Growth in demand for a digital piano keyboard in contrast to acoustic pianos is growing by leaps and bounds according to an industry analyst. That is cannibalizing the sales of grand pianos in a significant way.
Exponential Growth for Digital Pianos
It is expected that sales of digital pianos will reach over the 1 million mark by the year 2012. And without a doubt East Asian countries like China and Korea are emerging as leaders in the production of digital pianos despite current economic conditions. East Asian countries may not only be the sole producers of digital pianos because many American manufacturers have contracted with Chinese and Korean companies to manufacture their brands because of the significant cost benefits in cheaper labor.
In contrast, Japan is actually shifting its focus to higher-end pianos. It’s no wonder that digital pedals are in high demand, when you think of it, digital keyboards offer much more benefits than an acoustic piano. Consumers like the idea that you can actually a variety of instruments on the digital panel that you can’t from an acoustic piano. That is not to say that I’ll digital channels are better its just that they have more to offer.
The only thing that a digital piano can’t do that an acoustic has a clear advantage is the sound reproduction of a piano that is sampled and digitized cannot be accurately and authentically reproduced on a digital piano. But in this day and age digital pianos are coming very close to reproducing an acoustic piano sound.
It is only a matter of time that the technology will be so far advanced that you will not be able to tell the difference between an acoustic and digital piano.
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