Loc: Levittown, Pa, USA
Sold my BK9 a couple days ago.. So I went with another E-A7 again,,fresh brand new one. There are features I preferred over the BK9, including a better OS. I like the 6 pads , seven assign buttons and I like the sampler for novelty things.. Yes the BK9 was superior with 22 SN sounds and the drawbar organ... I wanted the small footprint and speakers with the E-A7. For larger gigs I have the G70 (I like the G70 better than the BK9). Quick set up jobs the E-A7 is perfect..
I considered the alternative brands, but they left me feeling short changed.. I paid a bit more than I would have liked, but Sweetwater has benefits..
I was close to buying back my old E-A7 from DonM, but we could not get on the same available page.. I am still concerned about Chinese craftsmanship... That is why I finally went with a new E-A7 (2 year warranty).
China does make high end electronics both good and bad quality also keep that in mind, as far as the EA-7 I had it and I loved it but at this point it wasn't for me since I am a KORG user, so I sold it maybe later I might pick one up again, the EA-7 is very underrated board but a very hard learning curve for a KORG user.
Currently main setup on stage are:KORG PA4X
Loc: Bluffton/Hilton Head SC USA
"I wanted the small footprint and speakers with the E-A7. Quick set up jobs the E-A7 is perfect. For larger gigs I have the G70."
I don't really get your logic. What does the G70 do that the EA7 can't ? How do you decide which keyboard to bring. Over 100 people G70 ?. If the EA7 is good enough for a small audience why isn't it good enough for a large one ? I've never heard one but thru a good PA I bet it sounds great. Don't you always want to sound your best ? Its what comes out of the PA that matters and the audience doesn't care what keyboard your using or if your playing live, or using SMF's, or singing Karaoke. As long as they're entertained.
Bill in SC --- Roland BK9 (2) Roland PK5 Pedals, Roland FP90, Roland CM30s, JBL Eon Ones (2) , EV mics, Apple iPad (2) Behringer DJ mixer
With just a very small choice list left in arrangers it looks like at this stage of the game mostly everyone has settled down to what they like and are enjoying just playing music. Long gone are the days of arguing that this is better then that..