I've come into a bit of money and am ready to finally shell out for a nice weighted-key digital piano. I'm in the SF Bay area, have Amazon Prime, but don't know where I should go to try things out and buy them. I'm working with a $500-600 budget. My preferences are in the...
So some details and questions:
-I don't really care about effects, tones, etc. I mostly want something that replicates the feel and sound of a piano as much as possible. I took lessons when I was a teenager for probably 6 years and have played casually since then, so I'm not new to the instrument.
-I don't want a real piano because I move around a fair amount and don't want to move said piano/saddle roommates with it
-I also live with a lot of people and play music at night, so having something where I can control the volume is important
-I have a Mac with GarageBand and would like to be able to record to it
-I honestly can't wrap my head around owning something that's not a laptop that costs more than $800, so that's my hard and firm budget. Less is great.
-Right now this is just for me to play, but I'd eventually like to play with other people. Should I be looking for specific outputs/plugs for amps? What are they? I only play acoustic instruments right now so I don't know what I'm doing with this.
Are there other questions I should be asking or buying guides I should be consulting? I'm planning to look on Craigslist and online, but would like to play the instrument before purchase so would appreciate recommendations of Bay Area (ideally Berkeley, Oakland, or SF) stores to check out. I saw this question
but as it's 5 years old I thought I'd ask again.