not contain internal speakers. They also connect with computers for music production.

Keyboard Arranger

Keyboard Arrangers are perfect for the one-man band. It can play tracks along with you as you are performing live.

Usually these get confused with keyboard workstations.

Keyboard Workstation 

Keyboard Workstation allows for music production in one device. You can think of it as a keyboard synthesizer that does not need to be connected into another device to create and produce music.

Workstations also come in 61, 77, and 88 keys. The priciest of these are 88 keys, weighted, and costs over 1000 dollars.

Digital Upright Piano

The design of these digital pianos is made to emulate an acoustic upright piano. Digital Upright pianos usually cost between 500-1500 dollars.

Digital Grand Piano

The construction of this digital piano is made to imitate the look of an acoustic grand piano. This musical instrument generally costs around 2000 or more dollars.

You can also read more about the differences between the different types of digital pianos here.

Stage Piano

You can think of stage pianos as extra expensive electric keyboards designed for professional performances. They imitate the feel of a real piano with weighted keys, usually have graded hammer keys, and are heavy (weighing 50 pounds or more).

8 Best 61-Key Digital Keyboards Yamaha NP12

In terms of simplicity and realistic feel, I personally recommend the Yamaha NP12 as the best 61 key digital keyboard.

With its compact design, this keyboard can easily be played on a desk or counter.

Weighing 15 pounds, this best portable keyboard can easily be picked up and moved around.

This digital music instrument also has very good sound quality that imitates the sound of an acoustic piano.

The GST (Graded Soft Touch) keys are slightly weighted, touch sensitive and respond well to different dynamics and articulations.

The Yamaha NP 12 comes in either black or white.

Internal battery support with 6 AA batteries. Can last for 7 hours with batteries.

MIDI support through USB.

64 Polyphony.

Recording capability.

You can see a demo of this best musical keyboard here:

Yamaha Piaggero NP-12 Overview - YouTube

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

Yamaha PSRE253

The Yamaha PSRE253 is one the best digital keyboard for beginners!

There are 9 nine built in lessons in this best electric keyboard for beginners. These lessons will aid the novice in their development of the instrument.

With the Yamaha Education Suite, this digital keyboard can teach you 100 songs!

The AUX in can also this keyboard to be used as a speaker for whatever you plug into it.

The Keys are unweighted.

The MSRP for this digital keyboard is 200 dollars, but can be purchased on Amazon for almost half the suggested price!

Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Yamaha PSRE253:

Yamaha PSR-E253 Voice demo 음색 시연 - YouTube

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

Casio CTK2400

The Casio CTK-2400 boasts an impressive 48 polyphony and built in microphone for easy recording.

With 6 AA batteries, you can play with this best digital keyboard on the go without a power adapter.

Note: this musical instrument is not touch sensitive, so you cannot play each note with a different dynamic (soft/loud)

You can see a review of the Casio CTK-2400 here:

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard

This is the best portable keyboard sold on Amazon.com!

The RockJam Electronic Keyboard is also a very affordable electronic keyboard. For a little more than 100 dollars, you can own a keyboard with a stand, headphones, and a keyboard bench!

Works well with the Piano Maestro App and includes 30 free songs with the app.

Contains 100 sound effects and 50 demo songs!

The keys in this digital keyboard are unweighted.

You can see a demonstration of this musical instrument here:

The RockJam Electronic Piano Keyboard - YouTube

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

Hamzer 61 Key Electronic Music Electric Keyboard Piano

This is the most affordable 61 key keyboard on this list. This digital keyboard costs around 85 dollars on Amazon.com!

Includes everything you expect in a digital..

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9 Best Sheet Music Stands

This page will feature the best music stands to hold your sheet music for orchestra rehearsal, jazz band rehearsals, or whatever purpose you need to hold your sheet music. These best music stands have been carefully selected with regards to sturdiness, reliability, weight, quality, and portability. Please take a careful look at each music stand and choose the one that best fits your needs.

The best music stand for guitar, best music stand for violin, and best music stand for instruments are all here!

Note: If you are looking for a music stand to carry heavy objects, such as a laptop or large music book, consider buying a strong music stand, such as the Manhasset music stand, GearLux, or the ASC Professional music stand. For light carrying, the lighter music stands such as the Chromacast music stand will be suitable.

Manhasset Model #48 Sheet Music Stand

Manhasset music stands are standards in many musical settings such as schools and orchestras.

The bases of these stands are made completely from steel, so you can be ensured that these stands will be durable and will not rock around.

With the “Magic Finger Clutch,” the stand can be adjusted with one hand.  The clutch can support up to 8 pounds.

The bearings is made from brass, which is greaseless and reduces friction from adjusting the music stand.

The desk (holds the sheet music), is made from sturdy and light weight aluminum. The black coat finish aids the stand from scratches and damage.

Manhasset Model 48

The most popular and high demand music stand by Manhasset. The dimensions of this best heavy duty music stand is 20″ wide, 12 1/2″ high, and a lip of  2 1/4″. This music stand can be adjusted from 26 through 48 inches.

Weighs a little less than 8 pounds!

 You can see a video of assembly of this music stand here:
Manhasset: Model #48 Symphony Stand Assembly Instructions - YouTube
Manhasset Mh5001 Orchestra Stand
With the double lip design, there is a small storage place for placing. musical items such as bows or reeds.
Height adjusts from 28 to 48 inches. This is ideal for sitting and standing positions.
Weighs 8 pounds.
Manhasset 5201 Music Stand

This best orchestra music stand only weight 6 pounds!

You can also purchase this carrying case for easy travel with this Manhasset music stand:

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

Peak Music Stands SMS-20 Collapsible Music Stand with Carrying Bag

Peak Music Stands is a very credible company for making the best music stands!

Weighing about 5 pounds, this best lightweight portable music stand can be carried to gigs and performances.

This best cheap music stand uses a quick clamp that easily adjusts the height of the stand.

The frame is made from steel.

Comes with a nifty traveling case bag as well!

Watch an expert music stand review here:

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ChromaCast CC-MSTAND Folding Music Stand with Carry Bag

The Chromacast CC-MStand is the best affordable music stand and the best portable music stand!

With its ability to fold easily, weighing 2 pounds, and including a traveling case, this music stand can easily be carried and be used on the go!

Adjusts from 28 to 52 inches, which is ideal for any performance situation.

Consider using this best folding music stand for carrying light sheet music books or individual sheet music papers.

The dimensions for this best cheap music stand is 11.5 by 20 inches, with a 1 inch platform for the sheet music to rest on.

This video will give you an idea of what it is like to have the Chromocast CC- MStand:

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Hercules BS100B WIRE Music Stand
Another best music stand made by the credible company – Hercules Stands.
This best wire music stand is heavy duty,
With the quick and easy adjuster, you can easily change the height adjustment for this best music stand with one hand!
Watch a review of this best music stand here:
HERCULES Music Stand with One-Hand-Heightadjustment - YouTube
ADM Foldable Extra Light Large Music Stand

Consider buying this if you are looking for a slightly more sturdy and stronger best portable folding music stand.

This best lightweight music stand weighs only 3 pounds, and is collapsible. It comes with a nifty carrying case too!

The shaft and legs of this music stand are made from steel, which allows for secure placement.

The height of this best music stand adjusts from 22 to 59 inches.

Consider buying this to carry lightweight music scores and sheet music paper.

Note: some complaints from users of this best lightweight folding music stand include awkwardness of holding paper and lack of being able to hold much music.

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ASC Professional Sheet Music Stand Band w/bag

This best foldable music stand by American Sound Connection will be able to carry large objects such as a heavy music book, and still be able to fold into a carrying case bag!

This best sheet music stand weighs ten pounds, and has a 2 and a half inch shelf lip that is suitable for carrying enough sheet music for a long performance!

Height adjusts from 26 to 46 and a half inches.

It rough exterior is suited for long use!

The shelf of the music stand is 20 inches by width and  13 inches by height.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

Gearlux Deluxe Collapsible Orchestra Music Stand – Black

This best collapsible music stand by Gearlux weighs a little more than 4 pounds!

This music stand is capable of carrying large music books.

With the metal sheet music shelf, you can use magnets to hold the sheet music more securely in place.

Uses twist knobs for securing adjusted heights. This allows for maximum tight grip for holding positions.

The vented tray reduces the overall weight of the music stand, but keeps the overall durability as well.

Click here for reviews and pricing on Amazon.com!

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Quick Notes for National Edition vs Wiener Urtext

Quick notes on these editions:

Jan Ekier
  • Both editions were edited by Jan Ekier (The national edition is edited by Pawel Kaminski as well)
  • The Wiener Urtext  for Chopin’s ballades was published in 1986. The National Edition was published eleven years later in 1997.
  • Wiener Urtext has different editors for the entirety of Chopin’s works. For example, Paul Badura-Skoda is the editor for Chopin Etudes for Wiener Urtext. Jan Ekier established the Foundation of the National Edition in 1998, and is the editor for each work by Chopin for this edition.
  • Paul Badura-Skoda (editor for the Wiener Urtext for Chopin) even said that the National Edition is the best edition for Chopin. (Source)
Chopin Ballade 1

The National Edition claims to use “the most scientific method on the basis of all sources” for editing. Let’s see how some of these modern approaches differ from an edition published a little more than ten years prior.

Sources Wiener Urtext –
  • Autograph fair copy (clean copy of draft that was corrected by Chopin)
  • French first Edition published in July 1836 by Paris: M. Schlesinger (According to notes in this edition, Chopin was known to have carefully proofread the French first edition and made some changes to it.) Click here to see the second French edition.
  • English first edition published in August 1836 by London: Wessel and C.
  • German first edition published in 1836 by Leipzig: Breitkopf and Hartel.  Click here to see this edition.
National Edition –
  • Autograph/fair copy (basis for French first edition)
  • First French Edition. Published by M. Schlesinger publishing company in 1836 (This company also printed the first editions of Beethoven’s last two piano sonatas)
  • Second French edited with corrections by Chopin. (In the critical notes for the Wiener Urtext, it is said that Chopin carefully made corrections for this edition. In the National Edition Source Commentary, it says that he was careless with his corrections.)
  • French Edition owned by Camille Dubois, a student of Chopin. Her scores contained annotations by Chopin, fingerings, performance notes, and corrections from errors made by printing.
  • First German Edition published by Breitkopf and Hartel in 1836.
  • Second, Third, and Fourth German Editions.
  • First English Edition (the source commentary says that the First English Edition was based on the first French edition)
Score M. 18 National Edition Wiener Urtext

There is a subtle editorial marking added in the national edition. There is a decrescendo marking written on the and of 4 in the National Edition.

M. 44 national edition wiener urtext

Editorial marking – There is a quarter rest written in the left hand part, m 44 beat 6, for the Wiener Urtext.

M 85-86 national edition wiener urtext

There is a difference in the direction of the stems for the right hand. In the national edition, the B flat (M 85 beat 1) is up stemmed, while it is down stemmed in the wiener urtext. Having all the stems going upward shows the musical line in this phrase and to bring out these up stemmed notes.

M. 87 – 88 national edition wiener urtext

Notice the staccato on M 88 beat one in the National Edition. This staccato is not present in the wiener urtext. Also, the phrasing in the National Edition shows M 87 beats 5 and 6 connecting to the first beat of M 88. In the Wiener Urtext, the phrase in M 87 beats 5 and 6 ends on the sixth beat, and a new phrase begins with M 88.

M 161 – 162 national edition
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10 Best Keyboard Amps 2017

When you are out performing with your digital piano or electric keyboard, you will need a trustworthy amplifier to accompany you!

These 10 best keyboard amplifiers were carefully chosen, with considerations such as pricing, durability, and power taken in.

Take a good read through each keyboard amplifier, and choose the one that fits your needs the best!

Roland Mobile Cube Battery-Powered Stereo Amplifier

Because this keyboard amplifier is battery powered with 6 AA batteries and is compact (14 inches by 6 inches by inches), this is the best portable keyboard amplifier you can find! It also weighs only 7 pounds, so you can carry it easily with just one hand. This is very convenient for light travel when gigging and performing.

This keyboard amplifier also contains standard effects such as delay, chorus, overdrive, and reverb.

This amplifier also works well with other musical instruments such as electric guitar, and be also be used with your MP3 player or Iphone.

The Roland Cube Amplifier  is also among the best affordable keyboard amplifiers because if its low price!

Contains two quarter inch inputs.

To get any idea of what it would be like to have this Roland keyboard amplifier, you can watch this nifty review on YouTube:

Roland Mobile Cube: Portable Amplification Keeps On Improvin - YouTube

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Peavey KB 1 20W Keyboard Amp

The Peavey KB 1 is another best low price keyboard amp. It is slighter larger and heavier than the above Roland Mobile Keyboard Amp, weighing 16 pounds and 19.5 inches by 18 inches by 13 inches.

Being 20 watts, this best keyboard amplifiers is ideal for smaller spaces. Peavey also offers 50 watt, 60 watts, 75 watts, and 100 watts keyboard amplifier if you wish to purchase a more powerful amplifier.

There are 2 band equalizers for each channel. There are 2 input channels and a headphone jack.

You will also have a great deal purchasing this product on Amazon.com, as it only costs 140 dollars there, in comparison to the 230 dollars you would spend buying this keyboard amplifier directly from the Peavey website.

Consider buying this if you are looking for a sturdy and best inexpensive keyboard amplifier.

You can also see a review this best keyboard amplifier here:

Review do Cubo Peavey Kb1 - YouTube

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BEHRINGER ULTRATONE KT108

The Behringer Ultraton KT 108 is a very inexpensive keyboard amplifier that has 2 channels and 3 band equalizer.

With 20 watts and 8 inch dual tone speakers, you will get a really nice sound out of this quality keyboard amp.

This product weights 14.8 pounds and is 15.4 inches by 7.6 inches by 14 inches. It is very compact and produces a powerful sound.

This keyboard amp is ideal for playing at home or at smaller venues.

You can see more of the Behringer Ultratone Kt108 by viewing this video:

Amplificador Kt108 Behringer #49 - YouTube

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BEHRINGER ULTRATONE KXD12

The Behringer Ultratone KXD 12 is a quality keyboard amp that is 600 watts, bi-amped, and has a 4 channel PA system.

This amazing keyboard amplifier only weighs 40 pounds. For the amount of power that is produces, that is extremely lightweight!

The twelve inch turbo sound speaker in this device produces a large amount of sound, so you can use this amp in larger performance venues.

Check out this expert review on the Behringer KXD 12:

Behringer KXD 12 Review - YouTube

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Roland KC-60

The Roland KC-60 is the most affordable keyboard amplifier for Roland’s well known KC amplifiers.

The product dimensions are 16.3 inches by 15.9 inches by 11.4 inches. This keyboard amplifier also weighs 30 pounds.

With 40 W of power, a high EQ Subwoofer output, 3 channels, and an XLR microphone in, you are making a great purchase with this product. The subwoofer output gives the low end more sound. Also, you can have a 30 day return policy with this product if purchased on Amazon!

This keyboard amplifier is also compatible with CD players/MP3 players and microphones!
Watch this video to see a review of the Roland KC-60:

Roland KC-60 demo - YouTube

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Roland KC-110

If you are looking for a more powerful battery powered keyboard amp, then consider buying the Roland KC-110.

Like the Roland Cube Amplifier, this device is powered using AA batteries (needs 8 AA batteries to function).

The Roland KC-110 is 30 watts, has two 6.5 inch stereo speakers, 3 channel inputs, weighs 16 pounds, and is 9.6 inches by 16.6 inches by 12.6 inches.

Watch this professional review by the PianoManChuck with this video:

Roland KC-110 Review - Battery Operated Stereo Keyboard Amp - YouTube

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Roland KC-150

The Roland KC-150 contains 65 watts of power and 4 separate channels inputs.

It also includes an input for a microphone and stereo auxiliary input devices such as mp3 players.

This products weights about 35 pounds and is 11.6 inches by 18.9 inches by 17.1 inches.

This keyboard amplifier is powerful and also very sturdy with a carpeting exterior, protective coverings on the edges, and a front grill made from metal.

This best keyboard amp is made for rough travelling, and includes a one year warranty.

Check out this expert review of the Roland KC 150 with the following video:

Roland KC150 - 65 watt Keyboard Amp - YouTube

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Roland KC-350

The Roland KC-350 is truly a powerful keyboard amplifier with 120 watts, 3 band equalizer, Shape switcher and output selector, and a Subwoofer output. This is good for a performance in a well sized setting.

Contains 4 channel inputs and Roland’s Stereo Link feature which allows the KC keyboard amplifiers to be connected for a more rounded sound.

This product weighs 60 pounds and is 22 inches by 22 inches by 22 inches.

Watch this video to see an expert review on the Roland KC-350:

Rhodes Amp Roland KC-350 Vs Fender Deluxe Reverb Alquiler y Venta Instrumentos Vintage Olimusic - YouTube

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Roland KC-550

The Roland KC-550 is 180 watts , weights 75 pounds, and is 17.5 inches by 23.2 inches by 21.1 inches. The speaker is 15 inches and a horn tweet is included.

Contains four channel operators and a 3 band equalizer.

Like the Roland KC-350, this keyboard amplifier can also link with other KC amplifiers to create a in depth stereo sound.
Watch this review for more insights on the Roland KC-550:

Yamaha CP33 with Roland KC-550 Review - YouTube

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Roland KC-880

This is the most powerful KC Keyboard amplifier of Roland. The Roland KC880 is 330 Watt, contains 5 channel inputs, two 12 inch woofers, and two horn tweeters.

This best keyboard amplifier can support sound for the entire band! You can plug in your electric guitar, bass, microphone, or any other musical instrument into this all at once and produce a powerful sound!

The Roland KC880 is capable of stereo linking, which allows it to connect to other Roland KC amplifiers to produce more sound.

This product weighs 97 pounds and is 29.9 inches by 23 inches by 18.5 inches.

Check out this product review from American Musical Supply:

Roland KC880 Overview- Roland KC880 Keyboard Amplifier - YouTube

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Best Keyboard Stand Reviews 2016-2017

So you have purchased a keyboard synthesizer, 88 key keyboard, 76 key keyboard, or 61 key keyboard, and now you are wondering what to do next!

What you are going to need is a best keyboard stand! You will learn about the best affordable keyboard stands and also the best quality keyboard stands. The keyboard stands featured here have carefully been selected, with regards to pricing and quality. The keyboard stands will have a price range from only 15 dollars to roughly 100 dollars.

What is also great about these stands is that they can easily be mailed to your home for a relatively low price, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy reading about these best keyboard stands.

What you need to know about Keyboard Stands

Support – The strength of the keyboard stand is an important factor to consider. Say for example, you have a heavy keyboard synthesizer such as the Roland Fantom G8, you cannot just by any keyboard stand.

Fantom G8 Roland Keyboard

This bad boy weighs over 80 pounds! On top of that, it costs thousands of dollars for a high quality keyboard such as this. You do not want to have a wimpy keyboard stand that crushes underneath the pressure of this musical instrument.  Not only will you lose money from a broken and unusable keyboard stand, but you will also damage your beautiful keyboard synthesizer. You do not want that to happen!

For a keyboard such as this, you will need a sturdy keyboard stand that may be a little bit pricey, but it will definitely be a great investment.

A lighter and very affordable digital keyboard , such as the Yamaha YPG 235 keyboard that only weights 25 pounds, does not have a need for a very strong and expensive keyboard stand.

The keyboard stands at the price range of 15-30 dollars can support this keyboard very well.

Standing or sitting – Keyboard stands have adjustable heights, and you want to make sure you choose a keyboard that can easily change height and lock into place to maintain its position.

Keyboard stands tend to rock more when they are in a standing position, because of the distribution of weight with the shortened distance between the legs of the keyboard stand. If you plan on performing more often while standing, it is important to choose a more sturdy keyboard stand.

The keyboard stand can handle weight easier while in a sitting position because of the strength of the center of gravity that is created from having maximized space between the keyboard stand legs.

Here is a picture of legendary musician Jordan Rudess standing while playing on the keyboard.

Here is a picture of a musician playing the keyboard while sitting.

Durability – If you are constantly gigging, your keyboard stand will be traveling a lot! Also, it will face some wear and tear from the constant adjusting of height and resetting the keyboard stand position for packing. You will definitely need to purchase a strong keyboard stand if you are going to perform with it often.

If your keyboard stand will just stay at home in a fixed position, you can purchase a more affordable keyboard stand that will be able to carry the needs of your keyboard.

Best Keyboard Stands from $15 to $100

The keyboard stands featured in this page are single tier keyboard stand. Do not confuse these keyboard stands from double tier keyboard stands or table top keyboard stands.

Stellar Labs Portable Keyboard Stand

This best portable keyboard stand is great because of its strength and low pricing! At only 15 dollars, you can have your very own keyboard stand that can carry your keyboard as you are playing.

Weighing at about seven pounds, this is also a best lightweight keyboard stand. If you plan on traveling light while gigging, then this keyboard is perfect for you!
With a length of 39 inches, this keyboard stand can adjust to heights that are comfortable for playing while standing and sitting! This keyboard stand can also be adjusted to a height of 26 inches for optimal seated playing.

Made from tube steel construction, this keyboard stand is very strong and durable. The Nonskid rubber floor protectors make sure that your floor will not be damaged by this keyboard stand.

With the many happy customer reviews on Amazon.com, you will be ascertain that this keyboard stand is a great purchase!

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ChromaCast CC-KSTAND Double Braced X-Style Pro Series Keyboard Stand with Locking Straps

This ChromaCast keyboard stand is the absolute best selling keyboard stand on Amazon.com! It only cost around 25 dollars too! This product has received many purchases and an incredible number of happy customer reviews!

This best portable keyboard stand weighs only 6 pounds! This allows for easy transportation and light travel.

With the double bar support, this keyboard stand contains great strength and support even though it weighs so little. This affordable keyboard stand can hold up to 150 pounds.

With the bullet nose proof knobs, you can easily change and adjust the height of the keyboard stand.

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Neewer Black Folding Solid Iron Double-Braced X-Style Keyboard Stand

This best digital piano stand from Neewer is made from 1-inch solid tubings made from iron. Weighing 5 pounds and with double x bracing, this product can hold up any reasonable sized keyboard with ease.

The non-slip rubber caps located on this keyboard stand help this product to lock in place and resist movement. 

The height adjustment uses a disk clutch, which gives this product 5 different quick height adjustments to choose from.

This product costs at around 30 dollars.

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Yamaha YKA7500 Professional Double X Style Keyboard Stand

The Yamaha YKA7500 is a 100 dollar stand (as can be seen from Yamaha’s website). However, on Amazon, you can purchase this amazing best keyboard stand for only 60 bucks!

This product weights 10 pounds is can adjust from heights 26 inches to 38.5 inches.

With the spring action hand lever, you can change the height of this keyboard stand to six different positions with ease!

The layout on the top of this keyboard stand provides extra support and grip of your keyboard, so you can rest assured that your keyboard will stay in place.

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Ultimate Support IQ-3000 X-style Keyboard Stand

If you have a professional workstation such as the Roland Fantom G8 (mentioned in the beginning of this article), then this is the best keyboard stand for you!

The Ultimate Support IQ-3000 can hold up to 300 pounds. Weighing about 20 pounds, this product can easily hold the heaviest keyboard synthesizers that are out there!

With the memory lock knob, this keyboard stand can remember your preferred height for the stand and can open to that height each time.

This best portable keyboard stand can also adjust to nine different height positions!

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Reasons to buy a digital upright piano

Digital upright pianos imitate the look and feel of an acoustic upright piano, such as this one:

Click on the image to read more about acoustic upright pianos

They also had added features, such as different sound effects, internal metronome, and transposition, that are not featured in an acoustic upright piano.

The newest models of digital upright pianos are superior in the fact that they feel and sound just like a real piano! There are also certain reasons to look at for purchasing a digital upright piano. By reading the following, you will gain an understanding of the good reasons to buy a digital upright piano.

Cost  – According to Steinway and Sons, a good quality upright piano usually starts at around 3000 dollars. With the additional cost of maintenance fees, such as tuning and key repairs, you will also spend extra money to keep an acoustic upright piano in shape. The best upright piano featured in this article costs a little more than 3000 dollars, but is in many ways superior to an acoustic upright piano. You also will not have to spend so much money on repairs and maintenance fees. It is also an excellent decision to buy a digital upright piano if you are a beginner, and you can experiment to see if you would later want to invest more money into buying a high quality acoustic piano.

Privacy – Acoustic pianos are loud, and can be frustrating for neighbors to hear! If you live in a setting where you need to practice in silence, then a digital upright piano is the right type of piano to purchase. You can use the headphone jack in the electric upright piano so you do not disturb others as you are playing!

6 Best Digital Upright Pianos

These best electric upright pianos were chosen based on price, affordability, quality, and customer satisfaction. Please take a thorough read through each best electronic upright piano to learn more about the digital upright piano you may purchase!

Roland 

As of 2019, Roland has 5 different series of digital upright pianos. Let’s take a lot at each of them!

Roland LX Series Roland LX 17

The Roland LX is the most expensive Roland digital upright pianos.

Features:

  • Authentic feel of a real piano with ebony/ivory feel and superb keyboard action
  • Bluetooth speaker system
  • SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling technology – sound is created by the instrument and not from a sample

Personally, I feel that this feels like a real acoustic piano, and has superb sound. I really enjoy this piano!

You can see a recording of Liszt’s La Campanella on the Roland LX 17 here:

Roland LX-17 Digital Piano Performance by Miyuji Kaneko - YouTube
Roland HP Roland HP 605

Features include

  • Headphones 3D Ambience – special audio setting for optimal headphone experience
  • Wood sides on weighted keys
  • Bluetooth capability

You can see a comparison between the Roland HP and LX here:

Roland LX & HP Series Digital Pianos Overview and Demo (LX-17) | Better Music - YouTube
Roland DP

Roland really outdid itself with this high quality digital upright piano.

The keyboard on the Roland DP 90SE has Escapement, which really gives it an authentic piano feel. Other digital piano keyboards that do not feel quite realistic usually do not have the escapement feature. The escapement is the heart of piano keyboard action, and without it, you are left with a clumsy feeling keyboard. The keyboard also has a Ivory Feel, so your fingers will really have the sensation of playing on an authentic piano.

With Note Voicing, a controller in the Roland system that allows you to change volume, pitch, and tone for each piano key, you will have supreme control over the instrument.

This keyboard is also compatible with Roland’s Apple apps.

By clicking on this link for the Roland DP – 90SE, you can read more about this excellent digital upright piano and even watch video performances on it from the Roland website.

You can also watch this expert review by Mark O Conner of the Roland DP – 90SE –

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Roland RP

This Roland digital upright piano has teaching functionality! With its low pricing, this digital upright piano is very good for beginners!

The Roland RP series is the most affordable Roland digital upright piano.

Features:

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Roland F Roland F 140R

The Roland F Series digital uprights are the most compact uprights in the Roland series.

Features include:

  •  Progressive Hammer Action (PHA-4) Keys and feel of Ivory.
  • SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine
  • Bluetooth connection

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Yamaha Clavinova

The Yamaha Clavinova series of digital upright pianos are a classy and luxuries series. In comparison to the Arius Series, these upright digital pianos are of a higher quality and are pricier.

There are 3 type of Clavinova pianos, the CLP, the CSP, and the CVP.

Let’s look briefly at each group!

Yamaha CLP Yamaha CLP 685

It features GrandTouch Keyboard action that has similar keyboard weights used in Yamaha grand pianos for a very realistic feel.

Uses 300W Spruce Cone speakers. Yes, the speakers contain Spruce Cone Wood, the same wood used in Yamaha acoustic pianos.

Yamaha CSP
Yamaha CSP 170

The Yamaha CSP are trainer pianos. This means they are built with instructional aids, such as light up keys.

The CSP 170 is the higher quality of the two. It has wooden keys, more powerful speakers and amplifier.

The CSP 150 is the most affordable Yamaha CSP Clavinova. The keys are made of plastic.

You can see a review of the Yamaha CSP here:

Yamaha CSP-150 vs CSP-170 Clavinova piano comparison - What piano should I buy? - YouTube
Yamaha CVP

The CLP is the most quality of the Clavinova series. The reason why it is placed at the bottom of the Clavinova series is because of the pricing. At this price range, I personally recommend going for an acoustic piano.

This piano series

Some key features are:

  • NWX  or Natural Wood X keyboard. The keyboard has escapement as well!
  • Keys made of synthetic ivory for realistic feel
Yamaha Arius 

Yamaha offers a few different series of digital piano uprights. We will be looking at the series set at intermediate pricing and is the most affordable.

The Yamaha Arius is a very well known and popular digital upright piano. The Yamaha Arius is the most affordable digital piano series of Yamaha. As of 2019, there are 10 different models of the Arius digital upright pianos.

The YDP stands for “Yamaha Digital Piano”.

Consider looking at these digital uprights if you were originally planning for a used acoustic upright.

Yamaha Arius YDP 103

The Yamaha Arius YDP 103 is the most affordable Yamaha Arius. Consider buying this if your budget is under 1000 and you really want a digital upright piano.

Features include:

  • Graded Hammer Standard Keys. These keys are weighted and the weight is different depending on the note.
  • Half sustain pedal

With a 6W Amplifier, this best digital keyboard will not produce much sound. I recommend using headphones with this keyboard.

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Yamaha Arius YDP162B

The Yamaha Arius YDP-162 has Graded Hammer action that is weighted to emulate the action of a real acoustic piano. The Synthetic Ivory keys also gives this best digital upright piano the feel of a high quality acoustic piano.

With Yamaha’s PureCF Sound Engine, this digital piano reproduces a very realistic piano sound. Yamaha created this sound engine by capturing audio from their concert grand pianos.

The Acoustic Optimizer in the Yamaha Arius enriches the overall sound by adjusting frequency and resonance. The 128 polyphony also helps with creating a rich and powerful sound.

You can read more about the Yamaha Arius YDP-162 on Yamaha’s website.

Watch this expert review by Adam Berzowski of the Yamaha Arius YDP162

Kraft Music - Yamaha Arius YDP-162 Digital Piano Demo with Adam Berzowski - YouTube

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Artesia DP-7 Deluxe Digital Upright Piano

The Artesia DP -7, a best digital upright piano by Virgin Musical Instruments has a beautiful cabinet finish design.

Virgin Musical Instruments has several other digital upright pianos that may be worth your time to look at.

This Artesia digital upright piano has weighted keys with excellent response so you can have sensitive playing with this musical instrument.

The internal metronome in this digital piano allows you to choose from many time signatures, such as 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, etc and many different tempos for quality practicing.

There is a USB port to plug in other devices such as a phone.

This device also has a keyboard split function, in which one side of the keyboard can have one sound effect, and the other side of the keyboard has another. The transposition feature allows you to easily change keys while playing.

The power safe mode is another excellent feature. If you forget to turn off this instrument after playing it, the instrument will turn itself off, which allows you to save a large amount of money from energy costs.

Watch this video to see a demonstration of the Artesia DP-7

Korte Demonstratie Artesia DP-7 Deel 3 - YouTube

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MEDELI DP760K

The Medeli DP760K is superior from other digital upright pianos with its complex interface. With a LCD Touch Screen, you will be able to easily navigate through the 600 different sound effects that this instrument has to offer! There are also many features on the interface, such as transposition and drum effects, which gives this digital upright piano the same features of a high quality keyboard synthesizer!

You can see close up pictures of the Medeli DP760K here:

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Reasons to Buy a Digital Grand Piano

With the advent of technology, digital music instruments are becoming closer and closer to imitating the sound and feel of an acoustic instrument. While electronic music instruments offer some obvious advantages over acoustic instruments, such as with various sound effects, pitch bend, and other digital features, these instruments also has other not so obvious advantages.

With a digital grand piano, you will be able to have an affordable and beautiful grand piano in your home, workplace, or wherever you decide to place this digital grand piano. Some advantages of having a digital grand piano over an acoustic are as following:

Advantages of Having a Digital Grand Piano

  • Affordability – According to Steinway and Sons, a good quality digital grand piano starts at around 2000 dollars, while a high quality, used (key word here is used) grand pianos start around 5000 dollars.
  • Maintenance fees – From PyrSeas, the average cost of tuning an acoustic piano is about 100 bucks per hour. Piano tuners also recommend tuning pianos 2 – 4 times a year! Restringing a piano can cost up to 1500 dollars (Source). For inquiries about other repairs, such as soundboard, hammers, keys, etc, you can visit this website.

  • Mobility – Grand pianos can weigh from 500 – 1200 pounds (Source). Also, grand pianos weighing more than 800 pounds should be moved by professionals. Grand pianos also need to use a piano dolly, which costs at least 200 dollars, to be moved. A digital grand piano weighs between 150-250 pounds, and can be moved with the help of a strong friend.
  • Privacy – You can attach headphones with a digital grand piano, so you can practice without disturbing the people near you. This is excellent for those that live in apartment settings.

With this is mind, purchasing a grand piano is not only more expensive, but also comes with other fees to maintain the instrument.

For a digital grand piano, you will only have to make a one time payment (except for the occasional maintenance fee for a broken key, speaker, etc. which may or may not happen). You will never have to tune a digital piano, or worry about replacing the sound board.

5 Best Digital Grand Pianos Kurzweil CGP220W 3-Foot Mini-Grand Piano

The CGP220W by Kurzweil  is the best digital piano you can find!

Of the thirteen series of digital grand pianos Kurzweil offers, the CGP is part of the Concert grand piano series, the highest quality digital grand pianos that this company offers.

It has authentic wooden Italian hammer keyboard, which allows this instrument to have the feel of a real grand piano.

It also has a midi recorder which can store up to 20 performances of your own playing.

While there is not a video review of this excellent model, there is a review on another of Kurzweil’s digital grand pianos, the MPG 200 (a high quality digital piano, but not as high quality as the CGP220)

Kraft Music - Kurzweil MPG200 Digital Baby Grand NAMM 2014 - YouTube

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Suzuki MGD Series

Suzuki’s Digital Grand Pianos come in 4 different series:

MDG 300 – 2 – 4 feet in depth. The most affordable digital grand pianos of this series by Suzuki. This is good for smaller spaces. Speakers can connect wirelessly via bluetooth and can even be used as a stereo speaker system. Contains 6 speakers, 2 bass, 2 mid range, and 2 treble, which allows for a full and rich sound. Comes with accessories such as USB cable and matching bench.

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MDG 330 – Has an LCD Color Screen for easy navigation and 128 note polyphony synthesizer. Contains wheels as well for easy mobility.

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MDG 400 – This best electronic grand piano is larger in comparison to the MDG 300 and MDG 330. Consider buying this over the other digital grand pianos for aesthetic purposes.

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MDG 4000 – the highest quality digital grand piano that Suzuki has to offer. This is intended to be a serious instrument for performers to use. It has the feel of a real acoustic piano for a fraction of the price.

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Each successive series is a larger digital grand piano and is of higher quality.

Watch this performance on a Suzuki MDG 300 digital grand piano:

Sam on Suzuki Digital Grand Piano - YouTube

Medeli Digital Grand 1000

Medeli Electronics was founded in 1983 in Hong Kong. They specialize in making acoustic pianos, keyboards, digital pianos, and digital drums.

Medeli offers 3 different digital grand pianos, the Grand 200, the Grand 300, and the Grand 1000.

The Grand 1000 is the largest and highest quality digital grand piano by Medeli. It weights about 310 pounds. It has the real feel of an acoustic piano with its weighted keys and realistic pedals. It also has a 7 inch touch screen for displaying features.

Watch this video to see a demonstration of this Medeli digital grand piano:

Medeli Digital Grand 1000 Piano - YouTube

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Virgin Musical Instruments – Artesia AG-28 Micro Grand Digital Piano

Artesia is now owned by Virgin Musical Instruments.

The Artesia Ag-28 is great for its realistic features and low pricing.

With the built-in teacher feature, you can actually learn how to play the piano from this digital piano!

It also has play along accompaniment, so you can have a band playing with you as well!

Watch this expert review on the Artesia AG – 28 –

Artesia AG-28 Micro Grand Piano - YouTube

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Williams Symphony Grand Digital Grand Piano

The Williams Symphony Grand  is a very affordable digital grand piano that is stylish, has weighted keys, and comes with a matching piano bench!

Williams makes 5 other digital keyboards, and this is their only digital grand piano.

This digital grand piano weights 270 pounds. Make sure to buy piano caster cups with this best electric grand piano as well!

Observe an extra review on YouTube of the Williams Symphony Grand here:

Williams Symphony Grand testing the Onboard sounds with Kris Nicholson - YouTube

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