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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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GOLIS Mario a part-time user from Australia writes:
Feels better than it sounds. I've bought as a preloved for around $650 and in that price bracket is nothing sturdier and handier on the market. Maybe M Audio Premium or some Cassios however their plastic cassing is a turn off. And yes, piano sounds are too rounded or as if full time felt cussioned but try combine the piano vari 1 and the piano vari 2 an octave higher into one sound. Sensibly level the up(an octave higher one of course substantially softer) and there you go - the felt or cussions are coing off. Love it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-18-2011 at 21:43
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Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-03-2006 at 00:53
Sander Veeken a professional user from Netherlands writes:
I have to slightly disagree with most of the reviews here, I believe. The piano sounds in the RD-170 to me sound a bit muffled (not just "darker") and lack some power in the higher registers. From the C' and up they're rather thin, though adding some string resonance helps a bit. The same goes for the Rhodes and other EP sounds, the Wurlitzer in particular is ridiculously thin. They also have a really oddly short sustain, even though there is very obvious and audible sample looping. To be fair, the RD300 and even the RD700 have the same short sustain, though the tone there remains thicker.

Now for some balancing the good and bad - none of these problems are very serious for live cover band use, which is what I almost solely use mine for. I would have liked for the piano to be a bit more dynamically responsive and to have more bite especially in the solo registers (exactly where it lacks some now), but other than that, it's really not an issue until you really sit down with your headphones and just play by yourself. And it has some excellent features for live use. The layering and mixing is very useful, and I LOVE being able to save my presets - I often need the same piano/pad combi, or layer a Rhodes and a piano sound, or even need access to EP 3 and 2 consecutively. It's very nice the way you can quickly access them at the touch of a single button, and mix the levels with dedicated faders. It's obvious (at least to me) from practical features like these that Roland intended the instrument for the regular live user. It's also a sturdy looking and feeling instrument, with very nice keyboard action.

All in all, I bought it for its excellent value for money. I thought about going for the 300 but was disappointed by the sustain of the piano sound and the feel of the keyboard (odd, since it's supposed to be a compact version of the keyboard of the 700). I even thought about going for the 700 with the SRX Rhodes board, but in the end those were SO much more expensive that it didn't feel like it'd be worth it. I'd rather buy an entirely new one for less money in four or five years. When buying this instrument, be aware of its limitations and consider if they're going to be a problem for you - if not, it's EXCELLENT value for money and I can recommend it to anyone with full confidence.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-30-2006 at 02:50
Rich a professional user from UK writes:
This is a brilliant pro/semi-pro crossover instrument. It looks great, feels great and has enough extra sounds to keep the hobbyist interested. But underneath that retro-furniture exterior beats the heart of a beastly Roland stage piano. This is leagues in front in feel, practicality for gigging and sound. And the layering/mixing is oh-so-handy. It has one of the best Fender Rhodes sounds I've ever heard. And for gods sake its so f^$^*£^$*£ cheap! Get one, it's great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-26-2005 at 21:02
hagybear a professional user from israel writes:
i fell in love with this digital piano i went to my local dealer and looked all over the net for a real piano feel . and i couldnt stop playing it .. i dont know what roland is plannig todo with the new rd700sx comming in june .. this piano is it !! love it got it a dream come true ..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-30-2005 at 17:22
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