Re: Learning piano
I played classical piano for many years before I started playing guitar. When the whole world was going to synth and electronic keyboards, many players complained those plastic keys have no feel a la real piano. After years of refinement by manufacturers like Fatar and Roland, there are a lot of improvements and nowadays the weight simulation is much closer to the real thing. The last controller I own was a Fatar Studio 88 which was the best in terms of weighted action. But IMHO they will never perfect the duplication of a real piano. It is still very different playing a weighted electronic keyboard vs. a real piano. In general, you have to be much more focused and controlled over a real piano because when you strike the key, the hammer will hit the string, but the dynamics are entirely base on how you strike the key and the feedback is instantaneous. I can never get the same intensity of feedback from an electronic keyboard.
If you are serious about becoming a piano player, investment in an upright is the best, but it may not fit your personal situation though. So the next best thing is e-piano. IMHO Roland makes a better electronic piano than others in terms of weighted keys, becuase I heard something about Fatar being the OEM making the keys for Roland. If you can afford one (or find a used on in good shape), you can play piano and also use it as your MIDI controller. If you buy just a controller (like the Fatar I have), you still need a good piano synth module to give you sound.
I recommend going to stores to try different things to find something you like that fits your situation as well.