I’ve recently had the chance to try several acoustic pianos including a Steinway grand, which I don’t think was properly regulated, but I don’t have any way of determining this for sure.
I own a Yamaha CLP-535 digital. The keys are on the heavy side compared to some acoustics, but the action feels smoother, more even and more responsive than any acoustic I have played. This allows me better control of dynamics and articulation. On acoustics, including the Steinway, I can’t shape phrases exactly how I want because I am at the mercy of the individual key’s quirks.
It seems like one of three things must be true:
a. all the acoustics I played on have something wrong with their action and I wouldn’t have this problem if I played a properly-regulated concert grand
b. there is something very wrong with my technique
c. mid-ranged digitals actually do have a more even and responsive action than acoustics (I wonder if the pros could achieve more advanced phrasing effects on them?)
Any thoughts on this?