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  1. I have a Korg Kronos 61 with the wooden endcaps - purchased new in June 2016 for $2,500. It has broken keys at the top end of the key bed - I have brought it in for repair to a Korg authorized electronics shop, Triple S Electronics in Bloomfield, NJ. I am awaiting the estimate - but wondering how much I should be willing to spend on repairing it? I am a gigging musician, my keyboards come out to gigs with me and get used "in the field" - I am not a stay-at-home and noodle in the basement type. I need good sounds at my fingertips for various types of gigs: bars/restaurants, concerts in the park, private parties, weddings, etc... I use it on the gigs where I am bringing out 2 keyboards & love the sounds in it - but I don't have THAT many 2 keyboard gigs lined up presently. At a lot of the gigs I can get away with just 1 keyboard & a smaller "sound pallet." I am thinking that if they have to replace the WHOLE keybed on the Korg Kronos it may be expensive - but I think I am willing to put up to $1,500 or $1,600 into the repair if it comes out in perfect working condition. A used Korg Kronos 61 seems to be over 2K! I know that I could buy a brand new Korg Krome EX 61 (which probably has very good sounds as well, though not quite Kronos-quality) for under 1K - but I think the keyboard action on the Krome is kind of nasty, if I remember correctly. I could even get a Roland Juno-DS 61 for about 8 bills - which I think has some real good sounds in it. I am wondering what others would do in my situation - and how much would you be willing to spend to fix the Korg Kronos?
  2. I wound up buying the Ultimate Support Apex Plus with the built in mic. boom Am still considering buying the OnStage KS7292 double-braced, double tier X stand as well - just for comparison. You only live once - and I play out (gigs) often enough that spending a few hundred bucks for 2 brand-new 2 tier stands - doesn't really phase me! lol
  3. Actually - just noticed that my Harmony Central profile sez I joined as an HC member in 2002, NOT 2012 - wooooooaaaaahhhh... Holy crap, that's 19 years ago!?
  4. Who here uses a 2 tier kybd. stand for gigging, what do you use and how do you like it? I don't use 2 kybds. on every gig but when I do, I use either my old Ultimate Support Apex (from the late 80's!) or a double braced X style "ProLine" 2 tier stand I bought at Guitar Wanker - when my 2 tier Quik Lok stand broke on me. In fact, I have had 2 Quik Lok 2 tier stands break on me in my lifetime - the upper arms are height adjustable but the pieces wear out. The ProLine is a decent stand but does NOT have hight-adjustable 2nd tier arms. I KNOW that the X style stands are more solid than the Apex/column stands, less "bounce" when playing - so I did recently consider buying this one and wondering if anyone here uses it: - since it does have adjustable height on the 2nd tier arms. But I have found that those style stands are bulky to move into buildings, especially when they are laying on my Rock+Roller Gig Cart and the legs stick out JUST ENOUGH to get caught in doorways of narrow halls in hotels or kitchens of banquet rooms, or tiny little pathways of crowded bars when trying to plow through a crowd of people and not bang into them! lol For a BRIEF HOT MINUTE I also considered this one too: ...as it has GREAT reviews - and has nice space under the legs to put my 2 sustain pedals. But I can NOT in good conscience pay over $400 bucks for a keyboard stand, that would haunt me for the rest of my days! ha ha So now I am upgrading to the current model of Ultimate Support Apex Plus w/the built in mic. boom arm: ...because of the low-profile it has on stage - I am a short guy & trying to peer over the 2 tiered X stands to see the band and the audience has always been tricky, especially with a music stand and lyrics book there as well (which I wound up putting off to the side at a less convenient viewing angle). I will use iPad from now on & leave the music stand at home - but even so, the low profile of the Apex Plus and the convenient "fold it up into itself" carrying method appeals to me. Even though the sustain pedal situation will be a pain - I'll have to lean them against the right Tri-Bar leg or stick them sideways in front of the Tri-bar legs. Anyway - Just curious to hear about what 2 tier stands you gigging keyboard players are using these days!
  5. Any Roland DS88 users out there? I'm sure you can answer this easily: Does the DS88 have the ability to use faders to control a bass line in the left hand side of the Split and then 2 different parts in a Dual Layer in the right hand side above the Split Point - the way my RD300GX does? My Roland RD300GX digital piano is still great for 1-keyboard gigs with NOT a need for a large sound pallet: Acoustic Piano, Electric Piano, Strings, a Generic Saw Wave Synth Sound, a few Passable Organs, etc... for BIGGER gigs needing a wider sound pallet, I use a Yamaha MoX8 with a Korg Kronos 61 - great combination of sounds. But I do still like using the Roland RD300GX for 1-keyboard gigs, esp. if I am called upon to do Left Hand Bass, because I can Split the RD300GX easily by pressing the specific key where I want the split point. - and then I can Layer 2 sounds together in a Dual Layer thing on the fly, above the Split Point. And there's 3 faders marked Lower and Upper 1. Upper 2 that let me control volume of all 3 of these parts COMPLETELY on the fly. The DS88 has a much bigger sound pallet and does have Split and Dual buttons - but it only has 2 Faders marked Upper and Lower, so I think if you do a Split, you only get 1 sound on the left of the Split and 1 sound on the right. And if the faders are marked Lower and Upper then you can't control 2 different sounds in a Layer above the Split point. So I do NOT think the DS88 does have the ability to use faders to control a bass line in a Split and then 2 different parts in a Dual Layer, controlling the volume of ALL 3 PARTS AT THE SAME TIME - the way my RD300GX does. Someone please prove me wrong? Thx
  6. I too am an OLD member (joined 2012) - just have not been here in a while, looks like my last post was 5 yrs. ago! Outkaster - do I remember correctly that you are in NJ, like me?
  7. ...and I stand for all wedding band gigs - I don't think any wedding band kybd. plyrs. sit any more? It just looks to old-fashioned, "lounge-ey"
  8. THIS IS EXACTLY RIGHT - when I stand for gigs, my feet are killing me by the end of the night, esp. since I have Plantar Fasciitis (probably from standing on too many gigs over the years!)... and my left foot has a "sore spot" on the "pad" of the foot because I guess I lean on there in order to get the stability to allow my right foot to work the sustain pedal - sometimes 2 sustain pedals (for 2 different keybaords). But I've found that standing gives me more energy and just looks like I'm there to ROCK... ha ha - and it's easier to sing. I've even started using mat to stand on, like chefs do in a kitchen. I got a nice black one from a restaurant supply, so it doesn't stand out or anything... and it seems to help a little bit. Sometimes I do get to play mellow gigs sitting down - usually a trio, acoustic/unplugged format... "unplugged" is inaccurate of course, it really just means the guys are using acoustic guitars - but they are still "plugged" into the PA! This is my take on it from many years of slugging it out on gigs as a working keyboard player (with occasional stints as a bass player and limited guitar "strummer"): Standing = easier to sing (and play any instrument) Sitting = easier to play keys but harder to sing
  9. Wow - I haven't posted here on HC in a very loooooong time but my account still seems to be active & I'm glad to still see some old familiar names like dan88z & The Pro ... The Gig Man is in Da House! lol Anyway - I run stereo when I'm doing the PA myself - running my keys into a SoundCraft MFXi8/2 or the Allen & Heath MixWiz3 on bigger gigs. When running to someone else's PA rig - I run a mono send out of my little keyboard submixer (Yamaha MG82cx), cuz almost NOONE I play with on local gigs runs in stereo or even has enough inputs on their bullsh*t PA systems to accommodate me in stereo! ha ha
  10. Korg EX T-3 Workstation in Excellent Condition for Sale - $525 Cash Local Pickup or Delivery Only within 100 mi. of Toms River, NJ In addition to the T3 keyboard itself & pwr. cord - the following comes w/it: This is my dad's synth, which he used back in the day when he was a GigMan like me - he's retired now & just not using it anymore. PM me for details
  11. also I tried to PM you but your inbox is full... or so I am told Fabuloid - Inbox was full indeed... now I see why you were PM'ing me - for the Juno 106. Sorry, it's sold.
  12. My dad has a Juno 106 in perfect working condition, like new - used on a few gigs in the 80's before he moved on to another 'board - w/custom made hardshell case - is looking for $400 cash for the synth & case. Pickup only or will deliver within 100 mile radius of Toms River, NJ - not interested in shipping. PM me for more details, pics, etc...
  13. One of the best condenser vocal mics ever made, one of the best kept secrets. First, it uses a 4.5 volt battery in the middle of the housing, be sure it hasn't leaked. It will operate on phantom power but get the bad battery out of it. It was the mic I used to use on Stephen Stills, a warm and articulate yet not overly bright mic with good feedback rejection.It's almost identical to the EV-1776. Cool! At my next gig, I'll swap it out for the Shure Beta 58A I usually sing into.
  14. I cleaned out my little equipment area in my basement today & stumbled upon a microphone I had put away a long while ago: an ElectroVoice BK-1 Condenser Cardiod vocal mic. - is this worth saving or just an entry-level throwaway? I can't even remember why I put it aside... maybe wasn't working right - I wonder if it's worth getting serviced?
  15. It's in great condition - I've used it on gigs for 4 yrs. or so but have not abused it... I like the sounds, just don't like the soft action of the keys. Have soft case/carry bag, pwr. supply, sustain pedal, manual, video, receipt of purchase (I am original owner). Also original box & internal packaging materials. $700 - US money order PM me if interested - T'anks!
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