Roland FP-4F (Black) Reviews
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from Nashville, TN
January 30, 2013Music Background:
Session & gigging musician
The Roland FP-4F for meI bought the FP-4F from Sweetwater for mostly session work in Nashville, for which the engineers and musicians all really liked the sounds, but I have also used the instrument as the only keyboard for several live gigs now. On gigs, I actually like having the speakers turned on, and the other band guys appreciate that I don't have to turn up my onstage amp so much. The weight makes the instrument easy enough to maneuver by myself, though I've found it's easiest to set it on the stand by grabbing it in the middle, not by the ends. I wish Roland had kept the speaker on-off switch (from the FP-4), rather than having to plug in an adapter to the headphones on the back side. The piano sounds are great, as are many of the others. The action is a bit heavy for me, but easy enough to get used to. I wish there were numeric buttons on the panel, to easily access all of the sounds, and a pitch-bend and mod-wheel would be nice. I didn't think there was an expression pedal input when I bought it, but I found that you can re-assign the sostenuto pedal for that purpose. Overall, I'm very happy with the purchase and Sweetwater really helped get it here quickly.
from Traverse City, MI
May 18, 2012Music Background:
Roland guyI have been with the Roland FP series since 1988. Every generation of FP's get better. I have the FP7 and love it except for the weight in hauling to gigs. I needed the good sound and action that I love in the FPs but lighter weight. The FP4 accomplishes this. It does not surpass the FP7 in sound or touch but it is a very acceptable high 2nd place. I was using a Casio Privia 330 as my light keyboard. The Roland F4 surpasses the Casio in every way. I am not embarrassed by the sound at all.