Roland Go Piano Review (88 keys)
Updated: Feb 21
If you're playing the piano regularly, then you've probably heard of Roland at some point. If not, keep reading.
They are one of the big piano manufactures on the market today, with many acoustic and digital pianos in different price ranges.
In this Roland go piano review, we've been taking an in-depth look at the 88 key piano.
There is also a Roland go piano with 61 keys, which is kind of similar to the 88 key piano.
But today, we will be talking about the full size key piano.
This is one of Roland's entry level pianos, which makes it relatively inexpensive, so the people decided to buy it, you won't need to spend a fortune on this piano.
I mean, the Roland go piano is for the most part made for people starting out to play piano. And you may want to test out a smart, easy and cheap piano. Then I guarantee this Roland piano might be something for you.
Anyway, we've covered 19 sections with facts only about the Roland:go 88 key piano, we tried to cover the most important aspects and facts in the very most detailed way, for you.
I hope we made a good job, to make you consider this piano as your next investment.
Anyway, let's dive into the review.
First overall impression on the Roland go piano is that it looks similar to other digital pianos/keyboards in the same price range.
The compact design allows you to use your creativity with it, in the same range of keys with an acoustic piano. Because of the compact design, you can be very flexible where you're playing. Many piano players enjoy the feeling of being able to play their own digital piano anywhere anytime.
They put together a width of 51 inches (1.3 m), 11.5 deep and 3.4 high with a weight of only 14.3 lbs (7 kilos). With that said, this piano is very lightweight and there will be no problem to take it with you.
The 10Wx10W speakers allow you to play with batteries, If that's needed, otherwise you can just play the Go piano with a normal power adapter.
It's becamo normal nowadays to use a combination of buttons, for example to change the sound and the metronome's tempo.
You press down the function button, and then press the key where it says what you seek.
I think it's a very easy and smart function, Instead of many different buttons that probably will confuse you, you then can take control over the keyboard with only one button.
Not much to say about these, very easy navigation I would summarize it.
As we expect, the materials on the ROLAND:GO piano 88 keys are made with plastic. That's the usual standard on entry level pianos. The keys are also in plastic, so I highly recommend using a piano bag so it's safe when you're on the road somewhere.
KEYS AND KEY ACTION
This Go piano is made with 88 full sized keys, this is the best key option you can choose in any kind of piano. This piano is also available in 61 keys, which may limit your playing style.
With 88 full sized keys, for a beginner, is great. It will allow you to develop your piano skills to the top. You won't be restricted to keys, which is just awesome.
Unfortunately, you won't get that authentic piano feeling like playing on a real acoustic piano. The keys on the Roland go aren't weighted, so the necessary resistance won't be provided in this keyboard.
But if you are not very picky about yourself, this 88 key keyboard will most of the time provide your needs.
Some positive news is that the keyboard has touch sensitive keys.
You may wonder what touch sensitive keys are? It means the harder you press the keys, the louder sound the keyboard will provide. And the softer you play them, a quieter sound will occur.
The most part of today's digital piano and keyboards have touch sensitive keys. That's one of the most important aspects to have in mind when testing different pianos.
Your technique could result in a bad way, if not playing with touch sensitive keys.
Actually, the 88 key Roland go piano, we could say is a bit of a downgrade than the 61 key. Why? Because the 61 key piano is made with a sound bank of 40 sounds included, the 88 key piano only includes 4 sounds.
That may seem a bit weird, but 4 sounds may be all sounds you need. (I will list the sounds further down).
If you only have a few sounds, your main focus will be training up your piano skills and becoming the best piano player of yourself. And not just playing around.
The keyboard is small and compact, but it delivers a good quality sound with a realistic touch. They actually used many different kinds of samples to provide the sound it does.
Many keyboards in the same price range use fewer samples per sound.
- Acoustic grand piano.
- Electric piano.
- Church organ.
The keyboard has 2 10W speakers built in on the top of it.
They are actually kinda decent speakers. It's a big upgrade from the 61 key, it only has 2 2.5 W, which is not much at all.
And will be necessary to use with headphones many times.
But luckily the 88 key provides a bigger speaker with better sound quality. Tho it may be smart to use headphones if you enjoy the more compact and isolated sound.
The polyphony can vary a lot from different pianos. In this Roland go it comes with 128 polyphony.
That's the same amount as in the 61 key. 128 polyphony is actually a very good polyphony rate.
And even more for this cheap price.
You should be thankful for that if buying this piano.
Shortly, the Polyphony is the maximum amount of notes that a keyboard or sound module can produce at one time.
The piano also provides different levels of reverb, which is good. With this feature you can really suit your own playing style.
What does the reverb actually do?
When a sound hits a hard area, it reflects back to the listener, and the listener will hear a big echo (briefly).
Many times we use what's called a sustain pedal, we use it to get a good amount of reverb and get a better piano experience. Tho, the reverb in sustain pedals overact natural reverberation.
The Roland go has basic features that will surely provide the needs for a beginner, let's take a look at these.
They have made one button which says ''twin mode''. The twin mode will divide the keyboard in two parts.
This makes it easy to play together with someone at same time, also, makes it easy for you and your piano teacher (if you have one) to practice and improve. I think it says itself ''twin mode''.
The Roland 88 key also provides a dual mode, which allows you to play 2 sounds simultaneously. Though there aren't so many sounds to layer because of the limited soundbank. But anyways, it can be fun to use this function.
To teach yourself piano, you will have to get a good sense of rhythm. This is where the metronome comes in the picture.
Luckily, they have an built-in metronome in the go piano.
Without any problem you can adjust the tempo to fit your playing. Now you just keep playing and build proper technique.
As I mentioned in the P45B review, you couldn't record and then later play it back. It disappeared.
Luckily, in the go piano they have included the recording mode. Also, with ability to playback, if that's wanted.
You will get the most necessary accessories included when buying this piano. Sustain pedal, power adapt and a music rest. No piano stand, but it won't be expensive to acquire.
PROS AND CONS
+ Very lightweight, can be carried anywhere.
+ Good sound quality with 10W speakers.
+ Touch sensitive.
- Not many sounds.
Who is this piano for?
This piano is clearly for beginners, or maybe someone who travels a lot and needs a lightweight piano they can carry (only 7 kg).
All the basic features and functions make it suitable for someone that wants to try out to play piano, It won't live up to the requirements for a professional player.
If you want more pianos to choose between in the same price range and the same amount of keys, I would recommend you reading our TOP 10 CASIO PIANOS.
Everything from 61 to 88 keys pianos so it suits everybody.
Or do you maybe consider starting out with a 61 key piano? Or maybe buy a starting piano for your children, then take a look at our Best 61 key keyboard top list review.
Do you want to teach yourself piano? Then I would highly recommend you taking a look at our flowkey review. We took an in-depth look in the popular piano learning app/program and covered the most important aspects for you. Check it out!