*$1600 including "accessories" (i.e. music stand/pedals if the piano doesn't include it, chair... and I guess that's it)
*Must have pedals, or must be included in the price
*Good quality sound for "my tastes"; I play classical music, like Debussy, Chopin, etc., and not jazz
*I don't care what the default middle pedal is (i.e. on upright it's to soften where as on a grand piano it's to hold the note), as long as it does one of the either
*Please note: This is for personal enjoyment; no music writing, so no need for Midi or any cheap effects (i.e. "comes with 400 sounds!")
I did some research and I found out about Kawai CE200. This seems to be the one that fits all my requirements (I have yet to physically play it), but is very slightly outside of my budget. I could
afford to spend an extra $200 on it, but am wondering if I should
(i.e. are there better alternatives for my $1600 requirement).
I'm watching some videos on YouTube regarding the CE200, as well as the Yamaha YDP223, and they both still sound so "digital"
. Is it always like this at this price range, or is it just the recording?
Thank you very much =).
About Me (you can skip):
I played piano for all my life, since I can remember. In Long Island, I went through a whole "guild", and achieved a High School Diploma in piano performance, did level 6 NYSSMA since elementary school, and regularly performed concerts. I also did violin, and achieved higher honors with the violin (including All-Eastern Honors Orchestra). I wanted to be a music performance major, but alas... I chose to be an engineering major, giving up music.
I still play in the universities/local orchestras for violin, but I have yet to ever touch the piano again. Ever since I moved out from my parents house, I haven't touched the piano. I figured it's time now, that I start playing for enjoyment, and not for any competition (which is why I want a relatively cheap digital piano as compared to an expensive upright piano; my parents bought a ~$13,000 Yamaha upright piano for me since childhood, which is going to waste in their house right now Q.Q. For reasons unknown to me, they are not allowing me to take it.).
Once again, thank you.