I would be happy with almost any digital piano in your price range.
Roland, Korg, Yamaha and Casio are all very good producers of DPs so you have a lot of choice.
One thing to take note of is onboard amp and speakers, the more expensive ones are primarily aimed at stage use and have no onboard amp or speakers.
Throwing in a curve ball, check out a Korg Havian 30 digital piano, which also has Arranger functions.
Many keyboards in the lower price range include the possibility of being battery powered.
I have a Korg Kross 2 61 and a Boss Katana Mini amp, both of which are battery powered and I use them when jamming away from home.
A Kross 2 88 has hammer action keys and is far more versatile than a digital piano, the same is also true of a Roland Juno DS 88 and another to consider is a Numa Compact x2, and all these will cost less than £1k.
No problem. I'm not an expert, nor do I pretend to be, but that's my humble opinion, anyway...Thankyou so much for this information and time . i really appreciate it. especially with regards to the "busking thing" i think its probably going to be get a digital to stay in the house to practice on and have another project on the side with regards the busking thing. i get it that the two dont go together.
Well, I feel your pain, but in my case, it was more like spending money and returning the boards, luckily not losing any money in the processi have a poor track record of spending money and selling again on ebay because i didnt get the right product first time...............so thanks again! cliff
A lot of digital pianos have only a few voices-- maybe as many as two dozen or more, but sometimes less than two dozen-- and they tend to be limited to certain types of instrument sounds, such as acoustic pianos, electric pianos, pipe organs, reed organs, drawbar organs, harpsichord, celeste, acoustic guitars, possibly electric guitars, bass guitars, strings, and possibly a few other orchestral sounds. The focus is more on playing a handful of sounds and playing them really well-- for instance, the sound samples might be longer (such as for long sustained notes on a piano) and of higher quality than what might be used on a more generic keyboard, plus there might be some sort of intelligent sound modeling used to help replicate things like sympathetic resonance or other details that can give a good piano a rich, complex sound.Why is the korg kross more versatile than a digital piano especially? id love a synth also.
I have two Casio Privia 330's - their low end sounded realer than the 350's; at 26lbs, with speakers and a mod wheel, I think they're pretty near the top. Haven't tried the ES110, though Kawai's are great, so thanks for that suggestion. I'm liking the Juno DS61 nowadays, but the 88-key version, though glorious, is a little too heavy for me. (and no speakers.)No problem. I'm not an expert, nor do I pretend to be, but that's my humble opinion, anyway...
Well, I feel your pain, but in my case, it was more like spending money and returning the boards, luckily not losing any money in the process
I used to have an acoustic piano and synths when I was a lot younger, and I'm just getting back into music since a few months ; thought I wanted to have both again, synth and piano, only to discover that I'm no longer interested in synth at all...
I now have a Kawai MP11SE which is the closest thing to an acoustic piano you can get, but it is in no way portable (unless you're like Billy Joel or Elton John and have roadies). Kept the Kross 2 88 which has a decent enough keybed for piano and it is light enough for gigging but I'm having second thoughts about the gigging part : the Kross 2 88 is a quite large, although not heavy, and having to lug around an external amp isn't what I had in mind, since my 'gigging' consists of very small and intimate venues, no stage in sight. So, I'm now looking for a lighter alternative, with built-in speakers that are powerful enough for indoor, and preferably with a better action than Korg's NH action, which can be found, among others, in the Kross 2 88...
It can be quite a long journey, finding the right board for your needs. But when you do (in my case the MP11SE for home use), the 'experience' is second to none ! And that's why I suggested the Kawai ES110 : the keybed is plastic but feels very close to a real piano ; it's somewhat noisy (well, to me, anything sounds noisy to the quiet keybed of my MP11SE, so take this with a grain of salt as I am very very demanding), which isn't ideal for me who wants to gig indoors, but when you're busking outdoors, it doesn't even register as an issue...
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