The Roland C230 is one of the coolest instruments that the Roland Corporation has ever produced. It was designed to serve the very specialized niche market of musicians, teachers and students in need of a realistic and authentic experience with four classic keyboard instruments in one: Pipe Organ, Harpsichord, Celesta, and Fortepiano.
Who was the C-230 made for?
- Chamber Music Groups
- Piano Teachers
- Piano Students
What is the C-230, what does it do, and why in the world did Roland make it?
- Features 36 classical organ stops from the $50,000 Rodgers Pipe Organ Series
- 4 French Harpsichord stops from Roland’s $5,000 C30 Harpsichord (With a $10 million bond, Roland is the only electronic instrument in the world allowed to sample, in order to preserve, the only working famous French harpsichord in the world)
- Fortepiano sound to experience Mozart the way he did (UT has a Cristofori replica fortepiano, a new replica fortepiano kit runs about $40,000)
- Four historical tuning temperaments to hear Bach the way he heard and composed music in specific keys for specific sonorities using the authentic Baroque and four other temperaments
- High Quality Portable organ for special uses (choir loft, sunrise services, etc.)
- Provides orchestras a Celesta sound for the Nutcracker Performance. Celestas start at $28,000.
- Outdoor events in need of tuning stability while play the harpsichord
- 4 channel sound system including 2 movable satellite speakers
- Most students and musicians would never have the opportunity to experience the incredible authenticity of these instruments otherwise.
- Notable local C230 Owners: The Austin Symphony Orchestra, St Louis Catholic Church
- February 2017: I’ve had a couple of weeks to play and get to know the keyboard. I really enjoy the c-230! It is undoubtedly one of the finest instruments I have ever played. The tone is impressive. I mostly use the harpsichord setting and organ settings and I think they are fantastic. I was somewhat worried about the limitations of the instrument, I was actually torn between buying a Hammond Sk2 or Nord C2d, since with those you have access to the jazz organs and clavs, but since I am mostly a classical player, and because the c-230 is such a reasonable price I decided to jump on it. Boy am I glad I did, the organ and harpsichord tones are just amazing, they sound so real its incredible. I am currently learning a Froberger toccata, and working on some Bach. I also play a lot of Anglican-Chant settings on it. I could not be happier with the quality of this instrument, especially since I have constant access to it, when I am working on pieces that don’t require the use of pedals I don’t have to go up to the school to practice. Best, Zach P, organ student
- February 2017: I’m so impressed with this instrument, I’ve never been so awed by a machine as I am this one. It’s truly forward-thinking in an old music kind of way. It’s a shame there’s only a small market for these instruments. I’m not a continuo player but this C-230 is just about the best ensemble keyboard I’ve ever heard. Amazing. Ben N, conductor
- June 2016: We love our C-230 and in the year we’ve had it have used it several times as a celeste, as a harpsichord, and as an organ to support orchestral performances, most recently in the performance of Ravel’s famous Daphnis et Chloe. It is also notable that it carries it sound very well on it’s own speakers without additional amplification. Austin Symphony