a friend's wife asked me to recommend a piano for her husband. he played many years ago and has a desire to start playing again. i offered my usual recommendation of a "real" piano which was not evidently the answer she was looking for. if any of you have any thoughts or recommendations i would greatly appreciate any information or recommendation you might have to offer. thanks in advance.
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does it have to be brand new - there are some good deals on ebay.
there seem to be a few models around - but i'd consider the korg sv-1 or nord electro. other options are roland fp-4.
none of these are particularly cheap, but again a look around ebay (wherever your based) could find a bargain.
some of the guys on the forum helped out when i had a similar choice - see  

...which might help.
i just got roland fp-4, it seems to be the best! at least for me.
yamaha has a broad range of affordable, yet quality instruments.
that is my primary keyboard because it is light (p-85 = 30 lbs.)
other than that, i would recommend getting a lot of 'hands on' and 'ears on' time.

it looks classy and great! thanks.
dennis it depends on what he wants to do with it.  all the models people have suggested so far are portable instruments.  however, if it purely for home use then, with respect to all who have posted so far, these are probably not the most suitable models.

if you could give us an idea of whether it's for home or portable use and what kind of budget we're looking at, i'm sure we can help.
barry, i am not sure but i believe she wants it to be a surprise present for christmas. i am relatively confident that he would only use it at home. i would estimate the amount she is willing to spend as $1000.00 u.s. or less. i am still of the opinion that what would best suit their needs would be a nice used studio piano, but she was not at all interested in that. that is why i posted this, i figured with all the teachers here perhaps there is a common digital solution that escapes me. i really appreciate all of the help, thanks.
unresponsive that it's very difficult to control dynamic contrast properly.  

the clp is better but my main problem with clavinovas is that yamaha are still using the same gh3 keyboard action they have been using for years and i think it needs updating, others may disagree.

alternative manufacturers of budget home models you may wish to look at are casio, korg and kawai.  the casios are very cheap and whilst they do a job, you certainly get what you pay for.  korg and kawai have come on in recent years but i still don't think they are really up there with the big two of roland and yamaha in terms of sound quality and feel.

now, having said all that, i know it may be a christmas present but if she can, your friend may get a better deal in the new year.  many companies will launch new products at the namm music show in anaheim in january and if they do, models in the current range will be obtained for significantly less as dealers clear out their stock to make way for the new models.

hope this helps.
thanks barry. i do play modern digital instruments, my primary keyboard is a yamaha motif es8. i just don't know what to recommend for this situation. i have always favored yamaha because they seem to stand up to my playing. i also use a roland as a secondary keyboard on my rack for some of its sounds primarily. i round it out with a kurzweil module. thanks again and if anyone has anything else to add i would appreciate it.
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