February 4, 2023

Glarry Keyboards & Pianos

You can adjust the Recital Pro’s metronome function to any setting from 30 to 280 bpm, and the speed appears on the display. The Roland FP-10 isn’t as low-profile and shallow as the Casio CDP-S150, but it is a couple of inches less in width. And at just under 28 pounds, the Roland is still relatively light, albeit a few pounds heavier than the Casio. The connections include a ¼-inch port for the included sustain pedal, a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack, a USB Type-B port for connecting to a computer, a USB Type-A port for updates, and the DC power plug.

All these little touches add significantly to the FP-10’s sense of realism. To get a graphic interface, you can use the CDP-S150 with Casio’s Chordana Play app for iOS and Android. Through the app you can change everything that you can control with the keyboard buttons, but in a much more pleasing way. Changing the metronome tempo in the app is also far easier, and it includes simple beginner lessons, although some reviews have reported issues getting the app to read MIDI files (we didn’t experience this issue directly). I then set off to a few Los Angeles music stores to get my hands on some keys, talk to the store employees—who work around these instruments every day—and whittle down the list. After contacting manufacturers to request samples and to get suggestions on digital piano that might better fit our guidelines, we narrowed the list down to seven keyboards.

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A duet function allows the CDP-S150 to split into two sides so that a student and teacher can sit at the keyboard together, with each side covering the same range of notes. Some of our testers slightly preferred the Roland FP-10 over the Casio CDP-S150 for its more authentic piano feel and accurate sounds. It has Bluetooth to wirelessly connect to a mobile device running Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app, but its physical controls are far less intuitive than the CDP-S150’s. Still, the FP-10 would likely be our top pick if not for the fact that its availability is too inconsistent. Otherwise the Casio is a top-notch choice. The FP-10 offers the best playability and piano sounds for the price, but its availability has ranged from limited to nonexistent.

Second, it allows for more variation and musicality in the way you play a note. Although an acoustic piano keyboard might look like nothing more than a bunch of on/off switches, in reality there’s a range of volumes and timbres that you can achieve depending on how quickly or strongly you depress the keys. Hammer action best replicates those possibilities. At GLARRY, customer satisfaction is always our number one priority. Our aim is to provide every person with an enjoyable music making experience by delivering quality music products and services at competitive prices in an inspiring retail environment.

This sort of design is a bit behind the times, as other keyboards around this price (including the Roland FP-10) can quickly connect via Bluetooth for a much easier app experience. For our original 2018 tests, we evaluated all the keyboards in our Los Angeles office. After unboxing them and setting them up, I invited the panel testers to come in and try them out. I asked them to rate the key action and the sound of each piano and to evaluate features from the perspective of a beginner.

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