Oh my gosh... I just figured it out!
A Yamaha Motif XS8 goes for $3,199....A Tyros 2 goes for $3,495.
Actually the difference with Korg is even more!
OK, let's see here... Ah a Motif XS8 uses a much more expensive 88 note graded hammer ation...and is all metal..but it costs $300 less than a Tyros 2 with a much less expensive to build 61 note synth action (great action though!)and is all plastic.
It'a all about profit!
The profit margin must be huge on the arrangers. They all cost a lot more than the PRO synths.
They can get us arrangers guys to spend $3,495 for an arranger but the PRO's on Motifs only $3,199.
So all these big bands with money to spend pay less than us home keyboard folks!
Interesting...but we do it!
I guess as long as we are forking it out, they will gladly take it.