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    Calling All pianist!

    What 88 key midi controller has the most realistic piano-like action? I\'m trying to decide on whether to re-buy my Alesis Qs8, which wasn\'t too bad, but I\'m looking for something that has better action.

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    I still love my old Kurzweil K250 for its action but there aren\'t many around and those that are seem to be collector\'s items.

    I think Kurzweil brought out a piano a short while back which I had the pleasure of playing when depping for a friend in the Lion King. I can\'t recall the name (although I think it might have had a 9000 in it!). Anyway, that was a really nice instrument to play.

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    I always like the Roland feel (direct/solid) better than the Yamaha (springy - except for the KX88).

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    I use a Yamaha P-80. It has a nice heavy action and feels very good to me. It does not have expression controllers (wheels)though. I use my Roland D-50 for that.

    When I performed my investigation, I learned that a particular company uses different actions for different \"piano\" keyboards. So, try them all out.
    http://www.yamahasynth.com/pro/p80/feat1.html

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    I\'m using a Studio Logic SL-880. I\'m pretty happy with it - some people think the action is too heavy, but it feels pretty realistic to me.

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    Why did you sell your QS-8? I have QS-8 and I love the action. I hate all the built in piano sounds though...

    I\'ve compared my QS-8 action with roland A-90 and FATAR controller. I still prefer QS-8 action. I love the fact that you can adjust the \'Velocity Scaling\'.

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    Re: Calling All pianist!

    Yamaha S-80!
    My friends make it (^_^).

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    I use the Yamaha KX-88...feels solid, no bounce, keys edges are rounded just enough. It\'s been around for a while, so the MIDI implementation is not as good as the latest models, but, to me, it\'s still the most realistic.
    I visited the factory in Hammamatsu where they pump these things out...they have special inspectors who hand-test each key for uniform feel...quite amazing.

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    Re: Calling All pianist!

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size=\"1\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Neal Keane:
    I visited the factory in Hammamatsu where they pump these things out...they have special inspectors who hand-test each key for uniform feel...quite amazing.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Really? Hamamatsu is my hometown!

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    Hey Ken,
    Small world, huh? Can you get me discount on a KX-88 (just kidding...they probably don\'t make them anymore)
    So, how come you\'re not working for Yamaha or Kawai?

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