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#2038956 - 02/25/13 11:04 AM Gig then Guitar Center
RonL Offline
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Registered: 08/10/12
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Had a cocktail hour gig Saturday and stopped by Guitar Center on the way home. I wanted to try the Korg Kronos 88. I am thinking about upgrading my setup and some of the demos on YouTube are impressive. I played it for a while, and I just don't connect w the RH3 keyboard, feels kind of heavy and sluggish. I moved over to the Yamaha XF8 and it felt much better, though when I tried some of the brass type sounds it felt odd on a weighed action so I am not sure that a weighed action is the best thing for a workstation. I continue to be happy with my Motif XS7.

I moved on to RD700NX and all I can say is wow - that is one sweet action. I like it best of all. I would love to take this on jobs, but only if I had someone to help me move it. But playing piano parts on it was great.

Maybe the RD for at ahome and something else for jobs.

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#2039079 - 02/25/13 02:52 PM Re: Gig then Guitar Center [Re: RonL]
Dave Ferris Offline
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Registered: 03/12/07
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It's nice for sure. I've been this close to getting one on more then a few occasions myself.

The rub for me as I've said said a few times, has always been the Concert Grand sample and its Ab & A above middle C. This occurs on single note lines specifically in the jazz idiom. If accented how they are supposed to accented, there is a metallic clang on those two notes that would be hard for me to live with. Other then that it's great... laugh

Oh forgot...would still have reservations how it would fare live in the mix. The 700GX disappeared for me live, the way it sat with the bass & drums, and was returned after a few gigs. I realize this is a new animal but still the skepticism remains. I'd certainly want to be able to have a return on it without too much lost dough on shipping or re-stocking if it didn't work out.

Yeah it's a heavy beast. Same weight as the CP5 but I don't think as ergonomically friendly for the dead lift and carry as the Yamaha. The CP5 has a little lip under the keyboard that makes for a solid grip plus balances the weight out nicely.

Personally I'm looking around for a good price on a used CP5 to take on gigs where set space is generous and the load in isn't an obstacle course. The Nord is great but the CP5 for me was special. I regret selling it.

Still 55 lbs is 55 lbs. You have to get a case and even a soft Gator type thing will add easily 20 lbs if not more. It's a definite personal commitment with the schlep. Also the sonic and playing gains over say a sub-$1000 Dp like the CP33, probably will only be heard and appreciated by you alone. wink

Might want to wait as they are coming up on 3 years in the Fall since the release of the 700NX. Roland seems to be better about updating the DPs on that cycle then what Yamaha has been doing lately.

Just to add...I could never rationalize paying that much dough for the Kronos/Motif with all the bells and whistles that I would never use. But that's just me...I'm just a lowly piano player... grin cool
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