Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
Piano Forums & Piano World
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums RULES & HELP
-------------------
ADVERTISE on Piano World
(125ad)
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad)
Piano Buyer Guide
Piano Buyer Fall 2017
Who's Online Now
114 registered members (BachToTheFuture, Amedeus, accordeur, AndyP, 37 invisible), 1,800 guests, and 3 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad)
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords & Scales
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#664472 - 12/28/07 12:10 PM Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
ndjmom Offline
Junior Member
ndjmom  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Elmwood, NE
I have played piano for church services for the past 10 years and yet I have not had access to a piano in my home for the past couple of years.

I've started looking for a DP and read a lot of postings on Yamaha 620/625 vs. Kurzweil, but still can't make up my mind.

I found a Kurzweil Mark 5 in my area that I can probably buy for <$200,no stool, manual etc.. just the keyboard/stand.

Where can I find support for this instrument and based on all the expert knowledge here should I snatch it up??? I'm looking for an instrument I'll have for a long time and will spend the money <$1000 for something better. Money is still tight on a single Mom's budget.

Thanks
Dawn


Dawn
"You can always find time to practice, consider playing a form of therapy,...it's cheaper and you'll find the time."
(ad) ROLAND

Click Here

#664473 - 12/28/07 02:28 PM Re: Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 121
wruess Offline
Full Member
wruess  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Apr 2007
Posts: 121
Northern California, USA
Here are a couple of possibly useful links:

Official Kurzweil web site:

www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com

Forum where you might find specific info or ask pertinent questions:

http://community.sonikmatter.com/forums/

IMO Kurzweil keyboards are excellent - but it all depends on what it sounds and feels like to YOU.

#664474 - 12/29/07 01:03 PM Re: Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
ndjmom Offline
Junior Member
ndjmom  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Elmwood, NE
I found a lot of information on Kurzweil, but not on the Mark 5. Even the www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com site doesn't show support for the older model. The furthest back I can find is the Mark 6.

Can anyone help me out with the features and benefits of this instrument?


Dawn
"You can always find time to practice, consider playing a form of therapy,...it's cheaper and you'll find the time."
#664475 - 12/29/07 02:05 PM Re: Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
ndjmom Offline
Junior Member
ndjmom  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Elmwood, NE
Finally found the user Manual, buried deep on the site. But there are no instructions for hooking it up to a computer.

I would greatly appreciate any practical knowledge and experience.
dawn


Dawn
"You can always find time to practice, consider playing a form of therapy,...it's cheaper and you'll find the time."
(ad)
Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#664476 - 12/29/07 11:07 PM Re: Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 258
MoodyBluesKeys Offline
Full Member
MoodyBluesKeys  Offline
Full Member

Joined: Jun 2007
Posts: 258
Trent Woods, NC
I have several Kurzweil pro instruments, and am well pleased with them, I have done a bit of simple repairs on some of the home instruments. I looked at the Mark V owner's manual, there is some MIDI information in there on connecting to other MIDI devices, which could include a computer.

This keyboard is old enough not to have a USB connection for a computer. Audio can be sent from the audio output jacks to the sound input of a computer (or, for that matter, from the sound output of the computer to the Kurzweil's input jacks). Quality of sound would be largely determined by the type of audio board in the computer.

A computer can also be adapted to connect to the MIDI connections on the Mark 5. Several companies make boards which install in the computer, or USB adapters for MIDI, I use them myself (I am using eMu boards) for interconnection.

The real thing is that the manual gives the information needed for SOMONE WHO HAS CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE WITH MIDI to interface the instrument with either other instruments, computers, or hardware sequencers. However, MIDI is a rather complex subject (when one goes beyond the most simple applications, such as playing sounds using the keyboard and an external sound module).

There do not seem to be many recent books on how to hook up and work with MIDI, some of the older books have good info, but generally requiring considerable knowledge BEFORE reading the book. There are also various sites on the Internet that are useful in working with MIDI (such as www.tweakheadz.com)

Support - DG Audio, Inc. on the west coast, Duane Garvin - was formerly national Service Manager for Kurzweil. He can provide repairs on most models, including those no longer made. There are also authorized Kurzweil service centers all over the US, a listing for your area can be found from the web site www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com

If the instruments is in good working order, the price you are mentioning is a good price. My personal recommendation is to visit the seller, play the instrument, and see if (1) it is in good usable condition, and (2) are the sound and feel pleasing to you.

My oldest Kurzweil, a K2000VP, was made about 1993, it is still running smoothly, and is in use several times a week (I leave it at my church).

HTH,

Jim


Jim Cason
Promised LAN Computing, Inc.
Howard C171 Grand, Kurzweil PC3X, PC3, PC361, PC2X, PC2.
JBL 10&15 EONG2s, EV SxA100+s QSC K10s, HP & ThinkPad DAWs, eMu 1820M & 1616M.
Epi Les Paul & LP 5str Bass, Trace amp-cabinets.
Formerly in electronic keyboard repair trade - semi-retired
#664477 - 12/30/07 01:12 AM Re: Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
ndjmom Offline
Junior Member
ndjmom  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Elmwood, NE
Thanks for the info. When I looked at the manual the midi section was very confusing! I'm a real newbie when it comes to the midi. I just want to hook it up and have it print out my random compositions/variations that I can't remember long enough to notate by hand. I'll check out the references and hope that I find a place that I can understand.

I'm going to visit the seller on Tuesday and check out the touch/feel/response. It truly is a bare bones piano, but then that's all I'm really ready for at this point.

It's ironic, this was a practice church piano purchased by the secretary and has sat unused for 2 years. I'm really looking forward to getting in some serious practice time again!

Thanks!
Dawn


Dawn
"You can always find time to practice, consider playing a form of therapy,...it's cheaper and you'll find the time."
#664478 - 01/01/08 04:58 PM Re: Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
ndjmom Offline
Junior Member
ndjmom  Offline
Junior Member

Joined: Dec 2007
Posts: 5
Elmwood, NE
Just went and looked at the DP and was disappointed that it wasn't near perfect. There seems to be a vibration coming from the left bottom speaker that makes a noise when you play in the lower notes. Depending on what the bass setting is it can start even at E below middle C!

I don't know if the speaker needs to be replaced or if something is just loose. The person selling it didn't know anything about it and the pedals were not working,...missing a cord perhaps? There was also no music ledge/base.

I could get it for less than $175, but I still don't know if it's worth it. Anyone know about the speaker....disappointed,...maybe I'll keep looking...
Dawn

The touch was VERY light, but read that their are 7 different touch settings. But didn't print off the manual and bring it with me (stupid)


Dawn
"You can always find time to practice, consider playing a form of therapy,...it's cheaper and you'll find the time."
#664479 - 01/01/08 06:14 PM Re: Kurzweil Mark 5  
Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 744
LesCharles73 Offline
500 Post Club Member
LesCharles73  Offline
500 Post Club Member

Joined: Mar 2007
Posts: 744
Denton Texas
Kurzweil makes a good board, but their touch isn't the best. Since you think it feels a little too light, I would keep looking. The "touch settings" don't effect the feel of the keyboard, it only effects the volume of the notes in proportion to how hard you play the keys.


Les C Deal





Moderated by  Piano World 

Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World)
our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, Digital Piano Dolly, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.


Free Shipping* on Jansen Artist Piano Benches, Cocoweb Piano Lamps, Hidrau Hydraulic Piano Benches
(*free shipping within contiguous U.S. only)
(ad)
Pearl River & Ritmuller
Ritmuller Pianos
(ad)
Pianoteq
PianoTeq 6 Out now
ad
Pierce Piano Atlas


New Topics - Multiple Forums
Tune a Pianola
by Steve Freides. 11/17/17 05:10 PM
After the bass string breaks
by Keith Roberts. 11/17/17 12:43 PM
New Upright Piano from Hurstwood Farm Pianos
by Mark Polishook. 11/17/17 11:17 AM
In need of advice / Kawai ES8 & CN37
by wolflone249. 11/17/17 10:53 AM
Forum Statistics
Forums44
Topics182,809
Posts2,672,572
Members89,154
Most Online15,252
Mar 21st, 2010
(ad)
Accu-Tuner
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Check It Out!
There's a lot more to Piano World than just the forums.
Click Here to
Explore The Rest of Piano World!!
Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers


 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter |


copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0