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  1. Fer

    Hi Wei, excellent review as usual…!, what about the Roland FP10/30?…, please tell me which key action is faster, more responsive, confortable and reliable between PHA-4 Standard, Kawai RHC, and RHII (ES7/MP7). Is the clicky Roland keybed more present in FP10 or FP30?, How compare the let-off with the above mentioned kawai’s actions?. Thanks a lot friend!…

    • Hi Fer,

      Nice to see you again. I see you are still researching on key actions. The RHII from Kawai is significantly better than the RHC and the PHA-4 from Roland. You might need to pay extra for that but I think it’s worth it.

      As you know, I personally am not a fan of let-off on the current Roland key actions. I would much prefer playing on the Kawai RHII.

      • Fer

        Hi Wei, thanks for your quicker response… Yes, jejeje, i’m back cause your guidance and honest reviews are very helpful for me!…, ok, key action is No. 1 for me right now…!, well is RHC, PHA-4 Standard and Concert and PHA-50, so sluggish compared with RHII?…, i’m looking for a better key action in faster response, more confortable, responsive and more reliable than the RHII. It seems that the Kawai triple sensor plastic key actions are the best for portable (under 25 kg) in the world right now?…

        • You are always welcomed here Fer. May I ask your budget? And are you only looking for portable options?

          If you are looking for an action better than the RHII, I would advise you to checkout the RHIII from Kawai. You can find this action on the ES8. Check my review for it.

          Here’s a list of Kawai’s various key actions.

          As you can imagine, the best of the best can only be found on console style pianos. That’s why portability is the first question I ask. Well, first after budget…

          • Fer

            Hi Wei and thanks for your kind words!…, Yes i need to stay lightweight and portable but with the best and more reliable action available, for that reason i’m looking for slab pianos or stage pianos route, in my case please i need your help for to choose between these used options: Yamaha CP4, Roland 700NX/800 and Kawai MP7… Thanks!…

          • Hi Fer,

            I’m not sure why you would put the Roland 700NX in the list. The PHAIII on that model is an old key action and the PHA4 has improved a lot from it. If key action is the main criteria, I would first take the 700NX off the list. If you can find a used Roland FP 60/90, that would be more comparable to the Yamaha and Kawai.

            With that said, key action is again very personal and since you are looking for used options, you can always go to the buyer and request testing before you purchase. I know you want me to give you a definitive answer so that you can make the decision easier. But among these three actions (PHA4, NWX and RHIII), you really have to try for yourself.

          • Fer

            Ok Wei, i understand your point, i don’t really want to buy an used ítem if really i can buy a something better new keybed, but i sadly can’t try these key actions directly, for example a new MP7SE over a MP7, can you tell me the improvement?, cause people says that they are almost the same, and that only RHIII is slightly heavier than RHII, but at the same time a bit bouncier and noisy…, my concern over Kawais keys is reliability. How compare Roland PHA50 over the Kawais?, people complaints that they are very sluggish, a weird letoff and heavy feel respect Kawai and Yamaha. And finally, the Yamaha NWX is a faster keybed, but with an over heavy downweight than make the action a less precise…!. Please, could you give a more detailed comparison between these key actions and thanks again for your help my friend!…

          • Hi Fer, It seems like you have done your homework and know everything there is to know about these key action.

            The difference between RHII and RHIII isn’t much and yes, there has been some complaints about Kawai’s key. The PHA50 from Roland is pretty good but some people swear the PHA4 standard is even better. As for the NWX, some don’t like the heavy weight, others find it more expressive.

          • Fer

            Hi Wei, which key action between RHII and RHIII is more versatile and confortable for play non piano sounds, like EPs, organs, pads and synth riffs?…, as letoff is more pronounced in RHIII than RHII, IMHO this condition could impact the synth playability over these boards…, what do you think about it?. Thanks for your helpful answers!…

          • Hi Fer,

            I don’t play much the non piano sounds. I don’t think the let off would be a problem for these but since I’m not playing these sounds on a performance level, I can’t be sure.

        • Fer

          Hi Wei. between Kawai MP7 and Roland FP90 which key action did you prefer?, and which is heavier, faster, responsive and confortable?, did you feel a difference playing near to the fulcrum on the pivot point between both key actions?… Thanks!…

  2. Ali

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about digital pianos and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for digital pianos.

    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to read your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    • Hi Ali,

      Welcome and thank you very much for your kind comment. It pleases me the most that you find my post useful. That’s why I’m doing this.

      Come back for more digital piano reviews and share with us your own experience and opinions about piano.

  3. Hi Wei
    What a fantastic time I had listening to them all.
    As a piano player from days gone by on a normal old fashion piano I could appreciate all the different style and sounds. I am glad I don’t have to make a choice!
    It was a thorough in depth review of the young masters of piano and people will have a great choice.
    You have a great site thank you.
    Stella
    Bush Lady

    • Hi Stella the Bush Lady,

      Welcome and thank you for your kind remark. I’ll keep working on my site and update with new models. Make sure you come back for more reviews.

  4. This is a great article Wei. You have convinced me about the Casio PX-870 being a great buy. I hope to be in the market for a digital piano in a few months so I am saving your website on my computer. I can tell you are an experienced piano player by the way you have so thoroughly evaluated these pianos.

    • Hi Stone,

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you find my article useful to you. When you get your PX-870, come back and share with us your thoughts and experience with it.

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