Welcome to MusicMasters: Austin's Affordable Digital and Acoustic Piano Store. We sell new
Hallet, Davis & Co.,
Dynatone, and premium used Yamaha, Kawai, Petrof, Steinway Acoustic and Digital Pianos at our
Piano Showroom in Austin, Texas.
As a traditional piano store, we carry a large selection of New and Used Digital and Acoustic Pianos. However, we generally recommend real Acoustic Pianos over Digital Pianos. Here's why:
Digital Pianos have 88 weighted keys and pedal(s) that are designed to mimic a real Acoustic Piano. They are marketed as an acceptable short-term substitute for an Acoustic Piano. However, because many manufacturers exaggerate their capabilities and claim their instruments are "better than real", serious pianists shun them and treat Digital Pianos as a gimmick or a cheap imitation. Digital Pianos have evolved greatly since their inception in the 1980's. Recent design improvements including graded hammer actions, multi-layered sampling, and physical modeling make Digital Pianos much more realistic. However, with the exception of high-end Digital Hybrids (costing $10,000 or more) all affordable Digital Pianos for sale in Austin (including Roland, Yamaha, Kawai and Casio) are notably deficient when compared to a quality acoustic Professional Studio Upright or Grand Piano.
Digital Piano manufacturers are aware of this limitation and obscure their inherent pedal deficiencies with attractive marketing terms like "realistic half-pedaling". Half-pedal capability should be a given on any piano (Digital or Acoustic). Regardless, "half-pedaling" capability doesn't overcome Digital Pianos' inability to train children how to control an Acoustic Piano's action during pedaling.
Portability (+): Digital Pianos are relatively easy to move and can be ordered over the internet. We rent and/or sell Digital Pianos specifically for this reason. If a non-beginner adult college student, living on the 3rd floor of an apartment building, wants a piano, we are going to recommend one of our digital instruments because it is not wise to move a real acoustic piano up and down multiple flights of stairs.
Longevity (-): Digital Piano portability offers only a limited short term benefit once longevity is factored. Acoustic Pianos are designed to last 100+ years and typically come with a 10 to 15 year warranty. Digital Pianos are have notably shorter lifespans and typically come with a 1 to 5 year warranty.
Affordability (+): Our new Digital Piano models sell for a very attractice price range of $1,295 to $3,295. However, we don't recommend purchasing a Digital Piano as a beginner practice instrument. Instead we recommend renting a Digital and then applying your rent as equity toward a real piano. We rent new Digital Pianos for $50 per month for up to 1 year and allowy up to 6 months' rent toward any used MusicMasters piano or up to 12 months' toward any new MusicMasters piano.
Mass Production (-): Due to increased manufacturing capacity and efficiency, quality entry-level Acoustic Pianos are more affordable than ever. Our new high-quality acoustic Professional Studio Upright pianos start at only $3,995, which is roughly the same as a mid-grade digital, and much less than Digital Hybrids.
Depreciation (-): Even when one factors the cost of annual tunings, Digital Pianos are a losing investment when compared to Acoustic Pianos. Digital Pianos depreciate in value and never appreciate. However, quality Acoustic Pianos appreciate over time. Consider 100+ year old Steinway grand pianos. These cost less than $2,000 when purchased new but now sell for $20,000 or more. Therefore, because of depreciation, shorter lifespans and warranties, we recommend renting a Digital Piano vs purchasing one. Otherwise, buy a quality Acoustic Piano.
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