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When I first saw this Roll Up Piano I knew it would be a brilliant teaching aid but when it arrived I had to share it as it offers such great flexibility for busy family life. I wish these were around when my kids were small!
It is a full piano keyboard that is flexible so you can roll it up and store it when it is not in use. Naturally, it is never going to be close to the real thing but I do think it is quite nifty.
Roll Up Piano Features
- 61 note keyboard
- Slight indent/spring like feel to the keyboard when you press a note
- Variety of instrument tones, drum beats and different rhythm options
- Sustain control button
- Headphone jack
- Record/playback function
- Really good price for what it is – $49.99 on Amazon
- Good if you’re short of space
- Light and easy to transport
- Rechargeable battery so great for on-the-go or in the classroom
- Good sound
- A great practice aid!
- Obviously not nearly as sophisticated as a real keyboard – more a great little gadget.
- It’s a bit dodgy on the simultaneous sounding of keys. Seems to be ok with triads but anything more complex is a problem.
- This shouldn’t really be considered as an alternative to a proper keyboard. However it would be great for keeping practice up over the holidays or to use in a classroom where you might otherwise not have the space.
Ultimate verdict: Perfect for anyone learning to play who wants to keep practicing when they might not have access to a piano. Great teaching aid for the classroom, or for learning to read music. Not a replacement for a keyboard in any way, but great as an additional portable option at a very good price!
Full Review of the Roll Up Piano
What a clever little piece of kit! This Roll Up Piano is a fantastic product for anyone who is learning to play the piano. It means you can practice wherever you want and when you’re done you just roll it up and put it away.
While it could never pretend to be as good as the real thing, it’s a good solution for keeping up with piano practice on the move. It is also good for people who have very little extra space. The roll up piano would be an invaluable addition to any classroom or for learning to read music. It would also be really handy for rehearsals. It is however important to understand that it wouldn’t really be up to playing more complex pieces or at a performance level.
The 61 note keyboard is full size and made from good quality flexible silicon with a springy rubbery feel to touch. This helps you to feel as if you are pressing into the keys. It does take a bit of getting used to as it’s quite different from playing normal keys at first, but you get the feel for it. It’s programmed with numerous instrument tones and there are plenty of fun drum beats and different rhythm options. These are navigated by forward/backwards scroll buttons on the right hand panel which is also where you adjust the volume and the sustain control.
The built in speakers have a good sound output. You can also use headphones for quiet practice. It also has a handy record/playback facility and is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery. This seems to lasts for a good few hours of playing. Sound wise it’s not bad at all, the piano tone is quite realistic. This roll up practice piano isn’t a Yamaha but it’s not bad at the price.