Over 1000 Vintage Synthesizers all in one room
OK, I'll give it a go....
70's: Vox Continental, Farfisa (forgot the model!), Boosey and Hawkes Hammond X-5 type portable organ, Hammond L-series, B3, Rhodes, Yamaha CP-30, Vox piano, ARP Odyssey, Crumar Multiman (Orchestrator in the US), Yamaha CS-60 (baby brother to the CS-80).
80's: Yamaha DX7, Oberheim XPander, 2x Ensoniq Mirage's, Ensoniq ESQ-1, various drum machines and sequencers.
90's: Korg CX-3, Ensoniq SQ2, Roland RA-90 (first arranger), G-800, sold quickly for a G-1000. MGS64 module and a Yamaha KX-5 keytar, Kurzweil K2500S and Korg Triton.
2000's: 2X G70 (one new, one used, still have my original)
2010's: BK-9 (seeing a trend? LOL)
Life has been pretty simple for the last 20 years or so, LOL
Who's next? Come on, let us know your distant, dirty past!
Only ever had Roland arrangers.E20,E70,E86,E500,Em2000,E80.Still have the last two.
I also have a patch commander which was the only way to call up hidden banks of styles
in the E70.
But I would be interested to hear your gear arc over the years, what you started out on, and how you progressed through the decades. And, I hope, so would others!
1988: Yamaha SHS-10 ; A kind of keytar with mini keys ; this got me started.
1989: Yamaha PSS480 ; keyboard with mini keys
1992: Yamaha PSS790 ; having more options and better sound
1996: Roland E-66 ; My first keyboard with normal sized keys.
1997: Roland E-96 ; I was going for more options.
1999: Roland EM-2000 ; A very versatile keyboard. Used it for 12.5 years!
2011: Roland E-80 V2 Music WorkStation Arranger keyboard
(with Roland SRX-06 expansion board and Roland SR-G01 expansion board)
Yamaha PSR-11 (gift from my parents)- wore it out (battery / power supply issues)
Yamaha PSR- 295- very limited chords, sequencer, style editing. Gave it to my nephews.
Yamaha PSR- 3000- A revelation! Traded for PSR-s910.
Korg Pa50- sold, upgraded to Pa800
Roland E-50- Great feature set, so-so sound engine. Have original +1 backup
Yamaha PSR-s910- traded for Tyros 5
Korg Pa800- still have
Roland Prelude- in storage, lacks features and panel controls compared to E-50
Korg MicroArranger- traded, great feature set, didn't like the on-board speakers or tiny keys
Roland BK5- inferior to E-50 in some ways. Has a few bugs in the style composer workflow. Traded for BK-7m.
Yamaha Tyros 5- still have
Roland BK-7m- have; midi'd to Tyros 5
So basically I have the Tyros and one MOTL arranger from each of the major brands
In addition to the main progression above, I've experimented around with some lower-end boards over the years. Some of these i haven't spent as much time with:
Yamaha PSR-510- AMAZING feature set for its time, MIDI, portable and battery-powered. But not nearly as refined as the PSR-3000 (which was 10 years newer!) Gave away (should have kept!)
Yamaha PSR-270- This model has an interesting chord assist that was never incorporated into the top range models. Gave away to a young person in my apt complex.
Roland EM-55- Gave away, replaced by EXR-5s.
Roland EXR-5s- Sold. This and the EM-55 both featured Roland's excellent chord intelligence (simplified fingering system.) They could trigger an auto bass and 3- or 4-note chord with the accompaniment stopped. This could be output to MIDI, which in turn could drive the style engine of another arranger. Probably should have kept the EXR.
Roland GW-8- Not a great arranger, but compact and lightweight. About the smallest board with built-in chord intelligence. Should have kept for portable gigs. Traded in.
Roland RA-800- still have, still works. Need to upgrade the 3 1/2 floppy to USB.
Ketron SD3- still have. Not my cup of tea.
Gem Genesys XP- interesting, very complete feature set, the orphan of a defunct brand, needs a battery and OS update.
That's all I can think of.
My differents gears :
1989 : Casio MT 240 - 20 styles - 20 sounds - mini keys
1993 : Yamaha PSR 410 (Sold)
1999 : Roland EM-2000 (Sold) - My first TOTL arranger
2005 : Roland VA-7 (Sold) / Korg PA1x (Sold) / Ketron X1 (Sold) and a PSR-2000 second keyboard (Sold) - I like to try others bands
2007 : Yamaha MM6 <--> Korg PA-50 (sold) / Roland E-80 (Ex girlfriend still have)
2008 : PSR-3000 (sold) / Korg PA-500 (sold)
2009 : Roland E-80 v2 SR G1 (sold) and Roland GW-8 (sold)
2010 : Roland E-80 v2 SR G1 + SRX 09 (still have)
2011 : Korg M50 <--> Korg PA-500 (sold)
2014 : M-Audio Venom (still have)
2017 : Roland D-50 (still have) My favorite with the E-80
2019 : Roland GW-8 (still have)
1- I start with a Yamaha PSS-680 the one with drum pad below?
As my first keyboard
2- Yamaha PSR-4500
3-Roland E-70 arranger/synth.
6-roland G1000 fast after g800
7-VA76 I just had this new and the g70 come's out (so i skipped the g70)
8-GW8 really great sound! but it ends up into a dramatic OS to be a (real-time) arranger
9- 1year just PC vst-sounds over E-mu 0404/usb and a second-hand 88key studiologic sl880 Still have!!!
10-the great solution come !!!!!! the Roland BK7m(cover the whole range of Roland arrangers) together with the sl880 and a edirol PCR800 and still the e-mu0404 together as my home studio setup!
11-Roland FA-08 i don't own this ! but play on it on stage with my u2 cover band
12- upcoming still wait on delivery Dexibell S9 to replace the Sl-880 and to use live on stage with the U2 band
Well one thing stays forever my real acoustic upright piano
Yamaha CS-5, (1984-1988)
Yamaha PS-55, (1985-1989)
Yamaha PSR-36, (1990-1991)
Yamaha DSR-1000, (1991-1992)
Yamaha DX-21, Yamaha RX-11, (1991-1993)
Korg Polly-800, (1986-1988)
Roland TR-626, (1985-1986)
Roland Juno-106, (1988-1989)
sequencers Roland MC-50mkII and Kawai Q-80 EX,
Roland E-20, (1989-1991)
Roland E-86, (1994-2009)
Roland E-50, (2010-2015)
Roland E- 80, (2011)
Korg 01/W with controller
All sorts of oldfashioned harmoniums
Solina home organ (model S?)
Eminent 2000 Grand Theatre
Nowadays I play the Korg Pa3X and both Roland keyboards.
Three Lowreys ending with Contempo 80
Three Yamahas ending with FS500
One Hammond B3
Numerous vocal processors from Echoplex to TC Helicon Perform VK. Still have two T.C. Helicon Harmony M's.
Probably had 100 microphones. Still have about a dozen.
Latest P.A. system is two LD Systems Maui 5's. I actually have two sets of two.
No telling how much P.A. gear over the years, Peavey, Yamaha, Bose and much more.
Don't get me started on guitars, but my favorites were a Gibson L-7 and a 59 Fender Strat.
I was able to replace organs with the early arrangers in the mid to late 80's by adding external drum machines, sound modules, synths and processors. First fairly usable arranger drums were probably Technics KN2000. Best were Audya.
I've been using the same keyboard stands since the 80s--Ultimate Support. Looks like erector set. I have several.
I'd better stop before my wife reads this.
DonM wrote: I'd better stop before my wife reads this.
Over the years arrangers evolved so much and rather quickly. It seems real value and features were added and perfected quite often. Not so much these days though.
Diki wrote: I am curious, but do you think that many keyboard players other than arranger users upgrade and change their equipment as often as we do? Sometimes I am amazed at the constant turnover some people go through!
I'm not certain traditional keyboards and synths changed as much or as quickly over this same time period.
By the way, did you notice the new Yamaha PSR SX900 will have chord sequencer?
Maybe it's because I'm such a bender freak, but I've always felt an arranger without a chord sequencer is pretty much crippled. Plus, nothing really beats being able to lay down the head for a jazz tune on pianostyle mode the first chorus, then not having to deal with the chords the rest of the tune and being able to just play like you were in a band!
For the life of me, I cannot understand why the CS isn't the #1 feature everybody insists on being included on every arranger made!
The SX is a bit downmarket for me (I will never own a Yamaha with that horrible 61 note action!) but incorporate it into the next Genos and it finally starts to be a contender...
BTW, me, I have a rather different idea why arranger players more than anyone else tend to go with almost every single upgrade cycle... It is the new, non-backwards compatible styles. More than any other type of keyboard, the ROM content is what drives sales. A few third party style makers try to help, but let's face it... None of them can hold a candle to the high quality styles that a new arranger comes with. Those that can compete face rampant piracy, so it isn't worth the effort. But ROM styles, because supported by the sale of the arranger, pay the style creators well (they get the money up front rather than per style sold) and the very best style creators get to show what the new arranger can do.
So the new styles, I'd honestly say more than the features, are what spur the constant upgrades. I'd wager that if the creators of the ROM styles came out with loads of new high quality styles at a reasonable price, we'd see far less constant migration. This is probably why the manufacturers have never made a real effort to protect third party content from piracy: A robust third party style industry would cost them sales!
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