The Williams Rhapsody 2, is one of Williams’ most realistic digital pianos in its Rhapsody series. It looks super elegant, just like a regular concert piano. And it’s more than just a pretty face, this piano also packs quite a punch.
Williams might not have the same reputation as the elite – Korg, Yamaha, or Casio. But it has, no doubt, been working hard, with a commitment to constant improvement. Doing its very best to give its customers the best piano experience possible.
Today, we’re looking at one of its most interesting models – the Rhapsody 2.
We hope our unbiased opinions on this piano, will help you make an informed choice, as to whether it’s a good choice for you or not?
Williams Rhapsody 2 Overview
The Williams Rhapsody is the latest in the Williams’ piano line. Other older piano series from the brand include the Allegro, the Overture and the Symphony (its line of higher-end models).
The Williams Rhapsody 2, of course, belongs to the Rhapsody series and comes with a lot of pleasantly surprising features.
The construction of the Rhapsody 2 is watertight, considering that Williams keyboards are affordable models. It doesn’t feel fragile at all and it’s an ideal weight and size.
The Williams Rhapsody 2 also comes with a very elegant look, similar to a concert piano. But impressive aesthetics are only a promise of things to come. There’s a whole lot more, that this keyboard offers.
The Rhapsody 2 comes with a dozen custom sounds. And each of these sounds is actually obtained from real, quality instruments. You’ll find sounds such as organs, grand piano, strings, and electric pianos.
As for the keys, there are 88 of them in all, and all of them are fully weighted.
Besides all of these, you’ll also find some other quality features on the Rhapsody 2 such as 12 demo songs, transpose, metronome, split/layering mode, headphone jacks, USB MIDI port, as well as a 2-track recorder.
And don’t forget that there is a stand included with this piano, as well as the sustain and sostenuto pedals.
Now, all that said, we’ll have to admit that the features to price balance, of the Rhapsody 2 doesn’t seem quite right. It’s doesn’t offer much over than the more affordable Allegro 2 which is considered entry-level. But still, the Rhapsody 2 costs a lot more.
As you’ve already seen, there’s a lot to talk about. So, without further ado, let’s go to to the review section.
The Williams Rhapsody 2 – Specs and Features
- 88 fully weighted keys with hammer action.
- Speakers: elliptical speakers: 6.3 x 3.1 x 2.1 inches, 10W + 10W.
- Sustain and Sostenuto pedals.
- 12 built-in sounds: (2 electric pianos, 2 organs, 2 grand pianos. 1 upright bass, 1 nylon guitar, 1 electric bass, 1 synth pad, 1 strings, 1 vibes).
- 12 preset demo songs.
- Sound effects: Modulation (vibrato and rotary).
- 64 note polyphony.
- 2-track recorder.
- Mode: Split and layer.
- Transpose function.
- Metronome function.
- LCD display.
- McCarthy Music educational software included.
- Connectivity: USB/MIDI port, ¼ stereo output jacks, MP3 jack, headphone jack.
- With music rest.
- Furniture stand included.
- Dimensions: 60.4 x 21.1 x 13.6 inches.
- Weight: 94.8 pounds (with stand)
Features Of The Williams Rhapsody 2
Design And Interface Of The Williams Rhapsody 2
The Rhapsody seems to be very well constructed. It is finished in black, which gives the piano its very professional look.
You can set this up pretty much anywhere. Whether you’re living in an apartment or a dorm, the Williams Rhapsody 2 will easily find a place in your living space. Just ensure that you find a space in your home, that’s dedicated to this piano else, you might have some issues with regular practice.
And, with its really cool looking furniture stand, this will make a nice decorative addition to your space.
As for the interface, Williams takes a very simplistic approach. The interface is actually very straightforward which is great for a beginner. No need for so many complexities when you get started.
But then again, there still could have been a little bit of customization, especially around the menu area. But hey, we could live with that at this price range.
Now, here is probably where the Williams Rhapsody 2 disappoints us the most. This is supposed to be an electric piano. But of the dozen preset instrument sounds, none of them sound particularly realistic or authentic.
In fact, the grand piano tone was probably the worst of the bunch. It was way too bright, and nothing like a grand piano. While some may not consider this a deal breaker, it’s a really big one to us. And you may be wondering why.
Well, if you’re going to master proper techniques, then you must understand the different tonal characteristics that a piano can have. You also need to be able to tell, what a proper piano keybed should feel like.
So, Williams has got the tonal characteristics all wrong, how about the keys?
Well, being weighted, they actually feel decent enough on your fingers. However, the touch sensitivity just isn’t sufficient enough to give a natural feel.
Here are the sounds on the Williams Rhapsody 2
- Electric pianos: 2.
- Organs: 2.
- Grand pianos: 2.
- Upright bass: 1.
- Nylon guitar: 1.
- Electric bass: 1.
- Synth pad: 1.
- Strings: 1.
- Vibes: 1.
Each of these sounds features a demo button so that you can quickly hear what they sound like. This way, you’ll know the best way to combine your sounds, so that you can get the fullest sound.
This is a common feature in digital pianos and the Rhapsody 2 has one too. You can use the metronome function to practice playing in time. And you can also use it to alter the tempo of your song.
The Rhapsody 2 comes with two modes – the layer and the split.
With the split mode, you can divide the piano into two zones with each zone playing its own sound. Some piano purists might prefer to see more zones, but hey this is a pretty affordable piano. And for this piano, to even feature a split mode, is really commendable to us.
Next up, layering…
Layering different sounds is not only fun, but it also creates much better sounds. If you’ve ever layered before, you’ll find that sounds are actually better and more interesting, when they are combined than when they are used alone. Especially on a piano which sounds like this one does.
Now, with this feature, you can combine two different sounds to create a new sound, which is a combination of the two.
The Rhapsody 2 comes with a recording function as well. This is always appreciated by pianists.
It’s a 2-track recorder, and you can use it for recording some short phrases which you can playback whenever you like. You’ll find this function really helpful when you’re doing some composing. Great for quickly taking down an idea, as it comes, so you don’t forget it.
On the back panel of this piano, you’ll find different jacks for different connections. There’s a jack for headphones, of course. And there’s also a USB/MIDI port as well.
If you intend to hook your piano up with a music recording software, this piano makes a great choice. We discovered that this piano instantly recognizes many DAWs including Logic Pro X. You don’t need to bother with any additional configuration of any kind.
Now to the sustain pedal. The Rhapsody 2 comes with a two-pedal damper system rather than the normal three pedal arrangement we find on most pianos. This isn’t great news but then again, that’s part of the compromise you have to live with if getting an affordable piano.
Pros Of Williams Rhapsody 2
- Comes with weighted keys with hammer action.
- Finishing looks elegant and exquisite.
- Full sized keyboard with 88 keys.
- AUX connections.
- USB/MIDI port, to connect to any music recording software.
- Comes with arpeggiator and metronome functions.
Cons Of Williams Rhapsody 2
- Speakers could have been better.
- Doesn’t reproduce an acoustic piano feel or sound as well as most of its competitors.
- 3 pedal system would have been a lot better than the 2 pedal system.
What do we have to say about the Williams Rhapsody 2? Well, we guess Williams gave this its best shot and we appreciate that. But we can’t help but mention that there’s still a lot of room for improvement especially in the sound department.
It might not be the best piano in the world. But it plays decently enough, looks good, and still boasts a lot of great features. So, yeah, this is an alright instrument, but not as good as the rest.