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Re: Experienced player looking for practice and composing piano!
Eapfep #1676726 05/13/11 02:02 AM
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What type of sounds do the FP4/F have (other than piano)? They have a digital backing band feature, I'm also a big fan of the piano sound of Rolands. I haven't tried them just yet, but from videos on Youtube, it sounds much more pure and natural, whereas Yamahas are overly bright, as if modeled after a concert grand.

I think I'm looking at mainly at the P-155 and FP4 (and hopefully the FP4F if it is available in Canada) now.

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Re: Experienced player looking for practice and composing piano!
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Sorry for the double post (again). I took a look at the FP-7F, and I think I'm going to just convince my folks to throw in my money, expanding my budget to around $2000. I really like the microphone features, virtual backing band and the piano sound.

What type of sounds are there on the FP7F, how's the action, and is this DP going to replaced by a new model anytime soon by Roland?

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Originally Posted by Eapfep


What type of sounds are there on the FP7F, how's the action, and is this DP going to replaced by a new model anytime soon by Roland?


It has many different sounds, starting with acoustic and electric pianos, strings, synth sounds, harpsichord, etc. Most consumer grade keyboards come with just about every sound imaginable.

The action is Roland's flagship (PHA III) Ivory Feel-S, which means Progressive Hammer Action w/ 3 sensors for very dynamic playing. The S in Ivory Feel-S stands for standard as far as we know. Bottom line, the FP-7F has one of the best actions in any DP.

Roland definitely won't be replacing the FP-7F for at least a couple years. It was just brought to market late 2010. I think you'd be very happy for your needs with the FP-7F.


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Is the Roland FP-7F with PHAIII action and SN piano worth 1000 dollars more than the P155 with GH?

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Originally Posted by Eapfep
I think I'm going to just convince my folks to throw in my money, expanding my budget to around $2000
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Is the Roland FP-7F with PHAIII action and SN piano worth 1000 dollars more than the P155 with GH?

If it's not your money, definitely! ;-) (I assume you meant to type that your folks might throw in more money)

Can you go somewhere to play them for yourself? That's really the only way to know how much the difference is worth to you.

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URGGGH. The KSC-44 Digital Piano stand is $300.

ROBBERY! Are there any alternatives, or any way to make my crappy X-stand not shake uncontrollably?

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Have a look at Roland's KS18Z stand, US price I think is around $65.00. It's a Z type stand that can fold down in 3 seconds. Very stable especially with a 50 pound DP on it.Will be good with a lighter DP as well such as a Casio PX330.


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Re: Experienced player looking for practice and composing piano!
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Can anyone comment on the keyboard action of the FP4F when compared to the FP7F?

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That depends. If your going for the sound alone that's earth to water. Both sound different from one another. I actually don't like the higher octaves with the SN. Sounds noticeably not like a piano to me.

However if your going for a responsive and light touch, definitely. Course you may not like the touch and want something with more girth in which case ud like the yamaha.

Unfortunately it's really hard to find a keyboard to play let alone find both in the same dealer. (Well the ones around me anyhow.) So id say look for their counterparts and try em. Try out a hp 307, and a yamaha ydp or clp 320. See how they feel, see how they sound (well the 155 actually has 4 layers of sampling compared to the 3 of the ydp and 320/330) But the 320 and down has the GH action with the exception of the 240 with the GHS action.

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