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Korg SG-1D #665295
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I'm about as green as they come, so hopefully this isn't too stupid of a post. Here goes...

I was thinking about buying one of the typical Yamaha or Casio entry level DPs and I saw someone selling a used SG-1D. I know it's old, but would this be worth considering compared to the P70 or the 110? I'm just looking for a budget practice instrument with piano feel more than anything else.

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Re: Korg SG-1D #665296
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Used digitals are the best value around.
This is because digitals are essentially
computers and thus follow computer-like
pricing: used ones lose value fast like
used computers. But whereas old computers
are hardly useable on the internet, old
digitals retain their playability no
matter how old they are, so an old one
might be essentially worthless but will
play much like a brand new one costing
thousands of dollars.

For example, I bought my first digital
piano, a Korg C-800 console, new in 1989.
I gave it to my neighbor in 2005 since
by then it was essentially worthless and
I could hardly have gotten anything for it.
But it's still in perfect condition and
you can play anything on it, from concertos
to jazz, and it sounds better in some
ways than brand new digitals, because it
has less software bloat.

That SG-1D is a stage piano from the same
late 1980's era, and if it is in perfect
condition (test all 88 keys, with and without
the pedal) it would be just as good
as a brand new PX-110 or P-70. And you
should be able to get it for a great
price. Theoretically, it's worthless,
like a 1980's era personal computer,
and you should be getting it for free, but
if it's in perfect condition with stand,
bench, and pedal all set up, and you
really like it, then you might pay
something like $50.00 to $100.00 for it.

Re: Korg SG-1D #665297
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Gyro, thanks for the info. I really appreciate it.

The guy wants 350 for it and it doesn't come with a stand or bench. I asked if he was flexible on price and he said "no". I found a new demo model P70 at Guitar Center for 400. Given that, would it be worth pursuing the Korg?

Thanks again.

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$350.00 is way too much for a digital that's
20 yrs. old. Furthermore, it may only
have semi-weighted keys, while the P-70
has fully weighted ones. If it had
a stand, bench, and pedal all set up,
then it might bring $100.00 at the absolute
maximum. The seller is being unreasonable,
when you can get a demo P-70 for $400.00.
Tell him so, and offer $50.00 absolute max, if
it is in perfect condition.

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Another thing is that I'm not sure if this
has built-in speakers. If it doesn't then,
make sure he's going to include the speakers
with it. I've read some of the reviews
on it, and in its time it was apparently
the best piano around and a lot of people
still are playing it and love it. So the seller
must have a lot of sentimental attachment
to it, but this is 2007 and not the late
1980's and this kind of sentiment thing has
no meaning for you. Another thing is
that this is heavy by today's standards,
about 75 lbs. All in all this is hopelessly
out-of-date today. It would still sound
great, but for the seller to expect you
to pay for sentiment is unreasonable.
This is worth no more than $50.00, provided
it is in perfect condition and comes
with speakers and a pedal.

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Thanks again Gyro. Your perspective is much appreciated.

Well, it doesn't look like this fellow is going to budge. I suspect you are right that he has some sentimental attachment to it. I don't believe it comes with any speakers or pedal.

I guess I'm off to G.C. to pick up that demo Yamaha. Seems like a pretty good deal.

Re: Korg SG-1D [Re: ryanowen] #2196399
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Hello guys, I have a Korg SG1D. Do I keep it or sell? Is it functional in today's world or Is it worth keeping?

Re: Korg SG-1D [Re: ryanowen] #2196400
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I need your honest advice as well on this! I have a CS6x and not sure if I should sell it. I also have arturia analog laboratory and Roland Juno 106s. Do the arturia and Juno 106s replaces the CS6x in any sense. or is the CS6x worth keeping?

Re: Korg SG-1D [Re: ryanowen] #2196453
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I saw Kenny Kirkland playing Korg SG1D with Sting on video (I'm still looking for that video...) and had to buy one. I believe it was first weighted action digital piano. Looking back it, it didn't sound very good using today's standards, but at the time I liked it. I sold Roland MKS20 triggered by DX7 for it. The action was sluggish. I still think it was the best piano sound Korg ever had. Today, they can't get sound right IMO.

I guess for a collector it would be nice to own, but any cheap Yamaha or Casio would be a better option today. The Korg didn't have built in speakers. It did have cool pitch bend and vibrato wheels. They were mini and still it a great idea.

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Re: Korg SG-1D [Re: 36251] #2196470
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I played it in 1989 and some what infrequently- a friend had one- in the mid 1990's. It is a very nice keyboard, I ended up getting the rack version of the subsequent model, the SG Pro X and used those sounds for years.
Currently, I am using the SP280. If you like the Korg sound, I would encourage you to look at perhaps the SP280 or even SP170.
Of that age, $350 is a little to high, but personally I would pay $75-$100 for it only because someone selling it would really likely just not want to have it taking up space.
It does not have speakers- newer Korgs do.
Also , Chuck Levell would play it i believe on the stones 1989-1990 tour


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Re: Korg SG-1D [Re: ryanowen] #2196645
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Thanks guys for your advice!

Re: Korg SG-1D [Re: Amos] #2196868
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I have had several korg sg1d''s over the years so I thought I would chime in my tuppence.
There are good points and bad. The good point is that they have a really nice action and if you can find one that has not been played to death (yes dp's do wear out and fill with dust sometimes) then will be be an extremely good value action (even at that price). Bad points - absurdly heavy, about 40 kg for gigging, awful sound by today's standards (but who cares if you are just going to play some software), only the midi basic midi options. Even with these drawbacks I still like to use it in the studio rather than my other boards and probably will forever.

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I practice on a KORG SG-1D. When I go for lessons on a Bosendorfer 225, I am always stunned by the difference in action between the two, it always takes getting used to. However I had the opportunity to play on a Bosendorfer 290 Imperial and found that its action similar to the KORG SG-1D, very smooth, and quite unlike that of the 225. I was very surprised. I couldn't believe how different the two Bosendorfers wwere. I am now thinking the two acoustics were probably poorly maintained. I am looking forward to the next chance I get to play on the 290.


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