they look awesome. sexy. but why on earth would they remove one lcd ?!?
otoh, if this make them cheaper than original SL series, im all for it. but i doubt this will be the case. they'll probably charge extra for the orange buttons and leds arround the knobs a la nord lead 3..
even tho, on paper, so far, SL was my controller of choice, i must say i developed huge reservations after playing SL61 in the store, as far as its build quality, and gig situation durability. it felt like a cheap toy (others are far far worse tho). even tho action was okay. reports from users complaining about these problems didn't help either.
im digressing but: in the meantime a frined bought AKAI MPK49, and its built like a freakin' tank... metal body. unbelievable that someone actually put out a controller of this build quality, in this age of cheap plastic. controls arent flimsy, but strong.. have nice resistive feel etc.. unfortunately, i didnt get it bcs i need (novation's) sysex string support, so i can edit the likes of microwave, roland mks series etc.
so, perhaps to early to ask this but, are these new ones supposed to be built better ? they appear to have more metalic parts... is the keyboard the same, or better?