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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2658481
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I should perhaps add that this store used to be much larger, with a handful of different Roland synths/stage pianos on display. However, it appears to have downsized in recent months, devoting 90% of its space to guitars.

There are other music stores in Hamamatsu, however this one is the city centre and therefore closest to me - the other retailers would require a trip to one of the out-of-town shopping malls.

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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2658590
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Hi there!

Great news to hear that the Go Piano sounds good. I'm seriously looking at getting one, as it meets my portability and budget specs!

Just wondering, have you tried this through a PA or amp? Just wondering how it sounds, as I may end up joining a folk band at some pub gigs. Nothing huge, but it would be handy to be able to bring something this size, rather than my massive and heavy digital piano.

Thanks!

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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: Guidos66] #2671078
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Originally Posted by Guidos66
Hi there! Just wondering, have you tried this through a PA or amp? Just wondering how it sounds, as I may end up joining a folk band at some pub gigs.

This guy did a decent preview of the Roland Go Piano's built-in sounds. The recording sounds much better than listening to through the keyboard's speakers. note - audio out is a 1/8 (3.5mm) jack.



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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: Groove On] #2671297
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Originally Posted by Groove On

KEYBOARD TRAVEL CASE
This is the fly in the ointment. This keyboard will need to be checked-in for flights, and the trick will be to find a sturdy checkable case that doesn't rival the cost of the keyboard!


This is the killer for me. A travel keyboard has to fit in my hand luggage (hence I settled on the reface cp). If I have to have to travel with a 'full size' board I'll bring the Nord Electro.

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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2671309
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For a flight Travel Case - this was what I found (Click here for photos) $70 on Amazon.


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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2671397
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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
I haven't attached the pedal


Does it come with a pedal? Or did you buy separately? I noticed there were two different ones listed as accessories. Have you tried with pedal at this point?



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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2671399
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It comes with the Roland DP-2 Pedal which is on/off only (no half-pedaling). I also have the Roland DP-10 which supports half-pedaling, but that's attached to the FP-30 and is much heavier.


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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2671425
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Casio makes some inexpensive 61 key keyboards with onboard speakers and DC operability. Has anyone tried this https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/CTK4400?

It's a little bigger than the Go Piano, 4 inches deeper, at least an inch wider. It's a lot less money.


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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2671434
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That Casio is what I started on. I've since got an 88 key Alesis DP that I love, the Casio is still with me.


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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: Groove On] #2673003
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Originally Posted by Groove On
For a flight Travel Case - this was what I found (Click here for photos) $70 on Amazon.


Groove On Thank you so much for this information. I just ordered this case; the price is down to $55 which seems like a good deal for a case of this quality. I'm currently waiting for my Go Piano to arrive (probably Wednesday or Thursday) so the piano and case will arrive around the same time. I will need something to put the music and accessories in but I'll figure that out. The only other thing I need to get is the rechargeable batteries and then I think I will be all set for traveling next week.


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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2694267
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Just to add my voice to the others, I am really enjoying my Go Piano. Of course the action is not weighted but I travel a lot and the Go Piano is much better than nothing. In fact, it's quite a decent keyboard. And it's amazingly light compared to some of the alternatives.

I didn't like the pedal so I purchased a DP-10 separately to go with it.


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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ARenko] #2694279
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Originally Posted by ARenko
Just to add my voice to the others, I am really enjoying my Go Piano. Of course the action is not weighted but I travel a lot and the Go Piano is much better than nothing. In fact, it's quite a decent keyboard. And it's amazingly light compared to some of the alternatives.

I didn't like the pedal so I purchased a DP-10 separately to go with it.



As the OP on this thread, I was just thinking of posting some new comments, and ARenko's post spurred me to action. smile

As I've said elsewhere, I'm an acoustic piano player (to the extent I'm any piano player at all), and for me no digital piano will ever match a good acoustic.

On the other hand, my acoustic piano won't fit in the overhead bin on an intercontinental flight, and I'd prefer not to check it.

I'm on a distant continent right now, and I've been using the GO Piano for practice. (ARenko, I also use the DP-10 pedal).

As noted, this isn't an acoustic piano or anything like one. But the keys are right-sized, they feel decent for unweighted keys, and the piano sounds are surprisingly decent. (I especially like setting 4 -- "GO Grand 2" -- with reverb set to 1 and touch set to "heavy.") Using that setup, the instrument produces a grand piano tone that is deep and has a realistic-sounding decay.

For something that I can check with the baggage handlers and not worry about too much, and that I can lug to and from airports with reasonable ease, this may be the best option I'll ever have.

I'm glad I bought mine.


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Re: Roland GO Piano: First Impressions [Re: ClsscLib] #2694337
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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
For something that I can check with the baggage handlers and not worry about too much, and that I can lug to and from airports with reasonable ease, this may be the best option I'll ever have.

I'm glad I bought mine.

Yes, same here. For all the Go Piano’s compromises, I’m glad I bought mine. If you use Pianoteq, customize the velocity curve for the Go Piano, it makes the experience quite nice.


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Originally Posted by Groove On
Originally Posted by ClsscLib
For something that I can check with the baggage handlers and not worry about too much, and that I can lug to and from airports with reasonable ease, this may be the best option I'll ever have.

I'm glad I bought mine.

Yes, same here. For all the Go Piano’s compromises, I’m glad I bought mine. If you use Pianoteq, customize the velocity curve for the Go Piano, it makes the experience quite nice.


I've never tried Pianoteq -- does it have a steep learning curve for the non-technically minded? If so, I won't live long enough. But since I almost never use DPs except when traveling, I won't have much time to learn a challenging program -- if that's what PianoTeq is.

Can I use the same Pianoteq settings, features, etc. on my other DPs (Casio 350, Roland 700NX, Yamaha P115?


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For something that I can check with the baggage handlers and not worry about too much, and that I can lug to and from airports with reasonable ease, this may be the best option I'll ever have.

I'm glad I bought mine.

Yes, same here. For all the Go Piano’s compromises, I’m glad I bought mine. If you use Pianoteq, customize the velocity curve for the Go Piano, it makes the experience quite nice.


I've never tried Pianoteq -- does it have a steep learning curve for the non-technically minded? If so, I won't live long enough. But since I almost never use DPs except when traveling, I won't have much time to learn a challenging program -- if that's what PianoTeq is.

Can I use the same Pianoteq settings, features, etc. on my other DPs (Casio 350, Roland 700NX, Yamaha P115?

You can download a demo version of Pianoteq standalone for free. It should be easy to set up. Once you're hooked up, there's no learning curve. It's just more cables and hassle that you might not want when traveling.


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If he’s already bringing a computer, it’s just a USB cable. Or no cables, with a computer with Bluetooth.

It is still diffeent than just turning the piano on and playing, though.

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if anyone has looked at the competing lightweight portables with 'toy keyboard' (non weighted) actions, what are the advantages of the Roland 'go' over the yamaha NP 12 or NP 32 ? thanks.

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Originally Posted by ClsscLib
I've never tried Pianoteq -- does it have a steep learning curve for the non-technically minded?

Pianoteq ‘Stage’ is designed for people who just want to play. There are higher end versions that are a tweaker’s delight but I just stick with the ‘Stage’ version. Download the demo to see if it works for you, all the features are active there.

As Tom Fort noted, I already bring my laptop with me when I travel, so all I need to connect it to the Go Piano is a micro USB cable and a stereo cable (3.5mm - 1/8 inch). (Use the Go Piano’s AUX stereo-in).

Setting the velocity curve in Pianoteq is easy. There’s a step-by-step wizard that leads you through the process.

Yes you can use Pianoteq with your other keyboards, you need a USB cable to connect the keyboard to the computer. The main complication is if your keyboard does not have an AUX stereo in, then you’ll need a mixer.

But the Go Piano has that covered so you’re all set there.


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Originally Posted by huaidongxi
if anyone has looked at the competing lightweight portables with 'toy keyboard' (non weighted) actions, what are the advantages of the Roland 'go' over the yamaha NP 12 or NP 32 ? thanks.


NP keyboards have extra length on edges. I haven't played the Go Piano, but NP-32 would distort when I tried to bring it to a satisfying volume. No aux in. Limited voices sound pretty good.


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Originally Posted by huaidongxi
if anyone has looked at the competing lightweight portables with 'toy keyboard' (non weighted) actions, what are the advantages of the Roland 'go' over the yamaha NP 12 or NP 32 ? thanks.

The 2 main reasons I got the Go Piano:
- 35” wide (Yamaha NP models are 49” wide)
- AUX Stereo In

Additional Go features that are nice but not necessary:
- Faux Ivory keys
- “Piano-sized” box keys
- MIDI & Audio over Bluetooth
- Music stand groove that holds tablets and phones
- *** the Jazz Scat voice thumb

BIG REASON to go for the Yamaha NP Models - they can be found for 1/2 the price of the Go Piano.


... BUT ... if Roland had made the Go Piano with hammer/graded/weighted keys, it coulda been the near perfect air travel Piano.


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