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#2937067 - 07/10/18 07:23 AM Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve
macca Offline
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I'm no vintage keys expert, so is there anyone here who could please identify this keyboard sitting on top of a Vox Super Continental?

I believe Steve Nieve used it quite a bit in the late 70s with Elvis Costello & The Attractions, but I was unable to find any info on it.

Thanks very much



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#2937071 - 07/10/18 07:38 AM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: macca]
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It looks somewhat, but not quite, like the Korg Polyphonic Ensemble S, a vintage string machine.

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#2937076 - 07/10/18 07:41 AM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: macca]
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It's some version of a Korg PE (polyphonic ensemble).

I had a version of one of these, not exactly like the one pictured, but similar.

Korg PE images
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#2937077 - 07/10/18 07:43 AM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: Bobby Simons]
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Bobby,

Funny you posted while I was writing. That's the synth I had. Seemed decent at the time but pretty ghastly in retrospect.

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#2937092 - 07/10/18 08:08 AM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: Bif_]
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Yes, Korg Poly Ensemble P. I got a lot of use out of mine. The other was the Poly Ensemble S, which was more of a String machine. The P had more percussive sounds. Nice harpsichord, IIRC.
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#2937098 - 07/10/18 08:21 AM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: Bif_]
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Originally Posted By: Bif_
Bobby,

Funny you posted while I was writing. That's the synth I had. Seemed decent at the time but pretty ghastly in retrospect.

Greg

Don't they all? Of course, you can always find a quirky spot to use them. Sparingly, please.

I did get a chuckle out of this, I don't think I'll be needing it anytime soon. The Korg is probably represented here:

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#2937120 - 07/10/18 09:41 AM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: Bobby Simons]
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Great, thanks very much for the helpful (and fast) responses.

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#2937159 - 07/10/18 12:35 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: macca]
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I actually think it's a Roland synth of some sort, based on the waterfall type keys that Roland used in the mid to late 70's. It does look like that Korg, but to me the keys are the giveaway of something Roland...

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#2937175 - 07/10/18 01:39 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: zxcvbnm098]
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The dials were a tell to me! Does look like it's from the planet Roland... yep I agree it may be a Roland ...also the general materials of the instrument look that way to to me! Also the Cream/Brown/Yellow push buttons....Roland used that color scheme!

Then again, it may be an Edsel . . .


Edited by Legatoboy (07/10/18 01:43 PM)
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#2937182 - 07/10/18 02:13 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: Legatoboy]
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Didn't Roland tend to use sliders more during that era?

This is the era of Rolands I think would most closely match:



Edited by J. Dan (07/10/18 02:17 PM)
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#2937184 - 07/10/18 02:28 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: J. Dan]
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Aah - that wide deep flat top of the MP600. Can I get a stage piano in that format please?

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#2937185 - 07/10/18 02:30 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: J. Dan]
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I agree, not Poly Ensemble P after all...

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#2937190 - 07/10/18 02:36 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: macca]
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It's a Roland EP-30.... What do I win?


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#2937193 - 07/10/18 02:46 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: RedKey]
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Wow Redkey, great find. I was looking for a pic of the Roland's of that time but did not see this one. You have all of our undying admiration....

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#2937196 - 07/10/18 03:23 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: zxcvbnm098]
macca Offline
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Yes, thanks, I was looking all over for a matching photo and couldn't find one. I had originally assumed it was a suitcase EP, but was looking for a matching Rhodes. I should have been looking in the Roland camp.

Mystery apparently solved. Thanks again.


Edited by macca (07/10/18 03:29 PM)

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#2937198 - 07/10/18 03:33 PM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: macca]
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Well done.
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#2937348 - 07/11/18 10:27 AM Re: Please help with keyboard identification - Steve Nieve [Re: Bobby Simons]
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I might know where one is if anyone is curious. I would have to double check but it sure looks like the same.

The guy who had it said it was one of the most early Rolands.

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