hi,  
im thinking on getting myself a new stage piano. a lot of people in here recommends the roland fp4. actually i have the choice of getting the big brother fp7 for the same amount of money. which one would you prefere??. i think that that the sound is very similar but the fp4 is lighter and do not have so many specific feautures as the fp7
does anyone have any experience with theese keyboards?
cheers
nihonjin
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in my opinion, roland have the best piano sounds. i played on fp4 and fp7 here in morocco, i have owned rd-150 then years later i played with my friend's rd-300sx and rd-700gx witch's almost the best i've seen. i think that any rd- series would make you satisfied and feel happy!

now what? the fact i miss my rd-150 and my friend's rd-700gx, i only use korg sp-250, of course it feature very nice touch it features the new rh3 technology for weighted keys. actually i use it as a master keyboard hooked to my laptop via midi to control and play a vst called: "pianoteq" wtch's a kind of virtual piano using physical modeling with a realistic sounding. www.pianoteq.com/ it feature several patches for real pianos and rhodes. at least a very realistic solution but better than nothing. lol
although there are some folks here who are extremely passionate about the roland fp4, i will say that i find everything about my yamaha s90 to be superior except for perhaps the physical weight of the keyboard.

i played on a roland fp4 for several hours the other week, my first time experience, and i was very excited to be able to try it out.  i found the sounds to be... lacking both in what you get (7 or 8 presets and the ep really isn't as great as people are making it out to be) and in the action of the keys. i found the keys to be... much too crisp for my taste.  the actual landing impact felt a little like hitting a rock or piece or iron with a hammer. not cushy at all, not like a real piano or my s90es.

if you want an relatively inexpensive keyboard that has ok sounds and works just fine on stage, don't forget to include the privia by casio when you're test driving.  i played on that keyboard for an hour or so a couple weeks before i played on the fp4 and in my opinion, i liked the action and the sounds better than the fp4.

i'd like to put out there that the physical weight of a keyboard shouldn't be a determining factor in what you get.  when i'm looking for a keyboard i always go for how the keys feel first, then how it sounds. i can always get a module to increase the sound potential (like you could with the fp4 if you go in that direction).  

the weight of a keyboard, 25 pounds or 50 pounds, is what it is.  put it on a handcart and wheel it into the gig, or put it in a gig bag that has wheels and sliders so you can get it up and down stairs if that's what it takes, but you have to play this thing so number one is to make sure if feels good under your fingers.
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