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  1. iantrader

    Hi Wei – Nice review. For me, the two most important aspects of a piano are the sound and the keyboard action. Obviously, these are both personal considertions and I suspect someone brought up on an acoustic piano will have different preferences to a non-specific ‘keyboard’ player. Which is me ::-)

    Historically, I am an organ and synth player and couldn’t always comfortably manage fast licks on an acoustic piano. Most electric pianos, however, have a lighter action and I much prefer playing them. Apart from which, the action is usaully uniform across the keyboard by which I mean odd keys on an axoustic may be heavier or lighter than their neighbours. Or maybe just the old acoustics I’ve played! 🙂  I see that the FP90 has graded keys from left to right which should please traditional pianists although, personally, it’s not a massive factor for me except it makes me thump the lower notes that little bit harder 🙂 Having said all that about the excellent PHA-50 action. I can understand how some traditional pianists find it light.

    I’m probably with you on the sound. I think samples still have the edge over modelling. Most of my ‘pianos’ come from software instruments such as those by Native Instruments and Spitfire and, to be honest, it’s almost impossible to say what is a ‘good piano’ sound. There are so many! 🙂 It is, really, down to personal preference.

    Great review, but it doesn’t make the choice asy :-)Ian

    • Wei

      Hi Ian, Thanks for dropping by. You make a good argument but since we are talking about digital pianos, graded and weighted key action is simply a must. Not only does that mimic the action of an acoustic piano but you express emotion through the weight. 

      As for the sound engine, sampling probably still has a small edge over modelling right now. But I’m not sure what’s to come in the future as technology in this industry is evolving every year. We will wait and see.

  2. Juliet

    Thanks Wei, I enjoyed reading your post, I play the violin and have a stand up piano in my house. I can pick the scales slowly on the piano but I would really love to play the piano as good as I play my violin. The FP – 90 sounds very inviting. You did say it is for advanced learners. Do I qualify as an advanced learner or should I start learning with my stand up piano? 

    • Wei

      Hi Juliet, thanks for dropping by. The reason why I would only recommend the FP-90 for advanced player is actually the price. It’s a premium quality stage piano which is not cheap. As a beginner, you are paying for many features that you won’t utilize for at least a few years. But if it’s within your budget, certainly the FP-90 is a great choice to consider. Another thing to consider is portability. These stage pianos are built like a tank, which again you are paying for. If you don’t need to move the piano often, there are other options you might want to consider.

      For around the same price, these two furniture style digital pianos would be my recommendation.

      1. Kawai CA48

      2. Yamaha YDP-184

  3. Cathy Cavarzan

    The Roland FP 90 is one of the best in the business in my opinion. You give a very detailed overview of the product . The sound from experience not my own but a friends is just short of incredible almost better than a full size piano. Do you think this would be a good fit for a bigginer or is it strictly for stage performance?

    • Wei

      Hi Cathy, welcome and thanks for your comment. The Roland FP-90 is indeed a very impressive instrument. Only the Kawai ES8 can compete with it. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners though. Because you will be paying a lot for features that’s not relevant for beginners. It’s always better to start with a cheaper digital piano and grow your way upwards. 

      One thing you need to keep in mind is how fast the industry is developing. Digital pianos are getting better and better every year. Once your skill level improves, which will take a few years, there will be better options on the market then.

      Here are a few digital pianos I would recommend for total beginners:

      FIVE BEST DIGITAL PIANOS UNDER $1,000 in 2018


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