An instant classic.
Okay. Let me get one this straight right off the bat here: you just can't get any better than those vintage keyboards. A Rhodes, a B3, a Whurlitzer, a Clav, and so on. One simply cannot use those sounds in a cheap digital keyboard and have them--perfectly--match up to your expectations. You need the analog hum, the warm, golden fuzz of the tube, the true feeling of grit beneath your fingertips. Yes, and every keyboard I've tried just can't duplicate these sounds, and nothing truly will. There is one exception here. The SV-1. The instant I played it, I felt alive. I could feel a Rhodes, I could hear it, and I could really know it as a classic vintage keyboard. I sampled the 73 key version at my local music shop, and I was blown away. For my blues/jazz/funk band, the keyboardist (me) is the key instrumentalist, especially 'cause I play the bass in my left hand. Well, the minute I set eyes on this beauty, I was hooked! When I ordered it over the phone--WHICH I RECOMMEND TO ALL!--I chatted with the pleasant salesman for a few minutes and he then took off shipping costs. Wow! 50 bucks that I didn't have to spend! When it arrived at my house, I unwrapped it and was pleased to see a nice, sturdy, damper pedal along with. Also included in the package was the software which, while not fabulous, is a good edition for those who really want to dial in your sound. However, it is quite heavy. Yeah, it's not the 275 lbs of the original Rhodes Mk I, but it still packs a wallop! I would recommend investing the 200 smackers for the custom-fit case that Korg makes for it. I simply adore the tube, which can range from a soft, mellow tone, to a rockin' fuzz! There are 3 inputs just for pedals, so one for damper, one for wah (yeah!!) and the last for turning on/off the Leslie sim. For me, the best part about this keyboard is the Rhodes sounds. 6 different Rhodes, and all of them are tops. Also, there are 6 different amps to come out of, and a great drive knob. Yeah, there are organ sounds, but I prefer my Hammond XK-1 combo (which I place above this one). If you need strings, hey! there are two great settings for it, including a super vintage-sounding Eleanor Rigby type. The synths--nahh, though pleasant for the occasional riff, it falls flat. Yeah, the Moog is just the best in that category. So--in conclusion--if you are into that classic, vintage tone and don't want to lug around 5 different keyboards, get this beauty. You'll be happy you did. I promise!