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Hammond XPK100 MIDI Pedal Board For XK-2
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Submitted: September 16th, 2005
by Son of Jimmy
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Sound Quality
Great settings for gospel, rock, blues, jazz. Presets named after players or bands (i.e. one setting is "Purple," another "Booker," "Jimmy1" & "Jimmy2," etc.). The keys play great (waterfall, baby). Vibrato, chorus, percussio, all good stuff. Leslie sim just sounds weird to my ears.
Reliability/Durability
Not sure yet. Keyboard is great if you use the presets. If you get more complicated, you gotta remember more button-pushes but it's eminently do-able.
Price/Value
General Comments
It's not a B-3, and if B-3 players can get over the fact that this is a digital duplicate and isn't the real thing, they'll love it. Seriously. nothing can replace a B-3. If you're laying that task on this keyboard you'll be unhappy. But for everyone else, your backs will be saved because you aren't lugging around a B-3, so that's a plus, and you can get a pretty reasonable approximation of the classic Hammond sound (and the infinite variations used by your fave players). XK-3 is quite an upgrade, I hear, but is it an upgrade worth $2500? This keyboard can be had out there in the used market for $600-$1000, and in my mind, a great value. For the XK-3's price, it had better do everything this keyboard does plus wash my dishes and shovel my snow. XK-2 is worth the price. If this keyboard were stolen I'd probably think hard about a Nord Electro but I'd end up finding another XK-2 used because the Nords cost enough more that this one wins out.
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