thanks for the feedback so far. A few questions after reading all these forums.
I see the word "longevity" used more than once-how long do these last if maintained properly?
Also, for a basic user who really only wants it to practice, can someone explain to me what the 32 polyphony means? And why for a basic user it is so important to have better than that?
Also, I get that 800 euros is asking too much. What would be a reasonable asking price? 400/500? or less?
1. Longevity -- it is rare for someone here to say:
. . . My old digital piano is worn out, and I want a new one.
It might happen to a piano that's in a teaching studio, and is played many hours per day.
Most DP's are replaced because something new, and better, has become available.
2. Polyphony -- it's the number of notes the piano can sound _simultaneously_.
32 notes might sound like a lot. But if you hold the pedal down and start playing, you can _easily_ reach 32 notes. The piano simply stops playing the earliest notes, when the limit is reached.
If you're using "layers" -- sounding two voices, for each keystroke -- each keystroke adds 2 to the "notes-playing" count.
Most of the new DP's have polyphony of 96, or 128, or 256. That seems to be enough for almost everyone, almost all the time.
3. If the old DP has a piano tone that doesn't vary with loudness (as somebody says, above), don't buy it. The current DP's (from PX-150 and P105, and up) have "multi-samples", that get harsher (or "brighter") as you hit the key harder. That's the way an acoustic piano sounds, and it adds _a lot_ to the pleasure of playing the instrument.
A seller thinks:
. . . Well, this was really good 10 years ago, and I paid
. . . 1500 Euros for it. So it should be worth 800, now.
But 800 euros will buy you a better-sounding, better-feeling _new_ piano than the one he has.
. . . It's not a piano. It's a computer, with a keyboard
. . . and loudspeakers.
And computers have been getting cheaper, over the years.