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ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 #2799497
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15.7lbs and battery powered is nice for travel.

https://www.roland.com/global/products/gopiano_go-88p/





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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2799502
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Of course that's without the batteries but still less than 16lbs. I would love to try one out.


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: EPW] #2799525
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Originally Posted by EPW
Of course that's without the batteries but still less than 16lbs. I would love to try one out.

Has anyone tried taking something like this on an airplane? I imagine it would could as extra-sized luggage and be charged for accordingly, wouldn't it?


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2799549
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I'd still prefer a Yamaha P-121 to this. I have the 61 Key version and the Yamaha GHS action is much better than that of the Roland:Go in my opinion



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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2799553
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We'll have to see how it's priced. And the battery operation may be its appeal for some. But its competition may be more Numa Compact 2 than P121. Full 88 and super light.

Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2799671
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Originally Posted by Marko in Boston
15.7lbs and battery powered is nice for travel.

https://www.roland.com/global/products/gopiano_go-88p/



You hear lots of sustained piano sounds (as usual for "modern piano"), while nobody in the video ever uses a pedal.

I would call this a vastly misleading advertisement about how playing piano works. It's deliberately made to fool beginners who have no clue about that. That's why it features the (otherwise useless) 88 keys, so beginners confuse it with a real digital piano.


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: JoeT] #2799682
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Originally Posted by JoeT
Originally Posted by Marko in Boston
15.7lbs and battery powered is nice for travel.

https://www.roland.com/global/products/gopiano_go-88p/



You hear lots of sustained piano sounds (as usual for "modern piano"), while nobody in the video ever uses a pedal.

I would call this a vastly misleading advertisement about how playing piano works. It's deliberately made to fool beginners who have no clue about that. That's why it features the (otherwise useless) 88 keys, so beginners confuse it with a real digital piano.


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: halherta] #2799741
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Originally Posted by halherta
I'd still prefer a Yamaha P-121 to this. I have the 61 Key version and the Yamaha GHS action is much better than that of the Roland:Go in my opinion


You are comparing apples to oranges. One is much lighter and half the price.



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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Learux] #2799751
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The P-121 is $549, 73 Keys and 22lbs.Whereas the Go:88 is $399, 88 keys and weighs 15Lbs. They're not quite like comparing apples and oranges. More like red delicious apples and granny smith apples.



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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Learux] #2799764
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Originally Posted by Learux
Originally Posted by halherta
I'd still prefer a Yamaha P-121 to this. I have the 61 Key version and the Yamaha GHS action is much better than that of the Roland:Go in my opinion


You are comparing apples to oranges. One is much lighter and half the price.


I think the most important differentiator is that the Yamaha has full, hammer-weighted keys. I can't find much about the Go:88 on Roland's site, but it looks like it may have un/semi-weighted keys? IMO that makes the Roland less of a digital piano and more of a synth/keyboard.


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2799780
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If it has thee "semi-weighted" keys as its smaller sibling, I suspect it will be a shoot in the foot. It would make more sense 73 keys IMO.


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2799794
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Yeah the keyfeel is marginal and dynamics are surprisingly difficult on the 5 octave model. OTOH, it's light years ahead of the Williams this is more likely competing with!



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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: halherta] #2799865
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Originally Posted by halherta
The P-121 is $549, 73 Keys and 22lbs.Whereas the Go:88 is $399, 88 keys and weighs 15Lbs. They're not quite like comparing apples and oranges. More like red delicious apples and granny smith apples.



You are correct, I didn't notice that there is a new go piano with 88 keys and I wrongly assumed that we were talking about the 61 key version.


My apologies.



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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2800129
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Roland's site has this about the keys:

GO:PIANO88 has 88 full-size keys for authentic playing feel and expressive touch inspired by the keyboards on acoustic grand pianos. Having the full range of notes lets you play more demanding music, and helps develop the correct techniques for both left and right hands. It also ensures a smooth transition should you play a weighted hammer-action keyboard. And even if you invest in a premium piano, your GO:PIANO88 is the ideal portable instrument for slinging in a gigbag and playing at rehearsals, sessions and shows. (From https://www.roland.com/global/products/gopiano_go-88p/ )

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As I read this (getting through the marketing language), the focus is on the benefits of the keys being full sized, but it doesn't detail the action until we get to, "...ensures a smooth transition should you play a weighted hammer-action keyboard." Thus I'm guessing it has synth/organ style action.

I suppose that makes sense as Roland needs to differentiate it from the FP-30, but I'd like to see the marketing copy be more forthright.

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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2800147
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From the video, it looks like the action is the same as the Go 61 (spring-loaded / synth keys). I guess the selling point is that it’s a very light 88 keys, but at US$399 it has some really stiff competition. For example the Yamaha P-45 with weighted action is US$449 and for practical travel purposes isn’t much heavier.


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2800152
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And there’s also the weighted Yamaha P71 for US$399 ...


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Groove On] #2800295
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Originally Posted by Groove On
From the video, it looks like the action is the same as the Go 61 (spring-loaded / synth keys)


The specifications on Roland.com would support this notion:

GO:PIANO: 61 keys (Ivory Feel and Box-shape Keys with velocity)
GO:KEYS: 61 keys (Ivory Feel and Box-shape Keys with velocity)
GO:PIANO88: 88 keys (Box-shape Keys with velocity)

I expect the absence of "Ivory Feel" on the GO:PIANO88 is just a website input inconsistency, and will be corrected soon.

Personally, I doubt the GO:PIANO88's action will appeal to piano-oriented customers. If a player requires 88-keys, they're probably better off with a weighted action instrument like the FP-30. This makes me question what kind of player would buy the GO:PIANO88 over the existing GO:PIANO[61].

It's very lightweight and portable for an 88-key instrument, though, and the Alexa integration is quite appealing: "Alexa, set metronome to 100 bpm" etc.

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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2800363
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This is sort of silly, but does anyone else think people look ridiculous with an 88 key keyboard on their lap?



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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2800365
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I noticed they also released a Go 61 in white with the new Alexa feature included. I do think Roland has done a good job with the phone/tablet connectivity, that's nice to see.


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Re: ROLAND GO:PIANO 88 [Re: Marko in Boston] #2800366
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Wow, nice pic.

Where is that, if you don't mind me asking?

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