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#2404364 - Yesterday at 11:02 AM Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ?
Nitran Offline
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Registered: 03/28/15
Posts: 1
I have a dilemma. I want to buy a digital piano for my nine year daughter. After browsing the web finally I restricted myself to Roland RP401 and Kawai CN25. Both are very nice regarding to the value for the price. One day wins Roland and another Kawai... Please, can you give some arguments/opinions/feelings helping me to decide ?

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#2404367 - Yesterday at 11:06 AM Re: Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ? [Re: Nitran]
lophiomys Offline
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Registered: 03/01/14
Posts: 281
Loc: Austria, EU
Why not let your daughter try them out?

To compare guaranty and repair conditions would also be a good indication of product quality.

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#2404379 - Yesterday at 11:20 AM Re: Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ? [Re: Nitran]
Hendrik42 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 60
Loc: Germany
I agree that a nine yo is probably able to formulate an opinion on which action and sound she likes better.

One thing that would be important to me: the Roland can record to USB-Stick. Its just WAV and not MP3, but that was a must-have for us.

If it were just these two, I'd be hard-pressed, because I like the Kawai sound and action a bit better than Roland, but I'd really like to have the USB recording for exchanging with friends and family.

Let your daughter decide, you can't go wrong and its probably good for motivation if she chooses.
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Kawai CN-35. The daughter wanted a piano, so we got one. Now we'll see who learns faster ;-)

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#2404735 - Today at 04:26 AM Re: Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ? [Re: Nitran]
Jasper E. Offline
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Registered: 02/22/15
Posts: 32
@Nitran: nice alternatives... if I had a little more budget, I was thinking about these 2 as well...

I guess there will be some piano teacher helping your daughter? If you know the person, I would also suggest to ask the teacher as well. I would ask the teacher first, and then let the daughter comment...
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Kawai KDP-90

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#2404849 - Today at 10:54 AM Re: Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ? [Re: Nitran]
Ben Boule Online   content
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Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 96
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
The CN25 also has a USB output for recording wav/mp3.

I believe the RP401 is an older model. It was the equivalent of the F120. If you like the look, you might consider the F130R instead, that is the newer model in a different case.

You would need to try the actions. ISTR people thinking the F120/RP401 action was not as good as the CN24 action last year, but the F130R has a newer action that is supposed to be an improvement. The CN25 has also had action improvements as well.

I really like the case design of the F120/F130 but the music desk is not great. Depending on your height it is not great on any of these anyway though as the music is held pretty low.


Edited by Ben Boule (Today at 10:55 AM)

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#2404867 - Today at 11:30 AM Re: Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ? [Re: Nitran]
Hendrik42 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 60
Loc: Germany
I am afraid the CN-25 only has USB-to-host, not USB-to-device, which you need to insert a USB Stick and save stuff to it. I just doublechecked with the Kawai website.
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Kawai CN-35. The daughter wanted a piano, so we got one. Now we'll see who learns faster ;-)

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#2404892 - Today at 11:58 AM Re: Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ? [Re: Ben Boule]
Jay Roland Offline
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Registered: 12/08/13
Posts: 456
Loc: Edmonton Alberta
Originally Posted By Ben Boule
The CN25 also has a USB output for recording wav/mp3.

I believe the RP401 is an older model. It was the equivalent of the F120. If you like the look, you might consider the F130R instead, that is the newer model in a different case.

You would need to try the actions. ISTR people thinking the F120/RP401 action was not as good as the CN24 action last year, but the F130R has a newer action that is supposed to be an improvement. The CN25 has also had action improvements as well.

I really like the case design of the F120/F130 but the music desk is not great. Depending on your height it is not great on any of these anyway though as the music is held pretty low.


For clarity from a Roland Guy.

The RP401R and the F-130R are both the most recent models from that series.

The F-120 and RP301 were more closely related as they came from the same series.

Jay
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Alberta/BC North Factory Sales Rep for Roland Canada.
www.roland.ca

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#2404951 - 6 minutes 5 seconds ago Re: Roland RP401 or Kawai CN25 ? [Re: Nitran]
Ben Boule Online   content
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Registered: 05/20/14
Posts: 96
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Thanks for clarifying that.

It kind of stinks Kawai did not put both USB to Host and USB to Device on the CN25... that's definitely an advantage for Roland.

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