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  1. Your MOX can easily do the multiple layers, and with some effort, can provide volume control over 4 split/layered sounds as discussed at https://www.harmonycentral.com/forums/topic/139631-yamaha-mox8-cool-but-how-to-adjust-balance-of-layers/ - and you can add news sounds based on the same samples, for example the ones available at http://shop.motifator.com/index.php/voice-libraries/mo-x.html and you can also use its Master Mode zone function to add sounds from a connected iPad, iPhone, exterbal sound module, laptop, etc. You can't add new samples to its internal memory, that was added in the followup MOXF (with optional flash card) and MODX (no optional card required). In terms of a new piano-action board that has the features you want, including the ability to add new custom samples, other possibilities include: Kurzweil PC4 and Forte, Korg Kronos, Roland Juno DS88 (though the capacity for the samples is only about 50 mb or so) and I think the new Fantom.
  2. Your primary sound needs are "strings, horns, piano, EP, organ, flute" plus maybe some good pure synth functionality -- so I'd focus on boards that shore up those areas where the Montage is weakest. You can always use MIDI to play your Montage pianos and other sounds from your attached 88 if need be (and to play the organ in your 88 from the non-hammer Montage 6 keys). Forte and Kronos are good choices... sonically complementary to Montage (I'd say stronger on EPs, organ, VA synth), good MIDI functionality. Very different feeling actions. CP4 or any other Yamaha 88 doesn't really bring much in the way of sonic capabilities to your rig. ETA: also, for some other nice EPs, check the ones from Purgatory Creek, available for Montage, Kronos, Forte, or Kontakt.
  3. I believe all the SW action Nords use the Fatar TP8-O though Nord seems to spring them more heavily, compared to what I believe is the same action on Hammond SK1/2, Numa Organ, and others. The models designated HP use the Fatar TP100. The models designated HA use some version of the TP40, though not the TP40L that Kurz uses in their better 88s. As for the E5 vs. the Stage, see post #4 above. (Though I think the new EX models may have the improved Leslie of the E5.)
  4. Kawai ES100 would be my choice for a simple "turn it on and play" piano... I think it provides a more satisfying out-of-the0box experience overall than the GHS Yamahas or the PX150/350. If you want more features while maintaining ease of use, a Yamaha P255 with the iPad app might be a nice possibility, I haven't had the chance to play one yet.
  5. Lightest weight with decent piano sounds (without a requirement of weighted keys, but still with an action that is at least passably playable for piano) is probably Yamaha NP11, or better, NP31 to get 76 keys instead of 61. (I haven't actually played these models, but I'm assuming the piano sound is the same as the NP30 that I've played, which isn't bad.) Up from there, I'd look at the Numa Compact, which has 88 keys but is still very light and portable (17 lbs), and I think is an overall improvement in action and sound over those Yamahas, esp. since it sounds like you're interested in electric as well as acoustic pianos... plus, it has front panel controls that make it easy to integrate an external sound source (like an iPad), in a more fully featured way than connecting it to one of those Yamahas (though that would work too). And then there are the Casio PX-series, which gives you 88 weighted keys, and is still quite light at about 24 lbs. The PX-5S has the best piano/EP sounds of the line, esp. once you factor in the ones you can optionally download into it. It also functions as a very capable MIDI controller. As for the Yamaha MOXF, they do have nice pianos/EPs, especially considering what you can also add via the optional flash cards. If you really think you'd be fine with 61 keys, the 6 is worth considering. At 88, the MOXF is much more capable than the PX5S, but now we're creeping up in weight, and almost 10 lbs heavier than the Casio. Sticking with the "what is lightest" parameter, I'd go back to my list above, which give you (out of things I'd recommend, anyway) the lightest 61, the lightest 76, the lightest 88, and the lightest 88 with a weighted action. One last one I'll mention only because you're coming from a PC3X... if you'd like to be able to stick with the Kurz sounds, the Artis7 is about 28 lbs, and I believe you can even load your PC3X sounds into it. (It also has a newer piano sound than what the PC3X has.)
  6. The same company that makes SampleTank and SampleTron also has Sonik Synth 2 which sounds like it might be the product of theirs that is closest to what you're looking for. Another possibility could be Electric Keys from MOTU. Though as you can tell from the other answers, it seems these kinds of "kitchen sink" collections are not as commonly used as dedicated VSTs for the various emulations (Rhodes, Wurli, various synth emulations, mellotrons, Hammond organ, etc. each in their own packages).
  7. A quality grand piano. To me, nothing is more satisfying to play.
  8. Stairs. Getting it in and out of your vehicle. Getting it on and off the stage. Getting it on and off the keyboard stand. And even on wheels, a 70 lb board is probably going to require a trip of its own, so you're likely adding a trip, plus you're probably not going to move as fast, so you're adding time, too. Now to get back to the OP, it's even worse, because he has to maneuver through public transit!
  9. I've played the original Numa Organ, and I'd say it feels just like the SK1.
  10. Nord Electro (3 and newer) has Farfisa sounds. Any of the keyboards can be used to trigger sounds in Mainstage. The ability to easily combine the board's internal sounds with those external sounds or switch back and forth between them is something that differs, though.
  11. Nord Piano 2HP will basically give you the same sounds as the Electro, except for organ. The Nord user group does have a 60s organ sound you can load into it which might address your possible farfisa-type need. At 24 lbs, Nord HP models (whether Piano or Electro) and the Casio are your best options for a weighted (piano-feeling) action. At lighter weight, you would have to go with a less piano-friendly action, though some are better for pianos than others. The Numa Compact is pretty decent. It doesn't have a farfisa sound, though it does have front panel buttons that make it easy to switch between "internal" and "external" sounds so you could pick up a farfisa sound even from something like an attached iPhone or iPad if need be.
  12. but it's heavier than your P60 that you already consider too heavy. Weight probably also eliminates possibilities like Yamaha CP4, Kawai MP7, Korg SV1. Not the kind of weighted action that most people would prefer for a focus on EP. But as you may have figured by now, those actions are hard to find in really lightweight boards. At under 30 lbs, look at Casio PX5S, Korg Kross 88, Nord Piano 2HP.
  13. Numa Organ has no piano/EP/clav sounds. However, since it has a button that turns off its organ sound and enables its MIDI transmission, you could MIDI it to even something like an iPhone or iPad for some basic piano/EP/clav sounds. You can feed the audio from that device back into the Numa Organ, so you can do this without having to add a mixer (or an amp that has multiple inputs). Numa Stage has a couple of uninspiring preset organ sounds. They can get you through some organ stuff in a pinch, but it's not at all like the Numa Organ.
  14. What reliability problems? IIRC, there was a QC issue with units having problems out of the box, but assuming you don't have an initial issue, they don't seem prone to failure, as far as I've seen.
  15. Overall, the MOXF is one of my favorite boards. But if you must play organ from a weighted action, the MP7 is noticeably better in that respect than the MOXF8 (or any of the others mentioned).
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