Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Yamaha CP4 Rebate
Yamaha CP4 Rebate
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
Who's Online
191 registered (ajames, accordeur, A Guy, Alan Davis Jr, AlexanderLee, Almaviva, 50 invisible), 1703 Guests and 14 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Topic Options
#1985940 - 11/12/12 11:46 PM Beginners first keyboard
CLarge Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 2
Hello all,

First off a very big thank you for all the contributions and useful information shared on this forum. I've been lurking for a couple months and have learned soooo much from all of you.

A little background is in order here. I've been looking at learning the piano for several years but life has gotten in the way. Just recently I decided it was time to move forward and finally learn piano. While I have some music background from years in high school, it has been quite a while. :-)

Now we are here and thanks to the great information on this forum I've gone out and tested a bunch of keyboards from Yamaha, Kawai, Nord, Casio and Roland. My initial goal was to find a keyboard at the $1000 or less benchmark but after trying out many keyboards it was clear the options at this level just didn't fit the bill. I found either the keyboard action didn't fit the bill or the piano sound was not great.

Based on these findings the field was opened and after a bunch more testing it was clear that keyboards at the $2000 mark would provide a much better experience. The field was narrowed down to the Kawai ES7 and the Roland FP7F. Many may ask why I don't have a furniture style listed here, the main reason is portability. While the keyboard will likely stay at home, it may move between floors of our townhouse so a slab with built in speakers fits our needs better.

At this point I've gone back to both dealers and tried and retried the Roland and Kawai keyboards several times and have finally decided that the Roland feels more "natural" to me. Note, no intentional word play on Super Natural piano. The Kawai key action feels a little heavier to me and the piano sound was certainly different. Price of these two keyboards is pretty similar here so it really comes down to the feel and sound. Have to admit though the the limited availability of Kawai here has played in to the decision as I can get very fast service from Roland locally where as Kawai service might be an issue.

My hope is that the Roland FP7F will be an instrument that will last for a number of years and will let me grow as I develop some level of piano skill. We don't have the piano yet but expect it will be purchased within the next couple weeks.

Thanks again for all of the useful information provided on this site including a special mention to Rimmer for some great Roland info.

(ads) Sweetwater / Roland
Kawai Superb Stage Piano and Controller

Click Here

#1985951 - 11/13/12 12:19 AM Re: Beginners first keyboard [Re: CLarge]
RafaPolit Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 263
Loc: Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to the forum CLarge! and congrats on your decision.

I'm sure you won't regret it one bit! I have been playing piano on and off since I was 5 (now 35!) and I am a trained classical piano player... The FP-7F is the first DP I have been able to fully enjoy while playing classical music and feel I am siting in front of an actual grand piano. I can completely rely on both the action and sound to produce a great piano playing experience! I can honestly say that its action is better than my entry-level acoustic vertical piano.

Sound is also fantastic, and should you wish at any point to expand on it, the FP-7F is a fantastic controller for software digital pianos.

As you mentioned, for in-house portability (for instance from the upper floor rooms to a living room during a party), it is a great option as you are sure to get another pair of hands to carry it, which is fairly easy between two people. The built in speakers are not bad at all (although perhaps you may out grow them at which point there are also moderately inexpensive add-ons that will make it sound even better).

Congrats again! And be sure to share your thoughts and opinions once you have it with you. Best regards,

Edited by RafaPolit (11/13/12 12:21 AM)
Roland FP-7F

#1986406 - 11/13/12 11:55 PM Re: Beginners first keyboard [Re: RafaPolit]
CLarge Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 2
Thanks RafaPolit,

It is always nice to hear from those that currently own these dp's as it provides another perspective and in this case helps reinforce the decision. Have to say though that I never realized how personal the decision process was going to be until I started reading the forums and then tried several dp's.

Really looking forward to starting this journey!


#1986466 - 11/14/12 02:53 AM Re: Beginners first keyboard [Re: CLarge]
RafaPolit Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/20/11
Posts: 263
Loc: Quito, Ecuador
I agree! And it is nice to confirm one's hands and ears actually follow lead to other's smile . I started my 'hunt' looking for a Kurzweil and never even considered another brand. Lacking local options, I found (while looking for other DPs) which was the only FP-7F in my city, tried it after several other models in the shop and instantly felt it was something different (and better!) than everything I had tried before.

I came here looking for more info on it and found that it was well reviewed and loved, and finally ended up 'switching' brands to it. So, you are right, it is very personal: feel-wise, sound-wise.

Its a nice process indeed! The great thing is that the fun is not over once you are decided, not by a long shot! smile

Best regards,

Edited by RafaPolit (11/14/12 02:53 AM)
Roland FP-7F

#1987036 - 11/15/12 10:53 AM Re: Beginners first keyboard [Re: CLarge]
BeccaBb Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/09/11
Posts: 905
Loc: Thunder Bay, On Canada
Congrats on your decision CLarge! Let us know when you get your Roland home and what you think of it! smile
Began: 01-12-11

Floundering and Lost
Roland RD300NX


Moderator:  Piano World 
What's Hot!!
The February 2015 Issue of our Free Piano News Newsletter is out now! FREE Piano Newsletter
The best thing I've learned on Piano World....
Posting Pictures on the Forums
Forums Rules & Help
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
(ad) Jazz Piano Online
Jazz Piano Online Lessons
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Yamaha G1 1978 good for DIY?
by pinkfloydhomer
03/05/15 03:56 PM
Kawai CS-10: price increase meaning?
by SoloVoyager
03/05/15 03:46 PM
Stefan Abels playing one of Chopin's Trois Nouvelles Etudes
by Michael Sayers
03/05/15 02:24 PM
Strong Overtones on CP4 S6 Sound.
by Alan Davis Jr
03/05/15 01:39 PM
Reading vs Memorizing
by Dru Morgan
03/05/15 01:38 PM
Forum Stats
78,418 Registered Members
43 Forums
162,107 Topics
2,380,161 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
Gift Ideas for Music Lovers!
Find the Perfect Gift for the Music Lovers on your List!
Visit our online store today.

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission