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#666178 04/16/08 07:04 AM
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Yes, I know there are many threads about the FP-4 already, but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for when searched.

I've heard people say that the Roland FP-4's action is "lighter" or "quicker" than many other dp's. But I'm wondering exactly how light we are talking because no store around here has one to try out. Is it so light that it could actually be described as "semi-weighted" rather than fully weighted? I ask because I have a 76 key, synth action board and if I'm going to upgrade to fully weighted, I want to make sure that my new board is substantially more weighted than my current, and will be in the ballpark (as far as action/weight goes) of a real acoustic piano. What do you guys think?

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I tried one briefly, and I thought it was
very good, a fully-weighted hammer action, not
semi-weighted in any sense of the word.

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<font color="0000FF" font size="3"> A Roland FP4 is by far the quickest and most responsive action in a digital piano for it's price range. Roland has always been famous for it's quick and responsive weighted actions and preferred by many pro piano/keyboard players. Since nearly all good acoustic pianos have a different touch from each other, there really is no standard piano touch in an acoustic piano either. It's really all about what you like. However, the FP4 is definitely fully weighted and touch sensitive. The quicker FP4 touch is especially useful when playing non-piano tones such as horns, guitars, or strings where a quicker touch allows more tonal characteristics to be heard on those instruments and synth sounds.

If your purpose is to play heavy classical piano music, then a heavier touch Yamaha CP33 or CP300 might be better. However, the Roland FP4 is an awesome digital piano as is the highly upgraded FP7, which we prefer for the small increase in price. The Roland FP stand is also a good thing to get as it supports the the keyboard better than other portable stands. You should be able to get an FP7 with the full size Roland stand & accessories for under $1600. </font>


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Agreed. The FP-4 is the most realistic DP in every aspect, I own one and it's fantastic.

It really is everything you can hope for, it's perfect.

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Well, I own one too and I wouldn't say it's perfect in every aspect! The piano sounds are far from useable to my ears and sound way too mechanical and manufactured. However, the keybed IS perfect and that's all I use mine for.

The ideal DP would be one that contains an internal hard drive (or better yet a flash drive) that you could install your choice of piano library; Ivory or Garritan Steinway, for example. This type of beast would probably never exist because you can essentially already do this by piping the MIDI data into your PC but how awesome it would be to have EVERYTHING in one box!!

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The ideal DP would be one that contains an internal hard drive (or better yet a flash drive) that you could install your choice of piano library; Ivory or Garritan Steinway, for example.
Now that is a great idea!


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