Originally Posted by clusterchord
i tend to agree with some sentiments here:
if variety and covering more ground with high class sound is the goal: go with Micromac and SEM
otoh if you intend to use analog polyphony a lot, even tho SOFV will cover more parameters in poly section than the original FVS.. id still advise going with regular proven poly design like OB/Xa, OB8, maybe even Matrix 12/Xpander or A6, if you want more flexibility.
Thanks for the advice. I think that getting something like the OB\xa or OB8 would be less practical. First - price. I think it will exceed a budget of aprox 4000$.
Second - i don't have a physical place for a keyboard that size in my room. And these are really huge keyboards by any scale.
Third, since i live in Israel, the only way i could get a vintage poly like that is via ebay - which means buying something used without being able to check, ley alone the fact that shipping expenses on something this heavy will increase the cost considerably.
But if we're "straying" from my first two options - than a whole world of "what to do with 4k" opens up anyway.
There are a couple of option i also thought about
1) Buying one of these combos (micromac+sem \ SOFV) requires me to sell my Nord Stage 2, and that will probably get me 3000$. Maybe a bit more.
A compromise could be getting an SE Boomstar with a moog filter (799$).
Pros: I get to keep the Nord Stage 2.
Cons: 1. It will be more moog-ish than the GRP, but definetly not as close as the micromac or an actual moog.
2. While i get to cover more moogish territory - still no cover for the sem territory.
2) Second option is regarding the more "practical" polyphonic directions you mentioned. There's another polysynth that is yet to come out, that has a multimode filter and a bunch of other interesting features. I'm talking about the mfb dominion 5, which will be a 5 voice poly based on the dominion x
architechture. The estimated price is 1799 euros.