Previous review of F120/RP301 - January 2, 2014 - I semi recommend the Roland RP120 ($1299US internet discount price) or RP301 ($1699US internet discount price). What I mean by "semi recommend" is that I do not fully recommend these models because of a few basic deficiencies which I discuss below. I do like some higher priced Roland pianos very much (the Roland HP series and others) and have used them personally for years and Roland is a great company. The Roland RP301 & F120 are the identical pianos in every way except for cabinet design, control panel/button placement and weight, and are the lowest priced Roland cabinet pianos in their home digital piano line-up for 2012/2013.
Roland also claims to have added an "escapement" feature in the key action which is supposed to give the feeling of playing on grand piano keys as opposed to playing an upright piano. Unfortunately, this "escapement" feature is virtually non existent in the G-Keyboard as opposed to the escapement feature in the Roland PHA series of key actions found in the majority of Roland pianos. You just cannot feel it (I could not and I know what it should do), no matter how hard or softly you press the keys. Roland might as well as have not mentioned this on their specs because it just doesn't work based on my playing experience with them. This is not the case with the better Roland key actions as you can definitely feel this feature on those pianos and it's quite good.
My final conclusions are...if it weren't for the disappointing key action & key noise and lack of a better internal speaker system, then these models would be much nicer to own. Roland also builds an upgraded version of the RP301 called the RP301R and it has many upgrades over the regular RP301 in terms of digital technology & fun features, but unfortunately it has the same key action and sound system and is approx $1999US discount price sold in piano stores only (not sold online). The RP301 comes in two attractive colors including brown rosewood (left pic) & black on nice looking furniture style cabinets. The F120 comes in a more compact contemporary cabinet in an attractive satin black and satin white (the white looks pretty cool if you like that color - lower left pic) with a useful key cover that folds down flat over the entire piano top and also acts as the music rack backing when opened up. Both pianos are no doubt reliable because Roland makes good quality electronics and I have owned and played many Roland digital pianos and keyboards over the years, and overall, enjoy playing them and have had few problems with them. But unfortunately I am not as impressed by either of these two pianos as I'd like to be and cannot fully recommend them especially because of the deficiencies in the keyboard action and piano sound in the middle portion of the keyboard and I have already mentioned. If you still like either of these pianos and the deficiencies I have mentioned here do not bother you, then you should buy the piano because at the end of the day...it's your money and your decision and there are many things to like about these Roland pianos:). Roland is a great company and I just wish they did not have these fundamental issues on their RP & F series digital piano cabinet models. You should also consider other options in this price range by Yamaha, Casio, and Kawai who make competitive models that (in my opinion) give you more "bang for the buck," and for less money
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