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#66801 - 03/23/08 04:44 PM 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
Chris Housley Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 127
Hi Folks , this is still a great forum to read, i look two or three times a day if possible... However i am looking to get another keyboard as a 'Spare' to my kn7000 , also it would be nice to play other makes as well ,, but i am not sure if the Tyros 2 which i have played several times ( it has some good ballroom dance styles as well as the theatre organ sounds )is as good as the Roland G70 ? , playing for dancing most of the time... Would love your views please... or maybe wait until tyros 3 comes out??... But my kn7000 still is the Number one for me...
Thanks all.
Chris....

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#66802 - 03/23/08 05:39 PM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
bruno123 Offline
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Registered: 06/04/02
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Loc: West Palm Beach, FL 33417
I recently sat through a lengthily Tyros 2 demo and Roland G80.

The G80 seemed to have many nice features but it was not, in my opinion a good comparison for two reasons. Tyros 2 used the Tyros speakers, two small satellites and a small sub. Roland used a heavy-duty 15 speaker with tweeters. Second and most important The G80 is a newer keyboard, Tyros 2 has been out for a while. It would be fair to see what the Tyros 3 is equipped with. (Features)

Now that will get you nowhere because ----- You have not stated your needs and desires. Any one of the top keyboards can do a great job. And they will all come with a strong challenging learning curve.

Good luck, good choice, John C.

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#66803 - 03/24/08 04:20 AM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
Fran D Offline
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Registered: 01/26/02
Posts: 918
Loc: Aiken, SC, USA
My 7000 has been repaired and I sold it. Parts are hard to find and I don't want to go through the hassle when it breaks down. John C and I both have the PSR S900 which is newer than the T2 and half the price. Many great features and it communicates with the computer better than the 7000. Tyros 3 will be introduced in October in Europe. By that time I will make a decision. Keep what I have or move to T3 or Roland. I do not need a backup anymore.

Fran in SC

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#66804 - 03/24/08 08:26 AM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
BEBOP Offline
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Registered: 01/02/00
Posts: 3770
Loc: San Jose, California
I will share with you my experience and thoughts.
I have owned 6 Technics keyboards, buying them as they came out. the last two were KN7000 then the KN2600.
When Technics pulled the plug I read the writing on the wall and sold the last three Techics to a dealer.
I bought the Yamaha PSR9000 and didn't like the Operating system very much after years of technics. I next bought the tyros 2 and I enjoy it quite a bit.
then I bought the Roland E 80 and I concluded that this will likely be the board that many KN7000 technics owners will migrate to when their KN7 is repaired for the last time.
But...... be aware it weighs 50 pounds, primarily due to its great onboard sound system. It will do small room gigs by itself.
Price is aother factor as list is 4490.00 USD.
I have found the E 80 to have most everything I want but I am also considering buying or trading for a Korg PA2X Pro that is about the same weight and cost but with 76 keys and a MP3 recording system.
Best to all in this great Technics Forum.
Bebop
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#66805 - 03/24/08 12:24 PM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
Chris Housley Offline
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Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 127
Thanks so far for your thoughts.... My main desire for the keyboard is my profession as a Dance musician.... as i have said i use the 7000 at present but need to expand more into different sounds and the T2 i think has that potential , the T3 is going to be in the region of 3000-00 . But will linger on with my 7000 until i find what i want and the price is right... Cheers all. Chris.

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#66806 - 03/24/08 02:22 PM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
Bernie9 Offline
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Registered: 09/21/02
Posts: 4712
Loc: Port Charlotte,FL,USA
I have a KN7000, which I'm keeping. I also had purchased a Korg PA800 6 mos ago, and just traded it for a Roland G-70, In my opinion, I am much happier with the obvious difference in the quality of the keybed and sounds. In my case, I didn't need the dual sequencers and MP3 and I was not very proud of the light plastic keys and case. I don't use MP3, but do use SMF files. There is no keyboard that can match the SMF capability of Roland. I like the E-80, but prefer the G-70 ver 3.00, which is the same engine, as I use my Bose with it anyway. Of course, there is a cost factor to be considered, also.
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#66807 - 03/28/08 04:04 PM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
fmlk Offline
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Registered: 08/21/02
Posts: 275
Loc: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Hello,

In my retailer shop I have played on E-80, G-70 and Tyros-2. When considering sounds quality and styles quality, of course matter of taste, but Tyros-2 is by far my favorite! Listen my music of my site where I ahve put all my mp3's I played on my KN7000 and my Tyros-2. Hear the differences.

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#66808 - 03/28/08 05:52 PM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
Audrey Turner Offline
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Registered: 03/19/02
Posts: 1097
Loc: Cambridge, Cambs, England
The question here is which is the best keyboard for dancing?

I have listened to many organs, keyboards and pianos over the years and I still think Technics is THE best. However, I also love dancing, and have to say you cannot beat Yamaha's ballroom rhythms, the strings and choirs for sound. Whilst Technics are very good, in this area I do think Yamaha have the 'edge' on Technics which is why I am also considering purchasing the Yamaha PSR 900 as a second keyboard.

Just my opinion. - Audrey

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#66809 - 03/29/08 05:22 AM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
Fran D Offline
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Registered: 01/26/02
Posts: 918
Loc: Aiken, SC, USA
Audrey,

At 82 yrs old, 50% of the preset styles are not my generation. But I have two CD's with 3500 styles from all boards including the 7000 to use. The built in speakers are not to my liking but at less the $1500.00, I had room to add externals (Z5500).

I would call the PSR S900 the nearest replacement for KN 8000 at less than half the price.

Fran in SC

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#66810 - 03/29/08 07:05 AM Re: 2nd Keyboard - Tyros or Roland
bruno123 Offline
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Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 4064
Loc: West Palm Beach, FL 33417
Audrey,
What type of dancing??

For the Fox Trot to Waltz type of ballroom dancing I do prefer Technics. For Latin and Contemporary ect. -- my choice is Yamaha. I fond Roland to be somewhere between both.
The Tyros 3 is expected to make its showing in October, if it is what I feel it will be I will buy it -- as my last keyboard investment. I would stay with my S900 but having played on Technics keyboards for so long I am spoiled. The S900 has filled my every need, it is a good keyboard.

Ah, in search of the perfect wave.

John C.

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