We dropped Gramma MA off at the airport Sunday, then stopped by Papa's House on the way home. (You'll recall that Papa's house was home for us while our new house was being built.) Last time we stopped by there, I sat down at their old piano, and couldn't believe how out of tune it was, and how uneven the key action was. This time, I had an entirely different experience.
Yes, Ole Bessie is still painfully, wincingly (what, that's not a word? it should be) out of tune.
Yes, the keys are yellowed with age, and still uneven in terms of weight and height.
Compared with my Ap-200, she's much more difficult to play.
And yet, I gotta say, there is nothing, NOTHING like playing a "real" piano. Yes, if I close my eyes and put on my nice new Grado headphones, it sounds great.* And it's nice that we'll never have to tune it or have the action regulated. But the sound will never fill a room like a real piano. And the strings will never vibrate, communicating feedback through the keys.
* - Except when, you know, I start playing the wrong notes. Because my eyes are closed.
Maybe that is the next step in the evolution of digital pianos? Sympathetic resonance not just through the sounds (mine does that today), but via touch as well? Of course, such an instrument would likely cost $10k or more, and for that, you may as well buy a quality acoustic.
Anyway, thought you might be interested in that.
- Aw2pp, who doesn't "get" the point coffee. Never has. Never will.