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Played an XK1 thru a Leslie this weekend


Jim Alfredson

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At the Edmonton Folk Festival this weekend I played an XK1 through a Leslie 145 on two shows (along with a Motif ES8).

 

It was a fun rig! The pedal preamp (standard Trek model) allowed me to dial in some nice grunge via overdriving the 145's input and the XK1 sounded great. I really like the keybed, too.

 

Just thought I'd share.

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You are 1000 times more the expert than me but i have to say that the XK1 and the XK3c have the best feel of keys of any of the waterfall keys clones i've played . Most of the waterfall keybeds seem to be made by fatar and are a little too springy and the trigger point is too low. The XK1's trigger point on the high setting is a little lower than the XK3c but still has a very fast action. The XK3c on the high setting is so sensitive and fast that i have to clean up my technique or i can cause notes to sound just by lightly resting on the keys.
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A friend brought his XK-1 to one of our old jams we used to host. I unplugged my NE2 from the (1)45 rig and set the XK-1 in its place and had a go at it after he was done sitting in. It was a much better organ running away. Great little clonewheel, that. Better chorus snarl, perc bite up the yingyang...made the Nord sound pudgy and murky. Better action than my red thing, too.

 

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At the Edmonton Folk Festival this weekend I played an XK1 through a Leslie 145 on two shows (along with a Motif ES8).

 

It was a fun rig! The pedal preamp (standard Trek model) allowed me to dial in some nice grunge via overdriving the 145's input and the XK1 sounded great. I really like the keybed, too.

 

Just thought I'd share.

 

B3-er,

 

What are your thoughts when compairing the actions between the XK-1 and the SK-1?

Kurzweil PC3, Hammond SK-1 + Ventilator, Korg Triton. 2 JBL Eon 510's.

 

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Tony Monaco, playing "The way you look tonight" using the XK1 + 2101mk2.

 

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'nuff said!

 

 

Yeah, well there is that whole Tony Monaco playing it going on that really helps too!

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The pedal preamp (standard Trek model) allowed me to dial in some nice grunge via overdriving the 145's input and the XK1 sounded great.

 

Interesting; I thought I'd read elsewhere that the Trek preamps sucked tone. That's cool that it worked out for you!

Stuff and things.
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"Volume is tone." Edward Van Halen. ( when asked why his guitar didn't have a tone knob)

"It doesn't have to be difficult to be cool" - Mitch Towne

 

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So can a auto Mechanic." - Stokes Hunt

 

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B3-er,

 

What are your thoughts when compairing the actions between the XK-1 and the SK-1?

 

I believe they are the same action/mechanism.

 

Interesting; I thought I'd read elsewhere that the Trek preamps sucked tone. That's cool that it worked out for you!

 

I've never heard that nor experienced it.

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Volume=tone in electric guitars (as Van Halen plays) is because the usually passive controls in a guitar work that way: the volume control with the cable impedance and input impedance *actually* changes tone, even in a way comparable to the usual tone control.

 

In an organ probably this is true as well, long ago I made my own volume control pedal which I designed not to do that (much) at the time but unless the electronics are a like a mixer design with OpAmp type of signal path, all volume controls will slightly affect tone when the technology isn't fast (like old organs) and almost always influence transient behaviour to a fair extend.

 

I suppose the Better Guitarists will also understand the loudness matter involved: when going from playing a nice living room 70dB to 105 dB, the mid versus low and high frequency ratios must change to reflect effects of Loudness Curve. Good instruments intelligently work in that department.

 

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The keys on the XK-3c extend 2" under the cover. There is a picture here:

 

Click on brochure and select B3 Classic.

 

The picture of the keys is on the second page of the brochure. The XK-3 and '3c use the same keybed as the New B3 minus the 9 contact hardware. While not quite as long as the keys in a traditional B3 they do move the pivot point back so the arc of the key travel is a little flatter.

 

The keys on the XK-1 are standard Synth keys that end right at the cover.

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Sorry. They changed the website some time ago and now it seems to require this Silverlight stuff. The brochure used to be available on another website too but I can't find it.

 

Try this one:

 

New B3 Brochure

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