Finally found it! . The old MP8 is not available anymore, but they have a Digital Piano from Kawai that has the same keys as the MP8, the Kawai CA7, and GOD, I tested them side to side today at the store and , WOW, I'm glad I took my Mp8 II back , this is AMAZING, and I am not planning to move the piano anywhere, so this is really perfect for me , I am happy
Thanks for your help.
BTW: I tested the new Yamahas, and I didin't like them at all.
I think you've made a wise choice. The MP8 is a great piano. I don't have the MP8 but I have its predacessor the MP9500, which is pretty much the same. Escapement is the retraction of the hammer once it strikes the string. This retraction or 'escapement' add a different feel to the real piano touch and release. I know that the MP9500 does not have this and I am not sure how good this mechanism has been incorporated into some of the other Digital pianos with escapement. I know that the high end yamahas are suppose to have it, but I really do not like the feel of yamahas. IMO I think the yamahas are really lagging behind roland and Kawai's.
I also like the feel of the Roland fp7, but I would like to see how it would compare to the new Roland 700GX which has the Ivory feel keys with escapement to see if its really worth the extra price. For now I am really happy with the Kawai. Like you, I don't do gigs and no need to carry it around, it is heavy and built like a tank. Also, I only use it as a piano controller, as I do not like the onboard sounds.
Another little surprise believe it or not is the Casio PX200, I just recently got one just for the heck of it, after trying it out at GC and it was only $430. Even thought it could not be compared to a roland or a kawai, the action is suprisingly good for a piano. But It has too much bounch back and unrealistic release tension, but over all feal is actually quite good, and the onboard piano sounds are actually usable. I would take this over most yamahas. I know its a matter of personal taste, but again its just my opinion.
I also have a Casio PX200, and also bought a Casio PX 120 (newer model) at GC a few weeks ago. The Casio PX 120 and PX 320 feel even better than the PX 200. They both have a very firm and solid action, with less bounce. I would definitely recommend the PX 320, or 120 just for the action.
This is actually very interesting to hear ( about Casio ) , the models you mention could be great virtual piano controllers for someone in a budget. I was in a budget since in chile the Roland RD700GX is like 4.000 dollars :S ( taxes and stuff screw the price A LOT ).
It would be great if other people could post their thoughts here too