Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Object Of My Affection


I love classic rock keyboard sounds. The Hammond, the Clavinet, The Wurlitzer, the Vox Continental and of course the Fender Rhodes. I was searching the web while waking up, and I found a mention on Diane Birch's blog of a new Rhodes piano. Yes, they've restarted the Rhodes line. I originally thought "Why didn't anyone tell me?" So I'm telling you. Which made me want to do a rough price comparison with the Nord, which, to my ear, has dead-on perfect Rhodes and Hammond sounds. Just so you know, the Rhodes is running $5000 while the Nord is about half that. If I was touring and making money on it, I'd still want the Rhodes, though.

But, while I was searching, I saw this. The Korg SV-1. What struck me was the tube glowing on the control panel. I know people (Patrick) who would love it just for the tube. And it comers in under both the Rhodes and Nord. I know what's far closer to my price range, but that's what dreaming is for, right?

2 comments:

Mick said...

Nice to know that Rhodes are back in biz. Didn't Fender own the brand? I've been playing Korg keyboards off and on for about 15-20 years and they are for the most part amazing for the price, I've even recorded demo's using they're drum sounds. Nothing like a vintage tone from a Rhodes though!

Dave Jacoby said...

Yeah, Fender owned the brand when CBS owned Fender. I read that someone bought the trademark from Roland and gave it back to Mr. Rhodes, which is cool.

I've heard enough to know that Korg is a reasonable to good name to go with. I've never been a keyboard player, though. I need to get a keyboard! Any working keyboard!