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Re: Why not more love for the FP-90 ? [Re: Kawai James] #2829340 03/21/19 04:11 AM
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So, if you want a keyboard that you can play with the same technique/touch you would use on a synth (which is not exactly the same used on an acoustic piano), shouldn't you be looking instead for a semi-weighted or synth-action keyboard instead of digital piano with hammer action?


Well, my intention was to play piano music on it, not synth. So I don't pick a Synth.
Originally Posted by Kawai James

Yes, I believe Yamaha Europe is based in Germany, so I expect this is where all spare parts (for European dealers) are shipped from.


Sounds good for me. However, a friend of mine told me with the problems he had with Yamaha Equipment.
He bought a pretty expensive amplifier in the 80s.... Which broke some years after. Then he replaced it with yet another Yamaha - and it wasn't able to drive the speakers properly, he said. I believe both amplifiers were of the upper tier (4000 EUR at min)

I'm not sure what I should think about it...

Yes, the P-515 is pretty good, however, I'm not sure If I could get used to the difference betweeen the black and white keys. Sometimes I feel like that the white keys made of wood have an entirely different feeling in play, compared to the black ones. Was there a reason to not use wood on both, or plastic on both? It did kinda irritate me.
But the P-515 has a pretty good feeling of the keys, I can play repetitive, fast stuff pretty good.

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Re: Why not more love for the FP-90 ? [Re: nicknameTaken] #2829716 03/21/19 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Kawai James

Yes, I believe Yamaha Europe is based in Germany, so I expect this is where all spare parts (for European dealers) are shipped from.


Sounds good for me. However, a friend of mine told me with the problems he had with Yamaha Equipment.
He bought a pretty expensive amplifier in the 80s.... Which broke some years after. Then he replaced it with yet another Yamaha - and it wasn't able to drive the speakers properly, he said. I believe both amplifiers were of the upper tier (4000 EUR at min)

I'm not sure what I should think about it...


In my opinion:
a) The anecdotal experience of one individual is too small a sample to draw any conclusions.
b) Amplifiers are not digital pianos.
c) The 1980s is not today.
d) The Euro did not exist in the 1980s
e) The retail price of Yamaha's flagship integrated amplifier in 1983 (the A-2000) was 195,000 JPY. Adjusted for inflation, this is approximately 245,000 JPY today (1,945 EUR).

Kind regards,
James
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Re: Why not more love for the FP-90 ? [Re: Cavokk] #2829733 03/21/19 10:07 PM
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Great choice. Hook it up to a computer and drive it until it won't drive no more.


Roland FP-90; Pianoteq 6 + many add-ons; 2 Yamaha HS8s; ATH-M50X and Samson SR850 headphones; Xenyx Q802USB interface. 2; I make a living playing a Yamaha PSR-S970 with FBT Maxx 2a's, Crowne Headset Mic. I also play guitar.
Re: Why not more love for the FP-90 ? [Re: Cavokk] #2829760 03/21/19 11:47 PM
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I played both the RD-2000 and FP-90 in Jan. of whatever year they both were released at NAMM.

I started with the RD-2000 and was on it a good 20 minutes and liked it a lot. I still feel it's Roland's best stage piano to date. Conversely, I then went to the FP-90, played it for all of 5 minutes and said to myself, no thanks.


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Re: Why not more love for the FP-90 ? [Re: puremusic] #2829775 03/22/19 01:56 AM
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I really love the expressive control of my FP-90. I agree an external reverb definitely is a big improvement on its sound compared to using the built in ambience, if you're going to use the built in sounds.


I'm surprised. On my DGX, reverb was excellent; just as well since resonances weren't adjustable and not much in evidence.
On my present FP50, they were. So I whacked 'em up full, as you do. Reverb was disgusting, and unnecessary.
The result of that was I could once again enjoy playing an acoustic piano.
You need to get used to the resonances. Not even Pianoteq (stage) has them to the same degree as the Rolands do. Persevere!


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Re: Why not more love for the FP-90 ? [Re: Kawai James] #2829797 03/22/19 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Kawai James

a) The anecdotal experience of one individual is too small a sample to draw any conclusions.
b) Amplifiers are not digital pianos.
c) The 1980s is not today.
d) The Euro did not exist in the 1980s
e) The retail price of Yamaha's flagship integrated amplifier in 1983 (the A-2000) was 195,000 JPY. Adjusted for inflation, this is approximately 245,000 JPY today (1,945 EUR).

Kind regards,
James
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Thanks. You must be right. It's never good to believe everything you get told and critically thinking about it.

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