Bachus I must politely disagree. BK-7m is still considered a current product, and not obsolete by any means. SD40 on the other hand is like a unicorn. Never saw one in person, not many places you can buy one, perhaps only one person in the USA who can fix if it has a failure. Major unannounced changes in OS updates, such as changes to chord fingering(!), see below: http://www.synthzone.com/forum/ubbthread...with#Post391871
And then it was quickly orphaned by the SD60/90. Believe me I read the Ketron forum pretty closely when this module was new. I personally can't stomach the risk associated with their products. Others may disagree but AFAIC, caveat emptor. A shame really, because I do agree that there should be more choices in arranger modules.
First off, Roland hasn’t produced a single bk-7 since they closed Roland Italy(info from former Roland Italy employee).. so what they are selling currently seems to be old stock..
Next to, th sd90 does nor Orphan the SD40, the SD40 is still the extreme lightweight ketron arranger module, priced €1700 here in europe.. its comparable in size to the bk7.
The SD90, is its big brother, its atleast twice the size, and twice the weight of the sd40, and comes with a few high end features not available on the sd40.. but both have their own place in Ketrons assortment..
Yhe problem is that if you base your opinion on what you read on the internet, you generally find all of the not so good things as thats what people tend to dicuss on the internet... while not getting the possitive part ...
Currently there are 3 people selling Keyron in the US...
-IMmusic (related to Wersi USA)
All 3 are part of the synthzone community, and known to be trustworthy and reliant.. i wish we had 3 such reliable shops in Holland... glad we have one single Ketron dealer.. and offcourse Musik Store in Germany, which is a huge shop that delivers in Holland, but i never buy at these big shops as often service is unpersonal and not as good as from small dedicated dealers..