I'd prefer to find a keyboard and not just a controller, but with my $1,000 USD spending limit I think I might be forced to go with just a controller to get a good weighted-action keyboard feel, which is by far the most important criteria. Anyone have any suggestions?
I tend to like a lighter feel keyboard but not mushy, which seems to be hard to find. The Rolands tend to be like this for me. And the Korgs are better but all seem to have a joystick, which I don't like, I need a mod wheel (for crossfading). And the Yamahas are a tad on the stiff side. That said, I still may go with a Yamaha MM8, but I"m not in love with the feel (or the sounds). I'm not that great of a player but I guess I'm pretty picky when it comes to the keyboard feel (at least when I'm about to spend $1K!!).
I'd like to try a CME or Studiologic but noone in my area carries these. Anyone have a suggestion for those that don't live in large metropolitan areas like me - how do you get your hands on these keyboards to try 'em out? The feel of a keyboard is such a personal thing, I really have to try it to know if I like it. Do you just make sure the retailer has a good return policy?
Anyone have any experience with the CME VX-80? It's interesting because it has moving faders on it. If it's got a nice feel to it that might be worth the $1,000 price.