I finally have grown out of my Yamaha DGX-220.
The piano is basically broken. Some of the keys, when I hit a key softly, play a loud note instead of a quiet note. Yeah, this piano is basically obsolete.
I am starting to become an advanced player, playing moonlight sonata 3rd movement, Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor, and etc. The spring loaded action on my current DGX-220 is not quite the piano for me to play these advanced pieces.
However, I am on the budget. (Over $1000 bucks but under $1800)
I came to these pianos as my choice: Yamaha YDP-163 vs Kawai CN25 vs Casio AP-460 vs Roland F-140R.
I chose these because they are not too expensive and they have a 3 sensor system on the digital piano.
Why these pianos?
-Yamaha YDP-163: A 3 sensor system
-Roland F-140R: A 3 sensor system, Cheapest from the list
-Kawai CN25: 3 sensor system, counter weights (important?), let off (important?), 88 key sampling, beautiful cabinet design
-Casio AP-460: 3 sensor system, damper and string resonance, beautiful cabinet design (best design on the list in my opinion)
Yes, the Roland and the Yamaha seems boring on the list.
I get that Kawai is trying to make the action like a grand piano with the let off thing going on but I don't think is necessary.
Casio is probably best filled with features with the damper and string resonance feature. This is a plus especially when I am playing advanced pieces. However, I do not favor the sound off the Casio. So that is a negative.
I wish I tried these pianos at the store. The Kawai CN25 is not available in the US (It's only available online on Kawai website only for the US)
so I can't try it. Los Angeles does not have a good piano store selection. LA does have some piano stores but the amount of digital pianos in the stores is very, very little. I only tried the Casio AP-450 (previous model) from my friend's mother and I was pretty pleased except the fact I kept accidentally rotating the volume when I am playing the piano. I was surprised she was able to require a 450 in Los Angeles.
I was also pleased with the YDP-141 (Non-triple sensor system) my friend has but the keys are not as good as that of the Casio.
Importantly, I favor key action over sound. The CN25 does look better on paper but I do like the tiny features, like the damper and string resonance found on the Casio. I don't care about the number of sounds or recording functions, split mode, duet mode, whatever.
What do you guys think?
You guys can recommend other pianos with a triple sensor system. I prefer a cabinet piano design tho....