Phil Aiken Posted January 7, 2013 Share Posted January 7, 2013 Took delivery on this last weekend. Despite the recent thread concerned with harmonic beating in the raw organ tone, I opted for the 4 HP over the 3 HP for the extra piano (and sample)memory. This is replacing an Electro 3 61, so I am very familiar with that organ tone as well. For my purposes - the Electro 3 has always served as a rehearsal board on its own, and also thrown on top of my VAX as sole sound source for gigs where setup time is scarce, or where the extra work to bring other stuff is not warranted. Playing piano on the 61 was uncomfortable at best, and somewhat better triggering it from the VAX, but never great. I've loaded in the Italian Grand XL, the large Bright Grand, and the large Romantic upright. I found myself sticking to the Italian for most of the piano tunes during rehearsal last night. I have to say that in combination with the weighted board, this is far and away the most satisfying Nord piano experience I have had. (Oh yeah - used to own a Stage 88 as well) The keyboard itself is much nicer for piano than my Stage's was. As an alternative opinion to some others on the list - I find the organ overall an improvement from the 3. The key click is MUCH improved, and the Leslie Sim is better. I understand some users' complaints about the patch management - but for me, the only thing I really miss is having drawbar presets selectable from the drawbuttons. Overall very pleased - would have no problems playing a gig on this as a sole board, even though I can better every individual sound on it with my Mainstage rig. This does for me what I always wanted my Nord's to do - provide a quick, light, decent bread and butter keyboard. I am fine with it being monotimbral and prefer the hammer keyboard to what they do with the Stage. I do wish they would update the Wurly, though!!! Moog The One, VV 64 EP, Wurlies 200A 140 7300, Forte 7, Mojo 61, OB-6, Prophet 6, Polaris, Hammond A100, Farfisa VIP, ,Young Chang 6', Voyager, E7 Clav, Midiboard, Linnstrument, Seaboard Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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