Surely, my reputation precedes me, but I assure thee this is not without reason:
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. another version of Pete owned an FP-7; surely the “best in its class?” No!
This thing showed up with at least a few ‘weird-sounding’ notes, yet when confronted about this, Roland’s response was “it’s all in your head,” which Pete accepted and moved on, but then, within just a few months, mechanical problems (clacking) coming from some keys; once again, Roland declined to help, so Pete decided to sell the piano to an unsuspecting sucker, and vowed to “never again” go Roland……
But then, many years later, Roland comes out with a “state-of-the-art” piano featuring ‘the fastest key scanner’ in town, Super-Duper modeling, and ten-inch subwoofers; despite the FP-7 fiasco, Pete wondered, what if they straightened up @Roland and got it right this time around? No!
This overpriced thing called the LX-17 fashioned a cabinet that seemed made of cardboard; the top lid was so light & fluffy that a one-year could’ve lifted it without any problem; the fallboard had a ‘bend’ at the middle which exposed the middle-register keys even when closed; the action itself was okay, but the sound mediocre despite ten-inch woofers; something Pete further confirmed whence pairing Pianoteq with P-515; a match made in heaven despite only costing a fraction of the LX-17; “how could that be” you ask? It’s called overpricing!
Needless to say, within a year some keys started popping/banging/clacking on the LX-17, and once again, Pete dropped this nightmare on some other sucker, and vowed, yet again…….”never again!”
Very little is said about quality-build ‘round here, but I assure you, this is another area where Yamaha is king!
Going on almost 5 years, and still not a single squeak from that P-515, and whilst Roland is not as bad as Kawai (the worst) in this department, Yamaha remains the king of build-quality!