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Hey all!

I have been using the Korg Sv-1 for my practicing and gigging the past 11 years. Since I'm more of a pianist than a keyboardist, all I have needed was a good key action and an ok piano sound. Though SV-1's piano sounds started to become unbearable over the course of 11 years, the feel of the keys made up for it.

Now, I have decided to finally get rid of the Korg and get a new stage piano. But it has been so many years, I don't really know what to look for. Any new exciting technologies to keep an eye on? What is the standard polyphony these days? Any recommendations for an instrument around $1000?

Thanks a lot!

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Polyphony is typically at least 128 and may go up to 256 or more or even "unlimited".

Resonances have probably improved.

Actions may have improved somewhat. Korg still uses the RH3.

Some models have full length, or very long samples with no noticeable sample looping.

E.g. Roland has a fully modelled sound in some models and parly modelled in others.

USB audio and Bluetooth features have become more common, but are not universal yet.

Many digital pianos now come with an optional companion app running on iOS or iOS/Android. With some models (Yamaha CSP) it's even required to access some of the piano's features.

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If you can stretch you budget by a couple of hundred dollars I think the Roland FP-90X, the Kawai ES-920 and the Yamaha P-515 offer very good bang for the bucks (IMHO). Also the Kawai M7SE if you are looking for a stage piano, but this one is probably at the end of its lifecycle and due to be replaced, maybe somewhen later this year. Standard Polyphony is 128 and up nowadays. If you liked the SV-1 then have a look at the SV-2 but its around 2000$.

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What changed?
1. Modeling improvement (Roland SN/PureAcoustic) - not a fan of its sound for now, but I really appreciate research and development.
2. Cheaper memory = more sample memory in DPs - for now only Korg implemented it (Kronos/Grandstage) - piano sound that has >10 layers, so kinda VST-ish.
3. Lowering weight - "new" models tend to be lighter than predecessors, which is nice especially for gigging musicians.


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