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#2956816 - 11/07/18 10:24 AM Extremely light gear quest
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Half century of lifting, has caused me to have to search for very light weight amplification and keyboard.
Even my k10 is becoming iffy. The rest of my body is plenty strong, but one weak link in your spine, and that's the end of lifting.
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#2956822 - 11/07/18 10:55 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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What's your main keyboard right now?
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#2956829 - 11/07/18 11:49 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: Mighty Motif Max]
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K10 weight is 32 pounds.
Electro Voice ZXA1 weight is 19 pounds.

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#2956831 - 11/07/18 12:03 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: harmonizer]
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+1 on the ZXa1. I have four of them and think theyíre pretty good for piano. I own the K10s as well but actually prefer the EVs

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#2956835 - 11/07/18 01:05 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: The Piano Man]
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I a/b'd and thought the zxa1 sounded better than the (original) K8, and from what I know, the K10 sounds a lot like the K8, so yeah, that's an obvious way to cut some weight, as long as you can deal with a bit lower max volume. It's about the lightest thing you can get that still sounds good.

For keyboards, well, what sounds/functionalities are most important?
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#2956837 - 11/07/18 01:31 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: AnotherScott]
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1) I have an 11 1/2 lb. M-Audio Code 61 MIDI controller. It is terrific - keybed feels like butta, but it took me a YEAR to break in the aftertouch so it didn't crash my MIDI modules.

2) How about a 38 lb. Mackie Thump 15 BST. Powerful & easy to carry.

3) Midi Racks are lightweight in a Gator wood or poly case.

Best to you and your lumbar spine !
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#2956838 - 11/07/18 01:44 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: MIDI Rack-Man]
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To me, the best lightweight all-purpose keyboard is the Nord Stage 3 compact or the Nord Electro 5/6 (~20lbs). If you can find a Roland SA-300, I used to have one and it was a good lighweight stereo amp/monitor. It also comes in two pieces to much easier to haul around (both pieces together ~42lbs).


Edited by DOhm (11/07/18 01:44 PM)
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#2956839 - 11/07/18 01:45 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: Mighty Motif Max]
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Originally Posted By: Mighty Motif Max
What's your main keyboard right now?


A mere 32 lbs... it is light. but back can't deal.

looks like midi controller keyboard time?


Edited by I-missRichardTee (11/07/18 01:48 PM)
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#2956840 - 11/07/18 01:53 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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Originally Posted By: I-missRichardTee
Originally Posted By: Mighty Motif Max
What's your main keyboard right now?


A mere 32 lbs... it is light. but back can't deal.

But what is it?

Can't suggest something lighter that might cover the same territory without knowing what the board is.
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#2956848 - 11/07/18 03:10 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: AnotherScott]
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You may need to invest in a rolling bag and/or hand truck. Far cheaper than switching out gear....?

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#2956849 - 11/07/18 03:15 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: AnotherScott]
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Originally Posted By: AnotherScott
Originally Posted By: I-missRichardTee
Originally Posted By: Mighty Motif Max
What's your main keyboard right now?


A mere 32 lbs... it is light. but back can't deal.

But what is it?

Can't suggest something lighter that might cover the same territory without knowing what the board is.

From memory I think IMRT plays a Tyros of one variety or another? Apologies if I've got that wrong.

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#2956856 - 11/07/18 04:25 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: CowboyNQ]
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For amplification I would add a Yamaha DBR10 to the list of lightweight contenders. It's just 23 lbs and loud with 129dB SPL max. It has a decent 2 channel mixer with DSP. It's essentially a lightweight, IMO similar sounding, slightly lower-power, and cheaper version of the much-loved Yamaha DXR10.

I bought a DBR10 for a portable rehearsal keyboard amp but have actually left my QSC K12 and JBL's at home and used it a few times for small / medium-sized gigs and it's done the job.


Edited by HSS (11/07/18 05:20 PM)
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#2956862 - 11/07/18 05:29 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: HSS]
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A Juno DS76 is 15.4 lb. (DS61 is 11.7 lb.) and a Bose S1 Pro is 15.7 lb.
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#2956864 - 11/07/18 06:02 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: ajstan]
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Kurzweil SP6 and a pair of ZXA1s has been a really lightweight, yet capable, set for this old guy.
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#2956889 - 11/08/18 12:33 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: Coker]
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We need IMRT back on this thread. With answers to some of these questions/response to these suggestions.

Cheers, Mike.
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#2956913 - 11/08/18 05:28 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: stoken6]
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doing the same "lighten the rig" thing..

replaced Korg CX3 (mark 2) with Hammond XK1c - LOVE IT
replaced KBR3d with MS500s - LOVE IT (a little lighter)
tried replaceing PC1x w/ SP6 .. not feeling it frown
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#2956916 - 11/08/18 05:50 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: HSS]
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Originally Posted By: HSS
For amplification I would add a Yamaha DBR10 to the list of lightweight contenders. It's just 23 lbs and loud with 129dB SPL max.


DBR10s get my vote, too. We're using a pair of them as floor monitors at the church gig. I'm pleased with the sound of keys, guitar, vocal and anything else we throw at 'em.

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#2956924 - 11/08/18 06:25 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: zxcvbnm098]
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Originally Posted By: zxcvbnm098
You may need to invest in a rolling bag and/or hand truck. Far cheaper than switching out gear....?


And also possibly a back brace? idk smile

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#2956941 - 11/08/18 08:25 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: Joe P]
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I hope it's OK to say that the prospects that OP will comfortably adapt to a MIDI controller running software instruments seem distant at best. And besides, it's not like keyboards are heavy because they carry all those sounds in them, it's mostly the action that creates the weight. But I was thinking that a Stage 3 HP76 might do the trick at 27 pounds...?
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#2956945 - 11/08/18 08:45 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: MathOfInsects]
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I hope itís not sounding too presumptuous but I doubt we will hear what the outcome is.
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#2956957 - 11/08/18 10:48 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: I-missRichardTee]
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I'm using a Stage3 compact and two Yamaha DXR8s. Nord is easy to tote but at just a tad under 30lbs the DXR8s are getting a little too heavy.

So I'm thinking pair of EV Zx1a or the new QSC CP8s. CP8s are 21lbs.

As for light keyboard suggestion, I'd have to go with a MODX 6 or 7.

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#2956958 - 11/08/18 12:04 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: simajanpa]
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Casio PX-5S w/ a Strymon Big Sky and QSC K8.2.
Simply run Stereo out of Big Sky into channel 1 and 2, then adjust the sound from default to a certain setting you like and save.

It doesnít get lighter than that.
I just bought a PX-5S and use that set up above fo rehearsals.
The horns suck, strings are lacking articulations, Organ is weak, but...
Pianos and EPianos sound really good with the Strymon.

The first time I used it was last night.
I have a great place to rehearse, huge basement totally furnished with Bar big screens multiple drum sets and PA gear, 5G WiFi, but a long ass walk down a stone sidewalk, beautiful actually, but my Dolly canít roll over this architectural goat f***.

I can put my hand under the Casio and do curls.
The Strymon needs a few pages just to explain this MIDI Controlled Reverb.
Iíve owned PCM70, 480L, Bricasti M7, all really great sounding units, but the Strymon is a freak of nature and just blows these units away with equally impressive sound quality, but far more algorithms and the MIDI Control is totally complete.

Sorry for the Strymon rant, but I gotta share anything that excites with my brothas from other muthas.
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#2956989 - 11/08/18 03:43 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: hardware]
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Reface YC, CS, and CP together donít weigh 15 lbs, and run in stereo through a Radial Key Largo and into a pair of powered speakers is killer. Use a 61 note controller and youíre good to go.

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#2957010 - 11/08/18 07:49 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: lightbg]
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For a piano-centered board, what about the Kawai ES110, at 26 lbs, and from what I've read, a very good/responsive action and excellent acoustic and electric piano sounds.

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#2957012 - 11/08/18 08:24 PM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: agitato]
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P125 for that matter would be great.
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#2957081 - 11/09/18 09:00 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: Mighty Motif Max]
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Originally Posted By: hardware
Casio PX-5S w/ a Strymon Big Sky and QSC K8.2.
...It doesnít get lighter than that.

Oh, sure it does. ;-)

But until the OP comes back with what he's using now and what sounds/specs/capabilities are most essential, we're basically doing nothing but blindly throwing out a list of light keyboards. Numa Compact 2X? Roland VR09? Yamaha MX49? Casio MZ-X500? Others that have been mentioned? They can all be the right answer, or the wrong one.
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#2957088 - 11/09/18 09:23 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: AnotherScott]
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This kind of behavior by the OP is why I have given up on trying to help in his threads. You practically have to scream at him to get facts. He'll start something then not come back to look for a week.
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#2957090 - 11/09/18 09:27 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: mate stubb]
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This kind of behavior by the OP is why I have given up on trying to help in his threads. You practically have to scream at him to get facts. He'll start something then not come back to look for a week.


On the flip side, it doesn't take much to get us nerds to shout out names of keyboards, and often by the third post or so we are enjoying the exercise of shouting to and with each other, more than the reason we are supposed to be shouting for.
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#2957106 - 11/09/18 10:12 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: MathOfInsects]
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Iím still wondering which portable heater he bought.

snax

Oh yeah: Iíll shout MODX whatever.


Edited by drawback (11/09/18 10:15 AM)
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#2957108 - 11/09/18 10:20 AM Re: Extremely light gear quest [Re: drawback]
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