Roland FP-10 88-Key Digital Piano (Discontinued in North America)
There's no denying Roland's reputation for quality, be it build, sound quality or even playability.
The FP-10 is a great example of this with its 88-note hammer action keybed, adjustable touch sensitivity, and the inclusion of Roland's "SuperNATURAL" sound modeling technology.
And SuperNATURAL is not just about getting the sound right, it's also about getting the feel and dynamics as close to acoustic instruments as possible.
Tone selection and effects are kept to minimum, with just 10 tones, 4 chorus types and 4 reverb types.
This is contrasted by its wide selection of modern connectivity, including USB and Buetooth. You can even make changes to parameters via a smart phone app.
And while this piano is stage and recording worthy, it also comes with student friendly features, one of which is the twin piano mode, which lets the teacher and student play side-by-side in the same octave.
- Keys: 88 keys with Ivory and Escapement Feel
- Touch Sensitivity: Adjustable
- Speaker System: 2 x 4.7", 2 x 6W Amp
- Pedal: Sustain Pedal, 1/4" Pedal input
- Presets: 4 Piano tones, 2 Electric piano tones and others
- Effects: 4 x Reverb, 4 x Chorus
- Polyphony: 96 Notes
- Functions: Bluetooth Connectivity, App control, Metronome, Twin Piano Mode
- Audio Output: 1 x 1/4" (dual purpose headphone jack), 1/8" (headphones)
- MIDI I/O: USB (Type A and Type B)
- Power: AC adapter
- Stand: Optional
- Color: White and Black
- Dimensions: 5.5" x 50.5" x 10.1"
- Weight: 27.1 lbs
Users of the Roland FP-10 rate this digital piano highly mostly for its tone, which many describe as authentic sounding. Some even compare it favorably over more expensive units from other brands. The ability to reproduce nuances of playing also impress many owners, including experienced musicians with its escapement emulation making the keys feel very much like that of acoustic pianos. Overall build quality also gets commended often.
For the price, some are looking for extra tones to play with, while a few simply deem this as out of budget for total beginners.
It's hard to go wrong with Roland, so if you're looking for a good quality digital piano in the sub $500 price range, then this is for you.
Unfortunately it is very hard to find one of these new in stores in the US, so for alternatives take a look at our guide to The Best Digital Pianos Under $500.