As a piano teacher and player for over 20 years I tend to be biased towards certain instruments that I have grown accustomed to over the years. For any that have read my previous articles and searched my background they know I have quite a love for Roland digital pianos. I myself wrote rave reviews about the Roland RD-300NX and have used this as my stage piano choice since about 2007. With that being said, I have not tried that many more Roland products.
One of my students Gregory King has been playing the piano for 4 years now. Greg is currently 16 years old and is just starting his junior year at high school this year. He plays in various school plays and also is a member of the band. While playing the drums in the band, Greg true love is the piano. Recently his mother bought him a Roland digital piano for his 16th birthday and Greg loves it. Here is a review of this Roland piano from Greg himself.
I am here to write about the Roland FP7F Digital Piano [Currently unavailable on Amazon] that I have now been playing for the past six weeks. I just finished my sophomore year at a local school in the Cleveland, Ohio area.I have been playing with Mr. Boggs since 2009 and have recently purchased this piano as my first real digital piano to date. When I first started lessons I started off with a traditional (acoustic) piano and have used that up until 2011. In 2011, after my mother and Mr. Boggs agreed I needed to increase my practice, I bought a Casio PX digital piano and used it ever since.
After much debate with Mr. Boggs and his love of “his baby Roland piano” I convinced my mother to purchase the Roland FP7F as a replacement for our ancient acoustic piano we have had in the living room since I before I was born. All that I could say is “Wow” and I can now feel the true difference between a decent digital piano and the best digital pianos on the market.
Feel and Sound: The two main things that jump out at me are the feel and sound of the digital piano compared to my old Casio digital piano. With the feel of a good acoustic, not like the old one we had, I felt like I was playing one of the more expensive pianos like we have at our high school. But what really took me back was the sound that came from the digital piano.
As a younger player I have fell in love with the Pro Tools Software that I have used with my digital piano. With this software I am able to hook my digital piano up to my computer and create songs, play music and play over almost any musical number. Anyone who hasn’t tried this tool, it basically lets you load a whole recording studio onto your computer. Mr. Boggs said that he would have been the next “Stevie Wonder” if they had this software when he was younger.
In conclusion, I feel that anyone looking to take their piano playing to the next level should look into purchasing the Roland FP7F 88 Key Digital Piano [Currently unavailable on Amazon]. Not only will they be shocked at the sound and feel of this piano, but it is a great tool to hook up to any software that the user may be using. I also highly recommend the Pro Tools 10 as it has let me take my “piano game” to the next level.