MathOfInsects Posted December 17, 2018 Share Posted December 17, 2018 I have been casually looking for a weighted-action board to complement the NS3 Compact. The smug bastard of a Nord has not made the search easy by being so damn versatile. But I do have one or two gigs on the books, including a New Year's one, where a second (first?) board Midi'd over to the NS would help things along greatly. It's those, "Can you grab those horn stabs? We do things like the record," gigs where the time building splits and layers does not really pay off in the way that other one-board accommodations do. I've gone down a couple of dead-end roads. I bought and then sold an SV-1. It was like dating a 20-year-old. Fun and sexy but eventually I am going to want to talk about politics and philosophy. So...broke up. I have hit on a few weighted controllers. But the fact is, if I spend a single $, I am not going to enjoy shifting over to software for one-board gigs where the weighted-key board is my only axe. I am proud of my compact little self-contained set-up and don't feel like adding a layer just to run a board I would literally have bought to avoid adding layers. I went to GC and played some used letter-P boards from Casio and Yamaha. I find the Casio action a little sloggy and the Yamahas stiff. But I would have adjusted. All relationships take compromise. But then I remembered my first girlfriend. She was on the heavier side, but let's just say the best action I've ever had. My old Kawaii MP9000 has been sitting at mom's in her studio ever since I decided she was too chubby for me. (The board, not mom.) One day last week I realized, if that board works, and shipping is cheaper than any other second-board options even used, she might be perfect. Most of the time she's going to sit in my studio, making the weight issue moot. Every so often, she will come to gigs with me and be the perfect weighted-action complement to the feistiery redhead I usually play with. I checked. Mom hasn't touched it for years. Shipping would be $161. $40 extra to have them pick it up from mom's and box it up before sending. I pulled the trigger today. In seven days, my mail-order bride will arrive, and I will be back together with my first love, the only true "hammer action" board I've ever had. I already cleared out a drawer in my dresser for her--not for her but for the back brace and hernia medicine which will soon be an inevitable part of my future. But for $200, I don't think I am going to do any better, and likely a heck of a lot worse. Thus the ends the update no one asked about. One of the many services we offer here at the Insects house. Quote "Ghost of Christmas Present" released 12.2.22 * (Not the jolly kind of Christmas song.) https://joshweinstein.hearnow.com/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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