Thanks biggles and anotherscott, its a little big at 88 but will see if I can try one locally. I have a tvm-15 busking amp which helps but wouldn't say the sound quality is great. It is good for BBQs.I think Biggles' suggestion of a Numa Compact 2X is a good one. It's a lot of bang for the buck. It also has good MIDI controller features, so you could connect to your smartphone and get additional sounds that way, in a simpler way and with more control/flexibility than you typically find on boards in this price range.
In terms of budget I am thinking $350-$750US (I'm in Canada though). Hard to justify something greater without the skill to back it up. I may have more with my tax refund coming soon but am still catching up on my budgeting after illness.
61 keys would be fine for portability. Non hammer fine with me. I will research the above options. I think one keyboard only for now that I can practice on that is touch sensitive. If I play somewhere it will have to do. It's the player, not the instrument that matters so much. Even my Yamaha PSR-170 has nicer sounding features like playing the horns but it only works for a few things.
As mentioned in my previous post, I don't think DS61 is a great choice for the OP, who has expressed interest specifically in piano and organ, which are two of the things DS61 is weakest at (bad action for piano, lackluster piano sound, average rompler organ sound with no drawbar functions, and limited MIDI functionality making it only so-so for improving the sounds by connecting to an iPhone or whatever). OTOH, I admit, most options in this price range are likely to have substantial limitations in either piano playability, organ playability, or both. It would be easier to come up with recommendations if the interest was primarily piano or primarily organ... the split usage makes it tougher.$1000 CDN can buy you a brand new Juno DS61 with an extra $130 in HST added on but it can also buy you a used one in great shape for about $700 CDN, leaving an extra $300 for an amp.
Also, the furniture style pianos from Casio and Yamaha are ALWAYS being sold after daddy's pride and joy crashed and burned his piano lessons.
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