I’ve been without a piano for over a year, now. My old Casio Celviano finally gave up the ghost, and ended up in a skip in December 2015.
I didn’t miss it at first – it was a big lump of furniture, near impossible for me to move on my own, and I had certainly got my money’s worth out of it. However, even though I am mainly a guitarist (if I am anything), I used to enjoy tinkering around, and a lot of my songs were originally written on the piano, even if I later adapted them to guitar.
I do have a Roland D10, but while useful for some things, I don’t actually get any pleasure from playing it – I like a weighted keyboard and a proper piano sound.
So for a while, I have been visiting music shops and trying things out. This is actually the reason for my coming across my other recent purchase, my Fender guitar. The search for my perfect piano took longer – after a lot of playing, I had come back to Casio again – which surprised me – and was trying to decide between the Privia PX-160 or the PX-360.
I hadn’t planned on going to the PX-560, in fact I hadn’t seen one, let alone played one! But I saw one on eBay (albeit from a reputable music store, mind) at a silly price; lower than the PX-360, in fact.
I spent yesterday evening going over the respective manuals, reading reviews and listening to YouTube videos. While it may seem ridiculous to buy an instrument you haven’t tried, I have played the other two instruments in the series, and know that the PX-360 and PX-560 share the same keyboard and piano sounds.
Other stuff the PX-560 has is full MIDI capability (yes, I know, I am a musical dinosaur), and also the ability to both record MIDI to internal memory or *audio* (WAV files) to a USB stick. Combine the two, and what stuff I can’t play live, I should be able to put it together a hand at a time, and then roll out to an audio track for my DAW.
It has an internal amp and 2 x 8W speakers, which should be fine for day-to-day use. But of course, it has full mono and stereo line-outs amongst its many sockets.
Unlike my old piano, this one is portable (12kg), and so can be put away when I have a houseful of people, and need more floor-space. A nice floor stand is available, if I want a bit of furniture, but I think I will be happy with my existing X-stand.
So all I have to do now is wait for Tuesday, when it arrives.