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Roland HP 2800 for Beginner as a Substitute for a Piano
#3052465 12/03/20 02:02 PM
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Hello All,

Thank you ahead of time for your feedback as I'm new to the forum. My 8yr daughter is learning piano and we really don't have the room or means for a traditional piano in our home at this time. I have a colleague that is offering to sell his old Roland HP-2800 digital piano. My understanding is that it's fairly old from what I can find on it, but it does have 88 weighted keys.

A few questions:
1. Would this make for a good beginner and replacement for a piano?
2. Would the Roland HP-2800 be a good investment for her as I'm not too sure about advancements, etc. in keyboards and I know is has some age to it
3. What would be the worth of this model? Would it be worth paying $450 if it's in good shape?

I saw that I can get some other models around the $500 price range (i.e. Yahama P-45, etc.), but my understanding is that Roland is a great brand and this model is of "professional quality". I do like that it's set up like traditional model with a piano looking stand and has the pedals.

Thanks again for all the help! smile

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Re: Roland HP 2800 for Beginner as a Substitute for a Piano
riverwind101 #3052475 12/03/20 02:26 PM
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That decision is best made with help from her teacher.

I like "new" when it comes to things I purchase for my children for their educational/artistic endeavors.

I think they feel more like it is "special" for them.

You also need a piano bench and headphones so she can play without the entire family listening all the time.

I could suggest something but you really need to hear from her teacher on this.


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It's apparently from early 90's and it might be one of those Rolands where the hammers break one by one:

https://www.justanswer.com/electronic-musical-instruments/89rdn-roland-hp-2800-bought-1992-keys.html

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And I also got all the hammer weights out and they are almost every one cracked, some about to break completely. I think the plastic is brittle and the weights inside the hammers are metal and so have a different temperature and break through the plastic. I saw the product list on the Roland website where you can buy the hammers and they cost $14.95 each that would put replacement well over a thousand dollars.

I'd forget it.

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Thank you for your reply. I probably should've mentioned that she is just beginning and hasn't begun formal training as her mom is the person that is engaging her interest. The plan is to get something as a Christmas gift for the both of them.

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I very much appreciate the heads up, clothearednincompo. I was a bit concerned about the age of that Roland and after reading that quote and discussion at the link you provided, I definitely will steer clear. Since no current teacher as a advisor, anyone have suggestions for something around the $500 range? Or is it worth holding off and saving for something else?

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Originally Posted by riverwind101
Thank you for your reply. I probably should've mentioned that she is just beginning and hasn't begun formal training as her mom is the person that is engaging her interest. The plan is to get something as a Christmas gift for the both of them.

Well, that changes everything.

Now, the question is .... how serious is "mom" about this piano thing ?

Has "mom" played before ?

Will mom be taking lessons from a teacher ?

Will your daughter be taking lessons from mom or a teacher ?

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Around $500 in the US? New, you can find:

Roland FP10
Korg B2
Yamaha P45

(probably in that order of preference for me)

A little bit more gets you to the:

Kawai ES110
Casio PXS1000
Yamaha P125
Roland FP30


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Re: Roland HP 2800 for Beginner as a Substitute for a Piano
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Yes, US$. Excellent, thank you for your suggestions!

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It might be absolutely fine for a beginner - if the colleague says there are no mechanical or electronic problems with it then it could be OK for a year or two at least. (My niece is learning the trombone on a plastic instrument - you don't need quality just to learn to play the notes. And my first piano was something a pub was throwing out.)

$450 seems steep though since it's nearly 30 years old. Offer $100? Then don't feel bad about throwing it out / donating it when you outgrow it.


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