Does anyone have experience with "silent" pianos and knows whether or not there is a properly silent, i.e. neighbor-friendly, piano on the market?
Background: for practicing without disturbing the neighbors (I live in an apartment with neighbors downstairs), I bought a Yamaha Silent Piano in the mid 90s. This was a good compromise between being able to play a real piano keyboard and not making too much noise. Unfortunately, it's not really that silent as the hammers hitting the barrier that keeps them from hitting the strings makes kind of a pounding noise. So it produces a noise which is not there if not in silent mode... It's definitely audible in the flat downstairs and it disturbs the neighbors to some degree. Now since some time has passed, I'd imagine that the silent technology might have improved since the 90s, and/or there are other piano makers which have a better silent system.
Another option is of course not to use an acoustic piano altogether and use a stage piano, for example. I have a P80 from Yamaha and while it serves its purpose well, the feel of the the keys is just not realistic enough. The digital sound is OK, though.