I care about my sound as much as my guitarist does - why do keyboard amps suck?
I'm a gigging pianist (too ashamed of my sound quality to admit to being a keyboard player, although I have loved my Kurzweils till the PC series' evolution - or lack thereof - has turned me off), music director and teacher ... but young enough that I gotta keep playin' every chance I get, knowing that any time I'm just too tired of it, I've got a musically-oriented non-performing career lined up and ready to go.
Sound issues have nearly destroyed my passion for making music. More specifically, I hate having to compete for sound space in a combo setting, and when I turn up, rather than a sweet sound coming through, the keys sound harsh, brittle, artificial, and I'm disappointed enough to be creatively stifled.
My sound guru and musical empath is a guitarist who swears by the quality of her tubes in realizing her sweet spots and loving her tone.
Not many tubes around in keyboard amps - I like what I see in models from Motion Sound (KP-100S, KT-80), and some of the Barbetta amps look like they might help me (Sona 31C, 41C, 43C), but I'm not finding much else to research.
I HATE ROLAND AMP SOUND. Only my opinion, though... they're definitely workhorses.
Work playing music is taking me on a lot of flights with my pseudo-rig (Kurzweil PC2 running direct into a large house PA back into 2 band monitor wedges), and I'm just so sick of my sound being run through crappy monitor mixes that I gotta look at some other options. How can I find a keyboard amp that'll make me happy with my sound, but will travel well and accomodate a variety of venue sizes and sound systems? Specifically, to avoid over-weight charges on every leg of every flight, I need the cased amp(s) to come in under 50 lbs.
I don't care how good a soundman can make me, if it doesn't hit my ears like it does comin' from the baby grand at home, I'm not gonna dig it. That's why I say I gotta have an amp. I can't stand plugging earphones in - I still want some air to talk to my bandmates thru, and feeling the live stage mix is important to me... but I need a way to be an important part of that live stage mix.
Any and all thoughts are much appreciated!