This evening I came this close (picture finger and thumb held a nanometer apart) from buying a Nord NP88. The other day I was similarly teetering on the brink of going for the SV-1. In each instance something was holding me back. In the case of the Nord it's a so-so action; with the SV-1 it's a feeling that it's "almost but not quite," if that makes any sense.
Then I thought about the possibility of a replacement for Kawai's ES6. Give it a better action than the Nord, and a smoother implementation of pianos, EPs and organs than the Korg, and maybe it can work as an excellent stage/home hybrid.
Of course it's true competitor should be the Roland FP-7f. When you look at the specs of the existing model, it bears quite a lot of similarity to the FP-7, and is priced similarly. So, if a new model is on the horizon, here's what I'd like to see:
1. Same action as the MP6
2. UPHI pianos and EPs derived from MP10
3. 88-note sampling
4. The drive/amp modeling from the MP6
5. A few tonewheel organs from the MP6
6. Similar weight (or lighter) than the existing model
If this were priced to compete with the FP-7F, I see no reason why it shouldn't make an impressive dent in Roland's sales. Just do it quickly, because I can't hold out forever!
Roland RD-64 & VR-09 | Korg SV-1 | Casio PX-5S
Kurzweil PC361 | Plugiator | VB3 | Pianoteq
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Quote of the decade: for 50 dollars you can play Chopin if you are good enough while sitting on the toilet - battery operated. (courtesy Michael_99)