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#2871128 - 08/05/17 02:47 PM What's been your most-gigged keyboard
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Just thinking about it, what keyboard has logged the most gigs for you?

For me it turns out it was my Moog modular Model 12 - bought new in 1972 (Model D had a 6-month waiting list and commanded a premium price, so as it would be only $50 more for the modular i went for it). Used it for playing lead lines in various rock bands, then joined a full time disco band using the Moog for string parts, then used it for left-hand bass in a trio. (And it's currently sitting in my attic waiting to be restored if i get the inclination).

Second place would be my first digital piano, the original Roland RD300s. Dragged that thing all over the place until it finally bit the dust from all the beer that had been spilled into it. crazy

So what's yours?
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#2871131 - 08/05/17 02:52 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JimboKeys]
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Roland D-50 or XB-2 ..... Probably the D-50.
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#2871133 - 08/05/17 02:58 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: CEB]
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Would have to be my Korg Triton Pro, since it overlapped 2 rigs.

First Rig was A70/Sound Canvas on top, Triton Pro on bottom. Then it ended up in my 80s band rig with Alesis Fusion on top, Triton Pro on bottom. Rough estimate I guess would be a little over 800 gigs, and I bought it used from a Pawn shop.
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#2871134 - 08/05/17 03:05 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: J. Dan]
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Roland XP-80 by a long shot. Cruise ships, hotels, corner bars, board walks, outdoors, indoors, hot or cold, just kept working over 15/20 years - I can't remember hardly when I bought it. And they action was still good. Not a single weight had glue dry up.
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#2871135 - 08/05/17 03:07 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JimboKeys]
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Korg Triton since 2000. I've added a few other boards to the rig over the years including the M3, Kurzweil K2661, and Radias but the Triton has been there all along. It has the MOSS board and one of the expansion cards as well... I've created lots of programs and combis with it.
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#2871137 - 08/05/17 03:29 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Synthoid]
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Hammond L111. Not kidding.
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#2871139 - 08/05/17 03:36 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: WesG]
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Many years with Fender Rhodes Suitcase, 3 of them.
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#2871141 - 08/05/17 03:39 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Raymb1]
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Yamaha S90
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#2871142 - 08/05/17 03:40 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JimboKeys]
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Originally Posted By: JimboKeys
Just thinking about it, what keyboard has logged the most gigs for you?

Rhodes MK-80 MIDI'd to MKS20/TX7/SC55 and Quadraverb effects ('89 - '95)
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#2871143 - 08/05/17 03:58 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JazzPiano88]
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Generalmusic Equinox. Mostly used for Midi triggering although I do use the Sax and Brass and a couple of synth sounds.
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#2871144 - 08/05/17 04:03 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JazzPiano88]
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A Korg 01Wfd in a NON-wheeled SKB flight case. This is part of why I walk bent over like a big comma now, but I earned my cane. It performed beautifully for a little over 20 years and made a confirmed Korg man of me. I'd owned a MonoPoly and a pair of DW8000s, but despite the hauling weight, having that 01W studio-in-a-box was yuge. It was my only live instrument and it taught me much of what I needed to learn to take up a DAW. Still one of my Top Five Buys Ever.
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#2871145 - 08/05/17 04:05 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: David Emm]
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Roland XP80. 20 years and still running.
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#2871151 - 08/05/17 04:33 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: BradD]
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Hammond C3 & B3, both with 122. But I'm an old man and never gigged with anything other than organs. In later years it was the H-S XB3, Nord C1 & C3 w/pk5 and pk7a pedals. I have a KeyB but never gigged with it. Favorite non-organ - Triton (with MOSS board).
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#2871155 - 08/05/17 04:49 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: cgiles]
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#2871160 - 08/05/17 05:08 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Michelle (ggurl)]
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Roland XP-80, which I still use at times.

FA-07 may finally be the board that can replace it.

Maybe...

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#2871163 - 08/05/17 05:37 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Bill H.]
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#2871176 - 08/05/17 07:02 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Donsta]
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Farfisa VIP345 + a Leslie 860. Ran that pair at least 10 years, mid-1970s to well into the 1980s, including some pretty busy touring with a college group.

Second to that would be an Ensoniq EPS that served as my backup band for 10 years, but wasn't played as often as the Farfisa.
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#2871177 - 08/05/17 07:02 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: BradD]
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Originally Posted By: BradD
Roland XP80. 20 years and still running.


Originally Posted By: Bill H.
Roland XP-80, which I still use at times.

FA-07 may finally be the board that can replace it.

Maybe...


see that sh*t? that's what I'm talking about. wink
i wonder how many VR-09's will make it that far?

Been eyeing that FA-07 as well - just needs drawbar attachment and it could be a pretty good jack of all trades get the job done board. Super light though, curious on build. Fatar TP-09 Sven suggests?
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#2871178 - 08/05/17 07:11 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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Toss-up between my Hammond Porta-B/Leslie 760 or Memorymoog.

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#2871182 - 08/05/17 07:19 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Donsta]
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Hammond B2 - 9 years 1971-1979
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Korg CX-3 - 8 years 1979 - 1986

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#2871186 - 08/05/17 08:00 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: mate stubb]
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Years-wise, my JX-10 back in the day.

However, my current band has done a lot more gigs in the past four years than I did back in the 80s/90s. The keyboard for most of them has been a Kurzweil pc361. It's died on me at a gig, refused to boot...but has not done it again since. Makes me nervous, but I wouldn't feel right selling it and sound-wise it's just such a versatile beast. At this point I'll ride it until it dies (if it does). I always have a second board so I can get through a gig anyway.

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#2871189 - 08/05/17 08:13 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Stokely]
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In my first musical life, it was my Rhodes Mark I Stage. My trusty companion from 1978 - 1985.

For Phase II, it's been the Nord Electro 3HP. I recently sold it and replaced it with the Stage 2EX 76, which I expect to hold onto for at least as long.

. . . to be continued . . .
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#2871190 - 08/05/17 08:32 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Rusty Mike]
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Well the S90 and the XK3 and XK3c when I had them.
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#2871193 - 08/05/17 09:27 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Outkaster]
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During my most active gigging years (even during the 1980s), the core of my rig was mostly a Hammond M100 built into a custom cabinet (1974 - early 2000s).

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#2871194 - 08/05/17 09:54 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Piktor]
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Roland JX-8P. That board went on cruises, flew to Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Spain, and all over the continental US. Purchased new in 1985, it still gets used on tracks.

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#2871195 - 08/05/17 09:57 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Piktor]
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Longest blocks of same setups were Rhodes stage with Mini-Korg synth for late 70's into 80's, then varying keys until early 90's with long stretch of Hammond XB2/Leslie 860 and Korg M1. Nord Electro from 2006 or so until recently with upgrade to E5D.

On a side note, I secretly miss the simplicity of the E2...:(

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#2871197 - 08/05/17 10:09 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: zxcvbnm098]
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Ensoniq KS-32. 1992-1998. For up to 6 gigs a week at one point. I'd worked for a couple of years before heading off to uni and needed something portable that would fit across the back seat of a sedan. It was this or a Korg T2. Bought it blind based on specs and a single (Keyboard mag iirc) review. Had the keybed replaced early on cause some keys were double triggering, otherwise zero issues. Oh except the processor was way underpowered to run the sequencer at even half tilt. Replaced in 1998 with a midi controller and an MRrack. Loved Ensoniq.
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#2871200 - 08/05/17 10:37 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: niacin]
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I bought my DW8000 brand new in 1985. It gigged regularly from 1985 thru 2005 when I got my Triton Extreme 61.

Never had any issues. It is enjoying a comfortable retirement in my music room
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#2871206 - 08/06/17 01:07 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: EscapeRocks]
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Technics P30 stage piano. Purchased second hand for £199 back in 2008. These things originally cost £1400 or so back in '98 (if memory serves me right... very much estimates) Such a classic looking slab piano and cuts through the mix perfectly for me!

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#2871215 - 08/06/17 05:45 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: The Piano Man]
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Yamaha DX-7 and secondly Korg Polysix.

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#2871216 - 08/06/17 05:53 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: niacin]
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Loved Ensoniq.


In 1990 I used a VFX 6 nights a week for 6 months straight. I still have one...my 3rd.

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#2871217 - 08/06/17 06:08 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: lsj]
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Probably my Hammond SK1--I always gigged but since I got that I've been far more active.

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#2871218 - 08/06/17 06:31 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Jazzooo]
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Difficult question. Years past, probably my Rhodes stage 73. After that my Korg M1 and more recent the Hammond SK1. (Owned an XP80 for many many years but didn't gig with it a lot)
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#2871226 - 08/06/17 07:58 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: KeyMoe]
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Percentage of time in working use ? Easily my Roland FP-50. It's at the studio where I teach, and gets hands-on time from 18 - 20 students a week.
For stage, an S90XS was my most-gigged keyboard for about five years. That became an RD-2000 a few months ago. Easy to see that one getting to most-gigged status soon.
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#2871228 - 08/06/17 08:17 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: allan_evett]
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Easily the Yamaha P120. The S90 a close second.

The last 3+ years the CP4 and 4 years with the Nords (piano 88 & NP2) before that.

My memory's a little hazy going back too far in regard to how long I kept keyboards but I can't recall keeping anything as long as I did with the first two Yamahas I listed.

I will say today I play acoustic pianos generally more then electronic keyboards on gigs. That being the case, I can see the CP4 hanging around as long as the P120.
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#2871234 - 08/06/17 09:17 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: lsj]
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Nord Stage Classic - Compact 73 (10 years)
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#2871239 - 08/06/17 09:40 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: jeffinpghpa]
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Yamaha DX7 and Prophet 600
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#2871243 - 08/06/17 10:21 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: mwheels]
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Hammond B3. Hands down. No contest.
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#2871245 - 08/06/17 10:29 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: mwheels]
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This thread has been a fun read. thu

I tend to gig with the same rig and then do an entire overhaul with very little overlap. I probably played the most gigs with a PC-88mx, Trinity Plus, and Voce V5. This was when my band played a ton of wedding receptions, over a period of about 10 years. In second place would be my rig consisting of a CP-70B, CX-3, and Prophet-5. This was in my band's club heyday, although I did a lot of weddings with that rig, as well. crazy

My current rig, a Kronos 88 and Jupiter-80, has a nice streak going of four years. Not as many gigs, however...
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#2871247 - 08/06/17 10:49 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Moonglow]
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Roland Fantom X7, 2005-2016. It gigged with me on three continents, Africa, Europe, and North America. Long live switching power supplies!
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#2871270 - 08/06/17 02:43 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: zephonic]
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Korg wavestation 1990-2003 on top of rhodes, Fp1, p90 and as acontroller for k2600r and tr rack. So many gigs....
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#2871278 - 08/06/17 04:37 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: fjzingo]
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I'm interpreting "most gigged" to equate to the sheer quantity of gigs. For me, I'm thinking it's the CP-70B. Way back when, in an approx 3-year stretch, I played about 750 gigs with that bad boy. During that stretch that monster held up pretty damn well. Only one broken string and a few tunings here and there.

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#2871287 - 08/06/17 05:32 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JimboKeys]
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#2871289 - 08/06/17 05:37 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: zephonic]
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Originally Posted By: zephonic
Roland Fantom X7, 2005-2016. It gigged with me on three continents, Africa, Europe, and North America. Long live switching power supplies!


+1 for the Fantom X7. Got my first one (new) in 2007 and am still gigging it hard. Picked up a second one (used) a few years ago to use at home for practice and as a backup. I keep thinking it's time to upgrade, but when I look at what's out there and the prices, nothing tempts me enough to pull out the credit card... yet.

Now if Korg ever releases a Kronos with 76 waterfall keys... for about 2 grand... I'm there.
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#2871299 - 08/06/17 06:48 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: wineandkeyz]
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Roland JX-8P, Hammond XB-2, Yamaha S-90 for past keyboards that are no longer in active gig service. Each of those logged a decade or more on live gigs, with the XB-2 probably winning the prize for sheer number of gigs.

More recently, my NS2 88 has been a very faithful gig companion.

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#2871334 - 08/06/17 11:50 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: lsj]
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Korg Triton Studio for 16 years, and Nord Electro 5D goes with me to every gig now.
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#2871337 - 08/07/17 12:09 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Macsaint777]
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Without doubt the Prophet-5 rev2. It was on duty up to 250 nights a year from 1982 when I purchased it second hand and up to mid 90's.
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#2871338 - 08/07/17 12:13 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Doberfort]
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The way this is going, I think we should differentiate longest time vs most gigs. That's a big difference. And pick one keyboard. Folks are listing all the rigs they've had. Don't care if you had 5 different keyboards that lasted a long time. What ONE keyboard got through 1000 gigs?

Only one other person besides me has given a gig count. The OP asked about MOST GIGGED....to me that's NUMBER of gigs. give your count!!!!


Edited by J. Dan (08/07/17 12:14 AM)
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#2871341 - 08/07/17 02:44 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: lsj]
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Oberheim MC2000ex and MC1000 plugged into various things (mainly laptop and JV2080). probably did around 250 gigs with those


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#2871346 - 08/07/17 03:26 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: SteveQB]
JerryA Offline
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Way back when .... Roland XP30. Once or twice a week for five years. Secondary sound source. Lightweight workhorse.

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#2871349 - 08/07/17 04:11 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: lsj]
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First place would probably go to my Triton EX76 for the three years I've owned her, 2006 to 2009.
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#2871352 - 08/07/17 04:26 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JerryA]
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Originally Posted By: JerryA
Way back when .... Roland XP30. Once or twice a week for five years. Secondary sound source. Lightweight workhorse.

This - only for 13 years, my most precious keyboard!
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#2871367 - 08/07/17 05:36 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Losendoskeys]
Al Quinn Offline
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Yamaha DX7: 1,000+ gigs from 1984 - 1993
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#2871378 - 08/07/17 05:59 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Al Quinn]
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Hammond Model A (not the A100 series--a REAL Model A, built in 1936 and the 1341st Hammond ever built) with two "phone booth" (31H) Leslie cabinets. Toured the lounge circuit in the Detroit area for years and fortunately had either friends with pick up trucks or vans to help with the move in/out. The Model A didn't have fold-back keys and I played bass a lot on the keyboard (as well as the bass pedals), so the "A" had the advantage of going down one more octave on the key bed than the B's. It also was narrower than the B's, making it a LITTLE easier to gig with.

...........miss that set up (but only from the sound perspective--not the schlepping!).
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#2871383 - 08/07/17 06:36 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: rockinroller]
DanL Offline
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Probably my original Nord Electro. I bought it right when it came out and gigged it steady til I sold it, probably 10 years of gigs.

Other than that, maybe my Juno 106, I bought that in 1986 and used it regularly on gigs into the mid 90's.
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#2871390 - 08/07/17 07:39 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: DanL]
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Without a doubt, my trusty old Korg Z1 wins hands-down. Got me through 400+ gigs between 2004 and 2016, and was the only "overlapping" board between various rigs. Just retired it at the end of last year (replaced by Kurzweil PC3). Was extremely reliable, other than a few broken-key repairs over the years.
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#2871393 - 08/07/17 07:45 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: synthizen2]
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Keyboard with the most gigs? Definitely my surface pro. grin
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#2871397 - 08/07/17 08:10 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: xKnuckles]
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Probably my old Yamaha P-120 and Korg Ver 2 CX3..
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#2871426 - 08/07/17 10:07 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Legatoboy]
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+1 on Korg CX3 (the version 2, digital one)

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#2871436 - 08/07/17 10:27 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Morrisseysixman]
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By number of shows? Probably the CP-70b I toured with from 1981 to 1985. 48 weeks out of the year, 4-6 nights per week.

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#2871548 - 08/07/17 11:17 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: vonnor]
AWkeys Offline
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Definitely my current Nord Stage 2 Compact. Had it since about October 2011. While my rig changes from time to time, the Nord is at the center of it and goes everywhere with me. I'd imagine I've played 1200-1500 gigs since, not including recording sessions and rehearsals.

Bought another one for backup. If they don't fix the output routing issue in the NS3, I probably won't be upgrading and will probably start using my newer EX.

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#2871580 - 08/08/17 05:47 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: EscapeRocks]
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Originally Posted By: EscapeRocks
I bought my DW8000 brand new in 1985. It gigged regularly from 1985 thru 2005 when I got my Triton Extreme 61.

Never had any issues. It is enjoying a comfortable retirement in my music room

Ahh, the DW8000. I had the baby brother DW6000 that I gigged as a second board for a long time in the '80s.
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#2871583 - 08/08/17 05:54 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Mills Dude]
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Late '80s - 2000, gigged a KX76 controlling an M1R and a Roland U220. It was a very versatile rig for me.

In more modern times, the Korg X50, seriously. Yeah the action is terrible and the DC connector always seems like it's ready to snap off. But 9 pounds, toilet roll handles and Triton series sounds made this a great second board for me. I'll still drag it out in the right context, great for a worship set that needs drippy pads and strings.
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#2871584 - 08/08/17 06:02 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Mills Dude]
Synthoid Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mills Dude
the Korg X50, seriously. Yeah the action is terrible and the DC connector always seems like it's ready to snap off. But 9 pounds, toilet roll handles...

great for a worship set that needs drippy pads


Keep a few rolls of toilet paper handy for those drippy pads. grin
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#2871606 - 08/08/17 08:53 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: J. Dan]
Bill H. Offline
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Originally Posted By: J. Dan
What ONE keyboard got through 1000 gigs?


Well it wasn't just one, because I wore the first one out. But it's still the XP-80 - 1000 gigs easily.

After retiring it from club gigs, it got a second wind as a P&W board when a couple of leaders fell in love with it's Spectrasonics choirs (included on the Vocal expansion board). I just couldn't come up with anything like them on anything else.

I found the second XP-80 on CL for just $350 - a board that a guy bought for his daughter when she was in high school. He was cleaning out her room, and it had been stored in her closet for over 10 years.





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#2871614 - 08/08/17 10:16 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Bill H.]
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My D50 smile
Still working ... but I do use it live anymore.
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#2871628 - 08/08/17 10:55 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: ksoper]
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I'm thinking mine was also the XP-80. It hit a sweet spot and stayed there a long time.
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#2871846 - 08/09/17 11:23 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JimboKeys]
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Most in time: Yamaha YPG235 - four years

Most actual performances: Sort of a tie between the Motif XF8 and the YS200 (usually as a two-keyboard stack), although the YS200 was brought for pads several times without the Motif, when I played acoustic piano. So, actually the YS200!
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#2871893 - 08/09/17 02:51 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: vonnor]
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Without question it is my Korg m1.
I got it when they first came out and it was my main keyboard until I stopped gigging about 10 years ago.
I've returned to gigging about a year or two ago, and my m1 is still fully functional. I replaces most of the buttons, and the battery has been changed a few times, but I'm not gigging with it simply because it is a lot heavier than my current stuff, and has nothing to contribute sonically I cannot get on the Kross. (I actually did recreate Universe on the Kross, and some day I'll do Zephyr and some of my own new-age patches)
I did consider using it as a midi controller because the keyed is much better than the Kross, but I'm using a Roland arranger keyboard in that role...I suspect with the same keybed, but in a mostly plastic case which is significantly lighter.

If' I'm going to pack the weight of an m1, I want weighted keys at this point.
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#2872109 - 08/10/17 01:12 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Shutoku]
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The Yamaha S80 hands down.. 10 yrs of gigs(2001 - 2011) with the Korg CX3 quickly closing in at around 7 yrs.


Edited by tucktronix (08/10/17 01:13 PM)
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#2872473 - 08/12/17 02:42 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: lsj]
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well that's easy, my recently retired XP-80 (since its first release-2017; who didn't have one of those) and my MOTIF ES7 (2003-2017)
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#2873043 - 08/15/17 02:25 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: Darcity]
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#2873275 - 08/15/17 11:59 PM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: JoJoB3]
willf Offline
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Korg 01/W Pro. It is still working fine, albeit the display is a little dim these days.

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#2873314 - 08/16/17 07:34 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: willf]
Bob L Offline
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Since my frequent gigging was in the 70s (3-4 nights a week, plus the occasional afternoon wedding bringing it up to 5 times a week) it would be my Farfisa Compact with Leslie 825. It survived four bands, and help me pay for college.

Now that I play 0-4 times a month as a hobby, my Korg CX3 is most gigged. Had an inexpensive Yamaha keyboard for piano and other stuff. Graduated to a Casio PX3, then to a Casio PX-5S. But the Korg is still my go to for organ (and with the Lester K, it sounds very warm with much improved Leslie sim). It would take years for the Korg to catch up to the Farfisa though!
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#2873320 - 08/16/17 08:22 AM Re: What's been your most-gigged keyboard [Re: vonnor]
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This has been a great and surprisingly informative thread!!

Most Gigged (in model)....original Yamaha DX7 (owned 3 of them plus a DX7-II FD)

Most Gigged (same actual unit used over a variety of gigs)....Yamaha SK-20 (it was pre-MIDi, but an amazingly flexible & versatile board onstage; I only dumped it because I thought that I would need MIDI going forward....ultimately a big mistake)

Honorable Mention: my original "first pro" setup.....Farfisa Compact with Leslie 825 (got me thru high school and into college)



Most surprising thing learned here: The sheer number of you that had & used a Roland XP-80 with such favorable memories!!!!

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