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A long time ago I also used to prefer synth action for pretty much everything. And then my piano playing got better, and I came to realize that the feel of weighted hammer action is actually an integral part of what it's like to play a piano like a piano.
To an extent this is true. If I were a classical pianist, I'm sure I would prefer weighted keys - but since I'm not, it's just not important to me for piano playing. It's all about individual preferences, and thank goodness we're all different!
Korg forced me to go weighted. I ONLY used 76 (or ugh... 73) key semi-weighted keybeds since they arrived on the music scene. Then the Kronos came out. So it was either 73 or 88 weighted. If you're stuck going weighted, might as well get as many keys as possible. I also do a LOT of crazy split points so the more keys the better.
Now that I've been playing the Kronos, I'm SO happy I got the 88 key version. I feel I get more control/expression out of piano pieces but can still do fast runs up and down the keybed. I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do the fast stuff (even though JR has no problem with it). I think I'd still consider a 76 key semi-weighted or even an 88 key semi-weighted if I could get the feature set I wanted but once I built up my finger strength, I found the weighted vs. semi-weighted thing a moot point anymore.
Response from John from American Musical Supply on why I have received 2 used/damaged Korg M3's and 1 reboxed M3 from Guitar Center (a.k.a. why I'll never buy from AMS again): Footfall wrote:What you're experiencing with these units is the result of our warehouse crew intentionally "overpacking" this product.Current Korg Gear: KRONOS 88 (4GB), M50-73 (PS mod), RADIAS-73, Electribe MX, Triton Pro (MOSS, SCSI, CF, 64MB RAM), DVP-1, MEX-8000, MR-1, KAOSSilator, nanoKey, nanoKontrol, nanoPAD 2
I guess I should have said, you can't miss a keybed you haven't really played much
People I know who like synth action, once they have to play weighted keys for a while, can't switch back to synth action exclusively. McHale and keybdwzrd are just a couple more examples
I suppose that's true. I started on piano and played one for years before I ever touched a synth (mom and dad had me in piano and guitar lessons starting from about age 6-7). I didn't get my first synth until the mid 90's and I never looked back as far as synth keys. I can play piano decently I suppose, I just have no desire to. I'd rather play a rompler with springy keys