The keyboard on the FP10 is Roland’s 88 note PHA4 hammer action weighted keyboard, and this features authentic ivory texture keys, high resolution sensing allowing for faster repetition of notes and escapement action which mimics the feel of the hammers hitting the strings on an acoustic piano. Plus, if you connect the optional Roland DP-10 foot switch, the FP10 also allows for more expressive pedal techniques such as half pedalling, all adding to the more authentic piano playing experience.
Tonally, there’s 15 onboard sounds on offer, including Roland highly acclaimed Supernatural Piano engine, which creates a incredibly detailed piano tone that reacts very organically and naturally to your playing, emulating subtle tonal elements such string, damper and key off resonances. Alongside side this, sounds can be layered to add texture, and there’s ambience and brilliance setting to adjust the virtual reverberations and brightness, so you can really tailor the piano sound to your preference.
As you’d expect, the FP-10 features a metronome and headphone socket for those late night practice sessions, there’s USB and Bluetooth MIDI connectivity, and just like the Yamaha P45 that we looked at earlier, it also features a twin piano mode, splitting the keyboard into two, which as I mentioned before, offers a great way of learning, when you can have a teacher and student sitting next to each other, each with effectively their own piano in front of them.
As you can see, the FP10 looks great, and although it is the heaviest piano we’re looking at today, weighing in at just over 12 kilos, it’s sleek design and downwards firing speaker system, makes it marginally the most compact of the 88 note models in it’s class. Now personally, I think the onboard speaker system is probably the best sounding and most powerful off all the pianos we’ve looked at today, but I do have one small issue with it. As the speakers are mounted on the bottom of the keyboard, you really need to make sure they’re not covered to get the best sound, so the piano really needs to sit on a keyboard stand as opposed to a table or a bed etc. Luckily though, just like some of the other models on our list, there is an optional dedicated stand available, which transforms the FP10 into a stylish digital piano setup that will look great in your home and also maintains its rich sound quality and projection. So regardless of whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced player, it’s definitely worth checking out the Roland FP-10.