i'll be at namm on the friday.

frankly, it bores the hell out of me. i just go every year to say hello to some old musician friends.

but if there are any products that you want me to demo/check out/review, i'll be more than happy to do so (as long as they're within my areas of expertise) and that'll give me something to do while i'm there.

let me know, and do so asap because i have to plan my itinerary.

my areas of expertise include:

keyboards, software (most), guitars and basses (and their accessories), saxes, flutes (including folk flutes), violin, mandolin, books.

i don't know anything about trumpets and their ilk (don't want to know either).

generally, i spend most of my time in the drums and percussion section, and (having had a couple of years of drum lessons) i know a bit about them too.

so if you want, i'll be more than happy to do you that favor ...
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i am curious what is going on with fender rhodes.
korg sv-1?
new digital pianos from roland.
i would personally like to see you do some sort of video with interaction with the vendors. i know you would dissect their equipment and statements unlike the other media types. i know you would do an excellent job but i also know that it won't happen. i do really appreciate your opinions especially on equipment issues, painfully blunt but extremely accurate. thanks.
7, if you have the chance could you try out the ketron audya? how do the sounds and styles compare to yamaha, korg, roland... top of the line arranger keyboards?

as you remember, i reviewed the new fender rhodes a couple of years ago when they frist came out. are there new developments that you need checked?

korg sv-1

roland digitals

ketron audya
i do not know if there are new developments to the fender rhodes ... that is my question.... if they are showing or saying anything new about it or its future.
hi jeff
if you get a chance, would you please check out the new yamaha stage piano range - i think the 'flagship' cp1 should be there, but i think the cp5 and cp50 will be released a little later.  
https://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid57826108001 (weirdly, you have to click on 'click here to open it in its own window' to see the video, despite being told the video is 'unavailable at this time')

do me a favor and go to the fender rhodes website first to see if there's any "big news", if there is then i'll go have a look at them, but if not i probably won't.


a member of one of the other sites i frequent also asked me to demo the yamaha cp series keyboards. as you know, these babies have got so many bells and whistles that it takes months just to read the manual.

this other guy is only interested in the acoustic grand sound(s) and authenticity of their graded action. so unless you give me a further mission to fulfill, that's all i'll be looking at regarding those puppies.
ok,  i can not see that the rhodes web site is saying anything new.
have fun.
try to enjoy that at least it is not freakin 5 degrees out there like it is where i live.  brr i wish i was going to be at anything in la on friday.

i would not have the luxury of doing an a/b comparison as the author of this review did.

therefore any judgment on my part would be entirely subjective.

no mention by anyone in the thread commented on the quality of the acoustic piano sound. they mentioned a thousand other features though ...
jeff, if you check out the yamaha cp 1, please determine if the gh action is as sweet as i have been told (pretty much better than any alternatives, but it was  yamaha fanboy talking). i have heard from others though that the acoustic grand sounds are unbelievably good and i would appreciate your opinion on that. i know you will make note of the speed and accuracy of the actions along with the feel of the keys. is it worth the $5000.00 u.s.? i know i am asking for quite a bit, i hope you will be able to try, i will appreciate any effort you make. thanks again.
hi jeff, i already read the review that you posted from synthzone regading the ketron audya. i'd like to hear your perpective as you are a working pro player. in particular, i'm interested in your thoughts on the acoustic piano sound and styles. thanks!
george kaye from kayes music in reseda,ca says that ketron is not going to attend this namm show. kayes music is one of a few dealers in the us that carries ketron. if anybody lives around reseda, could you please check out the ketron audya and let me know what you think. thanks!
jeff, if you could please check out the bose compact and the roland ba 330. how do you think they work for solo digital piano amplification? thanks!

yes, they sounds like a piano. but it ain't "ivory" (my latest benchmark for sound).

wanna know how to check the graded action? turn the volume off.

the bottom end is definitely heavier than the top. but the low keys are not nearly as stiff as some of the steinways i've played (mind you i didn't play any steinways today - although i could have).

in the mid-range to high registers i would rate the action as a semi-weighted.  

i'm going to finish up these reviews as i get the gumption. some of them are going to require a bit more reflection.

oh, and if you have any questions - fire away.
what i'm talking about.

do the rhodes overdrive when you whack 'em hard?? they sure do (oh, and they do that on the yamaha cps too - that seemed to be a big selling point for the yamaha guy. but back when i had my real fender rhodes 88, i always saw that ugly overdrive effect as a liability not an asset).

there's some kick-ass b3's on the sv-1 too. with leslie slow/fast buttton.

i believe *yes, brothas and sistas, i belieeeeeeeeve*

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