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My max budget for a digital is £500 but from what I've read they're just not that great at that price, unless I'm misinformed? The only digitals sold locally are clavinovas so I can't decide for myself about the cheaper ones. Should I take a chance with one? I'll be gutted If I don't enjoy playing it. I was thinking my best option would be to rent a mid range digital or an upright. I have no reason to change accommodation, I could fit one in my room no problem and my land lady doesn't mind. What do you think?
A portable instrument would be best for you or at least a cheap Clavinova. If you want more advice on digital pianos, then post your questions on the Digital Pianos forum where I can talk more specifically - have you checked it out yet? This forum is for casual discussions.
However I will say that something like a Yamaha P85 would get you something with a decent touch and sound for under £500. Other models like the YDP-140 would be around £650 or more. You mentioned Clavinovas - unless you can get one second hand such as a CLP230, 240 or one of the CLP3XX range, then don't go for the old models that others have mentioned recently on the Digital Pianos forum.
As I said, if you want to talk about Digital Pianos, we can continue this thread on the Digital Pianos forum.