Greetings from India.
This is an amazing forum, and my interest in learning piano has become tenfold since i started lurking in this forum.
I am an absolute beginner in piano and I am having hard time choosing a digital piano. I can only try Casio and Yamaha instruments, since all other brands are not available in my city, they can be ordered however. I did not prefer YDP series of yamaha, since YDP 161 here is almost as costly as Yamaha clp 430. CLP430 costs around 1800$ here, and while Casio AP 450 is sold at 1200$.
I have been listening to classical music for a long time and I listened some classical pieces played on Casio and they did not sound good imo. There was a thread here where people posted Schubert impromptu being played on Casio and Roland and to my ears Casio definitely sounded inferior. However, since my ears are not trained, i do not trust my judgement on this and want more opinion.
My question is, is there really such a vast difference between yamaha clp430 and casio ap450 in terms of authentic piano sound, specially when playing delicate classical pieces? Because if there is, it would make sense to go from 1200$ to 1800$. Otherwise AP450 felt every bit as capable except sound quality, note decay in particular. All casio models sound more or less same, so if you have heard any Casio piano and Yamaha clavinova, please help.
Please suggest some other piano in this range, i.e., upto 1800$. I just want to buy the right thing. Music is important for me, and i am afraid if casio sounds too mechanical at later stages, i wont enjoy it as much.
Thanks and sorry for bad english. Have a nice day