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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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r nim a part-time user from usa writes:
digital stage piano with real hammer action, pro instrument, making it relatively heavy. lots of good sounds and 2 voice layering. true midi. was the best available at the time that it came out. If it's available used, it would be at VERY reasonable price now.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-31-2011 at 19:10
Pat Markham from Northern Michigan writes:
I ordered replacement hammers from Roland Corporation US 4901 Alexander St. Los Angeles, CA 90040-3023. (From the Roland website) They are quite cheap actually so I ordered extra. There are two different part numbers - one for the black keys and one for the white keys. When your keys arrive try this... This is sort of like trying to tell someone how to tie their shoes. Here goes....Unscrew the bolts from the bottom that allow you to flip the back (control panal area) away from the key board. There are also(from the bottom)8 screws about 1 1/2 inches in from the front edge that need to be loosened so the keys will slide back when you open it later. Turn the keyboard back right side up and flip the back (control panel) away from the keys. There is a long gray metal piece along the back of the keys that hold them in place - unscrew it and move it out of the way, paying close attention to the way it sets so when you put it back together it will hold the keys securely in place. Then, slide the keys back a few inches (away from the guard that runs along the front edge). There are two prongs at the back of each key that strattle a pen. As you pull up on the front of the key, pry the prongs at the back gently away from either side of the pen with a screwdriver and the key will slide away from you and up. The hammer is just setting in the little cradle like grove. Lift it up moving it back slightly and then pulling it forward to slip out of the slot. Pay close attention to the shape and how it lays so you can replace the new one in the same position. Put the new hammer back through the slot and rest the pen back in the cradle like grove. It just sits there. Replace the key by sliding it straight down making sure the long clips underneath are behind the small bar and the front of the key covers the little metal piece in front. The two prongs on the back just pop over the pen. Slide the keys forward into their place against the front guard. Replace the long metal strip that holds the back of the keys in place. Close it up. Tighten all screws. Make beautiful music.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-17-2009 at 15:43
Tom Roberts a hobbyist user from US writes:
I'm another sufferer from RD-500 broken hammer syndrome.

I have the action out, but...

Could somebody please explain how to remove the hammer or key from an RD-500? Nick Blunn (above) says just "prize" it off the pivot point with a screwdriver. Not sure where exactly to insert screwdriver, and am fearful of breaking it further!

Any advice much appreciated!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-19-2008 at 13:07
Bob Baldwin a professional user from Valparaiso, IN writes:
I love my keyboard, but I hate super-glue. Please, somebody tell me where I can get replacement keys and hammers, I need them bad. This keyboard is so good that you can't find a junk one for parts, and I need them. I have put well around 2000 performances on this thing, and I hate change, but I am gonna have to buy something else soon if I can't find the parts, because one of my keys broke now and I lost that little piece. If you know the one I am talking about, then you know I am screwed. Please help me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-21-2006 at 03:53
Troy Cooley a professional user from USA writes:
Been useed hard for 8 years, And still plays great. The sound selections are not to good, But the piano sounds are killer. One mean sounding digital piano.A+

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-20-2004 at 13:17
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