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@Nick Batzdorf said:You might take a look at the Doepfler keyboards, which felt very good to me when I fondled them at Musikmesse.
@Nick Batzdorf said:Most of the controllers mentioned here are not as good as the K2600X, which uses a Fatar action and really isn't all that bad. And to me there's no point in buying a 76-key controller when the extra octave is so useful for keyswitches - if a weighted 76-key controller even exists.
@Nick Batzdorf said:Well David, that proves once again that one should never listen to me. [[:)]]
But you know, the moral of the story is one I learned very slowly, only after getting kicked repeatedly: avoid studio furniture that's not generic; you will replace a piece of equipment that renders it useless way before its time.
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the Studiologic VMK188 Plus. I tried about 10 different keyboards (including the Rolands and Yamahas) but none of them come close to this keyboard.
Studiologic is Fatar's midi controller company. The VMK188 Plus is a graded hammer action (so its more like a real piano feeling heavier at the bottom and lighter at the top). It has 9 assignable sliders and 8 assignable knobs. While the action is a bit heavier than a Steinway D, it is still the best I can find. Plays beautifully. Its also a great deal selling at around $650 US.
My only downside is that the modwheel/pitch bend is a fairly useless module. But I just reassigned a slider for each of those controls.
I couldn't be more happy with mine and would recommend it any day over any other keyboard.