As you'll be able to see from my signature, it's been a while since I've played the piano, but I've had a hankering to start tinkling the ivories again, and my other half has promised to help me buy an instrument. I'm keen to pick people's brains on two topics, so I'd be grateful for any advice anyone can offer on either question.
Firstly, I'm planning to buy a digital piano, budget (including stand/stool/headphones) of probably around £500 - £600. What would people recommend and what should I be looking for? I see Yamaha and Roland brands recommended most often. I don't anticipate ever doing more than pottering about, I was never terribly good at the piano (flute was my main instrument, and remains so) and I'm not planning to take lessons/exams, but I'd like something as close to an acoustic as possible. Space/noise/budget mean an acoustic definitely isn't an option, by the way.
Secondly, are there any tutor books aimed at adult beginers or returners to playing? I suspect my parents still have a pile of music at home from when I was a teenager that I will no longer be able to play, so I'm going to need something to brush up my skills, but I'd quite like something that's not aimed at young children.
There's a part of me that hopes piano playing is like riding a bike, and I'll miraculously turn out to have somehow not forgotten how to play, but I somehow doubt it. If only I hadn't let my skills lapse over the last 30-odd years!