Originally Posted by phil_space
Keyboard: Nord Stage
But seriously: I bet that anybody suggesting keyboards like Yamaha S90 and Motif, Roland RD 700SX and Fantom, Kawai, Kurzweil PC2X, Alesis QS8 etc hasn't heard and played the Nord Stage yet - it's in a different league!
Really? I agree 100% on Ivory. But I can't agree on the Stage.
I own both the Nord Stage and the S90. I also own an old Yamaha P200. I was part of Nord Artists program a few years back and gigged frequently with the Stage, and Electro, and a Modular G2X in my live rig.
I'm a classically trained pianist but mostly play jazz and pop/rock nowadays. I have to say I find the piano tones on the Nord a little thin. I also find the keyboard weighting very
light. It's as if the Nord engineers couldn't decide whether to go for a piano-like weighted board, an unweighted organ board, or an semi-weighted Rhodes-like board. They settled somewhere in between, which is probably why I feel the Rhodes and Wurly emulations are downright phenomenal. But as a pure piano, I think it's really missing something. Similarly, the keyboard is a little too heavy for an organ, and I prefer the Electro for that (even though I can't get the Farfisa and Vox samples).
I always loved the S90 for piano, and when I wasn't gigging with it, I missed it. I still use the P200 as my weighted controller in my studio, but I just love the feel of the keyboard (more than the P250
or P300, for what that's worth).
None of them compare to my 1870s Bosendorfer, when it's working (which it's not). I'm not sure I'd buy a 140-year old piano again tutt).
Just my two cents. I hope they're helpful.