I am a re-learner after 20 years' pause. I learned about 10 months when I was 12, so basically I'm completely novice. I'm learning on really magnificent acoustics, and would need a DP for home practice.
I've been looking at entry-level DPs around the 1000 USD price mark (note: I'm in Switzerland, but the currency is about 1:1). I would like to keep the unit for longer (5+ yrs), so I rather pay more than switch in 2 yrs time. I'm looking at some computer-aided learning as well, although I'm a complete newby with handling MIDI equipment.
What I looked at are the Yamaha P105
- has a lot of fancy stuff (accompaniment, USB, etc) and the unit itself is very affordable (650CHF)
- lacking every accessory (a stand and pedals are quite an investment)
- GHS. I played this for 5 minutes in a local shop and quite like the mechanics
- has Pure CF sound engine (yeah, right)Yamaha YDP-S31
- looks like the P105 with a cover and built in stand+pedals. Not sure why even this product exists?
- GHSYamaha YDP141
- cheaper than the P105 altogether, has more of a "piano-look".
- not sure about anything I'd really miss in terms of features? - has MIDI instead of (over MIDI) USB.
- again GHS. Are all GHS mechanics the same feel (=> so the individual models have actually just design difference)?Yamaha YDP161
- still around the magical 1000 CHF mark
- has GH, which should be one level up - is it that significant? Couldn't locate any store with this one on display yet. Will do, however.Yamaha YDP-S51
- seems to combine all good features of YDP161 and P105
- GH, PureCF engine, minimalist stand, pedals, USB out
Anything else I should look at? Based on solely YouTube videos I was keen on getting a Roland FP7F, but I didn't quite like the action on that unit for the first 2 minutes in the store. Being a novice, I'm not quite sure I can judge what I really need in 1-2 years' time in terms of features/action.
Second hand? I read in guides that anything older than 5 yrs is too obsolete in terms of technology/action. I never owned any instrument so pricey, so pls bear with my excitement.