Digital Harpsichord

A Beautiful Marriage: the Enchanting Harpsichord and the Wonders of a Digital Instrument

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A Beautiful Marriage: the Enchanting Harpsichord and the Wonders of a Digital Instrument

From solo performance to ensemble playing, the C-30 provides the perfect sound and touch for baroque music. Enjoy the best of both worlds — a new-generation digital harpsichord with authentic sound and touch, excellent playability, and soul-stirring expression.


The C-30 received the award of Winner of NAMM 2009 "Best in Show".

  • - Elegant yet compact design makes the C-30 suitable for any size room
  • - Four types of instruments included such as French type Harpsichord, Flemish type Harpsichord, Fortepiano, Dynamic Harpscihord
  • - Each Harpsichord sound has four stop variations of 8'I (Back), 8'II(Front), 4', and Lute
  • - Positive type of small pipe organ sounds are also equipped as Organ I, and Organ II.
  • - Five selectable temperaments with Baroque pitch support
  • - Options for appearance customizing such as Drawings, Side panels
  • - New 61 note F scale keyboards with click action
  • - Light weight and portable with matching stand
  • Roland Corporation would like to thank the Collection Molinari-Pradelli, for the authorization to reproduce the picture entitled 'Estasi de Santa Maria Madalena' by Marcantonio Franceschini, for this limited edition of the C-30 Harpsichord.

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Beautiful design

Able to fit beautifully into a small space, the exquisite compact design is modeled on a small rectangular harpsichord known as the virginal. Picture board can be installed on the inside of the keyboard lid, and the side panels can be replaced with reproduction stained glass. Customization is available to match any interior so you can create the look you desire.

Sensitive keyboard touch

A newly developed special keyboard authentically reproduces the plucking sensation of a harpsichord key when pressed. All of the characteristics of the harpsichord key action have been captured, including the length and form of the black keys, the depth of the key press, and even the distinctive noise that comes when a key is released.

Rich timbre

Known as “Cembalo” in German and Italian and “Clavecin” in French, the harpsichord comes in various shapes and sizes. Two different types, French and Flemish, of harpsichord sounds are built into the C-30. You can toggle between them with the touch of a switch. For each sound, four buttons are available: 8-foot I (back), 8-foot II (front), 4-foot (octave higher), and lute (buff mute). You play them individually or layer them. In pursuit of the perfect harpsichord, Roland has equipped the C-30 with “Dynamic Harpsichord” sounds, which can be played with dynamics (velocity sensitivity) and a damper pedal. In addition, the sounds of the early fortepiano and a compact pipe organ have been included.

Reliable tuning

Available tuning options include baroque pitch (415 Hz) and Versailles pitch (392 Hz), which can be switched with a single touch without changing the temperament (classical tuning). Since the C-30 is a digital instrument, it will not go out of tune due to changes in temperature and humidity, or during transport. It’s always in tune and ready for you to play.

Temperament (classical tuning)

A total of five tuning options are supported. In addition to equal temperament, you can select Werckmeister, Kirnberger, Vallotti, or Meantone tuning with a single button to suit the piece you are playing.

Sound volume adjustment and use of headphones is possible

You can enjoy the same natural volume as an acoustic harpsichord, or increase or decrease the volume if desired. Volume control makes it possible to adjust the sound to achieve a proper balance when playing in an ensemble with violin, modern flute, or other comparatively loud instruments. At such times, the built-in speakers are able to fill a medium-size hall without losing any of the authentic harpsichord timbre. On the other hand, if you want to practice at home late at night, you can turn the volume down or even practice in complete privacy using headphones.


The compact C-30 can be made even more portable by removing the legs and stand. You can easily transport the unit (25 kg) and stand (13 kg) in a standard-size car. Getting the instrument to ensemble rehearsals or concerts is easy.

Main Specifications

61 keys (F scale, haprsichord action mechanism)
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices
6 (8 feet I, 8 feet II, 4 feet, Lute, Organ I, Organ II / Celesta)
(4 types : French type, Flemish type, Fortepiano, Dynamic Harpsichord)
Volume knob, Reverb knob, Tone knob
Key Transpose
-6 to +5 (semitone steps)
5 types (Equal, Werckmeister, Kirnberger, Vallotti, Meantone)
Baroque Pitch
415 Hz/392 Hz
Master Tuning
440/415 Hz ±50 cents
Damper/Tone change
12 cm x 2, 8 cm x 2
Rated Output
13 W x 2
Phones jack (Stereo), Output jacks ( L/Mono, R ), Input jacks ( L/Mono, R ), MIDI connectors (In, Out), Pedal jack, AC adaptor jack
Power Supply
AC Adapter
Power Consumption
25 W (AC 117 V/230 V/240 V)
Cabinet Finish
Simulated mahogany
Owner's manual, AC adaptor, Power cord, Music stand, Damper pedal (DP-10), Picture board, Decoration panel
Bench (BNC-29), Picture board (OP-C30PB series), Decoration panel (OP-C30DP series)

Size and Weight (Lid closed )

Width (W)
1,100 mm43-5/16 inches
Depth (D)
380 mm15 inches
Height (H)
830 mm32-11/16 inches
38 kg83 lbs. 13 oz.

Including Stand.

Size and Weight (Lid opened )

Width (W)
1,100 mm43-5/16 inches
Depth (D)
450 mm17-3/4 inches
Height (H)
1,170 mm46-1/16 inches
38 kg83 lbs. 13 oz.

Including Stand.

*Weight is total of main unit (25kg) and stand (13kg)

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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