I currently have a Shigeru Kawai SK-7 and an old Technics digital piano. I want to upgrade the dp to something with an action that approximates an acoustic, and preferably an acoustic grand piano because the Technicsâ€™ action is way too light and is starting to bug me. I know I could probably find this kind of info by wading through this forum but I thought Iâ€™d ask the dp cognoscenti first. Although a nice high end dp like the Kawai NV10 or an Avantgrand would be great, theyâ€™re a bit out of the budget. I donâ€™t want a slab, it needs to look like an upright. My main priority is a really good action preferably under $3500-$4000, could possibly stretch the budget if something really catches my fancy. Thank you in advance for any input.
Here are the main options summarized:
Grade below Avant Grand (2nd tier):
Roland V piano Grand
Yamaha CLP 675
The action of all these digital pianos in the 2nd and 3rd tier are not close to an acoustic grand piano, they are much closer than 10-15 years ago and are enjoyable enough to play.
In many ways, you might find it difficult to notice differences between the digital actions until you acclimatize i.e., play them for a good while. However, the Kawai's have nice actions, as do the Roland's. The Yamaha actions are nice too, but a tad heavier. Not personally played the Casio pianos listed, some people like them a lot.
The third tier options don't have the same quality sound amplification as do the 2nd tier. Bare in mind that going used is a good option because digital pianos depreciate worse than cars.
Apart from Avant Grands, don't buy used over 5 years old (the tech isn't comparable after that).
Your other option is maybe a used Avant Grand N1 if you can find one.