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Roland HP203 - what's one worth these days? #1971448
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Just curious - I know someone who is selling an HP203 that's been used very little. I'm also wondering how it might compare to my Yamaha P-155. Any thoughts/opinions appreciated.

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Re: Roland HP203 - what's one worth these days? [Re: UpNorth] #1971640
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Spec wise they are very similar, but I think you should try it out first to be able to make a decision. The biggest advantage I see is that you have fixed pedals on the Roland. (If I googled right, the P155 is a slab.)


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Re: Roland HP203 - what's one worth these days? [Re: UpNorth] #1971643
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When searching for a digital piano four years ago, I tried the Roland HP203. It was offered at $2000. But I did not like the sound (too dull). Nor did I like the cabinet (cheap looking).

As jhm suggests, try it before you buy.

As for value ... that will depend on location. But it might be a reasonable choice at $1000. At $1500 there are other, better choices (brand-new with warranty).

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@UpNorth,

You might want to look at the new Kawai ES7, as it has a lot of offer, at 2K:

http://www.kawaius.com/main_links/digital/ES7/es7.html

It would have far better speakers and polyphony, over the P-155.

And, you would have a three-sensor action for best response.

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Re: Roland HP203 - what's one worth these days? [Re: UpNorth] #1971749
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I can likely get the HP203 for about $900-$950, but it's out of town and I can't easily get there to try it out. If there was overwhelming opinion that the HP203 is superior to my P155, then I might go for it. Otherwise, I'll likely just stick with the P155 with the idea that I may go with something nicer (ES7, FP7F, etc.) in 6-12 months.

Thanks for all of this info!

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Otherwise, I'll likely just stick with the P155 with the idea that I may go with something nicer (ES7, FP7F, etc.) in 6-12 months.


That sounds like the best idea, really. The ES7 and FP7f are very much better and more interesting prospects, each in their own way.


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Re: Roland HP203 - what's one worth these days? [Re: UpNorth] #1971811
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If you're looking for a better keyboard action or better sound ... then skip the HP203.
You'll have to spend MUCH more to get something much better. Suggestion: Kawai CA65. Short of that, all you'd be doing is trading a slab for a cabinet.

So, back to you: What sort of improvement are you looking for?

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I'm not so much out there actively looking for an improvement to my P-155 as I was trying to evaluate how much better the HP203 "might" be over the P-155. My basic thought process went something like "...if the HP203 is a lot nicer in terms of action/feel and sound reproduction, and I can get an essentially new one cheaply, and then sell my P155, I might end up with a better DP for not much extra money". It's a pretty sketchy plan though with lots of failure points - and the big ones are what people here have pointed out.

Thanks again - this was very useful to me!

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