Over the years, I have used digital pianos, mainly for finger practice. The great advantage with a digital piano is that you can practise anytime with the headphones on without waking up the neighbors. The main drawback however is that digital pianos are limited in sensitivity and dynamic range, you can’t create all the subtle nuances as with a good acoustic grand piano.
That is, until now.
I have heard much about Casio’s flagship GP-510, a hybrid digital piano with a real wooden keyboard activating all sorts of digital bells and whistles. With some skepticism, I visited the distributor Absolute Piano / The Music Works at Tai Seng. All I can say is that the excellent reviews I have read were no exaggeration. This new digital piano comes as close to a good grand piano as is possible. The sensitivity of the keyboard is as good as the real thing. You can play very loud and very soft, with lots of tone colours in between. While it is the most important characteristic I look for in a piano, sensitivity is only part of what the new Casio can do. You can spend many hours playing with its digital capabilities, choosing the weight of the keys, testing different tunings (now I know how a Pythagorean tuning sounds like), and selecting between 3 Casio piano sounds names Berlin Grand, Hamburg Grand and Vienna Grand.
The process of choosing a good piano is like making an adoption. The staffs have been absolutely helpful here and I would suggest you seek them out if you are searching for a good piano.
Last but not least, while Casio GP-510 is the top end of all the Casio pianos, it is also the lowest priced of all the top end digital pianos that I know. It is definitely great value for money.