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Originally Posted by Henry XIV
Are Korg and Casio the only options or are there other brands out there also making the kind of thing I'm looking for?

Already mentioned the Yamaha MX... functionality is pretty limited from the front panel, but it might do enough for you, and if not you can extend its capabilities with software, see http://www.vycromx.com and http://www.jmelas.gr/motif/products.php

There's also Roland Juno-DI, which I'm not very familiar with.

Another possibility might be a Kurzweil SP4-7. It doesn't have a ton of sounds in it, but you can actually load almost any of the higher end PC3 sounds into it, which makes it more versatile then it appears at first... it's just a little tricky to figure out how to do it, and you can't have too many in there at once. See: http://ksetlist.com/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=350 The other issue is, like the Yamaha MX, you can't do much sound editing from the front panel, if you care about that sort of thing, but you might be able to address that with software, http://www.soundtower.com/sp4/page.html though there are reports that their software is buggy.

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A few alternatives that haven't already been mentioned ( with the exception of the Sledge...oops ) :

Used ROMplers:

Roland XP-30 ( has expandable cartridge-based memory...love mine )

Korg M50-61 ( can't remember if this is expandable, but seemed to have a lot of bang-for-the-buck )

New analog / analog hybrids:

StudioLogic Sledge is being blown out at all the usual online / mail-order suspects for $1k US.

Moog Little Phatty / Slim Phatty ( LP is discontinued, but can probably be found as NOS; SP is probably on the way out, but you'd have to MIDI it to the CP33, or get a controller )

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I second the Korg M50 and Casio XW-P1, lots of bang per buck with both.
(I personally own and prefer the Casio.)

Also, you'll get a ton of multi-zone capability and 1000+ presets (synth, vintage keys, orchestral, etc) if you can find a used Kurzweil PC361. They typically sell second hand here in the US for around $1K maybe a bit less.

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The problem with the Roland Juno is that the keys are smaller - not just less of them, but they are considerably teeny.

As for the budget, why not look into a used Yamaha MOX6? You may find something in your budget that way.


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Waldorf Blofeld is a great choice. IMO the sound is much better (and more modern) than the cliché sounds of Yamaha, Roland and Korg.
Check it out here:
http://www.waldorf-music.info/blofeld-keyboard

I plan to have "Largo" which is the Soft edition of Blofeld (almost).

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