Probably the Best Keyboard Amp Available, But It's Heavy
I just purchased a new Roland KC-880 Keyboard Amp to power up my new Yamaha CP1 Stage Piano. With the help of Luke, my Sweetwater sales rep, I stepped into the upper level of quality with this amp purchase. I have been using the KC-500 for the last few years which was the precursor to the Roland KC-550, and I always felt that the 500 series amps with the single 15Ē speaker and tweeter were too bass heavy and lacked midrange thus making the keyboard sound heavy and occasionally not as clean on certain sounds.
With 2 two 12Ē speakers and 2 tweeters, the KC-880 solves this problem in a big way. The sound is clean, full, and in my opinion just right on the mid and low frequency balance. Itís got plenty of low end guts and a real pristine and clean mid and upper midrange, and the highs are fantastic.
Obviously the build quality is Roland through and through, tough, heavy duty, and built for the working musician who gigs and moves equipment a lot. This thing weights 97 lbs.! Most guys can pick up 97 lbs., however the amp is 29 inches wide and 17.5 inches deep and so it is hard to get ahold of, hard to get your arms around the thing. It almost takes two guys to pick it up on stage, but Roland has provided casters, and if you donít have stairs, one guy can move it with no problem.
With very good built in basic effects including, reverb, tremolo, chorus and rotary effects which can be applied to each channel with the push of a button, and plenty of in/out options, this amp offers conveniences that most other amps simply donít have. However, you can only run one effect at a time on the amp but that can be controlled with a Boss foot pedal. If you chose to run two amps in stereo, you could run two different effects one on each amp, but there again, you are going to be packing two large amps instead of one.
Personally, I love this thing, and I think the sound is fabulous with way more volume and power than I will ever need. Set the volume on four or five and it will fill a large room and compete with a loud drummer and bass player, no problem, and with five stereo channels you can run a large keyboard rig and still use a channel for a vocal monitor.
Iíve read a couple of negative reviews on other web-sights of this thing, and I think that people must have different ears than mine, because to my trained ears, this is the top of the line in keyboard sound.
Highly recommended, and I canít wait to get another one and run it in stereo. I guess Iíll have to do more weight lifting, because packing this big animal is worth the effort. If you want you axes to sound the best, start body building and get this thing!