Under $1000, Casio offers 8 current models for beginners including the basic CDP130 ($399), the Privia PX160 ($499US), PX350 ($699US), CGP700 ($799 internet price), PX760 ($799US - lower left pic), PX360 ($899 internet price), and PX780 ($999US internet discount price). Yamaha offers 4 models including the basic P45 ($449US), the P115 ($599US - left pic), DGX650 ($799US), and the YDP142 cabinet piano ($999US). I recommend all of the Casio's and Yamaha's mentioned here. Korg offers 4 current models under $1000 including the SP170S ($499US), SP280 ($699US), LP180 ($699US), and LP380 ($999US). The Korg company primary makes pro keyboards and other digital music products and although those products are overall quite good (except for a few key actions I don't like), these lower priced Korg digital pianos are, in my opinion, behind Yamaha & Casio in terms of good key actions and piano sound in beginner digital pianos, with the exception of the Korg LP380 which I do like. Roland produces one basic model in this price range which is called the F20 ($899US internet price). Kawai produces one model called the ES100 ($799US internet price - stand optional) and I do like that model very much for piano playing realism. The Kurzweil company produces the portable MPS10 ($699US internet price) and the MPS20 ($999 internet discount price - stands optional). In the Kurzweil models they do have a fairly good piano sound but the key actions are lacking in realism and the pedaling works like a keyboard instead of a real piano. I would not recommend the Kurzweil's if you can instead buy a Yamaha, Casio, Roland, or Kawai.
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