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The K300 I used to have was event better but alas it is not with me anymore. I believe I will replace the U1 with a K300 again before long.

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Digital (non-hybrid) pianos often cause more, not less strain when playing. My current understanding is that this is due to the lack of escapement so that the force exerted to hold a key down does not lessen after escapement. You can compensate by using a light touch velocity curve. A lighter action acoustic upright is generally the least strain-producing.

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I have Kawai ES8 (an older version of ES920) and I mostly play classical. I am mostly happy with ES8. I wouldn't go for the lighter action, which would make me "fly" all around the keys because if I do it, I wouldn't be able to play the same piece on the acoustic piano, being used to lighter action. I don't know whether they still sell ES8 as an old stock. They all seem to have dissappeared...


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Agreeing with magicpiano, I also think the RH3 action is not very light. I have used it for years in my CN37, as well as the millenium upright action of the NV5 which is strongly related to the K200/K300. Note: I am comparing these two as a piano beginner.

The RH3 feels lighter when I play a note. But it feels heavier when I sustain the note with the finger, very noticable while playing slow chord progressions with many notes in both hands. The keys want to come up, your fingers work to keep them down. The action also feels like a rock when I repeat a note while the key is still coming up. It's as if there was non-linear inertia in the key, with a maximum at a certain point of key travel. Depending on the speed of the repetitions, I may encounter a light key or a heavy one.

Eyes closed, I'd always prefer the millenium upright action. But the RH3 action has also served me well until I was ready to spend more money on this hobby. I don't really know how other actions fare in the same price range. At first sight/touch it's difficult to spot the problems. There are a lot of tradeoffs to be made by a manufacturer, and no action is perfect.

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