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#377304 - 12/06/13 01:22 PM Looking for info / opinion Roland Prelude
DanO1 Offline
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Registered: 01/31/01
Posts: 3602
Loc: Maryland
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

I have been out of the arranger market for a few years. A friend has a Roland Prelude for sale.

I am seeking info /opinions on the Roland Prelude.

When was this a new keyboard and the MAP price ?

Roland Keyboards

I did not get a chance to play one , but the specs are awesome.


Thanks in advance !

Dan

http://www.reverbnation.com/danoneil

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#377308 - 12/06/13 01:39 PM Re: Looking for info / opinion Roland Prelude [Re: DanO1]
rosetree
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The Prelude is a lower-to-midrange arranger, the usual price in Euro is about 800-900 . I think it was released around 2009. It is identical to the GW8-E, it just has on-board speakers in addition. GW8 and Prelude have the same sounds as the SonicCell, most of them are rather identical to the Fantom X, (some are a little compressed). There is an additional section of world sounds in the Prelude and GW8-E. I think the quality and quantity of sounds is quite ok and definitely better than you would expect regarding the price.
However, if I had to choose between Prelude, GW8-E and GW8-L, I would definitely take GW8-L (Latin), as its world section has a lot of sounds from the high-quality SRX library.


Edited by rosetree (12/06/13 01:41 PM)

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#377317 - 12/06/13 03:20 PM Re: Looking for info / opinion Roland Prelude [Re: ]
Fran Carango Offline
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Registered: 05/26/99
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Loc: Levittown, Pa, USA
Dan, most of what Rosetree says is true....however, the better buy is the Prelude (Latin)...with version 2 update..it adds features not possible on the GW8...like lyric read on SMF's loaded in the internal flash...I have owned both...Prelude is my choice, and a decent board...

It has decent editing, has the extra sounds from SRX boards, over 1,500 sounds, can save another 100 user styles in flash memory as well as 200 SMF's...All edits easily saved..

The Player works great, wave, MP3 and SMF... You need to use the Roland software to prepare playlist...and are limited to 999 files (songs) to a thumbdrive...4 g drives work great for this...

Speakers at 11 watts a side are decent too..


Edited by Fran Carango (12/06/13 03:23 PM)
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#377321 - 12/06/13 03:29 PM Re: Looking for info / opinion Roland Prelude [Re: DanO1]
Fran Carango Offline
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Registered: 05/26/99
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Loc: Levittown, Pa, USA
Dan BTW: I sold my Prelude with a case to the band for $650 ..2 years ago...

A used BK5 for a few more dollars is by far the better unit...Prelude is worth about $400-$500.... a used BK5 $500-$600..

BK has unlimited size..I used 32 g drive with thousands of songs...and had a search feature..BK has better sounds (GS-SC) and better drum kits..
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#377405 - 12/07/13 02:34 PM Re: Looking for info / opinion Roland Prelude [Re: Fran Carango]
DanO1 Offline
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Registered: 01/31/01
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Loc: Maryland
Hi Fran. Thanks for the feedback.

Good Info. I dealer friend bought out a large piano company and has 6 or 7 new in the box. He wants to sell them.

I hope all is well with you and the family.
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#490105 - 02/24/20 02:50 AM Re: Looking for info / opinion Roland Prelude [Re: DanO1]
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Reading these posts brings it all back on Roland prelude...

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