When I was in my youth I played the violin for about a decade, and therefore, I suspect, I have become heavily attached to acoustic instruments. Now I’m in my mid thirties, bored of the violin, and have instead started to learn piano. All I got access to is a digital stage piano albeit a good one (Korg SP-250: weighted keys, decent banks). I also got high quality headphones, AKG K702.
But, despite the good equipment I find the sound utmost uninspiring. When I sit down at the acoustic piano at my parents’ house it’s as if I come alive with the complexity in the tonal picture that this instrument generates. The whole thing vibrates and what is playing is not just one sample per pressed key, it is a very complex picture involving this whole analog mass.
I now wonder, can I improve the electrical situation I am in? Sometimes I think the volume is low despite being at max. Is a headphone amplifier the way to go? I currently use the builtin headphone jack.
I also find that the sound is rather thin. Apart from the lack of complexity, it lacks “warmth” and “punch." I don’t know if an amplifier fixes this, or how much the sound from the piano can be improved. Is an equaliser(and/or amplifier) an alternative?
Or should I get a sound-bank and just use my piano as a MIDI-controller? (Costs is an issue because I'm a student.)