In a growing world where technology is king, we are seeing manufacturers starting to put out some high-quality instruments for relatively cheap prices. The Roland FP-10 was recently announced as the latest affordable digital piano, so I had to give it a try.
My opinion is that the Roland FP-10 digital piano is a major win for the company and musicians altogether. This is a streamlined version of the FP-30 which I thought was already a fantastic product. The FP-10 is the keyboard for serious pianists who are on a tighter budget but still don’t want to sacrifice with a lesser quality product. I believe this is a better version of the Yamaha P-45 for two reasons, Rolands key-beds, in my opinion, are better than Yamaha’s, and the FP-10 has Bluetooth technology. My full review is below.
Slim, sleek, and relatively light in weight are how I would describe this instrument.
In all of my years personally playing the piano, Roland has always been the company that sticks out for having realistic feeling keys.
In a digital piano in today’s age, I think the most important thing is just how the instrument plays and feels.
You can always use it as a MIDI controller nowadays and find a better sound, but the keys a permanent.
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For this price, I am honestly surprised at how good the keys feel. I think that this might be the best feeling keyboard near this price range and I believe because of this it’s going attract a lot of pianists.
They have been hinting at the white keys being moisture absorbent. When you play this keyboard, you will notice that it feels like real ivory keys. This is because of a new technology they have tried out and I think this is great and you can definitely tell a difference in the feel here.
The hammer-grade action keys are becoming an industry standard, yes, however, not for keyboards in this price range. Roland has a big win in this department because of this.
I personally think the sounds are relatively good. With this being said, I do understand the price range and I also do consider this when I’m testing out new products. The sound system they used on this is their SuperNATURAL system. I watched a few videos where people were blown away by the sounds of this thing.
There is a built-in metronome and a new feature called the “twin piano mode.” This allows the student and teacher to play the same range of notes while sitting right next to one another.
VS The Yamaha P-45
I wanted to include this section as I believe the P-45 is a popular model for a similar price. My opinion is that the F-10 is better in every way. From the key-bed to the sounds and the design. I think this is impressive as the P-45 is no slouch and it has some great success in the community.
Here is a guide to my favorite Yamaha keyboards for beginners. I break down some great options for beginners.
This is where Roland has taken a big step forward. We are already starting to see Bluetooth technology in MIDI controllers, now we are seeing it in digital pianos. It’s really a great thing to have included as there are many things you can take advantage with this technology. You can connect this to any educational apps by using your smart devices.
If you are looking for piano apps to use for learning, check out my post where I break down all of the popular apps out there.
It comes in weighing only 28 pounds. This is crazy to me as I have owned a lot of heavy keyboards in my time playing the piano. We are definitely seeing the industry starting to move to lighter options to accommodate for gigging and or touring.
I think that this is a great product at a great price. Honestly, I think that Roland took some great steps forward with the Bluetooth technology here. I believe in the next couple of years we are going to see pretty much every digital piano having this ability as it really is nice for kids and just beginners.
When you compare the key-bed and the playability on the FP10 to others in its price range, it is going to be a whole different level. When playing all of the high-end digital pianos, I almost always lean towards Roland and Kawai as I feel they are the closest to the real thing.
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Do you have any experience when it comes to playing the FP-10? Where do you believe this stands as far as with the other products available in this price range? I would love to know your thoughts below in the comment section!