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    Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    I don't see many of these, or maybe I'm not looking in the right places. My keyboard is really starting to show its age (complete with squeaky keys), and I'm looking around casually for a replacement. I REALLY like the M-Audio Evolution controller, but it's only 61 keys..which isn't really a problem, except for when it comes to work involving piano or harp. 88 keys is fine, but I really like the size of 76-key controllers. The only problem is that I don't see a lot of them.

    Any suggestions?
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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    ---Sawzall?

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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    Bruce: I'm afraid you'll have to be more specific. Multiple Google searches brought up nothing for me.
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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    Ha ha. OK, maybe I can get some real responses....

    PS: Lee, what kinda dog is that in your avatar? Almost looks like a Shiba Inu.
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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    So.. any good 76-key controllers packed w/ faders and knobs? I'm still baffled, trying to figure out why I was given references to power tools...
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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    The reference to power tools was to take an 88-key and saw it down to 76.

    Sorry I can't help you on a 76 key model - mine's only two octaves.
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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    Perhaps you don't know what a Sawzall is?

    If you work with key switching, the extra octave of an 88 key control is crucial, IMHO.

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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    Alan: Ahhhh... right. Funny indeed.

    Bill: I don't use keyswitching too much.. but the Evolution 61-key controller has buttons that you can assign to any MIDI note.. that means I could assign the buttons to the keyswitches and use those instead (which actually is kinda cooler).
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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    Hmmmm Now you're sparking my gear lust...

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    Re: Are 76-key controllers a thing of the past?

    76 note controllers/synths I have known and loved in chronological order:

    Yamaha DX-5 (nice feel, no 127 velocity but you get 2 DX-7's in one box)
    Yamaha KX-76 (great feel, 2 sliders, dated technology, no 127 velocity)
    Roland D-70 (feel is ok, has 4 sliders, interesting synth, small footprint, but keys break too easily)
    Yamaha EX-5 (solid feel, has 2 mod wheels, 6 knobs, a ribbon controller, and a breath controller).

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