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FOR SALE Roland BK9 Excellent Condition

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FOR SALE Roland BK9 Excellent Condition #5521
Diki I couldn't have said it better ......a great post and certainly all true to the bone for sure...
these last few years I have really woken up to reality with my gear lust and settling down with reality and my
REAL needs makes so much sense as you pointed out in your last two replies. After years in the 60's/70's of straight keyboards and synths etc....
I started in the early 80'swith a Roland RA90 arranger module
& a KORG M1 after full circle of everything gear wise under the sun I am back to Roland with a smile on my face.
1 year 3 months ago

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Fairly similar path for me... Laundry list of 80's synths (DX-7's, OB Xpander, MT-32, Ensoniq gear, ton of drum machines etc.) and when the Sound Canvas came out, wanted something with the soundset. The RA-90 offered a SC-55 soundset (I think) and a drum machine with fills and arranger play if needed, so got that.

That got me into a G800 in the 90's, very quickly followed by the more practical G1000 (SCSI Zip made it far more practical, slightly better soundset and features, same killer 76 action) which kept me busy for over ten years. Had K2500S and Korg Tritons for studio work, but gigged pretty much exclusively on the G1000 until a spell on Bourbon St. where they wanted me to use my K2500 for LH bass in a 10 piece band (!), went back to the G1000 after returning to the Panhandle, then the G70 (2 of them, you know my feelings about backup!), then the BK-9 and a BK-7m for my KX5 keytar rig.

All in all probably less keyboards than you have gone through in only one or two years, LOL!

And in all that time, I've never had a keyboard (including the K2500) that was easier to run live than the BK-9, and covered all the bases as well. The K2500 was superb, deep, flexible, but slow to program and needed setting up well in advance of a gig, plus weighed as much as a small car! And still didn't do arranger type stuff or play GM/GS stuff well.

Using my solo gig Performances which have numerous split setups and effects and volume and tone tweaks (so pretty honed for balance and sound) as the starting point for any setups I need for a live band gives me a huge leg up on getting set up for a live band gig, especially as most of them are set up for SMF or MP3, so not optimized for playing just LH arranger chords (I'm a big believer in having two right hands!). In fact, many pickup gigs I simply turn up with my BK9, and when the leader calls a song, I think of a solo tune that would be closest, select that Performance, and off we go! No set up at all!

Maybe I'm lazy (many would agree!), but I have always felt that any time spent messing with the arranger and setups is time NOT spent practicing, learning new tunes etc., and at the end of the day, that's what they pay us for, not the gear we are using!

Glad to see the gearlust is (temporarily!) in check... You must be enjoying all that extra time! :lol: :evil:
1 year 3 months ago
BK-9 BK-7m G70. Kurzweil K2500S, Korg Triton. Samick upright piano. iMac 27", HR824 monitors.

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