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#2662082 07/17/17 11:17 AM
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So, I am thinking of (at the age of 67) buying a real studio digital piano. I love my PX-5S and will keep it. My budge is between $2500-$4000 us. What would you buy and why?

I am keeping my PX-5S due to the fact that I can take it outside, play with batteries and headphones during the summer. I now have my system setup with studio monitors, pretty good control panel, lots of VST stuff, and am looking for something that can do most of the stuff that the PX-5S does but because I use a DAW most of the time (transferring midi files back and forth to the PX-5S) I don't really need the ability to produce on the SDP itself. Has to be a keyboard as I don't have room in my studio for something in a cabinet and I need to have access to all of the connections easily. I'll be putting in on a stand where I can mount smaller studio speakers like the Presonous 4.5" speakers, and would like to keep the weight at no more than 60 pounds. I am probably being silly wanting to do this since I am mostly going to be using VST sounds, but I can see the older I get the more time I spend doing videos and wanting to compose music for them and I have keyboard styling envy. I am a least a year away from purchasing (like to pay for things in cash) but am seriously starting the search. I might also consider a GP-300/400 since I can use it to control my VST's and the action is interesting but the fit would be "tight" in the studio.


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A few to check out:
Roland FP-90:
http://www.keyboardmag.com/gear/1183/review-roland-fp-90/61834
http://www.rolandus.com/blog/2017/04/12/roland-fp-90-review-piano-buyer/
https://www.roland.com/us/products/fp-90/
or Roland RD-2000
https://www.roland.com/us/products/rd-2000/
or Roland V-Piano
https://www.roland.com/us/products/v-piano/

I became very enamored of the FP-90 after I bought my RP501R, but my dealer would not let me trade up for it, so I got the LX-7 (which he WOULD let me trade up for, giving me full value for the RP501R), and which has the same action (PHA-50) and the same sound engine as the FP-90. I have only read about the other two, but they seem to get very good reviews.
I am not familiar with other brands but there are people on this forum who are. They will certainly post information on models in the Kawai, Yamaha, Casio, or Korg lineups that will be worth checking out as well.


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To narrow it down a bit: Are you looking for something with a better action than the PX-5S, but still in a slab format? Do you prefer to have pitch bend and modulation controls? How about internal sounds?


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Yes still a slab format (unless I can figure out how to put one of the GP-400's in my studio. I currently using a lot of the PX-5S internals but also use VST's. Keyboard feel is going to be a big one, quieter than the PX-5S. Do not use the pitch bend and modulation controls (or very little) - not a big deal oneway or the other.


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Kawai MP11/VPC1
PHYSIS H1
Roland RD2000, Roland V-piano
Nord piano3
Korg Kronos 2
Yamaha Montage 8
Kurzweil Forte.

One of these!


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Roland FP-90.

Same action & sound generator as LX-17, slab.


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Nobody's mentioned the DP603 . . . .I been thinking about this for myself lately. The HP 603 sounds real good whacked up loud, the DP should be largely similar.
And if you wait a year or so, Roland might well be offering them cheaper . . . .


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Would like to thank all who answered. I bought my P105 after playing one (couldn't play at that time, but did touch and sound different low cost models), but bought the PX-5S without seeing one but had tried the 350 and liked the feel. At this price range and at age 67 this might be my "last" instrument and want to make the right choice. I realize now that I will try and find each of the recommended pianos and play them (exploring the additional sounds).


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