The best piano keyboards, seats, stands and pedals for Senior Citizens
This video outlines my top tips for senior citizens when choosing their piano set up, including the best piano keyboards, seats, stands and pedals. It includes info on wheelchair accessible stands and which keyboards are easier for people with dexterity challenges eg arthritis.
Whats the Difference Between Acoustic Pianos and Digital Pianos?
An acoustic piano uses strings to create the sound and the opposite of this is a digital (electronic) piano keyboard which uses electronics to create the sound.
Acoustic pianos have arguably the best sound and baby grand pianos are my favourite to play, however there are many advantages of using digital pianos, including:-
- lighter keys (easier for arthritis sufferers or people with restricted finger movement)
- lower purchase cost
- lower maintenance costs
- more portability
- control of sound volume
- option of headphones
- control over the sound type eg different piano and other instrument sounds
- ability to layer sounds eg piano and strings
- option of transpose features
- option of backing rhythms, recording and other features
Wheelchair Accessible Piano Keyboard Stands
For wheelchair accessible piano keyboard stands, the fixed type shown in the video are more suitable than x stands/ The Roland KSC-70 Stand for FP-30 Digital Piano has approx 60cm of clearance below the keyboard and a depth of 20cm. For more clearance and depth - a 'table' type might be more effective such as Gravity KSTS01B Table Form Heavy Keyboard Stand (Height adjustable from 735 mm to 1155 mm and no depth limit).
Top 3 Features Your Piano Keyboard Needs To Have
These are the most important features when choosing a keyboard :
- Keys are standard size (not small eg childrens size)
- Keyboard has at least 61 keys (counting both black and white keys)
- The keys are touch sensitive (ie plays louder when keys are pressed harder)
That said, we have a few students who are using keyboards that have less than 61 keys, or which are not touch sensitive. You can definitely make progress on the course with this type of keyboard, but I would then upgrade to the recommended type of keyboard whenever you get the chance.
My recommendations would be:-
- Low budget (very portable) - Roland GO:Piano
- Medium budget (medium portability) - Yamaha Piaggero range eg NP-12 or NP-32
- Medium-High budget (less portable) - Roland FP-30 or Yamaha P125
- High budget (less portable) - any top end Roland, Yamaha, Kawai, Korg, Nord digital pianos
My Favourite Keyboards
Yamaha Piaggero NP12 is my favourite low price keyboard, with the Yamaha NP-32 having more keys (76 instead of 61), louder speakers and its a bit more expensive, slightly bulkier and less battery life, but is great for home use. The Roland Go:Piano (GO-61P) has many of the benefits of the NP-12 and is a bit smaller.If you don't need maximum portability then the NP-32 is my favourite and if you have a bigger budget and will not move the keyboard often then a weighted keyboard like Roland FP30 or Yamaha P125 would be my favourite.
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