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Hello everyone , soon I'm going to by my first digital piano , but I'm little bit confused and in need for some guidance over here.
I'm at the intermediate level, I have an oriental arranger ( considering that I'm from Tunisia ) but I play classical music, I'm also a composer , I compose music using FL Studio , classical and orchestral music. At some point this arranger reached its peak and could not help me any further.
After some digging , and considering my limited budget , I've found those :

-Yamaha DGX 670
-Korg LP180
-Casio PX-S1000
-Yamaha P45
-Yamaha P125


But the problem here is the key action , All those Yamahas got GHS action which is the lowest level of key action in Yamaha , Casio got a very good key action but it won't help me much in arranging , same for korg.
So here I'm asking for your help , which one should I buy , and why of course xd , I want a really good and almost-like-traditional-acoustic-piano-key action and at the same time something that I can use to compose, also I'm interested in jazz and blues, some modern music too. And If you got any other suggestions , feel free to share, Thank you very much

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Can you have both?

Keep the arranger keyboard and buy a digital piano or an 88 key MIDI controller.

Does the arranger have MIDI input?

As for "Casio got a very good key action": one must not confuse the PX-S models with other Privias. They have a different key action.

And as for "All those Yamahas got GHS action which is the lowest level of key action in Yamaha": It's true but there are also people saying that they are "fine" despite the hate from some others.

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There was a young boy outside the supermarket yesterday, can't have been more than 12 or 13. He was playing 2 hand inventions very well, on a Korg B1.

I'm not sure what my point is.

Oh yes! You don't need a Ferrari to drive really well.

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You could go for any of those, but buying things that later will turn out to be worth a fraction of the new cost ---like cars---is a financially poor choice. I you can get a used model with better specs for similar money, then the resale value will remain higher, and you'll have a nice instrument.

Rules for used purchase

<5 years old
Intermediate level portable or stage piano
Test first
Test used unit before buying
Know what it should do and what you're going to test in advance (features wise).
Know the used value from ebay sold listings.
Best advice: test models in store first, till you get a broader perception of what models feel and sound like to play.

e.g., new Yamaha dgx 660 = £675 (bit of a rip off unless you want arranger functions).

used models much better:
Kawai ES7/8
Kawai MP7
Yamaha CP4
Roland FP90/80/60


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The 3 Yamahas you mention have the same kind of action, but only the DGX670 has any arranger capabilities (which may or may not be sufficient for your needs).

Korg LP-180 isn't the Korg of choice for either application. The XE20 has similar action but at least some arranger functions, while the D1 has better action (no arranger functions... and also no speakers).

Instead of Casio PX-S1000, you could look at CDP-S350 or PX-S3000 which have similar actions but add some arranger features, or the PX-360 which has a different action and a touchscreen interface.

(I only mentioned models that were within about the same price range as the ones you mentioned.)

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After rechecking my Ringway , it appears that it is not actually an arranger , just a normal oriental keyboard with some sounds and styles , no advanced options. And Yes sir I'm keeping the oriental keyboard but the problem here is that it has poor sound quality , not many sounds and half of them are arabic sounds like Oud and Kanoun, same for styles , and it has 61 keys , I'm keeping it because I'm a member of an arabic music ensemble so I can play with it because it has other notes that don't exist in the western musical culture. But other than that , it's actually a low quality keyboard with limited features.

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Originally Posted by OU812
There was a young boy outside the supermarket yesterday, can't have been more than 12 or 13. He was playing 2 hand inventions very well, on a Korg B1.

I'm not sure what my point is.

Oh yes! You don't need a Ferrari to drive really well.

Astonishing example sir , I really appreciate it and I will keep that in mind , thank you

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Originally Posted by Doug M.
<5 years old
Intermediate level portable or stage piano
Test first

e.g., new Yamaha dgx 660 = £675 (bit of a rip off unless you want arranger functions).

used models much better:
Kawai ES7/8
Kawai MP7
Yamaha CP4
Roland FP90/80/60

Sir , Thank you very much for this little research of other models but unfortunately , in my country we have limited models , a few number of instrument stores and not many brands , these are the bands I've encountered :

-Yamaha
-Ringway
-Medeli
-Korg
-Casio
-Roland
(ranking : most popular to less popular )
(I've never heard of Medeli before so I'm actually ignoring it xd)

The yamaha dgx 660 is not availalbe in my country but the new version , the 670 ( ran some digging and found that he dgx 670 was really a huge progress for DGX series considering its features and its price while comparing it with other brands. It is available and tried it once in a showroom , liked the arranging functions , didn't play something serious on the keys so I can't really tell , but at least they're not like my Ringway plastic keys xd

Now for used ones , there's actually a risk of having an unexpected surprise , and they're not so popular considering how popular music stores and products are in the first place

Again sir, thank you for very much

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Originally Posted by anotherscott
The 3 Yamahas you mention have the same kind of action, but only the DGX670 has any arranger capabilities (which may or may not be sufficient for your needs).

Korg LP-180 isn't the Korg of choice for either application. The XE20 has similar action but at least some arranger functions, while the D1 has better action (no arranger functions... and also no speakers).

Instead of Casio PX-S1000, you could look at CDP-S350 or PX-S3000 which have similar actions but add some arranger features, or the PX-360 which has a different action and a touchscreen interface.

(I only mentioned models that were within about the same price range as the ones you mentioned.)

Same as Mr Doug M , sir , Those models are not available in my country , yet I really appreciate your time and effort , thank you very much

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If you have not already found it, see this 670 thread

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