I know this question has been asked many times and recently, no less, but the past threads did not really answer some of my concerns, so please bear with this post.
My church has an outreach preaching point that uses a small cinema theatre early on Sunday mornings. Each time, the band needs to set-up and dismantle quickly before the cinema is used for movie screenings. The band consists of drums, bass and lead guitars, and keyboard, which are all plugged into a mixer and amplified through speakers.
At the moment, the keyboard is actually a fairly old donated Yamaha CLP-something. The main problem with this is that it is furniture-style, weighs a ton and has to be lifted off a dolly with wheels in order to be at the right height for playing; it also takes up a lot of space. Another thing I dislike about the CLP is its very-far-from-acoustic action. Most of the keyboardists who play on this instrument are classically-trained pianists and find the CLP disconcerting.
I would like to donate a new keyboard to replace the CLP, if only to solve the weight problem. I believe that means I should be looking at pro stage pianos. My burning question is: will a stage piano be easy to set-up and dismantle (say on one of those Quik-Lok stands), including a foot pedal?
I have narrowed down my other criteria to the following:
1. MUST be portable (less than 70 pounds would be good); on-board speakers not required.
2. Should have an action close to that of an acoustic piano.
3. Should have a good piano sound, but also capability for other synthesized sounds that can be mixed with the piano for more sustaining effect.
4. MUST have music-desk/stand for sheet music etc.
5. Budget up to US$5K, but can be increased, if justified.
From past threads, the preferred models seem to be Yamaha S-90, Roland RD-700 or Fantom X-80 or Kawai MP9500. I do not really understand many of the terms in their specifications, but I suspect I might not need so many functions. And I do not quite see the differences between a regular stage piano and a work station. Or should I be looking at a synthesizer instead? What is the difference?
There are so many choices out there that I would be every so grateful if someone can shed some light on what I should purchase for my church. Thanks.