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  1. On 8/2/2019 at 4:41 PM, wasjamieb said:

    First time I've been back in a while. Just checking things out and looking for some of the old names on here. Outkaster and "Vito" I recognize.

    I'm the one who showed up at your gig in Jackson MS and yelled out HARMONY CENTRAL. 

  2. On 8/3/2019 at 7:59 PM, onelife said:

    I bought the CP5 a few years ago, just before it was discontinued. I really liked the wooden keys and the overall piano feel but always found it somewhat bulky.


    I'm thinking about the CP73 for the portability and for general use and keeping the CP5 for the times when a full sized piano is required.


    I was a Rhodes player in the '70s and found the 73 keys to be workable and the 88 keys to be too much to carry around. From what I understand, the CP73 has a newly designed Yamaha keyboard reminiscent of the Rhodes.

    I think you would be very happy with the keybed.  I love it, it's fast and responsive. I'm primarily a piano player but it also works better than any other hammer action I've used for playing organ. 

  3. Really liking the CP73. For the samples but especially for the finger to sound connection, the Nord Electro 5 I used to gig with left me cold in that regard. The keyboard action is just about perfect. I can play organ on it much better than I can play piano on the Nord action- not that the CP73 organs make me want to do that, but I can park my HX3 organ module on the top right. Really like the Wurli EP's, Rhodes are great too. The acoustic pianos make me wish for the 88, but the form factor and somewhat more EP- like action of the 73 will come in handy.

  4. Did you play an 88 or 73? Mine is taking forever to get here, my order got overlooked for a few days. But when I contacted the seller he made it up to me by swapping out the B stock I ordered for a brand new unit with the longer warranty, IMO that was decent of him.

  5. I play piano at restaurants 2-3 nights a week, usually it's as if someone puts up a "Do NOT make eye contact with the piano player" sign outside but every now and then someone gets emotional. A few months ago a well- dressed lady started bawling after she asked me to play "The Way We Were". I was a little embarrassed and her husband seemed to be, also. Guess it goes with the territory.

  6. Hi Outkaster, I ordered a 73 (B stock) a couple of days ago. Hoping it will be a good solution for a compact stage piano. I was intrigued by the Wurlitzer and the upright piano samples, also like how there is some room on top to put my organ module. Fingers crossed.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed. Mostly for the performance clips, and how it showed Freddie's love of cats lol. I wish it had shown more of Freddie's formative years with his formal music training, and the drama for the final Live Aid concert scene was overdone IMO so far as showing uncertainty about how Freddie was going to do, I can't see any hint of shakiness in the actual footage. But of course, it's a movie.

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  8. Haven't played the P255 but I don't ever see myself getting rid of my CP300. Due to the 73 lb weight (150 lbs in it's road case!) I keep saying it's going to stay at home, but still keep taking it out on some gigs. The speakers are best I've heard on a DP and powerful enough that I rarely need anything else for cocktail work. Plenty of room on top, and stereo 1/4" line ins to accommodate a smaller keyboard or module, which comes in handy because the thick, fat Yamaha piano sound doesn't work the best for all acoustic environments.

  9. Hey there guido61 and Notes!


    I wandered into a GC a couple weeks ago and they had the new Yamaha P125 on sale for not much over $500. I thought it was a cut above, for both the action and sounds, of any other budget Yamaha DP I've played, including the P45 and P115 (which I currently own as a back-up piano). I also was surprised to find it had a good B3 patch- something I have not encountered on any Yamaha DP so far. It also had a good clav patch- other Yamaha DP's in that range just have harpsichord and pipe organ. But I was frustrated to see that it, like my P115, had no MIDI out other than USB MIDI, deal-breaker for me because I like to use modules on gigs, or MIDI into my Nord Electro.


    Another entry level but more expensive (currently about $700 street) DP worth checking out, which I also own, is the Kawai ES110. It does have MIDI in/out, but IMO is a better home piano than stage piano, mostly due to it's too-weak output.. It has a nice medium-light weighted action and an appealing, organic piano sound. It's speakers are OK. EP's, Rhodes in particular are decent although I prefer Yamaha's. Other patches are so-so IMO, strings almost unusable. I kind of like it's jazz organ patch though- with the internal Leslie effect disabled it sounds good through my Vent.



    My 2 cents..good luck!

  10. . I say stay away from the Ferrofish. I have only read negative comments RE it's not-so-Hammond-like tone. Best bet IMO, for a self-contained organ module, would be a used Roland VK8-m or Nord Electro 2 rack, although either would be $100-200 more expensive. Keyboard Partners has a highly spoken-of HX3 module, but unless you already have a B3 clone with drawbars you would also need to spring for their drawbar controller (DB-c), which is an additional $340 if bought with the module. Newest version of HX3 is the Mark 5, $765 from Diversi USA. They may have a refurbished earlier version, Mark 4, available at $500 (One-year warranty).

  11. This Old Man? The one who played knick knack on your thumb? Even in kindergarten I thought he was a dodgy character..


    Actually, a lot of those kiddie songs were disturbingly ageist (something I am more sensitive to nowadays). There was an old lady who swallowed a fly..


  12. Enjoyed your stuff too senor. Sounds good on it's own, but methinks you would pair well with a horn player for instrumental gigs, let them carry the melody. I like working like that because there's not 2 chordal instruments stepping on each other.

  13. RE playing the melody, I'm of the opinion that playing the melody as accurately and true to the original as possible- at least the 1st time through- is crucial to a "wallpaper" gig. It's also (in my experience) a fairly rare skill. I have seen lots of guitar hero shredders and accomplished horn players struggle with playing a melody or "head" on the spot without fumbling around.


    A local bassist, that has the corporate "wallpaper" local scene wrapped up, used to hire me over more accomplished jazz players because I could play melodies (or "heads", as he called them). I discovered that we had a mutual appreciation of Paul Shaffer's Late Night (Letterman) band as the template for that. His view was that playing the melody accurately 1st time through, with no added notes or ad libs, locked in the listeners' interest in the musicians, cementing their impression that "that band can play ANYTHING". He actually went so far as to maintain that the melody should be played with single notes, not chord clusters. Not sure I go along with all that, but given his talent, rep, versatility and experience I paid attention to his words.


    He also said that he was sick of playing 3 hour gigs where no one in the audience recognized a single song- something that happens both because of too much improv/ too little melody, and also because of the typical, traditional instrumental material. He decided that to remain viable, he was going to have to incorporate "contemporary" songs (definition of "contemporary: tunes only 30-40 years old instead of 50-80, ha). That's where I came in, although with mixed results for things like Journey. I do remember a cover of Don't Stop Believing that started out rough but jelled into an intriguing smooth jazz version once the sax player found his bearings.


    Congrats to senor on his successful wallpaper debut! If instrumental/singalong stuff goes over better than vocals with piano, it may be worth considering focusing on that.

  14. I gig with a Nord Electro 5d, the pianos (particularly the Bright Piano sample) cut through and sit in the mix better than anything I have used to date. When others sit in on my rig I'm impressed with the FOH sound. But for my solo "wallpaper" gigs or playing at home, I don't find them inspiring to play (even with a weighted action controller), preferring the finger-to-sound connection of my Yamaha CP300 and Kawai digital. Oddly enough, my Electro 2 rack, with it's much maligned piano sound, triggers much better and cuts like a mofo (as a side note, Kevin Anker, current keyboard player for the Fab T-birds, still uses his Electro 2 rack for piano).


    RE the Electro 5 organ, I have a hard time avoiding the "roller rink" organ sound, never had a problem with my Nord Electro 2 rack for that. Pushing in the 5 2/3 drawbar some helps. On the other hand, it works pretty well for covering songs by the Band, with Garth Hudson's Lowrey carnival organ sound. From what I have heard on recordings, the Electro 3 may have a better organ sound. Missing my Hammond SK1 for that, but overall the NE 5 is a better tool.

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