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#667720 - 01/03/05 05:50 PM roland fp 5 vs RD-700
keyman27 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 14
Loc: NY
Ok, now i'm looking to spend a bit more
can anybody help me out, with some discusion about the the pro's and cons of these two instruments?
i know this much- fp5 has speakers and a usb port
and that the 700 doesn't have speakers, has an arpegiator (whatever that is), and they claim it to be the ideal gigging piano.
I'm looking for an instrument that i can take jazz lessons on in my apt., and eventually be able to gig on.
is the fp5 good for gigging?
any and all advice is welcome- thanks everyone

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#667721 - 01/03/05 10:39 PM Re: roland fp 5 vs RD-700
Zymtil Offline
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Registered: 04/13/03
Posts: 433
Loc: CS, Texas
For starters, the RD-700 is expandable. Meaning that you won't have to go through a computer/sound module to get extra/better sounds/samples.

I'm not sure how the actions differ.

I'm fairly confident that the RD-700 has a USB port (you'll need to double check this).

The onboard samples are bound to be different.

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#667722 - 01/03/05 10:47 PM Re: roland fp 5 vs RD-700
ProPianoGuyBC Offline
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Registered: 09/24/04
Posts: 388
The FP-5 is a perfectly good gigging instrument IMHO. The Piano sound is great and the key touch feels nice and natural to me. I just used one for my New Years gig and had many compliments on the sound through the PA.

The RD-700 does have the SRX card expandability so you can add lots of different instrument sounds later on if you want.

For your apartment use, the onboard speakers on the FP-5 will to the job but the speaker system is small to keep the piano portable. You will have to hook the RD-700 up to some sort of speaker system or headphones. If you have a speaker system already then you can use that to get some sound out of the RD and reinforcement for the FP.

If you don't have speakers already then maybe the FP might be a better bet as then you won't incur any further expense.

Both pianos are portable and will do a good job during a gig (again IMO and based on my recent experience with the FP-5)
The RD-700 weighs in at around 50lbs (24kg)
The FP-5 is around 10lbs lighter.
But it's up to your eyes and ears.
I hope this helps you to choose....
ProPiano:D

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#667723 - 01/04/05 05:04 AM Re: roland fp 5 vs RD-700
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Registered: 11/06/01
Posts: 1820
Loc: NJ
The FP5 is intended for the home market, not the pro market. The RD700 is a pro keyboard. If your intentions are to use it professionally, I'd go with the RD700.
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#667724 - 01/04/05 12:47 PM Re: roland fp 5 vs RD-700
keyman27 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 14
Loc: NY
Steve,Piano guy- very helpful as always
Thanks again. I went down to the shop today and trsted the mout nex tto each other. Ya know, I just didn't particularly like the feel of the fp-5. I did on the other hand absolutley fall in love with the 700. Thanks again guys.

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#667725 - 01/04/05 12:48 PM Re: roland fp 5 vs RD-700
keyman27 Offline
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Registered: 12/19/04
Posts: 14
Loc: NY
Zymtil- didn't mean to leave you out of the apreciation- thanks

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#667726 - 01/08/05 03:02 PM Re: roland fp 5 vs RD-700
Alan(Lost) Offline
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Registered: 02/13/04
Posts: 56
Loc: Dublin
Ok, well I've an extention question to this thread. What I'm looking for is based mainly on the action of the keys. I have played the FP-5 extensively, but I don't like the action. It's too soft - well, the key action is too soft when between being lets say 20% - 100%; for the first small amount of a key being pressed, it's too hard. It's a super keyboard apart from that. So does anybody have any ideas on something similar to the FP-5 but with different action?

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#667727 - 01/09/05 04:01 PM Re: roland fp 5 vs RD-700
cobs Offline
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Registered: 12/16/04
Posts: 327
Loc: London
Try the Yamaha P120, Ive always found the action on Rolands to be too light for my liking, but the Yamaha GH action feels far better, IMO.
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