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I'm very new to this forum, just joined and have already read some of the posts. I'm looking to buy a digital piano and I don't really know which one is my best choice.
I played the piano for 20 years before I stopped because my sister moved out and she took the piano with herself. Now I've got my own place and I thought it's time to buy one for myself - but I haven't got that much space to get a proper piano therefore I thought I might try a digital one.
My budget is around or under £1000. Preferably I'd like one with a nice piano sound and with weighted keys - I don't want some fake, plastic feeling. I don't mind other sounds in it, like the organ or guitar or something else. I'd like one with built in speakers but with 2 headphone connections as well. Built in Midi would be great, but not a must - I haven't tried that before but reading about it made me curious. I'd like to connect it to my computer and maybe record what I'm playing as well.
I was looking at the Korg SP-250 but as I can see this one doesn't really have a good reputation on this forum. What do you recommend? What others should I try?
For realistic piano tone, I wouldn't point towards anyone except for Yamaha. I've personally always turned to them when piano feel and a realistic piano tone are most important.
As for the "plastic feel", I don't know if any digital piano is completely free from that criticism among acoustic players, but these do a great job at raising the expectations! Try them in your local retailer and post your feelings for others to read.
I checked out those Yahamas on the internet and they look very nice but I cannot store them unfortunately.
With this criteria in mind have you got some other ideas please?
You could look into a P140 which would be the best for portablility.
The CP300 - which I own - is great but is heavy!
If the OP140 is too expensive, look into a P70.
There is also the DGX range but they have a soft touch keyboard.
Also the lady in the shop informed me that the lifetime of the digital pianos is about 10 years, so I'm just thinking: do I want to spend over £800 on the 140 or I could just get the 85.
I know that it's a decision I have to make but if I could get some help with the questions above I'd really appreciate that.
As for the lifetime of a digital piano, 10 years is an underestimated average life span in my opinion. They can last twice as long as that and I have owned one (which is still going strong in my classroom!). Besides the lifespan, digital pianos do tend to get updated very quickly and what is good today will be mediocre four or five years down the line. Sometimes it is better to buy a better instrument so that it will last and keep up with what comes up in the future. Again, that depends on how long you want to use a digital. If you want to go acoustic down the line, for example, then saving money on a cheaper model may be more sensible.
Thanks a lot for your help, I appreciate it!
P.S: But when I move into a bigger place I'll have to buy the Modus, I saw it in the shop and I just fell in love with it!
I think you would have liked the P-85 anyway, but the P-140 is a fuller instrument on the whole.
Now get writing a review for the forum!!
I'm looking for reviews to get our new forum up and running!