REVIEW - Roland CPF140 Digital Piano at Costco - Recommended

Roland CFP140 digital pianoUPDATED REVIEW - September 22, 2018- Roland CPF140 Digital Piano at Costco - Recommended - The Roland CPF140 flat-top (top folds down flat) digital piano in satin black ($1299US Costco regular discount price) is a compact model sold only through the Costco web site (here in the US). You would need to add your local state sales tax if you are a Costco member) and the piano includes some free accessories along with a matching bench which makes this package a good purchase. I have played the 140 model and do like it quite a bit in its compact smaller cabinet along with some of the cool features that it has. The Roland company has been around for a long time and is fairly well known by musicians but not as well known by the average non-musician person.

Costco has been offering a variety of digital pianos on their web site for many years and this model is one of their more popular sellers in the lower price range. What makes this piano unique is a number of things such as its compact size that puts out a good piano sound, and it has the some of the latest digital piano technology including wav file audio playback, interactive accompaniment backing tracks, and some good connectivity including an iPad wireless control that allows the user to control some of the functions of the piano from their iPad touch screen. All of these features make the Roland CPF140 a very nice  instrument to purchase for beginner through intermediate piano players and anyone in-between.

Roland CFP140 piano
The Roland company also markets the CPF140 under another name for mainstream internet music dealers and local piano stores and that model is called the F140R and sells for $1199 internet discount price. It is the more popular version and is the identical piano to the Costco CFP130 with the exception that the F140R does not automatically come with a bench, headphones, or other accessories, although some on-line music dealers do include some extra accessories at the $1199 internet price. I have played the F140R and like it very much. Although there are other good digital piano choices in this price range including Casio, Yamaha, and Kawai, the Roland CFP140/F140R is a nice choice for those people looking for a small compact profile, low priced digital piano with a pretty realistic piano key action and full dynamic range nice acoustic piano sound, pedaling realism, and lots of very cool built-in digital technology with a large library of additional instrument sounds. I will say that the piano sound itself is a bit brassy and metallic so some people may not care for that type of piano tone as opposed to other digital pianos that offer a richer but more mellow/classical piano tone

Roland digital piano I have done an extensive review of the Roland F140R at the link below, so I would recommend you read that review completely and then you will know more about the Costco CPF140 which is the exact same piano in terms of the electronic features, speaker system, and buttons. Both pianos have the same key action, same piano sound, same functions, same cabinet design, and the big difference is that Costco has its own model number for this piano. Sometimes there are distinct differences between Costco pianos and the general market versions such as the Roland RP400 (at Costco) vs the mainstream RP401R. Those two pianos are not the same. But in the case of the CPF140 and F140R, they are the same with the distinct exception that the F140R version is also available in a satin white finish ($1199US internet discount price) whereas the Costco model is only available in the satin black finish. It can get a bit confusing to try and figure this all out to know what you're really getting, but that's why I am here:). Before you purchase any piano anywhere, please contact me first and I can give you good piano shopping advice as well as show you how to save even more money over the best Amazon, Costco, and internet sale prices and bundles that are available including additional and higher quality accessories. Please read my review on the Roland F140R. Roland F140R Review 

Korg C1 Air digital piano
Also, check out what I consider to be a noticeably better "flat-top digital piano called the Korg C1 Air ($1399US internet discount price. The Korg company has been around for many years and unlike Roland who makes their pianos and/or other music products in Malaysia, Indonesia, or China, Korg makes their digital pianos in their own factory in Japan using higher quality Japanese workmanship and parts. The C1 Air actually sounds like a baby grand piano through it's vastly upgraded internal speaker system along with a more natural key action and piano sound chip and it also offers "Bluetooth audio" wireless connectivity as well. As compared to the Costco offering of the Roland CFP140, the Korg is like a Mercedes Benz as compared to the Roland as a basic vehicle with regard to the piano playing experience. Although the Roland CFP140 may have a lot of other "bells & whistles" including extra instrument sounds and USB flash drive storage, if you want a digital piano that comes as close as possible to a real baby grand or tall upright acoustic piano, the Korg C1 Air is the way to go. Finally, the Korg company is allowing a large unadvertised extra discount off its normal internet discount price of $1399US so then the price difference between the Roland and the Korg is almost nothing and then at that point the Korg C1 Air is the clear winner in my opinion. Check out my review of the Korg C1 Air at the following link: Korg C1 Air Review

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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