Review of the Korg SP250 - Partially Recommended - Korg is a leader in pro keyboards they have produced some great ones over the years, and I know them well. Korg used to produce many home digital pianos, but in recent years has all but gotten out of that market (except for the recent addition of the lower priced SP170S at $499 internet price).
These days, the SP250 is still available from Korg and has not changed and is the only piano that I know of that is still offered by a major keyboard company that is technologically old. I suppose that's OK because the piano still compares favorably in some ways with a few of the newer piano brands and models, and the internet price on the SP250 has come down in the past few years to $695 including the metal stand.
However, as with all technology, things change and mostly improve. Seven year old digital technology is considered by most people to be outdated, and in certain ways this Korg piano is no exception. Polyphony, which generally allows the notes to play more smoothly especially when playing more complex music or using layered sounds, has increased since seven years ago when this instrument came out. Increased polyphony which is due to increased and better computer memory is now available on other brands such as the new Casio Privia PX130 at $499 with 128-note polyphony. A USB output is also very good to have on a digital pianos so you can more easily connect to a computer and that feature is not on the Korg's. Even the new Korg SP170S at $499 has 120 notes of polyphony, twice that of the SP250.
There are 3 different acoustic piano sounds on the SP250 which are grand piano, bright piano, and mellow piano and they are different from each other. They sound pretty convincing except in the upper octaves when playing normally or lightly. That's where the realism of the piano tones give out and sound electronic and plunky. The electric piano sounds aree very convincing and really sound as well as the organ sounds.
Playing piano is supposed to make you (and/or your audience) feel good and as far as I'm concerned that's what it's all about. If you think you could be happy with the Korg piano then I recommend you buy it. Also, check out the following reviews of other pianos:
Yamaha P105 Review
Yamaha YDP142 Review
Casio PX150/350 Review
Casio PX750 Review
If you want more info on these and other pianos and LOWER PRICES than internet discounts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 602-571-1864.