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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).
  16. It's always somewhat subjective, but yes, I'd say that the PX5S action is better than the P95, at least for piano. I don't think either would be a very good action for organ, even as far as weighted actions go, which are a compromise for organ to begin with. Why less expensive than the MP7? Well, for one thing, they're different companies, and Casio specializes in high-value, relatively low-cost boards, something they accomplish at least in part by sharing a lot of components among different models to maximize volume. But to know why an MP7 costs more, all you really have to do is get your hands and ears around both of them. Kawai is also a good value... a lot of people feel it goes toe-to-toe with more expensive models like Yamaha CP4 and Roland RD800 in action and sound. PX5S ia a great value. It is a good sounding, versatile, lightweight board, at a great price. But while some of this is subjective, I would say that the MP7 action is better (for both piano and organ), that its piano and organ sounds are better (including full 9-drawbar control of the organ), its interface/ergonomics are better (it has a bigger, more informative screen, better differentiated controls, less menu diving... all around better ease of use). It has a very solid feeling metal build compared to the plastic Casio, but that's also part of why it's heavier. I think both the PX5S and the MP7 give you a lot for the money. If you want a weighted board primarily for piano and organ with some extra sounds, if you can afford the MP7 and deal with its 46 lbs, I think it's the stronger choice. But the PX-5S is still a great board, esp. considering its size, weight, and price.
  17. The Krome 88 I played felt pretty bad. If the weight of an NS2-88 wouldn't be an issue, at about the same price as the Krome, the Kawai MP7 has a great action, and has a decent clonewheel organ built in (i.e. you can adjust the level of each "drawbar" individually). And while no weighted action is ideal for organ, the MP7 is also one of the best piano actions for playing organ as well. Not only because of the feel, but also (like the Nord), you can set it for "high trigger" to make it more amenable to organ playing. It's 5 lbs heavier than the NS2-88, but the dimensions and balance make it feel not as heavy as you might expect. I compared it to the weight of a 38.5 lb Korg SV1-73, and they subjectively felt about the same. Both too heavy for me personally, but I'd say that if you'd be okay carrying around that SV1, you'd be okay with the MP7. The MP7 also has good interface/ergonomics. There are some other possibilities: The Yamaha MOXF8 has basically the same action as your P95, and some okay organs, plus the ability to load new sounds via the optional flash card. Roland FA-08 also includes clonewheel organ, plus nice VA synth. The Casio PX5S has what I'd say is a better piano action than the P95/MOXF8 or FA-08 (but not as good as the MP7), in a low-priced and lightweight package that also has some pretty decent organ functionality. All of these are good boards with their own pros and cons. But if your main concerns are piano, organ, and action, in this price range, while I would take any of them over the Krome, the MP7 would be my first choice.
  18. Keeping in mind that we're only talking about the models with weighted actions: The Nord Piano 2HP and the Electro HP models weigh about the same. The Nord Stage 2 76/88 and the Nord Piano 2 88 weigh more, but most people prefer their feel. Whether the improved feel is worth the trade-off in portability is an individual decision. Because I don't. ;-) They're all good, it depends what you need. I can describe the differences, but I can't tell you which features you're going to find more important.
  19. Price difference is pretty big.. the Electro 5HP will be $3499, and the NP 2HP price has come down to $2499. The biggest differences are that the Electro has the organ and also has double the piano and sample library memory (so you can store a greater number of different sounds in it at once), though there are some other differences as well. No, the Stage has numerous other advantages besides the synth. The NS2 lets you split 3 ways instead of just 2 (and on a 2 way split, you can use any two sounds, you don't have the restriction that one must be piano or organ, so you can also do things like get strings and brass at the same time, or LH bass and something other than a piano or organ); it has more sample library memory; it has pitch bend, mod wheel, and aftertouch; better MIDI functionality (for example, presets can incorporate external sounds as parts of their splits/layers); and most people would say that the 76/88 weighted actions in the NS2 are better than the weighted action in the Electro HP. Though the E5 will have some advantages over the NS2 as well. Drawbars, low E on the 73-key version, better display functions, more piano memory, upgraded leslie sim, pipe organ function. Those aren't necessarily complete lists, but those are the key differences I'm aware of. ​
  20. I'd say neither. If you can get by without organ sounds, the Nord Piano 2 is probably the board for you. The 73 key version has the same action as the weighted versions of the Electro, and has the same light travel weight. The 88 key version has what most people consider to be a much better action, but it weighs more, closer to what the Stage 2 weighs. I understand you like to be able to modify sounds, but what exactly would you be looking for out of the Nord Stage synth functions? They cannot be used to modify the piano/EP sounds. There are numerous ways you can modify those sounds in the other boards as well, even though they don't have synth sections (i.e. through effects, EQ).
  21. Nothing that small will have keys that will feel weighted like those of a piano, so that's something you'll have to compromise on at anything close to that size. Every keyboard that has sounds in it either has speakers, or can play through a guitar amp, or both. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to hear it. ;-) For a roughly three-foot board at about $500, I'd look at a Yamaha MX49 or a Casio XW-P1, played through an external amp. I'd say the Yamaha has better piano and other acoustic instrument sounds, the Casio has more/better organ and synth sounds, and more keys.
  22. It can be done today. Depends on the needs of the gig. The biggest issue for many players is that, no matter how capable and foolproof an iPad (or laptop) music config gets, good feeling keyboards remain bigger and heavier, and for that, we don't need more advances in electronics, we need advances in physics! But even without an iPad, there are very light boards that people may find suitable for entire gigs... Yamaha MX, Roland VR-09, Korg Kross... and an iPad can add to what these boards can already do.
  23. By two cheaper keyboards, I assume you're talking about the MOXF and the FA? I would lean against the FA because every sound in the FA can also be gotten out of the Integra (though not the other way around). OTOH, I think the MOXF would be a particularly good board to pair with the Integra. Not only does it give you an entirely different sound set, it also lets you put in a flash card that allows you to add up to a gigabyte of custom sounds (additional sounds from Yamaha, sounds from third-party libraries, or sounds of your own); and also, the way its front panel works is that you can also set it up so that its 16 main patch select buttons can function to turn the 16 MIDI channels on and off, which gives you a great way to control the Integra, which allows you to assemble "Studio Sets" that are sets of 16 sounds each on their own channel.
  24. Well, you do need to compare them through identical playback systems. And make sure you're calling up the same patches. They might play different from different actions, there may be a subtle difference in the electronics (i.e. DAC), but fundamentally, they should sound basically the same. The *synth* engine is the same. So you can get the same synth sounds. For the most part, you cannot get the same ("SuperNatural") acoustic instrument sounds (brass, winds, solo strings, chromatic percussion, elec guitars, etc.)
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