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#1962400 - 09/22/12 05:17 AM 88 key workstation or 61 key workstation + 88 digital piano
MVshabeer2 Offline
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Registered: 04/03/11
Posts: 86
Hi everyone

What is better?

An 88 key workstation or 61 key workstation + digital piano

Most of the flagship workstation have $4000 for 88 key version and $3000 for 61 key version

Is it better to get 61 key workstation($3000) and a Yamaha P155 (or alternatives) for $1000.

The DP will be only used as midi controller for the workstation. So no problem with the piano sound quality.

What do you guys think?

On another note P155 is 3 years old. Any upgraded version coming soon?

Will korg update their sp250 with kronos piano?

Edited by MVshabeer2 (09/22/12 05:50 AM)

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#1962406 - 09/22/12 05:55 AM Re: 88 key workstation or 61 key workstation + 88 digital piano [Re: MVshabeer2]
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It really depends on how easy you find it to live with carting two keyboards around, if you're gigging. If you're OK with that, there are serious weight gains (or rather losses) to be made by choosing, for example, a Kronos 61 and a Casio PX of some flavour underneath. You'll also have the advantage of having both unweighted and weighted key surfaces.

If you think that having both boards would be a constant PITA, you could do it the other way around – say, a Kronos 88 on the bottom and an unweighted voiceless controller on the top for organ and synths. That would probably work out marginally cheaper and you'd have the advantage of being able to take just the 88 sometimes and still have the complete sound palette, albeit with a less than ideal keybed for some voicings. But doing it that way ramps up the weight again and you have no back-up plan if one of the boards fails. Given a workstation's innate suitability for "driving" other boards from its control surface, it also makes more sense to have it on top.

That's the way I work it (Kronos 61 + NS2), although I obviously also have the luxury of a bottom board with a more than capable sound palette of its own.
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#1962430 - 09/22/12 07:14 AM Re: 88 key workstation or 61 key workstation + 88 digital piano [Re: MVshabeer2]
MVshabeer2 Offline
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I have no plans for gigging anymore. Those days are over. I'm settled with a job and will not move the keyboards, so weight is not a problem.

I planned to get 88 key workstation. Then I thought it will be better to get 61 keys + DP for the same price, so I have both weighted and synth action for the same price of a 88 key workstation.

Moreover I will have different piano from the DP.

The question that remains is

"Is the keybed of 88 key workstations superior than a DP (may be P155) of $1000?"

Edited by MVshabeer2 (09/22/12 07:15 AM)

#1962458 - 09/22/12 08:57 AM Re: 88 key workstation or 61 key workstation + 88 digital piano [Re: MVshabeer2]
ando Offline
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Originally Posted By: MVshabeer2

The question that remains is

"Is the keybed of 88 key workstations superior than a DP (may be P155) of $1000?"

The answer is probably not what you were wanting to hear, but they are roughly equivalent. For example the Korg Kronos 88 uses the same RH3 action as their roughly $1000 pianos (SP250 & LP350). (The Kronos version has aftertouch though)

Yamaha uses a similar action in its Motif workstation as the P155 - not the same, but it would just come down to personal preference.

The Roland Fantom G8 workstation has a much better action than a $1000 DP, more like their $2000 DPs, but the Fantom is a lot more expensive to buy. So, no joy there.

So, I think this will come down to more of a preferred configuration question more than anything if you are determined to only consider $1000 DPs. Personally, I'd get a more expensive DP with the best action I can find if I were going to play a lot of piano on it, then get a 61 key Kronos. The total cost is more but I think if the action isn't good enough for piano, you want want to play piano on it.


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#1962477 - 09/22/12 09:42 AM Re: 88 key workstation or 61 key workstation + 88 digital piano [Re: MVshabeer2]
anotherscott Offline
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I agree with what's been said. However you do it, I'd prefer to have both weighted and unweighted actions available.
Originally Posted By: MVshabeer2
On another note P155 is 3 years old. Any upgraded version coming soon?

Will korg update their sp250 with kronos piano?

No such products have been announced.

But since Korg just announced the Krome as a lower cost model with Kronos pianos, I doubt they will be announcing another such variation imminently.


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