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#1834280 - 01/29/12 02:23 PM Best 73/76-key Dumb Hammer Action Controller
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#1834317 - 01/29/12 03:36 PM Re: Best 73/76-key Dumb Hammer Action Controller [Re: doremi]
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Originally Posted By: doremi
What’s the best out there?

There's no best out of a field of zero.
If you must stay with 73/76 because an 88 won't fit, the only current 73/76 controllers with piano-suitable actions I can think of are Studiologic VMK-176 Plus and Infinite Response VAX77, both of which have more functionality than you want, but may be your best options. Or, if you ignore the fact that they also happen to have built in sounds that you don't care about, Korg SV-1 (73), Nord Electro 3HP, and for extreme overkill, Nord Stage 2. Kurzweil used to make the PC1SE.(Some others 73/76 weighted boards have wheels to the left which make them as big as some 88s anyway.)

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#1834559 - 01/29/12 09:59 PM Re: Best 73/76-key Dumb Hammer Action Controller [Re: doremi]
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#1834585 - 01/29/12 10:44 PM Re: Best 73/76-key Dumb Hammer Action Controller [Re: doremi]
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The VAX77 is your best out there .... but your options at 88 keys and much wider, better, cheaper ....
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#1834830 - 01/30/12 09:17 AM Re: Best 73/76-key Dumb Hammer Action Controller [Re: doremi]
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I did play the SV-1, did not like the touch of the action, and the form factor is not flat. I ought to have said that I like a flat form factor so I can use the controller as a bottom board.

If I am patient, I can hope to try out the Nord boards

Ah yes, the flat top practically rules out all the 73/76 options except the VAX77. Even the Nords, while flat, don't have a clean surface for sitting another board on top, you'd have to at least use some large rubber feet or something so that any board you'd lay on top could sit above the Nord's own control panel (which would be okay, since you wouldn't need access to the Nord's controls if you're not using it for its sounds).

For what you want, if you could possibly fit the width of 88 keys, you'll probably find what you want for less. Maybe a Yamaha CP300, for example... and they've been around long enough that you should be able to save some money by finding a used one. There aren't too many boards around with deep flat tops suitable for stacking a second board on.

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#1835289 - 01/30/12 06:53 PM Re: Best 73/76-key Dumb Hammer Action Controller [Re: doremi]
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