Originally Posted by Swiss Matthias
Just wanted to come in and give an answer, but I think you quite did it unfunkyfooted.
It's about that, the piano to me is a bit like a one-man orchestra. You can play up to 10 notes at a time, a great pianist can make it sound like even more.
The only thing missing is, as you mentioned, you can't really manipulate tone and sound greatly, in fact the sound is always quite the same. Except if you are a Keith Jarrett or a Esbjörn Svensson (RIP) who sometimes plays the strings directly.
"One Man Orchestra" - yes that's it exactly !!!
on another side note - has anyone heard a projection on how long pianos will continue to be made ? nobody can afford an actual piano for one, but mainly a $300 keyboard has quite realistic piano sounds and is also quite easy to lug around. plug it into the house / church PA and be done with it.