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#1956984 - 09/10/12 02:57 PM GEM Promega 3 Keyboard Synth Question?
Rangerbuck Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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I bought a GEM Promega 3 Keyboard Synth , But once I got it home, I realized that this is way too much keyboard for me. I do not know how to use it, nor have the time to learn how. You know how us girls buy things impulsively without thinking it through. I cannot seem to find anyone, or any place that knows much about it, so I am trying to get some advice on who would buy something like this. Everything that I have read about this keyboard, implies to me that it is geared more for a professional. Is there anyone that can help me out, please?

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#1957006 - 09/10/12 04:00 PM Re: GEM Promega 3 Keyboard Synth Question? [Re: Rangerbuck]
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Hi Rangerbuck. Even though it is a professional instrument and a very rare one at that, it was designed to be easy to use. In fact, it has some of the best, and easiest user-control systems ever devised for a digital piano. The designers actually asked some of the best known keyboard players in the world - (Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson etc) what they wanted on a top quality piano keyboard, and this is what they came up with.

Once you get it running through your system, you might be pleasantly surprised. And it's a beautiful looking thing.

(I tried to get one a year ago, but the seller disappeared).
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#1957016 - 09/10/12 04:15 PM Re: GEM Promega 3 Keyboard Synth Question? [Re: Rangerbuck]
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Toddy's right; the Promega 3 was a monster of a digital piano for its time. Unfortunately, they can become a little unreliable as they age, and parts may be scarce now that GEM has closed its doors for good.

Essentially, all the Promegas, later RP and PRP pianos, and RP-X module shared the same basic architecture: partially modeled acoustic piano sounds, fully modeled electric pianos, and (depending on model) additional synth, strings, organ and guitar sounds. The Promegas were distinguished by having fully independent sound engines for each instrument type, so that they could be layered and split while retaining separate control of each engine, and with sufficient polyphony so as to dispense with the need for note-stealing during complex passages. In the end, although the interface looks complex, it's laid out logically, and should be fairly easy to understand if you play around while listening to the results.

There is still information available. Go here for info, and you'll find a link to the manual in pdf form (upper right of the page). It's quite a big file, so give it time to load. You'll also see links to explanatory videos, etc; if they still operate, you may find some useful tips.

Edited by voxpops (09/11/12 12:40 PM)
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#1957028 - 09/10/12 04:38 PM Re: GEM Promega 3 Keyboard Synth Question? [Re: Rangerbuck]
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Registered: 03/20/07
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Loc: Oregon
Oh, and to answer the question, the kind of buyer for this is likely to be a DP enthusiast with plenty of spare space. Professionals these days would likely prefer a lighter, more reliable piano. You see Promegas come up on Craigslist and eBay from time to time, and they do sell - eventually. But so many sellers tend to price them too high, presumably because they were a premium product when current. Now, as technology has caught up and passed them by, they are not really rare enough or have sufficient "vintage vibe" to garner interest when priced in the same ballpark as quality new instruments ($1.5k to $3k). The last Promega 2 that I saw sell went for around $600, so if you were to put your Promega 3 on Craigslist for around $1k, you might get a nibble from someone with a love of these iconic instruments. Much more than that, and I think you'd be waiting for a good long while.
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#1957394 - 09/11/12 11:08 AM Re: GEM Promega 3 Keyboard Synth Question? [Re: Rangerbuck]
Rangerbuck Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
Posts: 2
Thank y'all very for your help! And, please let me know if you come
Across anyone who wants to buy one!


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