Roland

Roland Corporation U.S.
5100 South Eastern Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90040
323-890-3700
www.rolandus.com

To simply say that Roland Corporation was established in 1972 is to ignore one of the most compelling stories in the realm of digital pianos. Ikutaro Kakehashi started down the path to Roland Corporation at the age of 16, when he began repairing watches and clocks in postwar Japan. However, his enthusiasm for music meant that his business soon evolved into the repair of radios. At the age of 20, Kakehashi contracted tuberculosis. After three years in the hospital, he was selected for the trial of a new drug, streptomycin, and within a year he was out of the hospital.

In 1954, Kakehashi opened Kakehashi Musen (Kakehashi Radio). Once again, his interest in music intervened, this time leading to his development of a prototype electric organ. In 1960, Kakehashi Radio evolved into Ace Electronic Industries. The FR1 Rhythm Ace became a standard offering of the Hammond Organ Company, and Ace Electronic Industries flourished. Guitar amplifiers, effects units, and more rhythm machines were developed, but as a result of various business-equity involvements, Ace was inadvertently acquired by a company with no interest in musical products, and Kakehashi left in March 1972. One month later, he established Roland Corporation. The first Roland product, not surprisingly, was a rhythm box.

In 1973, Roland introduced its first all-electronic combo piano, the EP-10, followed in 1974 by the EP-30, the world’s first electronic piano with a touch-sensitive keyboard. Japan’s first genuinely digital pianos for home use were released by Roland in 1975 as part of the early HP series. Next came Roland’s portable EP-09 electronic piano in 1980, and the debut of the wood-finish HP-60 and HP-70 compact pianos in 1981. In 1983, Roland released the HP-300 and HP-400, the very first digital pianos with MIDI.

When introduced in 1986, the RD-1000 stage piano was Roland’s first entry in what would become the digital piano category. Today, Roland offers more than two dozen models of digital piano covering every facet of the category: slab, vertical, grand, ensemble, and stage instruments.

Of particular interest to those looking for educational features is Roland’s HPi model, which includes a substantial suite of educational capabilities supported by an LCD screen mounted on a music desk. The new LX models add traditional-looking vertical pianos to the line. Roland offers one of the widest selections of digital pianos in the industry. The chart of “Digital Piano Specifications and Prices” will give you a clear breakdown of the various models and features.

The Roland V-Piano is the first digital piano to rely entirely on physical modeling as its tonal source. Physical modeling breaks down the sound of a piano note into discrete elements that can be represented by mathematical equations, and creates the tone in real-time based on a complex series of calculations. There are no acoustic piano samples. For more information about physical modeling, please see, elsewhere in this issue, “Digital Basics, Part 1: Imitating the Acoustic Piano and “My Other Piano Is a Computer: An Introduction to Software Pianos.

The HP models are the core of Roland’s offerings in-home digital pianos; the latest models, including the new GP607 Digital Grand, share the company’s hallmark SuperNATURAL® piano sound engine, premium Progressive Hammer Action with Escapement, and built-in Bluetooth wireless capability, and differ from each other primarily in the specifications of their audio systems and cabinet-types.

For more information on MAP and retail pricing, see How to Buy a Digital Piano.

For an explanation of features and specifications shown, please see the Key to Specifications and Prices.

Select a model for a complete list of features. 

Model & Pricing Guide

Roland

Model
Form
Finish
Dimensions WxDxH (inches)
Weight (pounds)
Realism
Est. Price
Total Watts
Speakers
Piano Pedals
Half Pedal
Bluetooth
RD-2000
S
Bk
56x15x6
55
8.6
2,899
0
0
1 (3)
Y
GO:PIANO88
S
Bk
51x11x5
16
1.8*
399
20
2
1
Y
FP-30X
S
Bk/Wt
51x11x6
31
8.2
859
22
2
1 (3)
Y
Y
FP-60X
S
Bk/Wt
51x14x5
42
8.2
1,229
26
2
1 (3)
Y
Y
FP-90X
S
Bk/Wt
53x15x5
52
8.6
2,449
60
4
1 (3)
Y
Y
FRP-1
V
Bk
51x13x36
44
6.8
699
12
2
1
Y
Y
DP-603
V
Bk
55x14x31
104
9.1
2,999
24
2
3
Y
Y
DP-603
V
EP
55x14x31
104
9.1
3,499
24
2
3
Y
Y
DP-603
V
WtP
55x14x31
104
9.1
3,599
24
2
3
Y
Y
HP-702
V
O/R/ES/Wt
54x18x42
120
8.6
2,599
28
2
3
Y
Y
HP-704
V
O/R/ES/Wt
54x19x44
131
9.1
3,459
60
4
3
Y
Y
HP-704
V
EP
54x19x44
134
9.1
4,099
60
4
3
Y
Y
LX-705
V
O/R/ES
54x18x41
164
9.1
4,099
60
4
3
Y
Y
LX-705
V
EP
54x18x41
167
9.1
4,799
60
4
3
Y
Y
LX-706
V
R/ES
54x19x44
212
10
4,999
74
6
3
Y
Y
LX-706
V
EP
54x19x44
216
10
5,499
74
6
3
Y
Y
LX-708
V
ES
55x19x46
240
10
6,899
74
8
3
Y
Y
LX-708
V
EP
55x19x46
243
10
7,699
74
8
3
Y
Y
LX-708
V
WtP
55x19x46
243
10
7,899
74
8
3
Y
Y
F-140R
V
Bk/Wt
54x14x36
76
8.6
1,399
24
2
3
Y
Y
F-701
V
Bk/Wt/O
54x14x36
79
8.6
1,549
24
2
3
Y
Y
RP-102
V
Bk
54x17x39
83
8.6
1,099
12
2
3
Y
Y
RP-501R
V
Bk/Wt/R
54x17x39
81
8.6
1,629
24
2
3
Y
Y
RP-701
V
Bk/Wt/R/O
54x18x40
101
8.6
1,729
24
2
3
Y
Y
GP-607 (Mini Grand)
G
EP
55x37x35
223
10
6,599
70
5
3
Y
Y
GP-607 (Mini Grand)
G
WtP
55x37x35
223
10
6,799
70
5
3
Y
Y
GP-609 (Grand Piano)
G
EP
57x59x62
326
10
11,299
74
7
3
Y
Y
GP-609 (Grand Piano)
G
WtP
57x59x62
326
10
11,599
74
7
3
Y
Y
RD-88
S
Bk
51x11x6
30
8.2
1,499
12
2
1 (3)
Y