Anyone familiar with this?

I saw a poster today for an old (25 years!) Roland electric upright piano for sale. Full-size keyboard, model HP 5500/5600. I tried to research online, but of course, these things just ain’t around anymore. Anyone familiar?

I’d love a real piano, but just don’t have the space right now, though I bet for just a bit more money I could get something much better sounding? Advise, fair Duluthians. Thanks!

8 Comments

Baci

about 9 years ago



I'm a big fan of my JX-3P with the PG-200!

Shana

about 9 years ago

They're a great solution in tight places.  Depending on its price, could be a better deal than a similar priced acoustic piano.  Not as easy to have worked on.

If you're keyboard shopping though, I have a Yamaha CP-70, older than that Roland and ten times prettier sounding (though easily 10 times heavier) for a few years that I'm looking to get rid of.

Les F

about 9 years ago

It looks like it was impressive in its day.

Soundonsound.com says ...

Indeed, some acoustic piano manufacturers felt so threatened by Roland's flagship HP5500 and HP5600 that they complained when the company used the word 'piano' to describe them, fearing that it would confuse prospective purchasers. Kakehashi responded by adding the word 'digital' to every Roland Digital Piano, sold thousands of them, and everybody was happy... especially the customers.

wildgoose

about 9 years ago

I might be interested in one, too.  Or a similar electric piano/keyboard type of thing. I don't know much about synthesizers and that is probably not what I'm looking for. My preference would be something with full-sized keys and a piano-like action maybe 4 or 5 octaves.  I haven't played much in 20 years but I'm thinking about changing that.  I'd also like to do a little intro to music theory and keyboarding with my wee goslings, too.  In fact they've been asking to learn some basics so they're part of the impetus.  

What's the asking price on such a thing?

wildgoose

about 9 years ago

*4 or 5 octave OR higher. A full keyboard would be wonderful.

Shana

about 9 years ago

Hey Goose -- hit me up: shana (at) shrugrecords (dot) net

j-i-l-l-o

about 9 years ago

Great input...thanks, all! Keep the comments coming. This Roland is pretty cheap, so I might just go for it. Shana-I might also email you for deets on your Yamaha.

Hot Shot

about 9 years ago

Bob Ward, who runs/ran Lindor Ward, the shop across from the Voyager on Superior st., would because great resource. He is one of the nicest guys I've met. 

However, I'm not sure if the shop is still open. I would look for a number or stop into the lower level of that shop and see if he's still there.

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