How many keys does a piano or keyboard have?

How many keys does a piano have?

We regularly get the question: How many keys does a piano have??Has an acoustic piano 88 keys from what 52 white tests en 36 black keys. There are also pianos with more keys and there are also smaller models with, for example, 76 keys or less. But a piano with 88 keys is the standard.

How many keys does a keyboard or digital piano have?

A keyboard generally has 49, 61 or 76 keys. You also have keyboards with fewer keys, but they are often used in combination with a computer (also called midi keyboard). A keyboard has lighted keys that make it play differently than with weighted keys like one digital piyear.

A digital piano is made to imitate an acoustic piano as well as possible and therefore has 88 keys. These keys are weighted and touch sensitive making the digital piano play just like a real piano.

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Playing the piano on a keyboard

On a keyboard learn to play the piano is not recommended. After all, it's called a keyboard and not a piano. If you want to learn to play piano on a keyboard, keep in mind that you will develop an incorrect technique and switch to a piano with weighted and touch sensitive keys will be quite large.

A keyboard has a limited number tests and is often not attack-sensitive. In addition, the keys are not weighed and a keyboard will sound different as a digital or acoustic piano.

Why are the number of keys important

The piano manufacturer Steinway has determined around the year 1800 that 88 keys on a piano is the standard. This is still the case today. But why is a certain number of tests important? The number of piano keys of 88 can be divided into 7 octaves. This gives you sufficient range as a pianist and there is enough room for variation and dynamics. This way you can play all known piano pieces without getting stuck on too few keys.

As a beginner you will experience little inconvenience during the first few months if there are no 88 keys on a piano. But you will soon experience the limitations as your piano progresses.

Weight piano

The average weight of an acoustic piano lies between the 200 to 450 kg. This is completely dependent on the model. There are standing pianos and wings. Concert wings are always heavier and can have a weight of no less than 750 kg. Given the size and weight of a piano, it is advisable at all times to have the piano performed by a specialized company.

Dimensions piano

De dimensions of an acoustic piano are as follows:

Thewidth of a piano lies between the 1.45 and 1.55 m.
De height of a piano lies between the 1.00 and 1.30 m.
De depth of a piano lies between the 0.50 and 0.60 m.

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Rent with purchase option

Rent with purchase option

If you rent a piano with a purchase option, your choice will always be favorable after the rental period. If you continue playing the piano, you can buy the piano immediately after the rental period. If you decide not to continue playing the piano, then you are glad that you have opted for a rental system instead of having bought a precious piano.

What is a purchase option and how does it work?A purchase option means that after the rental period you will have the digital piano can buy. If you opt for a purchase option after the rental period, a portion of the already paid rent settled with the purchase price of the digital piano.

A residual amount remains after the settlement of the rent. If the remaining amount of the digital piano has been paid, you are the owner of the digital piano.

At6 months renting 3 months rent settled with the purchase amount.
At12 months renting 6 months rent settled with the purchase amount.
At24 months renting 9 months rent settled with the purchase amount.


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Calculation example

Suppose the sales price of a digital piano is € 750, - and you rent the piano for 12 months for € 50, - per month. Then after the rental period 6 x € 50, - = € 300, - will be settled with the purchase price of the piano. The remaining amount is then € 750, - minus € 300, - = € 450, -.

Pay attention! Not every digital piano has a purchase option.

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What are weighted and touch sensitive keys

What are weighted and touch sensitive keys

Weighted keys are piano keys with a natural resistance. The keys feel heavier. This is due to the movement of the hammer mechanism of the piano.

With a real piano you feel resistance when pressing the keys because there are hammer mechanisms on the keys. When you press the key, the hammer strikes the string of the piano. In the bass region of a piano, the hammers are larger and the keys heavier. As you go up in sound, the hammers become smaller so that the keys feel lighter and lighter.

Weighted and touch sensitive keys

Velocity-sensitive keys

Velocity-sensitive keys are piano keys that come with a soft touch soft sound produce and at one harder touch harder sound produce. This allows both small and sensitive piano to be played and very loud.

A real piano is velocity sensitive because the hammers attached to the keys strike against the strings. You decide how hard or soft you press the piano keys and how much volume you produce.

Keys digital piano

Piano keys from a digital piano are made for the velocity and resistance of a real piano identical. Most digital pianos have 88 weighted and touch sensitive keys. Often the touch sensitivity of the keys can be set as desired. Also a digital piano plays heavier in the bass and lighter as you play higher.

If you have one digital piano want to go buy or whore, then it is important that the piano features 88 weighted and touch sensitive keys. In this way you immediately develop the right technique and it is a small step to eventually switch to a real piano.

Semi weighted keys

Semi-weighted keys are keys that have the same resistance over the entire keyboard. So there is no difference in the keys in terms of resistance. Digital pianos with semi-weighedkeys are attack-sensitive.

A semi-weighted keyboard is not the ideal keyboard to learn to play piano, but it's better than a keyboard.

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Piano lease / Piano hire purchase

Piano lease / Piano hire purchase

Leasing a piano can be beneficial. But not for everyone. More and more people are buying one today digital piano through a hire purchase or lease system.Most people who opt for leasing a piano prefer not to pay a large sum directly at once but play a good piano. For this target group, leasing a piano or renting with a purchase option is the way to play a full-fledged piano.

Because a lease or hire purchase contract has a term for a longer period, the monthly amount is relatively low. This makes it more interesting for more people to play that expensive piano, without having to make a big investment immediately.

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Piano lease / hire purchase explanation

The lease / hire purchase of a piano means that you buy a piano by means of a monthly installment. Actually it is not a rent but you pay the piano in installments. The number of terms can vary from 24 to 72 months. This depends on the purchase price of a piano.

A disadvantage of a lease / hire purchase concept is that you are directly attached to a long lease term. And that you pay interest at most companies. This makes it less inviting for the starting target group. The most important advantage, however, is that you can make direct use of the piano. You are ultimately the official owner of the piano after the last repayment has been made.

Pay attention! We do not offer lease / hire purchase pianos. We do rent out pianos with a purchase option.

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What is a digital piano

What is a digital piano

What exactly is a digital piano? A digital pianois made to imitate a (real) acoustic piano as well as possible. Both the sound and the touch sensitivity of the keys are almost identical. Only the sound of a digital piano is digitally generated.

A digital piano is regularly confused with one keyboard. This is not entirely correct. You can also connect a digital piano, like a keyboard, to a computer and produce sounds electronically. Yet the sound and keys of a digital piano are much more authentic than those of a keyboard. A digital piano has an sustain foot pedal and a keyboard with 88, just like an acoustic piano weighted and touch sensitive tests. Because of this, a digital piano feels and plays like a real piano.

what is a digital piano

If you want to buy a digital piano or whore make sure that the piano has 88 weighted and touch sensitive keys.

Choose well-known brands such as Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Casio or Kawai. Then you know for sure that it is right. Lesser known piano brands that offer digital pianos for a similar price, unfortunately do not make it happen.

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Rent or buy a piano?

Rent or buy a piano?

Many starting pianists choose to rent a piano first before they decide to buy a piano. After all, you do not know whether playing the piano is a lasting hobby for the long term. A renting a piano can then be a great alternative.

We often see young children and adults that they start playing the piano in good spirits, but after a year or sometimes before, the interest in playing the piano becomes less and the piano is no longer used at all. It is of course a shame if you have spent a lot of money on a nice acoustic or digital piano and that the piano is only available as a piece of furniture. A qualitative starters piano starts from € 2500, - and a good digital piano starts from € 750, -.

renting a piano

Rent a piano

Renting pianos has become increasingly popular over time. There are a lot of reasons why people choose it whore of a piano. So you can rent a piano to see if playing piano is a hobby that suits you, without buying an expensive acoustic piano.

Renting a piano is low-threshold and economical. It is also very nice that you do not have to pay a not too high amount for a good piano in one go, but pay a small amount per month for the rent.

Another advantage is that you often have a possibility to buy the rented piano after the rental period, whereby part of the rent is also settled.

Buy piano

The most important reason to buy a piano is that you are the owner directly.Keep in mind that after the purchase of a digital or acoustic piano the value has already decreased 20 to 40 percent. With a high-quality acoustic piano, this risk is less present as they are more valuable.

Get advice from a licensed piano store before you buy an acoustic or digital piano.

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