Great professional board!
By: from Denver, CO
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Yes. It is plastic construction. But that does not mean it is made poorly. It is not. I have a plastic Casio that was made in the early 80's that has been gigged with regularly and has never had even one malfunction. The plastic makes this light. Which when lugging gear around all over the place...lightness becomes a very important feature. I have no reason to believe that I cannot expect the same dependability from the 7000 as I have gotten from my vintage Casios.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
I myself am just crazy impressed with the drawbar organ feature. Just endless possibilities of tone! Also, the pattern and song sequencers are quite full featured and powerful.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
This board is easy to use in terms of just picking sounds and playing. The real depth however is indeed in those features that take some time and learning to master. But this is not a downside. It is one of the reasons this is such a nice board. It is so darn powerful.
How is the tone?
Tone is amazing. Full range. Lows are warm..highs are smooth. The tone is really what ends up separating the professional level boards from the consumer level boards. Pricewise, the 7000 is right on the line between the two. Tone wise though...it is solidly in the pro-camp.
Was this item an overall good value?
If you are in the market for a consumer home keyboard to just tinker with...you will probably think this is an expensive keyboard. However, if you are a gigging/recording/writing musician...you will see it as a great bargain. I am in the latter group. Worth every penny.