I consider the top (and better) digital piano manufacturers for the US market that make a wide selection of digital pianos to include Kawai, Casio, Yamaha, Roland, and Samick. The Korg keyboard company used to be a very good digital piano brand with full size furniture style cabinets, but they only have one home cabinet model remaining and it's about 8 years old in technology now. The Kurzweil keyboard company has made furniture style digital pianos for many years but lately are not (in my opinion) competitive in the under $2000 price range, although that may hopefully change in the future. Almost all other brands of digital pianos (with a couple of exceptions) that may be available in some piano stores, on-line web sites, or consumer store web sites (like Costco) are what I consider to be "off brands." I would not recommend these brands by such names as Suzuki, Williams, Adams, Adagio, and a few others. I can only say stay away from them regardless of how inexpensive the price may be. I have written reviews on many of these brands and models so if you want more info, take a look at some of my other blog reviews.
In this blog article I will be referring only to furniture "cabinet style" models (including portable pianos with nice furniture stands & pedals) and only those that have an internet or regular store discount price for under $2000 which is where most consumers want to be when looking for a new digital piano.
Roland digital pianos are generally fine instruments and that company has three furniture cabinet models that sell for under $2000 and they're called the RP301R ($1999 store discount price), RP301 ($1699 internet price), and F120 ($1299 internet price). All three pianos are the same as far a s key action, piano sound, and speaker system, and all three pianos have 128-notes of polyphony. The key action is nicely weighted but unfortunately the noise that that the keys make when they are played is quite loud and distracting when the keys go down and touch bottom, especially when playing in a harder more dynamic manner. Most of the other Roland cabinet model pianos (they're all well over $2000) have a key action touch that is much more realistic than the RP301 and also much quieter. I do like the piano tone overall although it's a bit thin and tinney in the middle to higher octaves. The RP301 and 301R piano have buttons across the front panel so it's easy to operate and has a nice selection of realistic instrument and percussion tones which is good, but it's stereo amplifier speaker system puts out a total of only 24 watts which is relatively small for a piano like this. The RP301 & F120 do not have a USB output connector (just old style MIDI connectors), which in this day and age it should at that price, especially because it's a 2012 model (the RP301R doe have the USB output). Overall I think these Roland pianos are somewhat overpriced for what its offering. I have a detailed blog reviews of these Roland models here on my blogsite if you want to read more.
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I always recommend that you do your homework before you buy because ultimately any of these pianos may be a good choice for you. However there are definitely some models that offer more for the money and if you would like my help in making your decision, please contact me as I do not charge for my advice:)
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