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  • Fantom to XP, am I nuts?

    I'm primarily a guitar player who doubles on keys in a 60's/70's cover band. Currently using a Fantom X6 for piano, organ, strings, and brass only. It's definitely overkill for my needs, so I'm considering selling it and getting something a little more practical. I only need a handful of high quality voices with the ability to layer, (in a small package). That's it. No sequencing, sampling, etc. required. Some folks have suggested the XP series. Any thoughts?

  • #2
    In my area a Fantom X6 is worth just over a grand on the used market. If you get an XP-60 you will have to put Session and Keys Of The 60s-70s in it, so you might pocket $300 or so after you're all done.

    I'd keep the Fantom myself.

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    • #3
      How about the Korg X50? Very light weight, quality sounds, $600-700 new...
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      • #4
        so you might pocket $300 or so after you're all done.


        Freeing up cash for other gear is actually another reason I've been tossing this idea around. I should come out ahead regardless of what I do because I got such a smoking deal on the Fantom ($500 & interesting story) when it was new.

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        • #5
          XP 60 has also Sequencer.

          If you only want the sounds the is either Fantom XR or SonicCell with midi keyboard or the is XP 30.
          SonicCell is a small soundmodul with Fantom X sounds.
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          • #6
            How about the Korg X50? Very light weight, quality sounds, $600-700 new...



            Ooooooh... I would never even thing of gigging with that board. It's built like a toy.


            I own a Fantom S and I gig with an XP30. Great performance board. Built like a tank. Sounds are a bit compressed, which tends to sit in the mix a bit better. Decent piano, organs, great brass. You could find a used XP30 for $300-$400 and be done with it. The question is... for what you can sell Fantom for.
            so over this signature BS!!!

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            • #7
              The question is... for what you can sell Fantom for.



              I think the average on these is around $1200. Don't think I'll have much luck finding a local trader with an XP + cash.

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              • #8
                The quality of the XP is sort of less than that of the Fantom (earlier engine). If the X6 is overkill, consider slimming down to a Juno-G. You'll miss out on the huge color screen and the lit pads, but hey.
                "Part of an instrument is what it can do, and part of it is what you do to it" - Suzanne Ciani, 197x.
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                • #9
                  The quality of the XP is sort of less than that of the Fantom (earlier engine). If the X6 is overkill, consider slimming down to a Juno-G. You'll miss out on the huge color screen and the lit pads, but hey.


                  The color screen is nice, but the pads are just another feature wasted on me. Give me the basics with a fairly low replacement cost and I'm happy. I've been gigging with the Fantom for the last two years and feel like I can get by with much less, feature-wise.

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                  • #10
                    In reference to your thread title

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                    • #11
                      Yes. (Keep the Fantom.)
                      Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. - Mignon McLaughlin

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                      • #12
                        Few things are worse to me than the thought of an equipment downgrade.

                        I've been using an XP-30 for a number of years and just recently got a fantom XR. The fantom is actually a replacement/upgrade for a JV-1080 which has most the same sounds as the XP-30.

                        The XP-30/JV-1080 are nice but the fantom is better.
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                        • #13
                          ... ... sure, we could all use $500 ... but your gear
                          Richard
                          Hong Kong
                          Fantom XR, mTron, Radias, Reason, Sonar 7PE, VSM.

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                          • #14
                            I think the average on these is around $1200. Don't think I'll have much luck finding a local trader with an XP + cash.


                            I don't know where you live, but everyone but you wants to trade up, not down. If you are even close to any 'burg of decent size, if you get out what you're trying to do, you'll find your trade with a bit of patience.

                            I still use my XPs all the time, because they do have sounds and other qualities my Fantom doesn't. But not in the four sounds you mention. They're all stronger in a Fantom X than an XP, and in the case of piano, much much stronger.

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                            • #15

                              I still use my XPs all the time, because they do have sounds and other qualities my Fantom doesn't. But not in the four sounds you mention. They're all stronger in a Fantom X than an XP, and in the case of piano, much much stronger.


                              I'm curious as to what those areas are ...

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