Choosing between used Yamaha S80 & Roland rd 500

by Fredrika
(Norway)

I have the opportunity to buy either of these used digital pianos for home use: a Yamaha S80 or Roland rd 500. There is a minor price difference between them (both cost ca. $1000); the slightly cheaper Roland includes a carrying case, both include stands and pedals, and seem to be in excellent condition. I live way out of the way in northern Norway, and nothing comes cheap here!

After doing some web browsing, both instruments seem to be very good, maybe even more than I need for hobby playing and children's piano practice. Is there a good reason to choose the Yamaha S80 here?

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Oct 17, 2015
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Piano Sound
by: Anonymous

I have both RD500 and RD600. The piano sound of these instruments are equal/RD500 better/RD600 comparing Yamaha S80. Yamaha S80 is also a nice instrument. Both instruments would serve you well so you needn't have opted for the more expensive one anyway.

Aug 18, 2010
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no speakers on RD500
by: Anonymous

rd500 doesn't have the speakers as well - I think you made the correct decision ;)

Nov 11, 2009
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thanks
by: Fredrika (Norway)

Hi,
I did go with the Yamaha and am very satisfied. With weighted keys, it's almost like playing a good quality acoustic piano, and sounds good too. (Of course, I had to buy the extra, active speakers,which I didn't realize beforehand!)

Nov 09, 2009
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The choice
by: Anonymous

Go with the Yamaha... no doubt> I own the Yamaha S-30 which is the little sister to the S-80.... wonderful board

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