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#2878029 - 09/09/17 03:06 AM Older gear that just "works"
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What older gear are folks using which just seems to "work" for you? There are so many great new products out there every year but sometimes there are older boards and amps that just keep doing the job. I own a Nord Stage 2 ex hp76 but I also have older boards that I keep finding a use for at certain gigs or situations.

Technics P30 - I think it was late 90s. The Piano sample sounds overly harsh in the house, the keybed feels a bit loose but live, if you need a bright piano to cut through, it seems to do the job! It also has such a simple and classic look, no buttons on the front panel.

Roland FP3 - I think it was released around the year 2000 or so. Unique champagne gold finish, neat design and I personally love the keyboard action. I think it is th PA4 action as found in the RD600 amongst others. Still feels very solid to me and the piano sound is more than decent, particularly live. I quite like this action for learning classical pieces.

So, what older boards work for you?
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#2878046 - 09/09/17 04:44 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: The Piano Man]
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The K2000VP, the Yamaha KX76, and my Triton-Rack still just work, and do journeyman duty all the time.

I guess I need to include my N1R in there as well.Layering these with the Kronos seem to do everything I want.

..Joe
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#2878053 - 09/09/17 05:12 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: joegerardi]
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Korg CX-3 Ver 2 (just still sounds and playes well for ensemble non-organ only gigs)

Yamaha P95 (sometimes I wonder how I get it to sound as good as it sounds, still, for this low end board - like it better than the later low end Yammy models - still has some bite and meat!)

Roland JV-3080 (I like Roland synths better than their DP's/Organs)

Roland A-50 controller (Amazingly has Polyphonic After Touch)



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#2878059 - 09/09/17 05:41 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Legatoboy]
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My JX-8P gets used pretty often on tracks. It's not the fattest sound but it sits well in a mix. And, of course, the Model D still works. wink

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#2878063 - 09/09/17 05:58 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: The Piano Man]
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Originally Posted By: The Piano Man
What older gear are folks using which just seems to "work" for you? There are so many great new products out there every year but sometimes there are older boards and amps that just keep doing the job. I own a Nord Stage 2 ex hp76 but I also have older boards that I keep finding a use for at certain gigs or situations.

I have repeatedly gone back to using my old Casio PX500L as my main gigging 88. Sometimes its sounds are good enough for what I need, or if want something better, I MIDI it to my other board (through a little Anatek box that gives it a better MIDI velocity curve, as it is otherwise hesitant to yield anything over a velocity of 100). It still has my favorite weighted action in a lightweight board.

When I want something with built-in speakers for quick setup ceremony/cocktail stuff, I've still usually been using the Roland FP-2 despite a slightly stocky 32 lbs, 3 oz. I also had an FP-4 which had some nice improvements, but the FP2 action felt a bit better to me, and it was a bit lighter, so I sold the FP4 (and in terms of travel weight and action, I thought even the FP4 was better than the FP4F and FP50). Despite the spec of "7 W x 2", the FP2 is WAY louder than the other comparably spec'd non-Roland slabs I've had/played, including Casio PX560, Yamaha P95, Kawai ES100. I also compared it to a couple pf slabs of much higher power (Dexibell, Kurzweil) and it held its own. Still, I have to say, even its 32-ish lbs has worn on me, and I may switch to a lighter board and resign myself to having to often add a small amp. I've been meaning to experiment more with the Klipsch KMC3 that I picked up, which I think will do the trick, pairing it with even a non-hammer action board to minimize weight (i.e. Roland FA07, Numa Compact, Yamaha NP30).
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#2878064 - 09/09/17 06:03 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: ksoper]
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My Novation Supernova rack still gets quite a bit of use. Great sounds and easy to program.
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#2878069 - 09/09/17 06:12 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: The Piano Man]
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Not that old, but my Triton Classic gets the most use. I've spend hours programming it. Had all the buttons replaced a few years ago as a few were getting wonky.
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#2878070 - 09/09/17 06:13 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Synthoid]
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#2878073 - 09/09/17 06:22 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: WesG]
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Acoustic Pianos
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#2878074 - 09/09/17 06:23 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: WesG]
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#2878105 - 09/09/17 08:44 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: The Real MC]
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Tempting, very tempting to veer off topic as one of my newer cheapo synths crashed again while typing this.

Trebuchet on the ready but...Yamaha DX7IIFD.
(Rock solid IMHO,and built like a little tank.)


Edited by zukskywalker (09/09/17 08:48 AM)

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#2878134 - 09/09/17 11:17 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: zukskywalker]
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Yam KX88 - it works fine the 2 or 3 times a year I turn it on!

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#2878158 - 09/09/17 02:09 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Reezekeys]
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I use one or two of these on every gig often supplemented with a Casio WK-3800.

Roland Juno 60
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#2878180 - 09/09/17 05:04 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Shamanzarek]
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Korg 01Wfd that required only a disk drive replacement in 20 years. Finally recycled only because it needed a lot of repairs that would cost more than I paid for it. You know that story. I still retain a lot of its goodness because I sampled the hell out of it while it was still robust. I still use a TR61 and really took to the Legacy Wavestation. I should have a Korg tattoo.
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#2878185 - 09/09/17 06:12 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: David Emm]
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My Hammond of course.

Synth wise, maybe because it was the second synth I ever bought (after a Moog Rogue), and I became so familiar with it, but I keep coming back to my Korg Mono/Poly. I just know my way around it so well.
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#2878203 - 09/09/17 10:11 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Doc Tonewheel]
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Kawai ES4 digital piano. Have used/and use it constantly for over 10 years. Always played and sounded great.

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#2878218 - 09/10/17 02:22 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: David Emm]
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Originally Posted By: David Emm
Korg 01Wfd that required only a disk drive replacement in 20 years. Finally recycled only because it needed a lot of repairs that would cost more than I paid for it. You know that story. I still retain a lot of its goodness because I sampled the hell out of it while it was still robust. I still use a TR61 and really took to the Legacy Wavestation. I should have a Korg tattoo.


Korg 01W/FD as well, mine is still in perfect condition. Hammond XK-2 for the organ. Newest purchase was the Vent 2, organ sounds fantastic going through it.

The Kronos is out of this world when it comes to sounds, but the 01W/FD is still great.

I have my rig at home, then go to a rehearsal studio that has a Kronos 88 and a Hammond XK-5 with a Leslie 3300. Does the new stuff sound better? Of coarse, no doubt about it. But moving the new stuff takes 2 people, not portable. I can move my rig by myself and it sounds great for gigs.

This guy also has an M1 and 01W/FD he uses in his videos.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CachhWMXis
Great channel, subscribe to it.


Edited by SkiGuy777 (09/10/17 02:24 AM)
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#2878235 - 09/10/17 07:22 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: SkiGuy777]
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#2878285 - 09/10/17 04:49 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: KorgyPorky]
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Vintage 80s analog Korg CX-3. Reliable (only have to clean the drawbars a bit once a year or so). Through a Lester K it sounds warm and very full. At some point I suppose it might stop working but till it does, I enjoy the look, feel, and sound of it!
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#2878319 - 09/10/17 10:19 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Bob L]
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For me it's my rack modules.

Emu E4XT
Proteus 1 xr
Proteus 1 Orchestral
Emu Vintage Keys
Motif ES
Roland JV 1080

Keyboards I've owned, have come and gone, but as long as I have these, even if I have a crappy keyboard, as long as it has midi, I can sound pretty good, and they have been rock solid ever since I bought them many many years ago.
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#2878335 - 09/11/17 03:00 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Daniel Wade]
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My 15 y.o. Roland XV2020 still does the job in fly-in gigs, where i can't carry too much. Together with Apple Mainstage they make a pretty solid combination

If Nord Lead 2 is considerer old, so yes, i use it pretty often too.


Edited by yannis D (09/11/17 12:08 PM)
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#2878336 - 09/11/17 03:29 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: yannis D]
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My 2 slightly detuned TX81Zs set to the same receive channel were impossible to replace until the Kronos. The Kronos has enough zones and resources I can do this in Combi mode by setting two layered zones to the same program and detuning one of them for easy mega large sounds. Great technique for basses.


Edited by CEB (09/11/17 05:49 AM)
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#2878344 - 09/11/17 05:29 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: CEB]
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Any of that old gear, especially Korg stuff was built like a tank
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#2878364 - 09/11/17 07:00 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: yannis D]
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Originally Posted By: yannis D
My 15 y.o. Roland XV2020 still does the job in fly-in gigs, where i can't carry too much.....


I get most of my sounds from my Roland XV-5050, which is the same thing as an XV-2020 with a more usable front panel. It has lots of highly usable sounds (I can get the twang G in Cake by the Ocean), and absurdly good split/layer functions. And its base AP sound, while obsolete standalone, sits well in a mix of a 7 piece band.

(Sounds for B3 organ, EP, and Wurli have been taken over by my Electro 3).

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#2878416 - 09/11/17 11:50 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: harmonizer]
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I was gigging some old 90s keyboards just up until late last year (QS8 and Z1, with custom piano samples in the QS8). It was a reliable and good sounding combo, but it's been years and years... and having a supporting wife who helps fund the upgrade, is always a nice thing! (QS8 and Z1 live rig replaced with MOX8 and PC3, respectively).

But the Z1 just has too many good sounds to let go of it, so it is now relegated to studio duties. A really unique physical modeling synth that Korg put out, that was never properly followed up on. That's a reason to keep it.
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#2878417 - 09/11/17 11:56 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: synthizen2]
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There are many things I love about the new Electro 5D, but I miss the simple and intuitive NE2.
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#2878420 - 09/11/17 12:05 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: harmonizer]
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Originally Posted By: yannis D
My 15 y.o. Roland XV2020 still does the job in fly-in gigs, where i can't carry too much.....


I get most of my sounds from my Roland XV-5050, which is the same thing as an XV-2020 with a more usable front panel. It has lots of highly usable sounds (I can get the twang G in Cake by the Ocean), and absurdly good split/layer functions. And its base AP sound, while obsolete standalone, sits well in a mix of a 7 piece band.

(Sounds for B3 organ, EP, and Wurli have been taken over by my Electro 3).


This
Fully agree
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#2878430 - 09/11/17 12:50 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: yannis D]
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One of my favorite things with my XV5050 are the COSM effects. Not the greatest Leslie effect but when you use it with EP patches it sounds really darn close. The gentleman I bought mine from setup a really nice Wurli/Leslie patch that sounded a lot like Jimmy Witherspoon. And it is so easy to setup.

I've always been a Roland fanboy .... until they stopped making quality keyboard actions and chassis. Still hoping for the return of a REAL Fantom.

Hard to remember that the XV5050 is really 'older'. LOL


Edited by CEB (09/11/17 12:52 PM)
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#2878488 - 09/11/17 05:12 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: CEB]
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The Voce midi drawbar unit that I bought in the 1990s has continued to be very useful (much more so than the Voce DMI rack unit that I bought at the same time).

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#2878495 - 09/11/17 05:55 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: SkiGuy777]
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Originally Posted By: SkiGuy777
Korg 01W/FD as well, mine is still in perfect condition. The Kronos is out of this world when it comes to sounds, but the 01W/FD is still great.
I'm a big fan also. I have two of them! They're built like a tank!
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#2878543 - 09/12/17 03:29 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Michael Wright]
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Originally Posted By: Michael Wright
Originally Posted By: SkiGuy777
Korg 01W/FD as well, mine is still in perfect condition. The Kronos is out of this world when it comes to sounds, but the 01W/FD is still great.
I'm a big fan also. I have two of them! They're built like a tank!


I have a Korg 01/W Pro. It is still working fine, albeit the display is a little dim these days and one or two of the buttons sometimes need to be pressed more than once to 'work'.


Edited by willf (09/12/17 05:26 AM)

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#2878551 - 09/12/17 05:22 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: willf]
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I have refurbished and brought old T-2, T-3 EX, M1 O1WFD keyboards from the dead. They were made well and some parts are available. Look at the residual on these boards on EBay sometime.
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#2878557 - 09/12/17 05:53 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: synthizen2]
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Emu Command Stations. Love my XL-7 and wish there was a modern version with a better computer interface and effects. This was Ableton Live in hardware before there was an Ableton Live.
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#2878582 - 09/12/17 07:52 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: RABid]
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#2878624 - 09/12/17 10:34 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: RABid]
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Emu Command Stations. Love my XL-7 and wish there was a modern version with a better computer interface and effects. This was Ableton Live in hardware before there was an Ableton Live.


+10 Totally agree. Such a versatile bit of hardware. Still my go to midi controller/sequencer.
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#2878639 - 09/12/17 11:21 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Karl Schmeer]
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Roland RD300 c-1986 version. I've got 2 at home and one for the road (76-key version, SW).
Piano 3 cuts thru the live mix an can be roped in for studio as well.

Also, Ensoniq ZR76. 20-something years old, and remains a vital studio tool. Strings, synths, APs, EP,s, even very useful drum machine.

Korg BX3 v.2. When run thru a real Leslie, Motion Sound, Vent, etc. it can be very cool. Great interface, great looks, ultra-tweekable. Nice piece.
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#2878743 - 09/12/17 06:20 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: sagetunes]
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My Apex stand.
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#2878756 - 09/12/17 07:40 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: J. Dan]
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My cx3... from mid early 2000's.
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#2878767 - 09/12/17 08:16 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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If we're talking synthesizers, standard Triton 61. Stupid thing just will not die. And I still think that Yamaha FS keybed Korg used in that and many other of their classics is one of the best synth actions ever made.

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#2878774 - 09/12/17 08:45 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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Another CX3 ver 2 user here.. going on 9 yrs. My old Korg X2(bought used in 2003) still sits in my home studio. The battery needs replacing, but it is used nowadays as a controller for either my iPad or Logic.
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#2878857 - 09/13/17 09:22 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: J. Dan]
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Originally Posted By: J. Dan
My Apex stand.


I still have mine.. 26 yrs
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#2878968 - 09/13/17 06:09 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: tucktronix]
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Still love and use my Roland Super JD-990.

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#2878983 - 09/13/17 06:37 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: GDP]
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My Ensoniq SD-1 is still kicking. I use it mainly for a lower manual for my Electro 3. I like the feel of the keybed WAY better than the Electro though......

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#2878996 - 09/13/17 07:48 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: area51recording]
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I've got a Roland JD-800, don't really see it or hear of it ever, but the things a beast. The base tones might not be that spectacular, but the simple layering and editing and all those sliders are a joy. also still using my NE2 despite plenty of increase in clonewheel capability. I love it. Just got some OB1 drawbars from a fellow forum member too, the beast has new life.

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#2879644 - 09/16/17 08:27 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: scottasin]
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Can't forget Invisible Stands.

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#2879670 - 09/16/17 11:30 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Michael Wright]
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Where would one begin? Depends on care and maintenance, right?

Still goin...
Cable baby grand
Hammond A-100, B3, C3, and 122's
Rhodes Suitcase
Wurli 206
Ensoniq ESQ1, EPS 16
Mattel Optigan
Korg MS10
Moog Model D
Kurz K2000 (although the they used can rot away, it's still going).
SCI 6-Trak
ARP 2700
Hammond XK3
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#2879680 - 09/16/17 01:20 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: joegerardi]
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Originally Posted By: joegerardi
Can't forget Invisible Stands.


I coud. Not a fan of those.

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#2879692 - 09/16/17 04:29 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: The Real MC]
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PC88
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#2879695 - 09/16/17 04:43 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: David Loving]
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Mu Tron Bi-Phase
Echoplex
Rhodes Stereo Preamp with Suitcase version.
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#2887035 - 10/25/17 11:24 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: 16251]
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o1w back from doctronics with a new blue screen, battery, cleaning and action lubed!! Better than new!
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#2887041 - 10/25/17 12:14 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Michael Wright]
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Yamaha P-200.

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#2887063 - 10/25/17 01:51 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: lvercaut]
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Another vote for Yamaha DX7IID. I sold it earlier this year and replaced it with a Roland System 8 but the DX7IID worked very well as a chief 2nd to my SV-1. cool
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#2887078 - 10/25/17 03:08 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: ProfD]
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We brought the JV-90 to the recording session of our church band, but the left side output crapped out. Oh well...
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#2887198 - 10/26/17 07:28 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: sagetunes]
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Originally Posted By: sagetunes


Also, Ensoniq ZR76. 20-something years old, and remains a vital studio tool. Strings, synths, APs, EP,s, even very useful drum machine.


Was that similar to the Ensoniq MR61?

I had one for a while; the sequencer and idea pad were super cool, but it had a few quirks that I couldn't get past. Like I always felt like there was a delay between pressing a note and hearing it. If the ZR fixed those issues, I would totally buy one again.

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#2887201 - 10/26/17 07:34 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Michael Wright]
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Quadrasynth Plus with the Classic Synths expanson card.

One of my secret weapons. That card in that engine with that keybed was magic for me.

...and my D-50. And my Mini. And this lamp...

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#2887258 - 10/26/17 12:40 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Dave Bryce]
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#2887265 - 10/26/17 01:14 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Iconoclast]
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Kawai MAV-8 Midi Patchbay.

Still keep it around too hook up some of the gear. Very simple but very useful.
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#2887288 - 10/26/17 02:58 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Rod S]
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#2887332 - 10/26/17 09:18 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: hardware]
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Roland XV-5080. No functioning rotary encoder, but the Inc/Dec buttons work just fine. Still sounds like a beast.

Yamaha TX-1P; original AWM module. 30 years now, and still going strong. There is nothing that quite sounds like its three, on-board effects.
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#2887333 - 10/26/17 09:19 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Rod S]
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Originally Posted By: Rod S
Kawai MAV-8 Midi Patchbay.

Still keep it around too hook up some of the gear. Very simple but very useful.

Still have mine, too.

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#2887368 - 10/27/17 06:21 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Rod S]
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Originally Posted By: Rod S
Kawai MAV-8 Midi Patchbay.


JL Cooper MSB+. Bought one, then two more over the years. Excellent boxes.

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#2887375 - 10/27/17 07:02 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: The Real MC]
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Sycologic M16R (x2) - that´s the remote controllers
Sycologic M16 (x2) - that´s the 16-In/16-Out MIDI matrix switcher
Sycologic M16X - that´s the 16-Out MIDI matrix expander.

Works since 1987 when I bought all new.
I grabbed some spare parts and a service manual early enough to keep all alive and replaced the rechargeable VARTA battery packs by newer ones, delivering more mA/h in addition.

Being combined w/ Miditemp PMM88E, which I use successfully since the 90s too, up today it´s the best MIDI processing and distribution system I ever used.

And I knew the JL Cooper Synapse as well ...
The Synapse is in a friends studio and works like a charme ´til today too.
Very good piece of gear !

My list of still working gear from the past is too long to type here.
I´d say the old gear was much better build quality than today´s gear and much more reliable.
It was definitely made for the gigging/touring musician and studio session artis who had to move the gear to different studios all day,- and not for the masses of amateurs in 1st place.
But OTOH, that was the reason why some manufacturers went bancrupt soon too.

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#2887409 - 10/27/17 09:10 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Al Coda]
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I'll say, like others, Korg stuff. I've got a near-mint Triton Studio 88 that works great for me. I love the Triton's ease of use/programability, and the auxiliary outputs. The action is just about perfect for my taste, too.

Also, an old Yamaha P50m that I use (layered with K-Sounds piano samples)... for live use, the P50m gives me the "cut", and the K-Sounds samples give me the authenticity. Mixed together, they work great for live rock cover band stuff.
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#2887425 - 10/27/17 10:37 AM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Skinny]
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I still use my old Alesis QS7 live, particularly when it's a multi-band gig and we have limited time to get set up and tear down. Often I'll just use it programmed with my own stuff, splits, layers, etc.

I keep my Polysix and Kawai K4 in my studio and use them but have a second K4 that I gig with on occasion.
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#2887458 - 10/27/17 03:21 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Skinny]
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Originally Posted By: Skinny
I'll say, like others, Korg stuff. I've got a near-mint Triton Studio 88 that works great for me. I love the Triton's ease of use/programability, and the auxiliary outputs. The action is just about perfect for my taste, too.


I thought it matters the older it is ...

In regards of KORG,- I offer M1Rex, Wavestation SR and SG-Rack.

Originally Posted By: Skinny

Also, an old Yamaha P50m ...


Yamaha:

DX7mkIIFD
KX76
KX5
TX816
TG77
TG500

REV7
D-1500

I sold the SPX 900s years ago, 3 of ´em ...
They´re great too, but didn´t need ´em anymore at the time I sold ´em.
Sometimes I regret I had sold devices because they were so reliable ...

1st owner !!!

I hope I didn´t forget an item ...

smile

A.C.

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#2887467 - 10/27/17 05:51 PM Re: Older gear that just "works" [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Originally Posted By: Grave Bryce
Quadrasynth Plus with the Classic Synths expanson card.

I still use my Alesis Quadrasynth Plus as my main controller both in the studio and for the occasional gig. I bought it new in 1996, only thing I've had done was replace a couple keys that got broken back in 2000. I also still use the AP patch, it sounds good in a band setting.

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