Hello knowledgeable DP folks,
It's looking like it time to replace my Yamaha p120, it's 10 years old and we had a lot of adventures together, but it's time to upgrade. I'm looking to keep it under 2k. I need to find a particular sweet spot of sound/action/feel, ruggedness, weight and price point:
- best piano sound/action I can afford. I didn't dislike the p120, but I never loved it either, although it was a huge upgrade from the keyboard I had before. I'm hoping to find something I can enjoy playing a little bit more. For the music I play (20's/30's jazz/swing, etc.) I don't really need other sounds, effects, etc.
- As rugged as it can be. I don't intend to subject it to abuse, but it will see a lot of in and out of the car. What the p120 might of lacked in sound/feel it more than made up for in durability, I never had a problem, even when the power in a venue was flaky, etc. I'll have a softsided case. I would like to store it upright when not in use. A friend of mine has a keyboard that has issues when stored upright, I'm staying away from that manufacturer - something like that makes me worried we'd show up for a show and it wouldn't play. And I had a controller that would occasionally just need to be reset. I never had to do anything like that with the p120.
- Light enough that I can carry. I'm a 5'2" gal, I can manage my p120 (I think it's about 40lbs), I think 50lbs would be my max.
Watched a bunch of videos, read a bunch of post, etc. and I'm leaning towards the Kawai ES7, but also considering the MP6, or a Roland RD300nx. Would love to hear your recommendations, I am still open to persuasion
Thanks in advance!