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Item Reviews for: Korg SV188 Vintage Stage Piano  -  KOR SV188 LIST

Simple bare-to-the-bones keyboard
By: Bumpy from Chicago      Submitted: 8/21/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? This is a great sounding keyboard. It's not trying to be a "do everything" keyboard. You don't have take a weekend class for a crash course on how to operate it. It does a pretty good job of replicating Rhodes & Wurlitzer sounds. The piano sounds are awesome. The clavs and organ sounds need improvement. Also, the string sounds. But it does have some great 80's synth sounds that are better than most synths on the market today. Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? This keyboard is well built and sturdy. It has a classic look, modern but reminiscent of the keyboards of the past. This keyboard works well for pop piano & it could work pretty well for concerto music, but the funky design wouldn't sit well for that crowd. It's perfect for R&B or Neo-classical soul. You could pull off some jazz. It'd definitely work for rock. Ease of Use How user friendly is it? Would it work well for a beginner, intermediate or experienced player? This keyboard is so simple to use a child could play it. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? The features are very simple. You don't have a LED screen or computer monitor. You don't have to have a doctorate to figure out how to set up anything. My favorite feature is the simplicity of the whole setup. But, I wish they would've added a feature to split and layer sounds. Also, just a few more controls to adjust some of the tonal quality; like reverb, chorus, phaser and wahs. I wish you could adjust or choose which amp model you'd like. Sound How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use? The suitcase pianos and electric pianos are close to the models they try to replicate. The pianos are real sounding and doesn't sound like a sampled emulation. The clavinet sounds are okay, but I don't any keyboard other than an original Hohner that sound great. The organs need much improvement also. The clonewheel emulations are horrible. It's hard to emulate a Hammond. The strings are decent but could be better. They try to replicate a Melotron, but again, nothing beats the original. Feel How is the feel of the keys? Are the controls laid out well? The keys feel okay. The feel of a real piano, but the keys also feel a little spongy. I love how the controls are positioned. They're right in front of you, you don't have to reach across the board to get to them. I like how the dials are made. They're not flimsy and don't feel like they'll break or fall off from tweaking them too much. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I think a lot of the prices are bit too much, but compared to other similar products this is reasonable. I was considering purchasing a Nord HA88 Piano2. But after listening to some of the sound demos and watching videos on YouTube, I feel this sounds a lot better.
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By: BMax from South Carolina      Submitted: 6/30/2013

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General What is your overall opinion of this product? Incredible warm sounds with a fantastic set of keys that give me the control I long for. Extreme sensitivity! Quality What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music? This keyboard is not designed to cover all the digital sounds of today's music. It simply gives you great piano and electric piano sounds that take you back in time to the 60's and 70's. Ease of Use How user friendly is it? Would it work well for a beginner, intermediate or experienced player? Couldn't be easier to operate. All the pots are right in your face. No graphical interface to scroll through to adjust my sensitivity or EQ. Add extra warmth with the built in tube amps at the push of a button. Features Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features? It's exactly what' i'm looking for. My favorite features are the control of the weighted keys and the ever so slight imperfections of true analog instruments. Sound How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use? Nothing digital sounding about it. Takes me back in time! Feel How is the feel of the keys? Are the controls laid out well? The weighted keys are adjustable to give me full control at extreme sensitivity. Value Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range? I think the price is just slightly high but I'd pay it again after owning the keyboard.
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