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I just bought a Korg SV-1 that should be arriving tomorrow.

 

I want to know a good amp that will bring the best out of it. I've read on here that Roland isn't good for it, and that I should go for a stereo amp. I've heard of Stagepas...but not an expert at these sort of things.

 

I want one to keep in my room for practice, and I guess for a home-time jam.

If I could use it for gigs, that would be a bonus. (Even though most places I will be going to have their own PA).

 

Budget...hope to spend less than

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Yes, the Sonas sure were powerful and clear, but I got rid of mine due to the persistent hissing. Talked to Sweetwater a while back about them to see if it had been corrected on the newer models and he said something to the effect of "I don't think we'll be hearing from Barbetta again". Whatever that means.

 

Anyway, I owned a Roland KC-500 also in the past, and no matter what I did, I couldn't get it to stop sounding too midrange-ish.

 

I have the StagePas 500 system, which has excellent sound quality and is great for solo and duo gigs in SMALL areas. If you want to drive any measure of power, however, look elsewhere.

 

Which brings me to my current amp, the Traynor Keymaster K4. Although I don't own the SV-1 (yet?), VERY good sound on all fronts... pianos, organs, EPs, synths... and PLENTY of headroom. You might be able to score a used one for around $600.

 

Good luck!

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And BTW.... let's have a review of the SV-1 once you've played around with it!!
:thu:

 

Agreed... Congratulations on your purchase, and thanks very much from all at Korg!

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I have the traynor K4, and while it is excellent in many ways (with lots of power) it does not do a good job reproducing my Nord Stage stereo pianos!! So, I am looking at the Yamaha StagePas for the moment. I would like to keep the $$ to a minimum, and since the K4 is rated at 300 watts would the stagepas 300 have the same power as a K4????

 

aL

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I have the traynor K4, and while it is excellent in many ways (with lots of power) it does not do a good job reproducing my Nord Stage stereo pianos!! So, I am looking at the Yamaha StagePas for the moment. I would like to keep the $$ to a minimum, and since the K4 is rated at 300 watts would the stagepas 300 have the same power as a K4????


aL

 

Same power on paper, perhaps.... and I'm by no means a sound reinforcement expert. :confused: But I've compared the K4 and the StagePas 500 (note, NOT 300), side by side many times.... and the StagePas cannot throw anywhere near as powerfully as the K4. Probably has mostly to do with the speaker configs.... also keep in mind, the 300s 8" woofers as opposed to the 500's 10"s.

 

Like I said, the StagePas sound QUALITY is excellent.... it just can't do a lot of QUANTITY.

 

All IMHO, of course! :thu:

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If you're staying with the Vintage Vibe, than nothing would compliment that better than a Fender Twin Reverb. Don't know what they cost, though...

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Agreed... Congratulations on your purchase, and thanks very much from all at Korg!

 

Hey man, I still haven't gotten my fruit cake gift basket for purchasing my own SV-1. :mad: I even went and got all 88 keys. :mad:

 

 

 

Pfff. :mad:

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Hey man, I still haven't gotten my fruit cake gift basket for purchasing my own SV-1.
:mad:
I even went and got all 88 keys.
:mad:
Pfff.
:mad:

 

I'm very sorry but your fruitcake did not make it. We attempted to hand-deliver it, but it was mistaken for a thermonuclear hemmorhoid donut explosive, and the airport was evacuated. I am still not sure why our fruitcake-delivery-specialist decided to duct tape it to his inner thigh, because it definitely aroused suspicion... as did the fact that he wore the t-shirt from his favorite band, "The Bombcake Thighs."

 

Regardless, Korg loves you, and has therefore birthed you a recent OS update, which I hope you have checked out. :love:

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I got my Korg SV-1 in July 2010, and love it still. It is way fun. I am using a Motion Sound KM-12 as a practice amp with it. It is a little noisy with this amp, but ok for practice. I need a smaller amp (believe it or not) due to moving to a tiny practice space fo the winter. Any suggestions?

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Rant begin:

 

It seems silly to purchase a keyboard in the $1800+ range and then expect to budget one-third that amount on amplification. Didn't you know you'd need a great amp to go with the keyboard? And furthermore - why waste money on a small/cheap/practice amp if there is even a remote possibility that you will need a better amp to gig out with? Isn't that just wasting money on two amps? You might as well settle for a pair of headphones until you can buy a real amp.

 

Use a Motion Sound KP-500sn stereo keyboard amp with the SV-1. I do. No compromises at all - plenty of power (500 watts), great tone, portable, works well for practice or stage. It's expensive (costs almost what the SV-1 does) but the best usually is. Quality AND quantity. Imagine the no-hassle of having everything you need in one package. BTW: I recommend getting the Korg ST SV1 stand to go with your SV-1... it's also a little pricey compared to other stands but again, it's the best.

 

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I got my Korg SV-1 in July 2010, and love it still. It is way fun. I am using a Motion Sound KM-12 as a practice amp with it. It is a little noisy with this amp, but ok for practice. I need a smaller amp (believe it or not) due to moving to a tiny practice space fo the winter. Any suggestions?

 

Headphones may be the best suggestion for practice in a tiny space. That aside, the smallest amp I've found that sounds pretty good is the Behringer B208D.

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I can only say that for all purposes one or two AER 60 amps will solve all problems, and never make you wanna change to anything else.

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