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  • Roland EP-7...Is it any good?

    I found one of these for sale. I'm looking for a better keyboard than my Casio WK-110, so it caught my interest. I know Roland keyboards are generally good quality, but I can't find much info on this one.



    Can anyone tell me about the Roland EP-7?
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      I've got the EP7 and it feels good and sounds good to me. I'm not a realistic piano sound expert but I find its sound superior to the Yamaha CS2x's piano.



      For me, the EP7 has great piano sound at least in a synthy way.

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        Hi I am having trouble figuring how to post. I have a Roland ep7 piano someone wants to buy how much can I sell it for? Robbin

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      Cool.



      Are the keys weighted nicely?



      Also, how long ago were these made?



      Does it have an output jack so I can hook it up to some delay and modulation pedals?
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        • #6
          The EP-7's have been around for quite some time, maybe 15 years? I bought a floor demo at GC in '97 for $400 and used it until upgrading to a Yamaha P80 in '07 when I started doing a solo act. The EP-7 was OK for band work...plus I also used a CX-3 in the band...but for a solo thing I needed 88 weighted keys which the P-80 has, and better tone...the EP-7 keys are semi-weighted. I did about 70 road gigs a year with the EP-7...no problems with it. It was light and easy to load. But the sound was not as good as the Yamaha "P" series stuff...but then the EP-7 was a lot cheaper to buy and much lighter in weight. It had L/R 1/4" outputs, headphones out, ...also midi. Can't remeber if it had any other outputs.

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          • #7
            Being not much of a gear-snob and having had to make do with far worse, I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole, nevermind a single one of my 10 digits.



            Shoot a little higher. There's better stuff out there for not a lot of cash.
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            • #8
              I guarantee that I won't find better for the price this one is. It's an insane deal on a used one, and I'm sure it will be much nicer than my Casio (which I will sell once I get the Roland).
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              • #9
                They're cheap for a reason... It's your choice of course. I just wouldn't. Ever. I'd rather save up/work more overtime and buy something good.
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                  Quote Originally Posted by Jez
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                  They're cheap for a reason... It's your choice of course. I just wouldn't. Ever. I'd rather save up/work more overtime and buy something good.




                  Why exactly do you hate them?



                  From some reviews I've read it seems to have fairly nice action and a good piano sound.



                  I just don't think there are other options for weighted keyboards with decent sound in the sub-$100 category.



                  Also, this will just be my effected piano - I'm going to buy an actual piano for just the normal, clean piano sound. The EP7 will be hooked up to a full pedalboard of delay and modulation pedals. I'm also going to be buying an Alesis Micron for my main synth.



                  Do you have any other suggestions that would be better than the EP7 for a similar price (under $100)?
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                    Quote Originally Posted by -Anti-
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                    ...this will just be my effected piano - I'm going to buy an actual piano for just the normal, clean piano sound. The EP7 will be hooked up to a full pedalboard of delay and modulation pedals. I'm also going to be buying an Alesis Micron for my main synth.



                    Do you have any other suggestions that would be better than the EP7 for a similar price (under $100)?




                    Umm...



                    Why would want an "effected" piano? But since you do, I guess under 100 bucks is an excellent price for the EP7... which you are going to "effect" anyway.



                    However, if you were buying it for more traditional reasons - like, to actually play acoustic-sounding piano tones... then no - it's not a good deal no matter how cheap it is, 'cause a 10 year digital piano just doesn't cut it any more.
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                      Quote Originally Posted by GigMan
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                      Umm...



                      Why would want an "effected" piano? But since you do, I guess under 100 bucks is an excellent price for the EP7... which you are going to "effect" anyway.



                      However, if you were buying it for more traditional reasons - like, to actually play acoustic-sounding piano tones... then no - it's not a good deal no matter how cheap it is, 'cause a 10 year digital piano just doesn't cut it any more.




                      Does no one think creatively anymore? Why WOULDN'T you want a piano you could manipulate with effects? Why WOULDN'T you want to use delay here and there, or maybe some modulation?



                      As for it being 10 years old, when was production stopped on the EP7? From what I can tell, they first came out in 1990, but I haven't seen anything showing the end of production. I'm curious to see just how long they were made.



                      Can anyone who doesn't like these please explain why? So far there have been a few posts saying it's bad, but no explanations on why it's bad.
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                        Quote Originally Posted by -Anti-
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                        Does no one think creatively anymore? Why WOULDN'T you want a piano you could manipulate with effects? Why WOULDN'T you want to use delay here and there, or maybe some modulation?



                        Because most people buy a digital piano to get an accurate recreation of an acoustic piano.



                        As for it being 10 years old, when was production stopped on the EP7? From what I can tell, they first came out in 1990, but I haven't seen anything showing the end of production. I'm curious to see just how long they were made.



                        Can anyone who doesn't like these please explain why? So far there have been a few posts saying it's bad, but no explanations on why it's bad.




                        Why they might say it's "bad" is that it's not as realistic-sounding of a piano as the more current models.

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                          Quote Originally Posted by GigMan
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                          Why they might say it's "bad" is that it's not as realistic-sounding of a piano as the more current models.

                          s




                          If I wanted spot-on piano, I'd just play an acoustic piano.



                          I'm basically just looking for a decent digital piano that I can run into a pedalboard. My current Casio sounds obscenely digital...it's *usable* but I wouldn't want to record or gig with it. Even with effects masking the sound a bit.



                          Is the EP-7 going to be just as bad, or will it be an improvement over the Casio?
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                            Quote Originally Posted by -Anti-
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                            Can anyone who doesn't like these please explain why? So far there have been a few posts saying it's bad, but no explanations on why it's bad.




                            That's actually pretty difficult Given that everyone wants something different from their digital piano, all the stuff I hate, might be exactly what you need. I'm sure many players get on perfectly well with their EP7 but for my needs, the thing would be totally unsuitable... it would just "feel wrong" to play, (compared to the actions I like), and the sound just wouldn't be there... I've never got on well with Roland pianos, the way they work doesn't suit my playing.



                            But then, YOU might love it Just make sure you play/hear it before parting with any money.
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