There are products that innovate by creating a whole new type of instrument – the Korg Kaoss Pad, for example, or the first analog synthesiser – and there are products that innovate by taking an already existing instrument and pushing the technology to a whole new level. The Roland V-Grand or V-Piano Grand (or indeed GP7PE – Roland can’t seem to decide what its called!) falls into the latter category.
The acoustic piano has been around since at least the 17th century, and the digital piano has been around since the 1970s; digital pianos are nothing new. However, what’s exciting about the V-Grand is not the basic functionality – those black and white keys will be familiar to anyone who hasn’t lived in a cave for the last 400 years – it is the versatility and the sound quality.
The original Roland V-Piano was announced in 2009 and was the culmination of years of research and development by Roland. Accordingly, it sounded (and indeed still sounds) incredible. However, the target customer for the original V-piano was professional recording studios, not home users, and hence the actual design was, although striking, relatively workmanlike.
The V-Piano Grand takes the technology of the V-Piano – the ability to model pretty much any acoustic piano you can imagine with astonishing accuracy – and places it in a gorgeous polished ebony “mirror finish” grand piano cabinet with a suitably hi spec speaker system built in.
As such, this is truly the ultimate home piano.
Fancy tinkling on a Steinway Grand? No problem – just dial in the correct setting and you’ve got all the subtle nuances of a £100,000 concert model at your fingertips. Time for a knees-up? The V-Piano Grand can mimic the tone of a basic pub upright (although balancing your pint on top of it may be taking realism a little too far).
It’s certainly not cheap (though it’s significantly cheaper than that Steinway grand!) and the decision to buy a V-Piano Grand isn’t one you will take lightly, but it’s worth every penny if you’re looking for a piano and don’t want to make any compromises on quality.
Want to check it out for yourself? We’ve got one on display here at Red Dog Music, and we’d be happy to give you a full tour of the product.