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What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? #2752647 07/19/18 03:35 PM
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I have a Roland RD-600, which I have had since purchasing it new when it was a current model. I have gigged with it about 25 times. Otherwise it has sat in my house, relatively lightly played. It's in perfect shape.

I am thinking about selling it to help me fund a Kurzweil SP6. About what is it likely worth? Any idea? It was $1800 new. It's a gorgeous playing and sounding piano, and the other sounds are mainly really good, but it weighs 54 pounds (and part of that is evidenced by the wonderful, grand piano-like action), and built like a tank.

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Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: AnalogJeff] #2752651 07/19/18 04:15 PM
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It's so difficult trying to sell second hand digital pianos, gigged or not, in perfect condition or not. I know the piano - it has that lovely 64-voice stereo piano that Roland used on many of their models from 1994 to 2006 - the piano sound is incredibly convincing even when compared to new instruments although it's not as refined as the current system. It also has a lot of other great voices, is very programmable and it makes a great controller.

Because the technology has moved on so much, and you can now buy a great Roland stage piano for under £500 in the UK (that's roughly $600), with a better action and piano sound, it has really made it difficult to sell old gear. Of course, the cheaper stage pianos don't have the controller capabilities that the RD-600 has, and it's still a great keyboard.

My feeling is the piano doesn't owe you anything, you've probably made its price back a few times over through gigs, and so you shouldn't worry too much about accepting a low price. I think it might be worth a maximum of $500 if someone regards it as a classic. Although it's hard to believe, the piano is now 21 years old! Good luck trying to sell it. You might get lucky. Also check eBay and see what they sell for.

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Released in 1997, so it's literally over 20 years old.

A quick google search shows used ones being offered between $5-600. You might find a buyer who will bite at that price if you're patient, but I'd guess realistically it's worth a bit less...400ish maybe? Remember that you're competing in the market against modern DPs with advances in sound, processing, action (maybe), and capabilities, plus availability of factory warranty and replacement parts if needed.


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Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: AnalogJeff] #2752657 07/19/18 04:42 PM
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I am in the process of ordering a new bike and will trade in my current bike. The dealer deducted 35 percent over the paid price for the first year and five percent for each subsequent year.

That to me seems like a reasonable metric.


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Roland RD-600 is worth exactly the highest bid you can get for it.


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Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: TheodorN] #2752680 07/19/18 07:17 PM
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[/i]"Roland RD-600 is worth exactly the highest bid you can get for it."[i]

At the exact time of that auction in that particular market with that particular group of aware potential customers. Any variable from that and the dynamics change.

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Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: Dave Horne] #2752690 07/19/18 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Horne
I am in the process of ordering a new bike and will trade in my current bike. The dealer deducted 35 percent over the paid price for the first year and five percent for each subsequent year.

That to me seems like a reasonable metric.


Dave, you do realize that using this metric would result in a value of -135%, i.e, the original poster would have to pay a buyer 35% to take the piano away.

-35% for the first year and 20 x -5% for the other 20 years of its life so far.

I have no idea what it's worth, but Joe80 and Gombessa offer sensible advice. And no offense meant to Dave; I just like mathematics (in addition to bicycles and pianos). Regards, Lotus

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Originally Posted by Lotus1
Originally Posted by Dave Horne
I am in the process of ordering a new bike and will trade in my current bike. The dealer deducted 35 percent over the paid price for the first year and five percent for each subsequent year.

That to me seems like a reasonable metric.


Dave, you do realize that using this metric would result in a value of -135%, i.e, the original poster would have to pay a buyer 35% to take the piano away.

-35% for the first year and 20 x -5% for the other 20 years of its life so far.

I have no idea what it's worth, but Joe80 and Gombessa offer sensible advice. And no offense meant to Dave; I just like mathematics (in addition to bicycles and pianos). Regards, Lotus


Unless you deduct, for each year, not 5% of the original price, but 5% of the remaining value after the previous deductions. Then you get:
1800*0.65*0.95*0.95 ... (repeat as needed) ... *0.95.
Or more simply: 1800*0.65*0.95^(years-1)
For 21 years that gives you ~419$, which fits with the other estimates.

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Well done, JoBert. Nice response!

Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: AnalogJeff] #2752946 07/21/18 10:30 AM
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Unless you find someone who is looking for a RD-600 I think you will have a hard time selling it for the numbers mentioned above. If you are a motivated seller I would take any reasonable offer.


I feel that going as low as $200 is still reasonable, it is 20 years old after all.


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Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: AnalogJeff] #2752961 07/21/18 11:40 AM
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The problem is that if it breaks, there's no warranty and long out of production, so the price has to also factor in risk. It's not like you can drive down to Pepboys and ask for '98 Roland blinker fluid.

Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: AnalogJeff] #2752962 07/21/18 11:49 AM
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I'm pretty sure that Roland still supplies parts. A local Guitar Center will give me $300-350 for it. They'll put it out for between $500-600.

I'm going to try to put it out on Facebook or Craig's List to see if I can get $500 for it myself. It's still a great keyboard. Its touch is beautiful. But that weight - ~50 pounds? I need to lighten up my load as I get older. I'd continue to use it otherwise.

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Best of luck! As a seller, I'd have on qualms putting it out there for $500. As a buyer, that's different story I guess smile

And while 50lb is a bit on the heavy side, it's really only a bit heavier than many stage pianos nowadays. Though reducing weight is absolutely a valid reason to upgrade.


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Can anyone tell me where I can get ‘98 Roland blinker fluid?

Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: AnalogJeff] #2753071 07/22/18 04:53 AM
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Blinker fluid is overpriced and bit of a myth. You can actually just use Dehydrated Water. Just add some water to it first.

Re: What Is My Roland RD-600 Worth? [Re: AnalogJeff] #2753089 07/22/18 08:29 AM
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Blinker fluid futures trade on the Chicago exchange. Prices are up. Get in now and make a killing.

Forget the dehydrated water, though. The patented method for its production expired a few years ago, and now it's being made cheaply.

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Watch out for dihydrogen monoxide, though. That stuff can kill you.


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As long as we've already thoroughly destroyed this thread ...

Frank, your "dihydrogen monoxide" reminds me of a cringe-worthy TV news report from Tampa some years ago.

The reporter visited a local "inventor" who claimed to be able to use H-H-O as a fuel.
He demonstrated a torch flame burning this H-H-O, and he showed his car running from the same fuel.

Credit the "inventor" for keeping a straight face.
The s**t for brains reporter thought it was all quite serious.


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