For playing hammond, wurlie, and clav, I prefer semi-weighted to synth-like. I played a JX10 for years and I'm using that as my standard for synth action. When playing piano parts on it, dynamics never felt right (regardless of settings), and I'd often play unwanted notes with a weakly raised ring finger. I have no such problems with sem-weighted, though of course the dynamics still aren't what they'd be with a hammer action key.
But I agree that it's insane to grade a semi-weighted keyboard! I don't feel any need for grading in the first place, though I might if I were using a digital to practice for acoustic performances. Like release samples, it's imitating a flaw that piano designers would strive to avoid as much as possible. In this case, it's a flaw that does nothing for me!
Hope you like the VR700, in any case.
Thanks ,,, I am living down here in south texas on the edge of the earth. I know getting a repair on a keyboard is going to take time. I feel its pushing my luck to keep running with one board like i have been doing for the last couple years.
I was going to just get a duplicate of my rd 300sx..; but somthing just bothered me about spending money on an instrument that I already have. The VR seems like a natural, because its a do it all stand alone board. I am not sure what board is going to be my work horse that stays at the house gig.