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Perhaps a newbish question concerning Gem pianos... #665748
01/24/06 12:32 AM
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Perhaps someone can clear this up for me. I've been looking for a digital piano for a little while now, and really like the look/sounds of the Gem RP800. Unfortunately it was a little out of my price range, but I was joyed to discover the PRP800 (the portable version) here - http://www.cherubini.com/product.asp?Id=2894

... which was far more within a poor student's price range smile

However as I can't speak italian and the translator I used on the page wasn't very accurate to say the least... I was wondering if anyone knew what the main differences (apart from the obvious asthetic ones) are between the RP800 and the PRP800? I mean to say, are there less features/comprimised sound to go with the cheaper price tag?

Thanks in advance! smile

Jennifer

p.s if anyone thinks there's a better model I should go for feel free to say, I'm useless at understanding specs... a lot of what I'm saying is going on the video of the Rp800 being demonstrated I saw. My budget is around.. 600... 700 at the most.

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Re: Perhaps a newbish question concerning Gem pianos... #665749
01/24/06 02:40 AM
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It's the same as RP except for the keyboard which seems to be have a better action. There's a really good review of someone who have tried it at http://www.harmony-central.com/Synth/Data/Gem/pRP800-1.html
Ciao,

Daniele

Re: Perhaps a newbish question concerning Gem pianos... #665750
01/24/06 05:12 AM
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I'm about to order one too. If you have any questions you might post on the US generalmusic site and ask Dave McMahan who seems to be the voice of GEM on the internet. With a bit of luck he will have tried out the prp at NAMM as opposed to last year when he only tried out a pre-production model.
Very difficult to get any info in Europe but there is an english version of the generalmusic.com website.
Maurizio at cherubini speaks fluently english so he could help you too.
From my research over the past couple of weeks, the prp's have a new keyboard, which seems to be an iprovement on the Fatar on the rp series (at least this is what I've understood so far). Other functions are similar to the rp so the savings come from the fact that you loose the sound output (10w speakers on the prp800 seem to be on weakish side) and the case. You also HAVE to buy the 3 pedal set as the one that comes standard doesn't give full control of the progressive damper/drake technology (it's an on/off type pedal). If you want to wait I could give some more details when I've got mine!


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Re: Perhaps a newbish question concerning Gem pianos... #665751
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Hi nutnoodle. You can learn more about the GEM PRP-700/800 here (thanks danielle from other thread) and hear/download MP3's ......

http://www.generalmusic.com/html/prodotti.asp?cod=prpser&lingua=eng&frame=ca

If you already have decent stereo speakers/monitors then consider the PRP700 and save some pounds.

I'm very keen to try out the PRP700 myself (only 19 kg) .... my friend has a promega 2 which is excellent.

As someone has already suggested, go to the forum at www.generalmusic.us ... that Dave McMahan guy is VERY knowledgeable and always very helpful.

As for other models, do you mean other brands ?
If you do, the forum would need to know your requirements more specifically .... more info the better really.

Regards, Charles.

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Re: Perhaps a newbish question concerning Gem pianos... #665752
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Hi Jennifer,

As has been mentioned, the only difference between the home version (RP/GRP) and portable version (pRP) of the model 800 is cabinet and speaker system. They both use the exact same components inside.

Also as Charles mentioned above, if you don't need to internal speakers, the pRP700 is again exactly the same but with no internal amplification so you can save a little more money and the weight is slightly less.

If you have any specific questions about the pRP series or any of our products, please feel free to contact me here, on the GEM Community Forum or by e-mail.

Best Regards,

Dave

P.S. The action used in the pRP800 and pRP700 is a new design that will be used in the home versions (RP700, RP800, GRP800) as well. This action is not supplied by Fatar. Nor has the RP line ever used a Fatar action.

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"which seems to be an iprovement on the Fatar on the rp series (at least this is what I've understood so far)"
WDMcM:
"This action is not supplied by Fatar. Nor has the RP line ever used a Fatar action."
Thanks for correcting that point Dave. Between the announcement of the prp series(NAMM 2005?) and it finally becoming available gradually worldwide, there has been just as much speculation as information going round!


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Re: Perhaps a newbish question concerning Gem pianos... #665754
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"which seems to be an iprovement on the Fatar on the rp series (at least this is what I've understood so far)"
WDMcM:
"This action is not supplied by Fatar. Nor has the RP line ever used a Fatar action."
Thanks for correcting that point Dave. Between the announcement of the prp series(NAMM 2005?) and it finally becoming available gradually worldwide, there has been just as much speculation as information going round!
My pleasure! smile

Dave


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