I know there are a lot of threads about the GF action but i think my issue/dilemma is different to warrant a new thread...so please bare with me and look for the bold line below
I'm currently shopping for the best action i can find on a digital. I was classically trained on Yamaha uprights and played a handful of Yamaha grands in concerts (performing my own music). The decision years ago to sell my Yamaha U1 and go completely digital is the same reason that everyone else has: I prefer playing at night mostly and don't want neighbors to hear etc....(we all know the rest).
The obvious choice based on this forum is the MP11SE. So i went today and played a CA78 and i was shocked how underwhelmed was by the action:
1- The key fall had a spongy feeling as opposed to hard surface and that really killed the whole experience for me.
2- I loathed the ivory finish on the black keys. I felt so distracting and instantly muted my connection with the instrument.
3- The black keys were narrower than what i'm used to on Yamaha grands. It also added to the disconnection.
I then played an FP-90. At first, i played it while turned off and things didn't look very promising. Then i turned it on and played the "concert grand" patch and it all made sense. I liked the action. It has enough sensors for my trills and most importantly, the keys don't have the spongy fall, the rebound is hard just like the Yamaha acoustics i'm used to.
See where is this going? Here's the elephant in the room: I keep comparing those actions to the action of the Yamaha C7X
that i frequently go and jam on at my local Yamaha dealer.
Speaking of Yamaha, i tried this week the CLP 695 and the same exact thoughts i had on the GFII action also exactly apply here! I also tried most of the P series (except the P-515) and while those didn't have that spongy fall, they didn't feel much "weighted" to me compared to the FP-90.
So my questions are:
1- Does the GF on the MP11SE have that spongy fall too ?
2- How about the RM3 on the VPC1 ?
3- Will the N1X be my only choice if i keep comparing those actions to the C7X ?
4- How about the Casio GP500? How is the action?
Bottom line, i can go the FP-90 but i keep saying deep in my mind that there...must...be...something...better.