Stage Piano Purchase
I need to get a digital piano and I'd like some input. It is for two different purposes:
1) Recording in my studio (often solo or at least featured)
2) Playing live gigs
My gear page - http://www.toddejones.com/subgear.html
As you can see, I have lots of 80s Roland synth gear, Hammond romplers, etc... so I don't need a lot of extra sounds, on-board effects, amp/speakers or MIDI controller capabilities. I have some sample pianos that range from passable (EMU samples) to horrible (Yamaha P50m box), but nothing I have quite cuts it. I also have a nice upright piano in the main house (Sohmer), but I can't mic it in a way that reflect what I hear (despite some nice recording equipment).
I'm ready to pull the trigger and drop a thousand on a digital piano, but I don't have convenient access to a fully featured music store. Here are my impressions so far, please comment:
Roland RD-170 - I'm a Roland fan from way back. This may be the one for me?
Korg P-200/-300 - I've always loathed Korgs, yet I find myself buying them over and over again (go figure). I did play a P-300 in a crowded Guitar Center over the holidays and was pleasantly surprised. I'm thinking the P-200 is just a -300 without the speakers, but I'd need to verify that.
Kurz SP88(xx) - I was pretty surprised when I played an SP76 and found the semi-weighted wasn't as big a hindrance as i'd thought. Still, the sound was not quite there and if I'm dropping a thou, I'll want some thing better than okay.
Yammy P90/120 - I have always loathed Yamaha keyboards, with a few isolation exceptions. I don't like Clavinovas, I detest their post-DX7 stuff, but in fairness I haven't played one of their P series digital pianos. I have mixed feelings about their acoustic pianos, hate the feel, love the sound, but am I being too prejudicial?
Should I even consider a controller/sound box combo? or is that just overcomplicating things?
I know I'll need to play for myself and decide, but I thought I'd solicit some input.
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