Lucy, welcome to the forum. Congrats for the baby too.
so I need an alternative that is easy to manoeuvre, whilst not compromising on sound/feel.
This will be one thing hard to achieve, given the requirements you mention, there is not a way to not compromise.
I am out of touch with what is good these days
This forum may not be the best place to get in touch with what is good these days, I am affraid
, you will probably have many opinions, which may be confusing; this is the nature of this (I think every) forum. The folks here are willing to help though.
having had my Roland for nearly 15 years, however I’m looking for realistic playing - and I’m presuming this is still achieved best by weighted keys…
I have the opportunity to play a Steinway piano at work sometimes, so I’d like to keep my practice time at home as realistic as possible, however I’m also mindful that this adds weight to the item, therefore if anyone has some other alternatives to keep weight low, I’m all ears!!
I love the idea of the Roland GO full-size version, but I think there’d likely be a compromise on the feel of playing it.
Thanks again. I look forward to reading your suggestions!!
First question, what is the size and weight limit you consider manageable? That will help to learn what are your limitations.
You mention the Roland GO with 88 keys, it is light but I heard some consider its keys heavy because of the springs. You should try it yourself. Another keyboard with non-weighted keys that you could take a look at is the Numa Compact 2. Both weight 7kg (around 15lbs).
If you may handle a weight on the 12kg range (27lbs), then you should take a look at Yamaha P125 (or P121 if you can live with 76 keys instead of 88), Kawai ES110, Roland FP30x or a Casio Privia (PX360, PX560, PXS3000, PXS1000).
The ES110 is very well regarded around here. FP30x may also be an option for you if you are OK with the sound. Some disregard the Casios, but you should judge by yourself.