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I haven't played piano for about 17 years, but recently I felt it would be nice to remind myself what it's like. I've been looking for something around £1K that would meet these criteria (in the order of importance)
- have a good weighted keyboard
- have good grand piano sound
- be portable (easy to move upstairs/downstairs if necessary)
- have built-in speakers that produce reasonable sound
- have nice, dedicated stand that would look good in the living room
- Roland FP4
- Yamaha P140
- Kurzweil SP2XS
So, the question is: is there any reason to buy Yamaha P140 instead of Kurzweil SP2XS, bearing in mind that I'm starting to re-learn piano and don't have preference for any particular touch?
Looking at the specs, I'd say one's six the other's half a dozen but I'm not talking from experience here as I said. I did find something that may help inform your view of the Kurzweil.
From a SP2x (same sounds without speakers)
From a SP2xs
Roland's prices seem to have gotten more expensive as they have introduced more instruments. Granted, they have really sorted that awful acoustic piano sample and gotten something authentic but still, as you say, not sure why they are charging so much for a basic stage piano.
Whatever you do, try out the keyboards first. I have heard some people complaining that the Kurzweil is not a progressive hammer action unlike the P140 which is progressive. On the other hand, is progressive hammer action an absolute must have? This is where you need to decide and try to play both stage pianos.
Both seem to have a similar tone, though the Kurzweil has a slightly clearer tone, though the hammer strike seems to help with that.
Some do sent it off for work to be done but may not have access to a Kurzweil service centre. Kurzweil is a major brand in the US and would be a major competitor with Yamaha, many Kurzweil users gladly and loudly professing them to be better instruments. But then again, Kurzweil have local suppliers which allow it to be marketed effectly. In the UK, at the moment, their coverage is pathetic at best!
While a SP2xs may be a better buy is some ways, at least the P140 will be safer because it will have product support. Yamaha have gotten their marketing and support right in this country! If you can, try and play a Kurzweil for your own interest. Personally, I'm still keen to try them out after hearing so much hype about them.
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