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Re: ROLAND RD-88
Marko in Boston #2983552 05/25/20 05:56 AM
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Hi Fleer,
Be interested to hear how you get on with it. I did think mine had a display fault as the the backlight gives a slightly uneven, but symmetrical light across the display , triangles from the top and sides..but I can see the same effect in the the demo videos , so no return required.


I am still looking for a good carry case if anyone has found one thats a good fit , with protection and not too big that I can use ?

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Marko in Boston #2983559 05/25/20 06:14 AM
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So jealous, still waiting for mine. Ordered early March and was supposed to be delivered a month ago, but apparently the covid thing stoped everything... frown

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Curious what Casio has better action than Roland fp30 in same category, I tried the 1000 and 3000 thry were super noisey and the sou d didnt compare. My issue with fp30 is muddy in the bass, and no onboard sounds. I am looking for great sound and action in the under $1500 range to start out

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Originally Posted by Dyffryn Studios
Hi Fleer,
Be interested to hear how you get on with it. I did think mine had a display fault as the the backlight gives a slightly uneven, but symmetrical light across the display , triangles from the top and sides..but I can see the same effect in the the demo videos , so no return required.


I am still looking for a good carry case if anyone has found one thats a good fit , with protection and not too big that I can use ?
Sorry I didn’t see your post until now. Love my RD-88, wonderful action. That display is just fine. Not hi-res of course, but MainStage compatibility solves everything. Best Buy without a doubt.

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Abdol #3027456 09/21/20 10:52 AM
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I am curious which Casio sounds better or has better action, tried the 1000 and 3000 and they felt quite plasticky for me. Please advise

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Marko in Boston #3027462 09/21/20 11:00 AM
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Casio's best sounds and action in a portable slab with speakers is the PX-560. Whether it feels or sounds better than the RD88 is probably subjective. Also, see my Jan 17 post about this earlier in this thread.

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anotherscott #3031638 10/03/20 10:44 AM
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Is the Px 560 lower or higher end than the 1000 and 3000, bit confusing

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Marko in Boston #3031655 10/03/20 11:54 AM
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I shouldn't have said that the PX-560 has Casio's best sound and action in a slab, because it's subjective, and each has advantages.

Overall, the PX560 is a higher end model. It sells for $1200 vs. $850 for the PX-S3000. It has a lot more functionality overall.

Which action is better can be subjective... the new one is supposed to be quieter and less bouncy, but the older one has a longer pivot and triple sensor. I have not heard the PX-S3000, but it may have better sounds, I don't know. It may depend on which sounds you're comparing. For example, you might like the acoustic piano better on the newer model, but the EPs better on the old.

Some PX560 advantages include
* 256 polyphony (vs. 192)
* touchscreen interface
* full sound editing
* modulation wheel
* split/layer up to 4 tones (or 24 tones via hexlayers), vs. only 2
* 5-pin MIDI connections + USB (vs. USB only)
* 16 track sequencer

There are some other advantages to the newer PX-S3000 though...
* battery operation
* bluetooth

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Marko in Boston #3044558 11/10/20 05:42 PM
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Can anyone comment on how the rd88 sounds yet?


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Marko in Boston #3044638 11/10/20 10:42 PM
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Better string resonance than the RD2000 on the SuperNatural pianos.

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Marko in Boston #3044708 11/11/20 04:15 AM
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Sorry, I was really meaning through its internal speakers.


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Robhatherton #3044801 11/11/20 09:39 AM
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It sounds very good!

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Because I’m trying to decide between the RD88 and FP60. It has to be okay for playing in the flat, portable and powerful enough to play in a session with a couple of mates without external speakers.


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Roland's top FP90 uses a biamped speaker system (25 w/ch + 5 w/ch) for what they say is a max volume of 107 dB.
The FP60 is 13 w/ch, with a max volume of 103 dB.
The RD88 is 6 w/ch but they don't give a max volume spec. Assuming they are measuring wattage the same way across the line and that they are using the same speakers (or at least ones of similar efficiency), the RD88 should max out at a bit under 100 dB.

There are SPL apps for smartphones. You could play whatever instrument you have (or recorded music through speakers) to get an idea of how loud 100 dB is, vs. 103 vs. 107.

If one of your mates is a drummer, you'll need all the volume you can get! ;-)

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Marko in Boston #3045162 11/12/20 08:16 AM
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No drums but sax and trumpet so I will need all the volume I can get. Only ruling out on the FP90 because I don’t fancy lugging it around!


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Robhatherton #3045171 11/12/20 08:49 AM
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I doubt the RD88 speakers will do. Perhaps add iLoud micro monitors (107dB; 1.7kg pair)?
The ES920 weighs 16kg and is declared 2*20W, no SPL given.

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Marko in Boston #3045177 11/12/20 09:26 AM
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Yes I like the look of the 920 but I’m used to Roland and though the Es920 looks great there seemed to be some concerns on that long thread. You’d get that with almost anything but perhaps it is not so ‘tried and tested’ yet?


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I have RD88 an love it for the key bed , huge sound library and the easy integration with computer, but agree the inbuilt speakers are good for bedroom and solo or practice with say an acoustic guitar player but do not have the punch and power of digital pianos with built in speakers. They have their uses but anything more powerful would have added significantly more weight. The right compromise for me. I play with drummer and lead guitarist etc so no piano is loud enough for that :-) I use a pair of Yamaha DB12's so I can make my presence felt ! or Roland AC90 fo acoustic type gigs when no drummer. ..Trumpets are loud ! Hope that helps

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Dyffryn Studios #3045764 11/14/20 04:04 AM
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Yes that does help as I’m only playing in an acoustic setting. If your Roland ac90 works then I have a Crate Telluride 125 which is an acoustic guitar amp that should work just as well.


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Marko in Boston #3045785 11/14/20 06:06 AM
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Hi Rob, that will work well, plenty of scope for EQ on Piano and Amp to get a good sound + Mic inputs as well. I have used AC90 for small gigs so your Crate will give you that extra headroom. Just spend a bit of time on the EQ to ensure it doesn't sound too boxy ..Perfect

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