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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / IF you can spend $1000 - $1500...and need an all around good keyboard,.

Florida Mike
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I can only Sing my Heart
Jun 6th, 2011 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What do you buy....need Piano sounds, horns, strings, drums would be nice etc... currently using cheap Yamaha keys...

K9 Big Dog
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Molôn labe!
Jun 7th, 2011 05:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Look for a used Yamaha S90/S90ES or Roland RD700.

You can get a used S90 under $1000. You can check mine out any time you like, Mike.

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Connecticut USA

I'm working on gospel time these days
Jun 7th, 2011 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’m also a firm believer that you don’t have to spend more than a grand to get what you’re looking for — new or used.

K9’s suggestions are great. Or, if you want to buy new, check out the Yamaha MM6 (or the MM8 if you’d prefer the 88-key hammer-action version). The keyboardist in one of my bands just bought an MM6 to replace his aging Yamaha PS board, and the soundset — borrowed from the Motif series — is excellent.

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Delco, PA

"What a long strange trip its been"
Jun 7th, 2011 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Korg X-50. If you can get over the plastic construction and light weight, it has similiar electronics as their Triton series.

I picked one up new on Amazon for under $600. So far so good.

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Greater Boston

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Jun 7th, 2011 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

K9 nails it, but if you wanted to spend less, I'd agree about the Korg X50.



hmm Hairy Eyeball not just for breakfast
Jun 14th, 2011 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

stay away from the 88 key versions if you are not a piano player that needs the entire keyboard. This will save you a lot of cash and get the same electronics in the smaller key version.


Rockin Gibraltar

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Jun 24th, 2011 07:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

the new roland juno series are also very well priced and competent

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The important stuff is simpl
Jul 13th, 2011 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If the Yamaha keys you own have a midi out, you can drive a synth module from the existing keyboard. A Roland XV-3080 second hand would work great.



Jul 14th, 2011 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Agree with Gman. Rarely does anyone need a full 88 keys on stage. In fact, I don't even use them on the Steinway I have in my living room! 64 is great for a stage size- and yes, most manufacturers offer the same models in various key configs...whenever I see a key player with one of those behemoths, I shake my head. No wonder he's stuffed in the backline with that beast!

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Joisy Shaw

Just another Moonlight Mile...
Jul 14th, 2011 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Yamaha DGX-630 keyboard that I picked up for $400. Granted, it was a GREAT deal, especially when I got it. 88 weighted keys. I love it. I am learning, so I am not speaking as a keyboard player.

K9 Big Dog
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Molôn labe!
Jul 15th, 2011 04:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sorry guys, but I disagree about the 88's. I want the weighted action. I play mostly all vintage sounds - piano, wurli, rhodes, clavinet, and I find I don't get the right feel without a weighted action which normally you find in a full 88. I probably could get by with a weighted 76 because I lay off the left hand but I'm not sure a weighted 76-key is out there or not. And I sing and I AM in the front line with my S90 and a Hammond Xk-3 on top. Actually I think Steve's idea is great, get a module and learn the basics of using midi. I've been doing alot of that lately myself.

(This message was last edited by K9 Big Dog at 04:51 AM, Jul 15th, 2011)



Rockin' the Delaware Valley
Aug 30th, 2011 12:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another good reason for a full 88-key keyboard is splits. I split the keyboard of my Alesis QS8.1 (my suggestion for a keyboard in Florida Mike's price range) for many of the songs my classic rock cover band plays. For example, for the original Box Tops version of The Letter, it's split roughly into thirds: horns in the bottom third, strings in the middle and organ in the top third. For Walk of Life (Dire Straits), it's also split approximately in thirds: B-3, Farfisa/synth strings, synth lead. I'd be lost without a full keyboard!


Massachusetts, USA

Sep 15th, 2011 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll take a used Nord Electro, usually found in the $1100 range. They only do pianos, organs, and clavs, but they do them all so very well.

Not the best choice if you need strings and horns, but I tend to really dislike those sounds when emulated on a keyboard and would rather just have a nice B3 fill in the horn part if that's what the song requires.

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