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Roland FP-10

Roland FP-10  ·  Source: Roland

Roland FP-10

Roland FP-10  ·  Source: Roland

The Roland FP-10 is the latest in their FP piano series. It’s simple, entry-level if a bit chunky but with what they call a “reassuringly authentic feel”.

Roland FP-10

They have combined an 88-note PHA-4 Standard keyboard with their “SuperNATURAL” piano tones complete with speakers and a headphone socket. The hammer-action scales up the keyboard feeling heavier down below and lighter up top. They put a lot of emphasis on the feel of the action with Roland’s touch-detection technology, high-resolution sensing and escapement for fast key repetition. They’ve done something weird to the surface of the keys – “Touch the white keys and you’ll be convinced by a revolutionary moisture-absorbing material that recreates the natural texture and tactile feel of real ivory.” That sounds interesting!

Roland FP-10

Roland FP-10

The SuperNATURAL sound is apparently really very good, flooding the room via the onboard speakers, and beating any other piano sound at this price level. But it’s also got some organs, electric pianos and strings. There’s a built-in metronome and a rather neat “Twin Piano Mode” where teacher and student can sit side-by-side and play the same range of notes.

On the connectivity side, there’s regular MIDI, USB MIDI and also Bluetooth capability giving you easy access to Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app.

The Roland FP-10 could not be simpler or more straight forward. It’s clean, understated with a good sound and authentic feel, portable and well priced at £483 inc VAT.

Although I have to say that while it looks very neat from above the profile is a lot more frumpy.

Roland FP-10

Roland FP-10

 

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3 responses to “NAMM 2019: Roland FP-10 is an affordable, simple portable piano”

  1. as a notpianoplayer: why is there so much body underneath the keys? Surely it cant be filled with that much electronics? how much does this weigh?

  2. Jake says:

    Roland is way overpriced…..

  3. David says:

    It seems off to me that they would texture the white keys but not the black one. That and the unusual thickness at the base were very off-putting and made me consider other devices when I might have gone immedately for the FP-10 had these been fixed. A good job by Roland but 2 rather silly oversights.

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