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May 7th, 2014 05:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm looking for some recommendations for a keyboard for my Music Room. Note: The music room is still a ways away with construction underway, but I need to get my equipment plan in order.

I'm thinking something usable for most any style of music and of very good quality. Maybe not absolute top of the line, but well above anything considered entry level.

I'm thinking it needs to cover all the basic common options, but not crazy high tech. I'll take high quality and more basic on nature as opposed to sacrificing quality to get all the bells and whistles in the universe.

I'd like to think I could get something suitable for no more than two grand.

Note: I do not currently play key boards. This will be a *house piece* for when I have folks over to play.

Then I guess we need to consider amplification ;)

gmanNJ

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May 7th, 2014 06:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i would stay away from the one trick ponies like the yamaha (which is a very good keyboard for piano sounds) or the VK (excellent B3 sounds) and opt for something that gives you some good options.

I have a Roland Fantom x6 its 61 keys not 88. Not many use all 88 and it saves on room. Velocity sensitive keys. Has a ton of voices. I have gigged out with this for horn sections, organs, strings, piano and vibes...

I like not fully weighted keys because if you are not used to them they are tiring

Fantoms have a built in mixer for layering sounds and saving them as well as shortcut buttons so you dont have to go thru a ton of menus

available on eBay in the 1K -$1300 range.
so go for less than 88 keys
get some good sounds not just piano or organ this way you can get variety in the songs
and use DI to go into the board

I have not used a keyboard amp in years and go thru both mains and monitors with no issues at all

(This message was last edited by gmanNJ at 08:04 PM, May 7th, 2014)

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May 7th, 2014 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I would stay away from the one trick ponies ... and opt for something that gives you some good options."

You are certainly on track with my thinking. I want to cover all the *usual/common* options. I don't want to be tightly limited, just don't want to get spendy on those extravagant options beyond the realm of normal *player* use.


Thanks for the quick input :)

(This message was last edited by BlondeStrat at 08:12 PM, May 7th, 2014)

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May 7th, 2014 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have a listen to this. It's got drawbar emulation similar to a Hammond as well as the usual piano/e.piano and synth sounds. It costs $900. Check out his rock organ playing at 8:53.

Roland VR-09

(This message was last edited by bluelake07 at 12:37 AM, May 8th, 2014)

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May 9th, 2014 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The VR-09 looks like it does the necessary stuff.

Are there brands to stick with or brands to steer clear of in this search?

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May 9th, 2014 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here ya go! This one does excellent Hammond sounds!

Hammond RT-2 console

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May 9th, 2014 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There is a fairly substantial weight difference between the two

Roland VR-09 12 pounds
Hammond RT-2 525 pounds

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Jan 2nd, 2015 09:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re one-trick ponies: If your keyboard has midi, you can always use a computer to get different sounds. I'm on Mac, and Garageband has some pretty good stock samples. I'm a fan because it means you can spend more of your budget on the quality of the keyboard itself. YMMV.

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May 2nd, 2015 06:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While I have three keyboards in my music area (four if you count the POS casio that somebody GAVE me), the Roland is a nice keyboard. I have a cruddy RS-5 that I use to play out and inside as well. Cheap, does the job (when it's working!) and very light. I have an 88 key piano made by somebody that does the extended range stuff and an old(yeah, OLD!) Dx-7 for some classic stuff. And a piano module for midi out. Midi is the way to go if you have ANY keyboard with out and in. Then you can get anything you want and keep the area smaller. Mike.

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May 2nd, 2015 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the advice. I have yet to make a purchase, so the options are still open.

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May 2nd, 2015 07:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the advice. I have yet to make a purchase, so the options are still open.

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Jun 18th, 2015 11:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just buy the best keyboard you can afford and make sure you can plug it into your computer like langford said.

I love the Hammond sound, so I bought a XK-2. I also dig the Mellotron and bought software for that to download into my computer. I also have Garageband which also houses some great acoustic and electric piano samples. I'm set.

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Jun 18th, 2015 09:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is one that recently caught my eye.

Yamaha DGX-650 88-Key Graded Hammer Action Digital Piano

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