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Kurzweil Artis SE 88-key Stage Piano Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from Westminster February 13, 2017Music Background:
    Md.

    Church organist/concert pianist and piano Technician.

    As a professional musician, I have owned several Kurzweil keyboards, a Pc88, a K2600, a PC3X and now, this Kurzweil Artis SE. What I liked about the first 3 boards I mentioned above is that those boards had a number where you could punch up a sound in a heartbeat. For me, as a blind person, that was absolutely fantastic, when I was performing I could change sounds in a second. Now, let's get to the Artis Se, I do really like that board however for me, it's not quite as easy to punch up a sound, granted I could put 6 favorites into the instrument and bring up a particular sound when needed. It has sounds some of the sounds of my PC3X and some new ones as well, some killer electric pianos, some nice brass as well as some new guitar sounds as well. Now, let's get to the organ, the classical organ sounds are _ok, but I'm quite disappointed in the KB organ sounds I played B3 for several years on the road with 3 leslies, and while I know it's hard to emulate the true B3, my Roland VR09 does a _heck of a lot better than this keyboard. The tweeter horn is not bad, but the trebble has a lot to be desired. In all honesty my Kb2600, which I no longer have, had the best B3 sound including the Leslie rotary effect. For that reason, when I go on the road with my band I will take the Kurzweil Artis Se as well as my Roland Vr09 or my Hammond Xk1. For my piano performances, I do really love my Kurzweil Artis for those. I still love my PC3X as well, after 8 years,however, it weighs 54 pounds Vs. 38 or so with the Artis. So, my final review of this is, It's a really nice keyboard, except in my oppinion, the Kb organs, and the disappearance of the number pad but with that said, if you are sighted, you'll have no problems maneuvering around the menus. My buddy )_Joe Copenhaver as usual, is always awesome to work with, I can't say enough good about Sweetwater. Mr. Surack? you run an absolutely _superb company! Keep up your wonderful business.

  • from North Central Arkansas August 9, 2016Music Background:
    Advanced Beginner

    Pretty nive

    I am quite happy with this piano. I have a feeling I am going to have to invest in a better keyboard amplifier. They are quite expensive so I'll have to wait for a bit. It would be nice if these companies went ahead and sold a perfect match amplifier that truly expresses all their hard work to create a quality musical instrument like the Artis! Otherwise I am quite happy with it. I love the quick access to the transpose.

  • from Columbus oh July 4, 2016

    Perfect solution.

    Looked at the the Yamaha CP40; I needed more sounds. Didn't want the sequencer and stuff of the mox. Worried about the limits and electronics of the Korg.

    This had what I needed for a performance keyboard... Great sounds, good action, reasonable weight. Love the user-defined multis. I've been performing for 40 years. This has what you need... And it doesn't have what you don't.

  • from Bergen County NJ January 23, 2017Music Background:
    30+ year musician & vocalist

    Great Keyboard

    I love this keyboard for many reasons. The piano sounds are rich, the B3 with Leslie effect is ridiculously good, there is a clav sound named Heartbreaker and yes it sounds like that sound on the Stones album and the rest of the sounds are awesome too! Only draw back are the limited number of favs. I wish they had a bunch of banks A, B, C, D, E with 5 favs on each. Weighted keys are so nice too! A little heavy but we all need some exercise! LOL

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