When we were just planning to buy our daughter a piano, we consider getting an electric one. We even looked at the great casio cdp 120 but the manager from the store where we bought it influenced us to buy the traditional one, so that's what we did. Playing piano is really my daughter's calling. I am so impressed of how much progressed she have made ever since she started taking lessons ten months ago. Nothing can beat the joy of listening to one of your kids play.