I finally have decided to make an upgrade from my Casio CDP-240. I use Casio for several years now (first my daughter took some lessons, then I started to play as well). I play as a hobby and I'm by no means a serious player (somewhere around ~RCM level 1-2). But I play constantly and not going to drop this hobby. Therefore I'm up to purchasing a better instrument to make my learning more enjoyable.
I tried Yamaha P-515
and I really wish to love it - it is right in a sweet spot for me in terms of the budget. However, I'm very concerned about the heavy key action. I work with a computer a lot and already started developing issues with my wrists. And I also not sure if Yamaha's heavy key action will be suitable for my daughter.
I found only one Kawai dealer in our region, but I don't trust it and I'm not sure how easy would be to repair the piano if something happens. Therefore Kawai is out of the question for me.
I'm choosing now mostly between Roland F701 and FP-90X
. Both models are new and not available in stores yet.Roland F701
comes with a stand, 3-pedal unit, and a bench for CAD 2300 (incl. tax) (CAD - Canadian Dollar)
with a standard penal + an optional stand will cost me CAD 3500 (incl. tax)
I know that FP-90X
had PHA-50 action
, more powerful speakers, a better sound modeling system (as they claim), and overall seems like a more powerful instrument.F701 has PHA-4
and has overall less impressive features. However it has a wonderful Light Oak color option
, has a smaller footprint, and costs CAD 1200 less.
Technically, I can afford either. And of course, an idea of buying the BEST and COOLEST option thrills me a little =)
But I am not sure if I will be able to appreciate the better instrument, considering my current level. Maybe I will be better off buying F701
and saving CAD 1200 for something else?
I know that the general advice is "just try both"
And I will try to do that as soon as these models become available here. But in the meantime, I'd love to hear your opinion.