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🎹Roland FP-30 vs Roland FP-10 Digital Piano Comparison, Review, & Demo🎹

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Alternative Options - Comparable Digital Pianos

🛒 Yamaha P125▸https://geni.us/Yamaha-P125
🛒 Casio PX-160▸https://geni.us/Casio-PX160
🛒 Kawai ES100▸https://geni.us/Kawa-ES100
🛒 Casio PX-560▸https://geni.us/Casio-PX-560
🛒 Yamaha YDP181▸https://geni.us/Yamaha-YDP181
🛒 Yamaha P45▸https://geni.us/Yamaha-P45
🛒 Casio PX-S1000▸https://geni.us/Casio-PX-S1000
🛒 Roland Go▸https://geni.us/Roland-Go

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Roland FP-30▸https://www.merriammusic.com/product/roland-fp-30-digital-piano/
Roland FP-10▸https://www.merriammusic.com/product/roland-fp10-digital-piano/

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Introduction:

The Roland FP-10 and FP-30 are two of the piano industry’s most popular entry-level 88 note digital pianos, and part of the same series. The FP30 came first, and the FP10 snuck in over the last year and a half to become a dominant player in the $500 USD digital piano market. They share an action, very similar tone generators, and overal dimensions are also quite similar - so what are the reasons that someone should pay $300 more for the FP30 vs FP10? Or perhaps more importantly...are you really missing out on anything great to just go with the cheaper version of the two? Let’s find out!


Tone Engines & Sound:

The FP10 does include a slightly limited version of the Supernatural Sound Engine (the general sound architecture that’s found throughout Roland’s entire lineup), and a slightly lower polyphony than the FP30 has, but it has no noticeable effect on the playing experience really. When played side-by-side with identical settings, the FP30’s beefier circuitry actually does produce a fuller more complex tone, but you need almost ‘laboratory-type conditions’ to detect it.

The piano tone, Rhodes, and all the other standard sounds are well rendered on both, and particularly with a good set of headphones, the piano is altogether fully usable as a PIANO, not a cheap imitation of one. The limitations of the speaker size and power on the FP10 means that the onboard sound is usable only in the most private of settings - anything more than that and you’re looking at reinforcement from an amp. The FP30 on the other hand has a surprisingly capable set of speakers on it; while it doesn’t exactly deliver warm lush bass tones, it cuts through adequately, and in a small enough room, does give a pretty full spectrum experience without any additional reinforcement.

The polyphony is relatively close, 96 vs 128, and the number of sounds is substantially beefed up on the FP30 as well.


Action:

Both instruments use the PHA-4 Ivory-touch action with escapement, which is a pro-level action found in instruments all the way up to (and above) the $2000 price point. This makes the FP10 & FP30 both a substantial value, when you consider they have a triple sensor, ivory touch with escapement, and an extremely robust construction quality.

The PHA-4 is the exact same action that you’ll find in the FP60, but also the F140r and the RP501r. It has a very well executed ‘faux’ ivory keytop feel and ebony feel on the black keys, a believable escapement simulation, and a rugged physical construction that doesn’t give off unreasonable mechanical sounds or ‘clunks’.


Other Features:

Both the FP10 and FP30 offer Bluetooth over MIDI, and limited functionality through the Piano Partner 2 app. The FP30 does offer rhythm accompaniments through the app (FP10 doesn’t), and also features ¼” output + 3.5mm outputs (which can be used as either headphone jacks or not, without auto-shutting off the local speakers...a nice feature). The FP30 also has a basic recording function onboard.


Conclusions:

If the purpose of the instrument is to provide a great action and piano or epiano tones, in as light-weight a case as possible, the FP10 wins the gold. The quality of piano tone and action delivers extraordinary value for it’s price. However, the FP30, with available triple pedal, expanded tones, Rhythm Accompaniment, and onboard speakers to use it for professional applications like rehearsals or teaching rooms, make it an equally high value. It all depends on what you need!

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