Aug 1, 2014

REVIEW - Roland RP400 Digital Piano at Costco - A very nice piano

UPDATED REVIEW - August 29. 2016 - Roland RP400 digital piano at Costco - Costco is well known for selling just about anything you can think of, and this includes digital pianos. Costco has been selling new digital pianos for many years and some of them are poor quality (I have reviewed those models), and some of the digital pianos are good quality and I recommend them. One of the newest digital pianos offered by Costco that I recommend is the Roland RP400 digital piano. Costco's price regular discount price for this new piano is $1599.99US and it comes with a "bundle" of accessories including the bench, headphones, and a special WiFi adapter for iPad connectivity.

The interesting thing about the Roland RP400 digital piano offered by Costco is that it is a very similar piano compared to the new Roland RP401R digital piano which is selling on the internet and at local music & piano stores worldwide. The RP401R is also $1599US and in some cases comes with a free bundle including bench, WiFi adapter, and/or headphones. One advantage to the Roland RP401R is that is it offered in two color finishes (satin rosewood or black) whereas the RP400 is only offered in black and I think rosewood is a great choice and quite attractive for people who don't want black. Also with Costco you would have to pay local & state sales tax unless you are in a non-taxed state, whereas with the RP401R, unless you buy it locally or are in a state that requires tax paid on internet purchases (some do), most on-line purchases of that model are tax free...so the RP401 makes even more sense with regard to price.

However the biggest difference is that the RP400 does not have the interactive drum rhythms & chord accompaniment styles that the RP401R has. This is a very useful feature and can aid in music education with better understanding of rhythm & timing, helps with ear training & music creativity, and really makes the piano more enjoyable to play...at least it does for me:). The music style interactive accompaniments offered on the RP401R is something I recommend to everyone who wants to have a better overall understanding of music and have more fun playing it while sounding like a full band or orchestra. In my opinion the RP401R really should be priced nearer to $2000 with those extra features but instead is the same price as the Costco RP400 ($1599). Another difference between the two models is that the RP401R has a nicer more comfortable bench than does the RP400, and when it comes to sitting on a more comfortable bench, that can be an important aspect of buying a piano. Finally, it's been my experience that the international model number (RP401R) tends to be the recognized model and carries a higher resale value than the Costco model number (RP400). In either case, both models sound the same in terms of  internal speaker system and piano sound chip, have the same cabinet design, same pedaling and key actions, and share the same features other than the useful interactive rhythm style and chord accompaniment features that I mentioned earlier.

The RP400 & RP401R offers what I consider to be one of the best digital pianos in its price range with a very satisfying piano playing experience whether you are a pure beginner or a piano player. Roland has had its RP series of pianos out for many years, some of which I have not liked, but they have finally put together two affordable models that I believe offer great features that surpasses anything that Yamaha currently offers for under $2000. The RP400/401R key action feels good, moves well, and responds in a way that makes you think you are playing a real piano, especially in this price range. Piano sound is pretty realistic as well as pedaling sustain and decay time and the that's what is good to focus on when shopping for a digital piano...the fundamentals of playing piano and the ability of the piano to behave in an organic acoustic way. The bottom line is, if the digital piano does a good job at being a piano, then everything else is frosting on the cake, but those extra "frosting on the cake" features can be very useful for educational purposes as well as offering a more enjoyable musical experience, which I highly recommend.

Since I have already done a detailed and comprehensive review of the Roland RP401R and all the cool things it does, please go to the following link to read that review and then you'll know all about the RP400 at Costco since they are the same pianos with the exception of those extra cool features I mentioned earlier that is only available on the RP401R, which is not at Costco Roland RP401R Review.

**Also, before you make any digital piano purchase, including any pianos offered at Costco, please contact me and I can help you find what you are looking for at even less money than store internet & bundle prices including the better Roland RP401R for close to the same price as the more basic RP400. As a professional piano teacher and pro musician, I believe it's all about the music and the enjoyment that you will have playing a good digital piano that offers the things which matters most so you can make it a big part of your life or your children's life as the piano has been in my life and life of my family! Music is life and life is Music!

If you want more info on new digital pianos and LOWER PRICES than internet discounts, please email me at tim@azpianowholesale.com or call direct at 602-571-1864.

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