So, about a month or two ago I got a new instrument off an ad on craigslist.
It's a Yamaha EL-25 organ. It's pretty nice actually. Only one owner, and everything is in good condition. The only problem is it has been assembled sort of flimsily so you have to move it very carefully.
It has two keyboards, one with a lower octave and one with a higher octave, but it's nice because you can play in the same register with the two keyboards. It's sounds are sort of bread and butter tones, with guitar, piano, 'cosmic' (which sounds pretty cool) and a nice harmonica as well as a few others that I can't remember. I like putting the cosmic sound on the lower keyboard and harmonica on the higher one.
There's even a reverb which you can easily adjust for all the parts.
The nice thing about it are the different organs. There's 'classic', 'theater', and a few jazz organs.
I like the theater organs the most.
The crazy thing is this machine was 3000$ new back in 1994 and I got it for about 400$. The action is really nice and feels good to play.
It also has the pedal keyboard, and can put out some serious bass. Though I haven't mastered playing with my feet yet. It's nice to just hold down a pedal tone and fiddle around in a scale or what not.
Then in the last week or so I heard about a keyboard at the used music instrument store. The guy who owns the store knows me and knows that I really liked the wurlitzer electric piano he had about a year or two ago. So he let me know that he had gotten this vintage electronic piano. Now it's not mechanical in the sense that there are tines being struck with a hammer. It is completely electronic but the action feels like a real rhodes or wurlitzer. I actually like it more than the wurly because it's sort of an quirky yet raw and interesting electronic sound. I really enjoy playing it.
Right now, I run the output (it has no speakers) to a mixer, which has two yamaha HS50m montiors set up, as well as sending to a small vintage solid state amplifier. So with the mixer, i can add a bit of reverb and chorus, and it gets very full sounding, but to the right of my setup the norma amp puts out a scratchy gritty trebley sound. So I'm using a stereo setup plus the old amp.
Oh i forgot to mention, the keyboard is a Yamaha CP20. It has fake wood grain finish and the legs come off for transporting it. It also has some cool holographic stickers of baseball teams on it, and in the evening when the sun shines in my room it becomes a little rainbow on the keyboard.
So there are two piano tones, and two harpischord tones. They are not realistic, but you can crossfade from piano to harpsichord to get different balances of tones. There is also a nice tremelo that is adjustable, as well as a pitch control so you can tune it to other instruments. it also has a bass and treble control with is nice because I don't have to mess with my mixer to dial in more bass or to adjust the sound. There is also a volume knob.
It is really nice. When I play it it sounds so interesting, more interesting detail than my organ... but I should still play my organ, I just haven't since I got the CP20.
The action is weighted so it plays dynamically really well. It was made in the late 70's so I don't fully grasp how it tracks the velocity. It's pre-MIDI so it's a mystery how it works. but it works well so I can't complain.
I traded my acoustic guitar to get the CP20 and I enjoy it a lot more than the guitar. I was getting bored of guitar. On keyboard instruments I can really improvise and play things differently everytime, but guitar i get stuck going back to things I've played before.
I can always find a cheap guitar so I'm happy I was able to get the CP20.
Now I'm considering having a piano mover to move my acoustic piano to my room so I have lot's to choose from when I want to play.
Sometimes I feel like selling my acoustic ( 1964 baldwin hamilton 45" studio) because I don't play it often. That's partly because it's in a common area of the house. My mom doesn't want me to sell it, she reminds me that it's a hard thing to replace. I did get a good quality piano for a reason.
So maybe I shouldn't sell it. I should keep it and maybe move it to my room so I can play it more privately, and hopefully more often.
Well, thanks for following along with my on my adventure.