I have an good acoustic, which is not subject to change. But I need digital piano for silent practice in the evenings. As I have played most of the digital pianos on the market through last 5 years, I am inclining to go with the portable format with a stand, rather than console. I looked through used piano options within my budget 800-900 EUR, and with some negotiations and luck I can have
- Roland FP90
- Kawai ES8
- Casio PX-S3100 (new)
- Roland FP30X (new)
- Kawai ES120 (new)
I am also looking for small consoles of Kawai CA series, but no luck still. I am not in a hurry as well. As my piano has deep and dark sound, I would rather be inclined to have other type of piano sound in my digital than I have in acoustic.
But now the question arises: is the Roland FP90 or Kawai ES8 worth the 800-1000 EUR used, or I would be better with a new piano of lower quality? I was a bit underwhelmed with ES8, both touch and sound and I find FP90 Action much better, also the older Kawai sound while very good, is not 100% appealing to me, similar to Roland, but at least Roland has action that I like very much. I will play 90% of the time with headphones, so I do not care about internal speakers, but still want to have them.
Yes I know that there is constant development in pianos, but really I am fine with older but hi-end technology than a new one but still on the low end of the market.
There is also used CLP585 in Germany, but I have never been fan of Yamaha, and used P515 are too expensive. Binaural CFX sounds spectacular though, but pianos with it are too expensive.
Any inputs will be welcomed.