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#2394048 - Today at 03:03 AM Roland RD-700GX ivory key wear
AlexanderLee Offline
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Registered: 02/28/15
Posts: 2
I'm about to buy a used RD-700GX, but I have seen some forum posts about the ivory finish wearing off so much that the keys become unplayable, and this has me concerned. The seller of the 700GX I am looking at says "The ivory keys are starting to wear towards the back of the key, but it does not affect playing. It is only on some of the keys and I rarely notice it."

Is this a bad sign?

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#2394049 - Today at 03:12 AM Re: Roland RD-700GX ivory key wear [Re: AlexanderLee]
spanishbuddha Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
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Originally Posted By AlexanderLee
I'm about to buy a used RD-700GX, but I have seen some forum posts about the ivory finish wearing off so much that the keys become unplayable, and this has me concerned. The seller of the 700GX I am looking at says "The ivory keys are starting to wear towards the back of the key, but it does not affect playing. It is only on some of the keys and I rarely notice it."

Is this a bad sign?

Depends. On how old the RD is, the asking price, and how long you hope to keep it for. Take a look in person and make a judgement based on those factors. I had a Kawai with so called Ivory finish and after two years the finish was worn smooth in some places, but no other degradation such as pitting, flaking. Maybe Roland would fix it if too bad, maybe for free, worth enquiring.

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#2394050 - Today at 03:19 AM Re: Roland RD-700GX ivory key wear [Re: spanishbuddha]
AlexanderLee Offline
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Registered: 02/28/15
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Unfortunately seeing it in person is not an option... I will try asking to see if Roland would fix the keys. Thanks!

I've just seen a number of posts about this model in particular having a problem with the finish that actually affects playing.


Edited by AlexanderLee (Today at 03:19 AM)

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#2394139 - Today at 09:09 AM Re: Roland RD-700GX ivory key wear [Re: AlexanderLee]
bennevis Online   content
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Registered: 10/14/10
Posts: 5855
The wearing that's occurring is the 'ivory-feel' non-slip coating, not the plastic beneath.

When I had my V's white keys replaced four years ago, Roland simply replaced them with identical keys without the coating. Not quite so plush-looking (and without the yellowish tinge) in appearance, but otherwise I haven't noticed any difference. There's been no wear ever since.

BTW, the reason I had them replaced was that Roland had already taken my V off my hands to repair the damage I might have caused to its software (when attempting to upload the Evolution updates myself) and install the updates for me, so I enquired if they could also replace the keys. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bothered, as the slight wearing didn't affect the playability (the coating itself is very thin, like cling film).
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#2394164 - 15 minutes 32 seconds ago Re: Roland RD-700GX ivory key wear [Re: AlexanderLee]
pianomike Online   content
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Registered: 06/01/06
Posts: 63
I have the rd 700 gx,Im guessing its about 6 or 7 years old, the keys are a little dull and wore out looking but other than that it plays and looks like new, I have the super natural piano sounds in it, great reliable piano.

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