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Korg Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano Black 

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Overview
  • 73-key keyboard with black finish
  • Velocity-sensitive Korg RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
  • Touch selection: 8 curves
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    $2,700.00
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      One of Korg's more acclaimed instruments now with an elegant matte black stage finish.

      Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK 73-Key Stage Vintage Piano offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and a smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirability – and playability!

      The Piano aspects of the SV-1BK
      The SV-1BK contains not just one, but multiple piano sounds, including a Japanese Grand Piano, a German Grand Piano, an authentic upright, and more. Then there is the Vintage. The SV-1BK Stage Vintage Piano offers the most rewarding compendium of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and early digital keyboards ever available in a single instrument. Crafted using Korg's RX (Real eXperience) Technology; each sound is a detailed and authentic re-creation, accurately capturing the full range of expression and dynamics of the original. But for Korg, even that is not enough. The SV-1BK also provides access to the effect pedals, amplifiers, speaker cabinets, and studio techniques that gave these sounds their original shine. Together, they provide fingertip access to the sounds that defined generations of popular keyboard playing.

      Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1BK is a pleasure to play. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keybed Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that inspires confidence. Forget menus. Never mind banks and programs. Stop staring at displays. With the SV-1BK, the entire front panel is always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up just the sound you are looking for. Saving your eight favorite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.

      Best of all, the Korg SV-1BK provides an economical, reliable, portable, and maintenance-free alternative to collecting and maintaining a stable of vintage instruments. The cabinet styling clearly defines the SV-1BK as an instrument that was made to be played; providing a retro-chic appearance that reflects the pulse and heart of the original instruments that inspired it.

      The sounds
      The 36 sounds in the SV-1BK span from electric pianos, acoustic pianos, organs, strings and synth. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what other products offer, going into some rare and unique instruments that were the part of the soundtrack of their eras.

      The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both classic German and Japanese grand piano giants, a more intimate upright piano, a much-needed mono piano for small gigs, a late '70s to mid-'80s Japanese electro-acoustic variation, plus some blended sounds.

      The electric pianos start with a seven-way velocity switched “tine” version, continue through the classic “reed” based model and then into a vintage analog “electra” instrument (all from American manufacturers), as well as two different Japanese mid-'80s digital classics. Organs include three variations of the classic tonewheel model, plus the most famous British and Italian combo organs, along with the first known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ.

      Clavs include four variations of the tonal settings plus a related keyboard from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism for a unique and intimate sound. Add in real, tape-based and analog strings; choir; and a couple of fat analog synth sounds, and you have an incredibly versatile palette of sounds to perform with.

      Each of the core instruments has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises at different velocities. We even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of our pianos. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the SV-1BK a joy. It comes to life under your hands, with a three-dimensional sound evoking the electro-mechanical legends, reborn.

      Vintage FX chain and amp modeling
      The superb sound generation of the SV-1BK is further enhanced with the inclusion of six separate stages of signal processing, all bypass-able:

      EQUALIZER (Bass, Middle, and Treble)
      Controllable from the front panel, the EQ allows you to shape the tonal quality of your sound in real-time.

      PRE FX (Compression, Boost, U-Vibe, Chorus/Vibrato, Tremolo, Wah)
      This section provides the essential effects for pre-treating your sound or adding some vintage vibe, with some classic effects modeled by Korg’s legendary guitar effects designers. Add a sweep pedal (i.e. Korg's EXP-2 or XVP-10) to get funky with the Wah.

      AMP MODEL (Amp Modeling, Cabinet Simulation, and Noise Reduction)
      A wealth of amp heads and speaker cabinets are available to add color, drive and edge to your sound. Plus, Korg’s exclusive Valve Reactor circuitry adds the warmth or snarl that only a real tube can provide.

      MODULATION FX (Chorus 1 & 2, Phaser 1 & 2, Flanger, and Rotary)
      Some of the most famous stompbox pedals have been recreated to give you the signature sounds for these legendary timbres. Korg’s rotary speaker emulation has long been acclaimed as one of the best, faithfully adding nuance and motion to any organ sound.

      REVERB/DELAY (Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, and Stereo Delay)
      Four types of reverb are provided, along with a classic tape-echo, plus a tempo-based digital delay - complete with a tap tempo switch.

      LIMITER
      This final step in the chain ensures your level remains balanced across all sounds, and is adjustable only via the included computer editor/librarian software.

      Intuitive and simple interface
      The user interface has been designed with performance in mind. Every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel, with no confusing menus or multiple button presses. Rotary knobs include illuminated LED's to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the SV-1BK has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight Favorite sounds and settings. Storing a Favorite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the Favorites buttons; when the button flashes, press it again and the settings are now stored.

      Keyboard, tuning curves
      As mentioned above, the SV-1BK is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard. The FUNCTION button provides access to eight different tuning curves including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned and two user-definable types (configurable using the editor/librarian software). Overall tuning can also be accessed via the FUNCTION button, and adjusted by using the EQ treble control. While in this mode, concert pitch (A=440) can be recalled quickly by pressing the treble encoder pot. Needless to say, the SV-1BK can be transposed into any key.

      Connectivity
      A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1BK is equipped with balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs; Left and Right audio inputs; MIDI In and MIDI out jacks; USB MIDI Port; and 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The Damper pedal is included, and responds to half-pedaling for authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal, and can operate as a piano Sostenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Speaker effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal – great for authentic Wah effects – or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Corda (soft) function.

      Editor/Librarian Software
      While setting out to create an incredibly friendly and easy-to-use instrument, we knew that there were more tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig in a little deeper. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to certain parameters not available on the SV-1 Black's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually. This points the way to users sharing and swapping their favorite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included free.

      Features
      • 73-key keyboard with black finish
      • Velocity-sensitive Korg RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
      • Touch selection: 8 curves
      • Tuning: Transpose, Fine tuning, Tuning curves
      • Sound generation: EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
      • Polyphony: 80 notes (max)
      • Sounds:
      • 36 sounds (6 banks × 6 variations)
      • Bank 1 (E. Piano 1): Tine EP/Amp, Tine EP/Phaser, Tremolo EP, Dyno EP, VPM Piano, VPM Tine
      • Bank 2 (E.Piano 2): Reed EP 1, Reed EP 2, Electric Grand, SG-1D Piano, 80's Synth Piano, MIDI Grand
      • Bank 3 (Clav): Clav AC, Clav BC, Clav BD, Clav AD, Piano-ette, ElectraPno
      • Bank 4 (Piano): Grand Piano1, Grand Piano2, Mono Grand, Upright, Piano/Strings, Piano/Pad
      • Bank 5 (Organ): Tonewheel x 3 (Click, Jazz, Full), Console Organ, Italian Combo, VOX Combo
      • Bank 6 (Other): Full Strings, Tape Strings, 70s Strings, Choir, Synth Brass, Sharp Brass
      • Favorites: 8 favorite switches for quick control panel registration
      • Equalizer: Bass, Mid, Treble
      • Pre FX: Compressor, Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VOX Wah
      • Amp Models: Amp 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Organ Amp + Cabinet Models, Valve Reactor Technology – 12AX7 tube
      • Modulation FX: Chorus1, Chorus2, Phaser1, Phaser2, Flanger, Rotary
      • Reverb/Delay: Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, Stereo Delay
      • Total FX: Stereo Mastering Limiter, Stereo Limiter
      • Effect Controllers: Equalizer On/Off – 3 encoders: Bass, Mid, Treble
      • Pre FX 2 switches: On/Off, Auto/Pedal switch for Wah
      • 3 encoders: Type select, Speed, Intensity
      • Amp Models On/Off – 2 encoders: Type select, Drive
      • Modulation FX 2 switches: On/Off, Rotary Slow/Fast
      • 3 encoders: Type select, Speed, Intensity
      • Reverb/Delay 2 switches: On/Off, Tap Tempo
      • 2 encoders: Type select, Depth
      • Other Controls: 4 switches
      • Panel Switches: Transpose, Local Off, Touch, Function, Demo = Transpose + Local Off
      • Volume: Master Volume Knob
      • Connections: Audio output, Audio input, Headphones, MIDI, Computer, Damper
      • MIDI: In/Out
      • Headphones: 1 (on the front panel)
      • Audio outputs: L, R (2 × XLR, Balanced), L/Mono, R (2 × 1/4” Jack, Unbalanced)
      • Inputs: L/Mono, R
      • Computer: USB Type B connector (doubles the MIDI interface), USB 1.1 Supported
      • Damper pedal: Korg DS-2H, supplied
      • Pedal 1: Footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
      • Pedal 2: Volume/expression (like Korg XVP-10 or EXP-2) or footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
      • Demo: 36 × incorporated demos
      Included accessories:
      • Power cable
      • User Guide
      • Accessory Disk
      • Music stand
      • Damper pedal (Korg DS-2H)
      • Bonus software:

      Take the stage with a classy keyboard with a classy look. Order today.

       

      Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano Specifications:

      • Power supply: Internal switching adapter, AC100~240V, 50/60Hz
      • Power consumption: 15W
      • Dimensions (WxDxH): 45" × 13.66" × 6.1", (1143mm × 347mm × 157mm) excluding music stand
      • Weight: 38.5lb. (17.5 kg)
      • SV-1 Editor System Requirements
      • Windows:
      • Computer: A computer that satisfies the operating requirements of Windows 7/Vista/XP, and has a USB port
      • CPU: Intel Pentium IV / 2 GHz, or more, Pentium D or more than Core Duo is recommended
      • RAM: 1GB or larger
      • Operating system: (32-bit version): Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows 7
      • (64-bit Version) Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows 7
      • Macintosh:
      • Computer: "Intel or Power PC" Apple Macintosh computer that satisfies the operating requirements of Mac OS X and has a USB port
      • CPU: Apple G4 1.4GHz, or more (Support to Intel Mac), Apple G5 or more than Core Duo is recommended
      • RAM: 1GB or larger
      • Operating system: Mac OS X version 10.4.11, 10.5 or later
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      Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano
       
      4.0

      (based on 7 reviews)

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      57%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (7)
      • Easy to use (6)
      • Touch sensitive keys (6)
      • Responsive / good action (3)

      Cons

      • Limited sound selection (3)

      Best Uses

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        3.0

        Some problems

        By Al X. Zandar

        from Philly PA

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        Pros

        • Cool Looks
        • Realistic Sound
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Lack Of Sustain
        • No Speakers

        Best Uses

        • Band Mix

        Comments about Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano:

        Band Mix means it sounds best with a group, this should not be used as solo instrument. Have had problems with the sustain ped. Some sounds it will not hold mostly acoustic pianos. I've had it in for repair and fixed now a year later it has the same problem again. I like a real acoustic piano sustain that has slow decay, this has a fast decay making almost useless as a solo performance instrument.
        It has great sounds mostly the old rock style organs like B3 and Farfessia plus cool and hot electric piano like Roades and Wurlitzer.
        Takes one minute to warm up as it has built in ax12 tube preamp.

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        3.0

        great sounds, problem keyboard

        By droid

        from Madison, Wisconsin

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        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Realistic Sound
        • Touch Sensitive Keys

        Cons

        • Limited Sound Selection
        • Poor Action

        Best Uses

          Comments about Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano:

          Excellent Rhodes, great Wurlis, pianos quite good but lacking the nuance you'll find in some of the new high-end pianos. Organs good too, clav OK (but hardly anyone does a great realistic clav except for Nord).

          Big minuses -- keyboard is sluggish. And on mine, the keys started breaking after a couple years, now 6 have broken, and I never break keys.

          And be sure you don't mind not having a pitch bend -- I miss it. And you'll have to make do with a small set of sounds.

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          3.0

          great rhodes, bad keybed

          By droid

          from Madison, Wisconsin

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          Pros

          • Awesome Rhodes
          • Easy to Use
          • Realistic Sound
          • Touch Sensitive Keys

          Cons

          • Keys Break
          • Limited Sound Selection
          • No Pitch Bend
          • Poor Action

          Best Uses

            Comments about Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano:

            I've owned many good keyboards over the years -- most recently the best have been a Motif and a Roland RD700SX. The Korg SV-1 has my favorite Rhodes sound I've ever played. Also good piano, good Wurlitzer, decent organs and clav. I now realize, after owning it for 3 years, that I really do miss having pitch bend, and having a wide selection of sounds. What has really frustrated me is the sluggish action and ALL THE BROKEN KEYS. I've seen many people on Korg forums complaining about this, but Korg doesn't seem to see it as a problem, yet. I've never broken a key before in my my 30+ years of playing professionally, and I've broken 5 on my SV1, and more are clicking annoyingly, which I fear is the stage before breaking. This is the slowest action on any keyboard I've owned. My home piano is easier to play (and doesn't break).

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            5.0

            Best Purchase I've made in years

            By Easy13

            from Milwaukee, WI

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Looks Awesome
            • Realistic Sound
            • Responsive / Good Action

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano:

              If you want a vintage keyboard but not all the hassle that comes along with keeping it tuned and in working order, then this slick looking machine is definitely your best alternative. From it's futuristic but still retro look to it's amazingly accurate samples and effects, the Korg SV1 has everything you could want in a gig/studio keyboard.

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              5.0

              With a problem, Musician's Friend excels

              By Drummersplaykeys2

              from Indianapolis, IN

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              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

              • Knob Turning Stops Sound
              • No Pitch Bend

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Travel

              Comments about Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano:

              Great instrument. Everything I was hoping for!
              Musician's Friend had a little problem processing the order at their warehouse. However, one phone call lead to expedited overnight shipping so it would arrive on the day originally promised, and my shipping costs were refunded! Great Customer Service

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              4.0

              Great for what it provides

              By TOmusic72

              from Chattanooga, TN

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Limited Sound Selection

              Best Uses

                Comments about Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano:

                A couple of weeks after receiving this keyboard, the low A-flat started physically clicking... like the felt underneath fell off. I exchanged it, and the new one was fine.

                Sounds: Really impressed with the electric pianos and clavs. Korg did a great job modeling nuances, mechanical noises and response. Acoustic and grand pianos were good, but just a little lacking for my taste with sampling. String resonance was a good addition and makes a world of difference in how realistic the sound is. Organ sounds were ok in my opinion, but I wasn't a fig fan of the Leslie simulator. You do have some control over speed and volume of the horn/rotor, but I wasn't able to get the sound I was looking for... this is just my opinion, and it could be awesome for someone else.

                On board effects are very well done. I like the placement and ease of use as well as the sound quality of the effects. Though, the tap tempo function on the delay wasn't always accurate.

                Amp Models: great choices for amp models, but I wish the gain could be increased more smoothly and not as a click dial... there was too much increase in drive with each click, would have loved to have more subtle control.

                Layers/Splits: Great choices for the layered and split sounds, all sound great and are very functional. Although, you cannot create your own layers and splits, you are limited only to pre-programmed sounds or ones in downloaded sound packs. You are able to control the volume of the layered sound, but it seems to take a full rotation of the assigned knob to move the volume one unit up or down... this is not very user friendly for bring up volume of an underlying pad on the fly... it would sometimes take 10, 15 or more full rotations of the knob to adjust the volume up or down.

                Overall- for the price point this packs a big bang. For the features and abilities it provides, this is a well made, great sounding keyboard that is very usable in lots of genres and situations. However, I personally needed less limitations with splits, layers, and adjusting sound parameters on the fly... so ultimately I sent it back. However, I would definitely recommend this keyboard if it meets your needs :) Cheers!

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                5.0

                Great weighted action in a small package

                By The Captain

                from Reno NV

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Tweek Sounds
                • Easy to Use
                • Excellent Action And Feel
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • Short Variety Of Sounds

                Best Uses

                • Controller
                • MIDI
                • Travel

                Comments about Korg SV173BK 73-key Stage Vintage Piano:

                After toting around many 88-key pianos/controlers, I decided to downsize. The SV-1 is the ONLY digital piano of ANY size that had the action/touch I was looking for. After a quick demo I thought the sounds were decent enough, but to my delight became excellent with just a little tweeking. For me, it's the perfect match midi'd to my trusty Triton. Could use some more useable organ sounds, but that's typical of many lower end
                digital pianos.

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