20 April 2020
By Ellie Palmer
There has never been a more suitable time to invest in a digital piano
The current coronavirus crisis has thrown our world into a situation we are not used to, and could not predict coming.
It has given us more spare time than we've ever been used to – time that we could use to work on our piano playing. It seems like there is no better time to invest in a digital piano, especially if you've held off buying one in the past due to limited practice time!
That being said, there are just so many pianos out there to choose from. It's hard to find the perfect one.
We thought we'd give you a helping hand by picking out a few pianos we think you will love. Check them out below.
Casio PX-S1000 – RRP £575
It’s often said that good things come in small packages, and it’s certainly true of the Casio PX-S1000.
The world’s slimmest digital piano with internal speakers and 88 weighted keys has proved to be one of Casio’s most popular products to date.
The PX-S1000 has won praise from the design industry too. An iF Product Design award in 2019 celebrated the instrument’s “simply beautiful form factor” and how it “fits beautifully with modern space-saving lifestyles”. In March 2020, this instrument won the Red Dot Award for Product Design, competing against 6,500 products from around the world.
It’s difficult not to marvel at what has been achieved. The slimline case is barely larger than the keys themselves, with all the functions appearing from behind a sleek, easy to use touch panel that illuminates when powered up (from a mains plug or 6 AA batteries). At just over 11kg in weight, this is every travelling pianist’s dream.
But it’s not style over substance. Despite its diminutive size, the Casio PX-S1000 has lots of technology inside including a brand new Smart Scaled Hammer Action keyboard offering even better playability than before, improved piano tones with string resonance, iOS or Android connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Kawai CN29 – RRP £1,288
Recreating the distinctive key touch of an acoustic grand piano, authentic pedal response, and delivering the magnificent tone of Kawai’s flagship Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano, the CN29 is an incredible choice for pianists of all levels and offers exceptional functionality in its class.
The OLED screen gives full control to you, allowing direct navigation though the many on-board voices and functions, as well as detailed enhancement through Kawai’s Virtual Technician where the instrument can be adjusted according to your own sound preference, creating your own unique sound.
The built-in Lesson Function offers a wide variety of exercises for beginner pianists to develop their skills, and the more advanced player to perfect their technique. Combined with the built-in recording features, the Kawai CN29 is equipped with all the tools necessary to take your playing to the next level.
For even greater functionality, the CN29 features Bluetooth MIDI allowing you to make use of many available apps to support your playing from a compatible smart-device.
The two 20w full-range ONKYO speakers provide the high-end sound and power required to deliver the celebrated tone of the SK-EX which has graced the stages of concert halls around the world.
Yamaha CSP-150 Clavinova – from £2,696
Learning to play the piano has never been so easy or so much fun, and now is the ideal time to get started!
The introduction of CSP-150 to the range of Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos has revolutionised the way you can learn to play the piano.
Smart Pianist, developed by Yamaha, is an App that works in conjunction with both CSP models. Simply plug in your iPad or other tablet device to open up a whole world of musical and learning possibilities, all in the comfort of your own home.
Download virtually any song or select from the on-board library. Streamlights situated above the keys will guide you through the on-screen music, even telling you if you make a mistake.
For those who want to dive in further, an incredible ‘backing band’ system is on-board to follow every note you play. It’s just like playing in a real live band. You can even sing along using the incredible vocal harmony technology, and record it too.
Right from the beginning the Yamaha CSP-150 and Smart Pianist will have you playing your favourite music, providing a brand-new musical experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Kawai CA99 – RRP £3,766
Transform your living room into a concert hall with the flagship in Kawai’s Concert Artist range, the CA99.
Market-leading digital features, seamlessly controlled by a discreet touchscreen display, give pianists unmatched convenience whilst the CA99’s Grand Feel III key-action with Grade-Weighted Hammers and Counterweights combine with a Real-Wood Soundboard Speaker System to deliver unrivalled realism from a digital piano, ensuring even the most discerning of pianists can master their craft on this instrument.
With an elegant upright design and wireless Bluetooth connectivity, the Kawai CA99 enhances the home and lifestyle of the pianist.
Connect seamlessly over Bluetooth from a compatible smart-device and playback Audio and MIDI from the premium on-board ONKYO speakers. This allows you to sit back and enjoy, and listen to your favourite music or even your own performances, whilst being in full control via the PianoRemote App on your smart-device.
For moments of quiet practice, the Kawai CA99’s Spatial Headphone Sound (SHS) offers you the depth and realism of the piano’s celebrated Shigeru Kawai SK-EX Concert Grand Piano sample (plus many others sounds), and reduces auditory fatigue when playing for extended periods of time.
The CA99 delivers one of the finest grand piano experiences available in a digital instrument.
Yamaha CVP-805 Clavinova – from £4,789
Your next piano is not just a piano…
The all new Yamaha CVP-805 opens an exciting and inspiring world of composition, musical discovery and playing enjoyment. Representing the perfect synergy of classic piano craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology and exquisite sound, the instrument offers a sonic palette that is simply breathtaking.
Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial concert grand pianos are authentically recreated in meticulous detail thanks to Yamaha’s virtual resonance modelling technology. Colourful, resonating undertones from the soundboard, rim and cast frame are all seamlessly replicated.
When it comes to touch, the GrandTouch Keyboard with linear graded hammers heighten the tactile feel, allowing for perfect dynamic expression.
Along with its stunning looks, incredible sound and precision feel, the Yamaha CVP-805 also comes with a whole host of features that, combined, offer you new levels of playing and composition enjoyment. With an intuitive 7.0-inch, colour LCD touchscreen allowing full control of over 1,300 amazing voices and 525 accompaniment styles, the CVP-805 really is the ultimate instrument for infinite music composition and instant creative expression.
A truly versatile instrument that allows you to experience piano playing like never before. Inspiration, fulfilment and a further desire to play.