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#2887890 - 10/31/17 10:24 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Markay]
dama Offline
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Yes I really like the K 8.2s. Great clarity.
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#2887891 - 10/31/17 10:25 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Markay]
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Yes I really like the K 8.2s. Great clarity.
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#2887900 - 10/31/17 11:14 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Markay]
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Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 476
Loc: NJ
Fender 65 Twin Reissue to use with my VOX Continental.

VOX AC15C1 to use with my Rickenbacker 360-12 and 320.
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#2887907 - 10/31/17 12:15 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Shamanzarek]
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Shamanzarek:

Love your avatar. But what is she going to do when she wants to signal everyone to go back to the head?

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#2887956 - 10/31/17 04:40 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: PianoMan51]
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Registered: 12/17/11
Posts: 54
Loc: Norway
Could not resist a mint condition 1975 Solina String Ensemble that came up for sale locally. My next purchase will be a Small Stone Phaser to get that sweet 70's sound.
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#2888001 - 11/01/17 03:05 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Doberfort]
Rod S Offline
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Registered: 12/12/00
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Loc: São Paulo, Brasil
Roland D-05. Could not resist the iconic 80's patches laugh

Novation Mininova. Total GAS purchase. Would have preferred a table top but the form factor fit in my current setup. Always dug the novation sound, and a lot packed in a small synth.

Envy for you guys that find the good deals on vintage synths. They are practically impossible to find here, and when they came up people want absurd prices.
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#2888691 - 11/05/17 10:34 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Rod S]
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Loc: Central NJ
A pair of QSC K8.2's. It's been on my mind since Chuck wrote about them.

I set aside some gig money, and took advantage of a 20% off coupon from a friendly retailer. They arrived on Thursday, and so far I've only had about an hour in my basement studio and a 3 hour party yesterday to try them out. Here are my impressions so far.

My most common configuration is using only one speaker. I send both L and R outputs from the Nord Stage 2EX (actually 1 and 2) directly into the A and B channels on the amp. The reason for this is mostly about logistics. Most of the rehearsals/gigs I do are traditional big band, where efficient transport and setup are paramount. I can carry my entire rig by hand in one trip, and can set up in about 10 minutes. The quality of the piano sound of one speaker is very important to me, so it's the first thing I tested out on the K.2.

The most significant thing I heard at first blush is a more natural treble relative to the original K8. I even put them side by side to compare. The K.2 is a bit smoother in the upper range, but I don't think the difference is earth shattering -- yet. I found that the bass and midrange between the two were relatively similar. They still exhibit a bit of a "humpy" character in the midrange that needs to be neutralized by the Nord's EQ.

In stereo, both the K.2's and the originals sound sublime. I took the new ones out for the party yesterday, running them via my Mackie 402-VLZ4 mixer. We were on a rather shallow perch, so the speakers were about three feet behind me and speed about 6 feet from one another. I was in aural heaven. I was told to turn up a bit, but was cautious because I needed to hear the rest of the band (a jazz sextet). It was still a great sound, but only moderately better than the originals.

I did tweak the EQ a a bit. I used the default setting, but did a 2.0dB reduction at 1KHz (Q=1.5). This seemed to help some off-putting resonance around B2 on the acoustic pianos.

I have to admit, however, that the new speakers have me rethinking my piano sounds. I was never a fan of Nord's Italian Grand, as I thought the overtones were just too much for my taste. I ended up playing that sound most of the party. I've been using the Grand Lady D and Studio Grand 2 as my go-to grands, but I need to tweak them again to accommodate the new speakers. I also should go back and re-audition the others. One that did not work for me is the Velvet Grand - Soft velocities seem too muddy and hard velocities too brittle. I may take that one out.

I also used the Amber Upright, Nefertiti, and Mk1 Deep for a few tunes, as well as some B3. They all sounded great. I've never used the Mk 1 Deep at a gig, and was surprised by how "vintage" is sounds. It's like a more subtle version of the Silver Top.

Anyway, so far I hear some improvement over the older K's, but I'd still be happy with the older ones if I didn't buy these. I was on the fence about keeping them, I'm going to hang onto to them since I got a decent deal. It's going to take some time to dial them in.

My old K8's are in the Classifiedsl section if anyone is interested. The warranties are transferrable.
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#2888695 - 11/05/17 11:20 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Markay]
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Got a Korg stand for my SV-1 for my birthday.
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#2888702 - 11/05/17 12:35 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: David Loving]
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Loc: Texas
Casio PX-5S coming next week.....
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#2888713 - 11/05/17 03:05 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: KeyMoe]
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Registered: 06/10/09
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Loc: Edmonton, Alberta
Looking for a new place this month. I'll be renting a second room where I can teach, record, practice, and do all my admin work. Crossing my fingers that the budget holds.
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#2888733 - 11/05/17 06:31 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 123
Hi,
I wanted to give my nephews two children (boy and a girl under five) an opportunity to have a keyboard in the house (their Dad had basic piano lessons when he was younger).
After searching the usual sites (ebay, Gumtree, CraigsList) I managed to pick up a used Yamaha DGX660 (with the three pedals) quite cheap. Probably a bit OTT for them but hopefully it will spark a bit of interest.
Chris
p.s. my other nephew's getting my Casio PX5-S when the replacement arrives (hopefully Winter Namm 2018).

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#2888735 - 11/05/17 06:37 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: chelsea4023]
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Registered: 10/05/13
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Loc: Massachussets, Florida
Chauvet DJ Freedom Sticks. Battery-powered LED light poles, preprogrammed. Super simple to set up and pack up. No wires or cables!!!

Picked up 8 of them from an internet DJ supply house for not much $$$.

Wow, what a light show, everyone commented.
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#2888736 - 11/05/17 06:56 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: cphollis]
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Registered: 12/05/08
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Loc: Parts Unknown, Virginia
Saw a new Jupiter 80/76? key for $495 other day. Probably get one.

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#2888742 - 11/05/17 08:17 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: theGman]
dodonnell Offline
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Registered: 02/12/10
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Loc: Chico, CA
2017 was a good year. A new Korg PA4x76 and a pair of Turbosound ip500 tower speakers.

Duane
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#2888749 - 11/06/17 12:13 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: dodonnell]
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Interestingly enough, my latest purchase was a Takamine Jasmine acoustic cutaway guitar, and a MIM HSS Strat with upgraded pups. Also straps and cords. I'm actually going to sell off a bunch of keyboards to pay for it - I posted recently asking values.

I use my Kronos and a controller. I can pretty much unload the other dozen or so keyboards I have. Wanna hang on to the Jupiter 6. Otherwise I'm more into new guitars, basses, and amps even though my primary instruments are keys and sax.
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Acoustic/Electric stringed instruments ranging from 4 to 230 strings, hammered, picked, fingered, slapped, and plucked. Analog and Digital Electronic instruments, reeds, and throat/mouth.

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#2888827 - 11/06/17 12:59 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: J. Dan]
Al Quinn Offline
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Registered: 08/13/14
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Loc: Center Moriches, NY
Tall & Fat: Used it on a jazz gig Sunday with my Mojo. It's a keeper!

Yamaha Reface CP: I like it. Good for working things out on the couch, boat, or in the yard. I could actually practice or play while driving with this thing. As tempting as it sounds, maybe that's not a good idea smile
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#2888886 - 11/06/17 07:43 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Al Quinn]
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Originally Posted By: Al Quinn
Yamaha Reface CP


I really like my Reface CP also, Al. As a CP4 owner I am familiar with the sounds but really like the immediacy of the knobs. Wish I could use it with my Mojo but since it only transmits MIDI over Channel 1 I would have to purchase a MIDI Solutions device to use it with the Mojo's lower manual.
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#2889050 - 11/07/17 05:25 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: davedoerfler]
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Registered: 04/26/16
Posts: 199
Roland JC-40, for home use with my Wurli, Clav, and Rhodes. Loving it.


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#2889090 - 11/08/17 02:17 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: davedoerfler]
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Registered: 05/02/08
Posts: 49
Loc: germany
Originally Posted By: davedoerfler
Originally Posted By: Al Quinn
Yamaha Reface CP


I really like my Reface CP also, Al. As a CP4 owner I am familiar with the sounds but really like the immediacy of the knobs. Wish I could use it with my Mojo but since it only transmits MIDI over Channel 1 I would have to purchase a MIDI Solutions device to use it with the Mojo's lower manual.

Not sure if I understood the problem but maybe this helps
yamaha reface CP Midi

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#2889159 - 11/08/17 11:33 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: sosho]
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Registered: 03/04/14
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Loc: Las Vegas
Been playing with the SE-02 using Chain Mode.
Hoping that 6 six of these would be really big sounding.
It does work in Chain Mode but I decided 2 of these was enough.
I like has 6 Oscillators and having a gigantic Bass/Lead and even Giant sus4 chords, all monophonic of course.

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#2889238 - 11/08/17 04:14 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: hardware]
Al Coda Offline
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Registered: 08/31/08
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Originally Posted By: hardware


... but I decided 2 of these was enough.


C`mon ... you couldnīt afford ... no ?

laugh

A.C.

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#2889245 - 11/08/17 05:05 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: sosho]
davedoerfler Offline
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Originally Posted By: sosho

Not sure if I understood the problem but maybe this helps
yamaha reface CP Midi


this is OT now but I'll reply and we'll get back on topic.
When OMNI mode is set to off on the CP, the default channel is set to 1. I was unaware that this could be changed using a System Exclusive message. So thank you for that link. cheers
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#2889252 - 11/08/17 05:45 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: davedoerfler]
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Loc: Downingtown, PA
Roland SH-01a. Sounds good and is fun to mess around with while laying in bed.
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#2889271 - 11/08/17 07:59 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Doc Tonewheel]
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Loc: Massachussets, Florida
Behringer XR16 mixer.

Totally amazing in the bang-for-buck department. Besides the clean sound and the totally sophisticated remote apps, there's like 40+ vintage effects units sitting there at your disposal.

Dialed in the whole band at a rehearsal tonight. Not a big deal. Huge upgrade.

Completely blown away for the $350 I paid.

I once was lost, but now am found ....
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Keys: Nord Piano 2, Electro 4D, DeepMind-12
Amps: FA 12acs, RCF TT08as, QSC Ks, SSv3
Stuff: Spider Pro, Key Largo, Vent II, X-Air 16

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#2889272 - 11/08/17 08:03 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: dodonnell]
cphollis Offline
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Originally Posted By: dodonnell
2017 was a good year. A new Korg PA4x76 and a pair of Turbosound ip500 tower speakers.

Duane


Tell me about the Turbosounds? Interesting gear ...
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Keys: Nord Piano 2, Electro 4D, DeepMind-12
Amps: FA 12acs, RCF TT08as, QSC Ks, SSv3
Stuff: Spider Pro, Key Largo, Vent II, X-Air 16

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#2889343 - 11/09/17 08:48 AM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: cphollis]
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Registered: 02/29/04
Posts: 471
Loc: New Harbor, ME
My first stab at iOS. I've been using my iPad Pro as a sheet music reader (using MusicReader - and iReal Pro). I'm on the road a fair amount, and hate to pack a big, heavy board for practice. So I just purchased a Studiologic VMK-161 (discontinued 61-key, Fatar TP-40 keyboard),

https://www.midi-store.com/Fatar-Studiologic-VMK-161-Plus-midi-keyboard-p/301557.htm

and an iRig Pro along with Ravenscroft piano and NeoSoul. Much to my surprise, it all works.
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#2889382 - 11/09/17 01:43 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: NoLights]
Michael Wright Offline
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Cranking up the turntable.
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#2889417 - 11/09/17 06:21 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: Michael Wright]
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Macbook Pro 15"
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#2889657 - 11/10/17 05:56 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: El Lobo]
cphollis Offline
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Registered: 10/05/13
Posts: 1999
Loc: Massachussets, Florida
Vent II, Key Largo. It'll be here in a few days. Looking forward to it.

Next up? A Nord Stage 3 Compact. That is, when there's stock.

I'm in total gear heaven these days. Keys, amplification, lights -- you name it.

I will die happy.
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Keys: Nord Piano 2, Electro 4D, DeepMind-12
Amps: FA 12acs, RCF TT08as, QSC Ks, SSv3
Stuff: Spider Pro, Key Largo, Vent II, X-Air 16

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#2889679 - 11/10/17 09:43 PM Re: Your Latest Purchase (music related) [Re: NoLights]
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Registered: 10/03/05
Posts: 250
Loc: Auburn, Northern CA
NoLights,

Is the Ravenscroth noticeably better than CP4 piano?
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Home: Steinway L, Bob Schleicher A100 chop, 142 Leslie.

Gigs: Yamaha CP4, Crumar Mojo 61, Ventilator II. Lounsbury H&F. A&H QUsb mixer, Crown & QSC amps, JBL SRX-700 series speakers

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