Roland RM-700 Digital Piano Review

Roland RM-700 Digital

From the outset, the new Roland RM-700 reveals a new direction for Roland® pianos. It offers all the same features of the KR-Series pianos and then goes on to improve them with excellent new features from some of Rolands other high end products.

It features an 88-note multi-sampled piano which is powered by Roland’s very own Sound Source Chip from the HP-Series pianos, along with their new PHA II Progressive Hammer Action with escapement and Ivory Feel keyboard. Enhanced educational applications like Visual Lesson, DigiScore and Wonderland from the successful I-Series pianos also makes an appearance. The inclusion of a beautiful touchscreen LCD featuring several stunning apps such as Slide Show, Anime and Piano Roll from Roland’s unique VIMA products really help to round out the package.

In person, one of the first things people notice about Roland’s RM-700 is the simple, classic design which comes in two different elegant finishes: classic ebony or warm mahogany wood. The unit also uses the “toe-block” design with the front legs. This is a feature you really only see on higher-end acoustic uprights. It gives the piano a more traditional appearance while adding stability.

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When you sit down to play the piano you are immediately impressed with the look and feel of the aptly-named “Ivory Feel” keyboard. It’s textured keys are made of a special material to absorb oils and moisture during playing. It faithfully replicates the same look and feel of real ivory and ebony keys. Everything was thought of in the design of this Roland. It even replicates the “escapement” feel you get on an acoustic grand piano that occurs when the hammer releases. To put it mildly, the results are stunning.

The rich and full tones that emit from the RM-700 are a credit to its powerful digital technology. 88 notes of samples taken from a nine-foot grand captures each subtle nuance. All keys are touch sensitive, becoming louder the harder you play. And each key has varying tonal “colors” which mimics a real piano and is essential for artistic expression during play.

This is one of those pianos that has too many features to name. My advice, come into our store and play it! We carry both new and used variants. If you keep a keen eye on our used pianos page, you may even spot one at a great price. Although they don’t last long!

Jordan Kitt’s Bruce Anderson featured on Elliot in the Morning!

Elliot in the Morning

Elliot stopped by our Rockville store to take a piano lesson in with our education coordinator, Bruce Anderson. Bruce is also the official organist/keyboardist at the Verizon Center in DC – home of the Washington Capitals Hockey Team. Besides the organ, there is a Yamaha keyboard there that he plays for Caps games.

Watch the video here.

 

Free Concert Alert! – Songfully Yours, April 14th 2013

Songfully Yours

From the great letter scenes of grand opera to intimate art song epistles, letters have long been thematic staples of vocal music. Songfully Yours features musical letters well-known and not-so well known by Mozart, Verti, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Offenbach, Leoncavallo, Rachmaninoff, Herbert, Caballero, Britten, Moore, Picker, Yeston, Bock and Harnick, and Elton John.

Featuring Deborah Sternberg, Soprano – Karen Mercedes, Contralto – Diana Vera, Soprano – Rachel Sarrano Winograd, Pianist.

Come and join us, free of charge! Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at 3pm.

Jordan Kitts Recital Hall – 8500 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031

Announcing Julia Turnbull to the JKM Teaching Staff

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Julia believes that a student’s music education should explore rhythm, melody, and harmony incorporating songs and basic theory with piano. Julia is a professional soprano with a desire to share her training with students who are passionate about music. She teaches beginner and intermediate students of all ages in piano. She also instructs beginning to advanced students in voice. Julia is certified by the state of Virginia to teach music education for grades K-12.

Education:

Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College
Bachelor of Music in Music Education from James Madison University
Holds Teacher Licensure for Virginia

JKM welcomes back Ai Yuki Sato to the Music School!


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Ai is a very capable pianist, teacher, and accompanist with many years of experience teaching all levels of piano from young beginners to community college students. She endeavors to bring her students to a high level of proficiency while keeping lessons fun and upbeat.

She especially enjoys teaching children. Her lessons incorporate piano repertoire, ear- training and theory. She also particularly enjoys teaching duets and music for two pianos. She is familiar with multiple teaching methods.

Education: Ai holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, a Master of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from Indiana University, IN.

Students perform in recitals, Spring Festival, Sonatina Festival and competitions.

Ai is available to begin lessons on March 10.