I now have an FR-18, bought recently from Pauline of this forum via the Buy and Sell area
I have quite a specific purpose in mind for this instrument - I want to use it as a tool for checking alternative keyboard layouts. I aim to set it up with alternative keyboard layouts and then see if that layout really works for the tunes that I like to play.
First step will be to configure it to something like the layout on my existing melodeon, then to try a simple change such as a Dutch reversal, then maybe some more wacky ideas that I have in mind!
Long term aim would be to decide on a layout that I prefer, get an ordinary acoustic melodeon made up to that layout, and then I would probably sell the Roland on.
Up to now I've got as far as working through the user manual and more or less figuring out how it's supposed to work. There are a couple of things that don't quite add up in that info, so my next step will be to read through this thread and try to pick up some of the accumulated wisdom - maybe that will provide answers to my doubts - if not, I'll ask!