This Christmas, Give a Music Lover the Gift of a Digital Piano

by Mira

I found the perfect Christmas gift for a music lover: a Yamaha digital piano. Here’s why it can be better than an old-fashioned upright piano.

I happen to have an upright piano from around 1900 which is pretty amazing. My parents paid $1,500 for it at the time, which was no small amount, and I had, indeed, had to wait eight years for it. Had started with violin in fourth grade, as my parents could not afford a piano.

Fast-forward to my first year in university and my nice gift. I left home soon afterwards, but I was able to use piano rooms and take lessons here and there (once I even rented an upright piano), and so I continued to play the piano for a while after I had started.

Nowadays I can’t play the violin at all, but I can still play some piano. But my wonderful piano has become a piece of furniture in my parents’ apartments, because, even when I’m there, I don’t have the right mood to play piano. I love my parents but they’re more weary than I am, and, besides, few people will put up with someone trying to teach herself a piece, and so, knowing that, I try not to impose.

So, to make this short, I’ve been thinking what to do about playing the piano, because I really miss it. I thought of insulating my apartment, but it would be too costly. Also, carrying a piano up and down the stairs is something you don’t want to do too often. For one, it’s extremely heavy.

Then yesterday I had a discussion over dinner with some relatives, and we ended up talking about playing the piano, as both myself and my cousin used to play this instrument.

I told her how I wish I could bring my upright piano from my parents’ apartment to mine but how I am concerned that it will be too much for my neighbors, as block apartments are not well insulated.

My mother pitched in and said neighbors should allow it at certain hours, but I still wasn’t satisfied. I imagined how they would feel hearing me play a piece umpteenth times in a row, trying to get the notes and sound right. Then my cousin mentioned visiting another cousin abroad, who got her kid a digital piano with headphones.

My ears perked up.

Then we started talking about the many things you can do with a digital piano nowadays.

And today I started looking online, to see what the options are. Yamaha, of course, was one of the first brands that popped up when I searched for digital pianos. A friend of mine bought a Yamaha keyboard many years ago, and has been very satisfied with it. I have also seen Yamaha pianos in concerts. I’m learning they also make hybrid pianos, incorporating traditional acoustics with all the possibilities offered by digital technologies.

I’m now really interested in this. To say that I love the sound of old-fashioned pianos is an understatement. I adore it. But this Yamaha piece is not to be dismissed so easily. Apparently it feels very much like a real piano, with the keys heavier to the touch in the lower notes and lighter in the higher ones. Also, you get to record your pieces, and connect it to all sorts of music applications from your computer. Will be very exciting to not only play the piano, but also play with the technology.

So here comes Yamaha with their 88-key P Series digital pianos. They sell for $599.99 and $449.99 at the time of my writing this, so I won’t be getting one anytime soon, but at least I have something to look for. A solution.

Take a look. And consider getting such a gift for a loved one. It might end up being a gift for a lifetime.

Yamaha P45, 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano (P45B)

Yamaha P Series P35B 88-Key Digital Piano (Black)
Updated: 10/18/2020, Mira
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Mira on 03/09/2014

You're welcome, Derdriu!

DerdriuMarriner on 03/08/2014

Mira, Thank you for the link to Yamaha's silent piano.

Mira on 03/05/2014

Hi Derdriu, also look at silent pianos. "Silent piano" is actually a trademark from Yamaha. Here's some info:

DerdriuMarriner on 03/04/2014

Mira, Upright pianos add atmosphere to any room where they are located, even when they're shrouded by a dust cover. I grew up with an old upright piano in our home. When my mother moved back to her home state, she donated that piano and replaced it with a Yamaha upright, which was a beautiful piano, both in appearance and in musical quality.
Me, too, I feel that learning to play a musical instrument "gives you such a feeling of well-being."
I've been thinking about digital pianos for a while now, so I appreciate the information you've provided here.

Mira on 12/07/2013

Yes, the digital world is quite amazing. I can't wait till I can get such a piano :) They cost much more in Romania, though. Electronics always do.

WriterArtist on 12/07/2013

I have always admired people who could play piano. Old movies have beautiful sets, loved those vintage pianos. But it is time to move on to the digital world and a digital piano can be one of the best gift for a music lover.

Mira on 12/07/2013

Hi Treathyl, I agree!:)

Mira on 12/07/2013

Oh, that's so wonderful to hear, ologsinquito!

Mira on 12/07/2013

Hi, Tolovaj! It's never too late to learn to play a musical instrument, and it changes you so much. I haven't figured out what it is but it gives you such a feeling of well-being.

Tolovaj on 12/06/2013

One of best things in our fast paced life is opportunity to get better and better hardware for less and less money. Digital pianos are among these pieces. If anybody is thinking to give me a Christmas present, he/she should know I always dreamed about learning to play a piano...

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