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Hello, I am considering buying the Roland FP10, but I play my piano at my desk (I place it on the desk so no stand).

If the speakers aon the FP10 are underneath is this make the FP10 unsuitable. I assume it does, but I actually cannot find the answer.

I only play for me and for fun.

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I tested one in a music store a year ago. Quite sure it was on a table and not a portable stand. The full-size keyboards can be on a portable folding stand or a designated stand from the manufacturer like Roland or Yamaha (bought separately) and you can attach a 2 or 3 pedal unit close to the floor.

Not 100% sure if the stand from Roland has a solid surface. You can go to a music store and ask about it. The last resort would be to plug in external speakers. The other thing is to find a chair that is high enough so that your hands are resting naturally on the keys.

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I don’t think being on a desk or stand will make a difference in sound. I don’t think it would have speakers on the bottom because then it would not sound ideal on any stand. I would also post this questions in the digital-pianos-electronic-pianos-synths-keyboards forum.

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Like the FP-30, the speakers are under the keyboard, downward-facing. It seems a strange choice but amazingly, they sound really clear and being underneath doesn’t seem to have any negative impact.

My guess is opposite to Sebs' --

. . . I think the sound _would_ suffer, if the piano were on a table.

It would be like putting an upright acoustic right up against a wall -- or worse.

PS (edit) -- I checked the FP-10 manual. It's not clear, but it looks like the recommended stand has an open framework of 4 metal bars underneath the piano, rather than a solid sheet of wood.

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Are you going to be playing it while standing? Because otherwise the keys will be too high to play comfortably when sitting on a table.

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It works for me currently, it is the instrument I am changing. I just play for fun. Thanks

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Like the FP-30, the speakers are under the keyboard, downward-facing. It seems a strange choice but amazingly, they sound really clear and being underneath doesn’t seem to have any negative impact.

My guess is opposite to Sebs' --

. . . I think the sound _would_ suffer, if the piano were on a table.

It would be like putting an upright acoustic right up against a wall -- or worse.

PS (edit) -- I checked the FP-10 manual. It's not clear, but it looks like the recommended stand has an open framework of 4 metal bars underneath the piano, rather than a solid sheet of wood.

I have no idea where the speakers are in that model. I thought digitals with built in speakers usually have them facing up and not on the bottom pointing down. I was also assuming that since this model is supposed to be most portable thought it would be more versatile and work on any stand for best sound.

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I have an FP30 that has downward speakers. When designing the FP10/FP30 they take into consideration the limitations of the speakers and try eq the sound to be the best it can. If you purchase a Roland stand to go with the FPs it is open below the speakers to let the sound come out and bounce off the floor. But they know that some people will use it on a desk, and it will sound a bit different that way. Speakers only get 'good' on very expensive DPs, and 'good' mostly comes down to if you like how it sounds. I do think that if you are worried about the downward facing speakers, then because our preferences are shaped by our expectations as much as anything else, its probably always going to bother you no matter how it sounds. (I don't mean that as a criticism - I mean embrace the human experience and set yourself up for success by getting an upwards speaker model.) Do you have room for studio monitor speakers? IMHO external monitors often sound _much_ better than internal speakers.


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I think no one would buy expensive external monitors for a cheap keyboard like the FP10. It's better to invest in a better keyboard. But if you already have headphones then the sound from them will probably be better than from the built-in speakers.


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