Hi Vid in Slovenia and Stephen in St. Louis,
Thanks for the feedback about Roland digital pianos. Since submitting this post, I've done some research and feel it's got to be the Roland DP990 for me. I found another relevant post which gives lots of information about the "escapement" featue which is built into the DP990 but not into the F110. Here's a link to the long thread with lots of opinion:http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthrea...ite_id/1#import
I found this most useful and when I went back to the piano showroom today with my partner we made comparisons and came to the conclusion that the DP990 keyboard with escapement really does feel better.
So here's my conclusion:
1. The DP990 keyboard has a much better feel
2. The sound quality is better, I think the speakers are either larger or mounted differently. I believe that although both models have speakers which are 12" according to the specs, the DP990 may have circular ones whereas the F110 may have oval ones. You can see the F110 ones from underneath - the DP990 ones are invisible and seem to be internally mounted.
3. It would appear that both pianos have the same number of internal voices so if the keyboard touch didn't matter to you and you intended to use external systems to relay the sound, then it might be worth buying the F110.
4. When closed the DP990 presents a totally flat top surface safe to place things on - looks just like a console table whereas the F110 top surface slopes slightly.
The salesman made two claims about which I would welcome corroboration from others reading this thread:
He claimed that the DP990 has a higher quality of sampling than the F110 which partly explains the price difference - more megabites of information built into its brain.
He also claimed that as Yamaha, Kawai and some other companies also make acustic pianos, the sampling they use in their digital pianos is derived from their acustic instruments. Roland do not make acustic pianos so they use samples from Steinway which is why he thinks so highly of them.
I would love to hear from anyone if this is true.