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Kurzweil SP-88 Stage Piano  

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    A high-quality digital piano designed for performance at an affordable price!

    Lightweight, well-constructed, and affordable, the Kurzweil SP-88 Stage Piano has the award-winning Kurzweil sounds. You get Grand Piano (with stretched and nonstretched tuned versions), Dual-Hardness Tine Electric Piano, Ensemble Strings, Tonewheel Organ, and FM Electric Piano—all in a variety of program variations. Overall, it provides 32 programs which offer a variety of splits and layered combinations with useful controller assignments. It transmits on 2 user-selectable, independent MIDI channels and has 2 independent MIDI zones (one internal, one external). Control provided by a pitch ribbon, mod ribbon, programmable slider, and programmable footswitch for single or dual pedal (single pedal included).


     
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    4.8

    (based on 21 reviews)

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    Durable workhorse

    Pros:- Continues to survive drops and beer spills.- For 88 keys, it's light weight.- Internal piano sounds very good.- Ribbon expression controllers are handy.- Good value for the...Read complete review

    Pros:- Continues to survive drops and beer spills.- For 88 keys, it's light weight.- Internal piano sounds very good.- Ribbon expression controllers are handy.- Good value for the money.Cons:- Ribbon expression controllers do NOT connect to internal sounds. (go figure!)- External power supply is a pain during setup/teardown.- Lacks weighted action (this isn't all bad).- odd purple hue (why not black?)I bought one several years ago, in a giant hurry, when my vintage 80's Kawaii M8000 conked out. Neither the old M8000 or this "new" product feel like a real wooden piano, but you can learn to play this one as it is. The lighter action on the SP88 allows for some techniques that can make you sound more technically proficient than you are, using 'wooden' piano sounds. I'm very happy with the feel of the keys using an (external synth) B3 patch.My band has multiple electric guitars; I use the brightest internal piano sounds in that mix. That keeps my sound out of the mud.My biggest complaint is that you must use an external MIDI synth in order to take advantage of the expression controllers. Happy as I am to lose the extra weight from my old keyboard, I still have to lug around a small rack with a synth in it in order to have effective inflection to my organ sounds. (rotating speaker, etc.)Next time I get the bucks together, I'll see about getting a Kurzweil with more features.

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    Decent for home use

    I've owned it for abt 1 1/2 yrs no probs other than average sound. The area around middle C sounds a little too processed for me..kinda like the cheap casio keyboard you...Read complete review

    I've owned it for abt 1 1/2 yrs no probs other than average sound. The area around middle C sounds a little too processed for me..kinda like the cheap casio keyboard you buy at walmart. The grand sounds are not as bright as I would like them to be. I feel that even with the chorus turned off on most of the sounds, there is still the "chorus type" sound. All in all its an ok/average keyboard. I abt to trade it in on a yamaha P60. It's cheaper, better sound, feel, and external speakers.

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    5.0

    excellent

    By pianomanbcs

    from Falls City,NE

    I also had to buy this keyboard in a hurry to replace a Roland controller I had been playing,,,,,they had just been released and I knew very little about this board,,,but once I got it I loved it,,,,I am a weekend warrior who played my SP88 for about eight years before having to retire it this year,,,,the sounds are great though I dont understand the ribbons not controlling the internal sounds,,,but this thing is durable,,,,,If I had the money today I would buy one NOW,,,,,,

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    5.0

    Great Instrument

    By pianoman-24Bvt

    from Georgia

    I've had this keyboard for a few months now, and I have nothing bad to say about it! The action is just terrific, and the weighted keys are great too! I've also found that the nine different reverb effects are quite useful. The only thing I could ask for is that the pitch ribbon work on the INTERNAL effects. Great product, well worth the money.

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    5.0

    A great instrument for the traveling musician

    By The Tuckster

    from New Hampshire

    I've had this piano for many years now, and I have to tell you, it's one of the best pianos that I've used. It sounds great, and it's fairly durable. And paired up with a good amp, it would be hard to find a better setup.

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    5.0

    Great keyboard

    What can I say? This is a great keyboard! It is extremely durable, plays very well, has great sounds, and works very well as midi controller. I don't have any negatives to say about it.

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    5.0

    Durable workhorse

    By Fingers-RFFdd

    from San Francisco, CA

    Pros:- Continues to survive drops and beer spills.- For 88 keys, it's light weight.- Internal piano sounds very good.- Ribbon expression controllers are handy.- Good value for the money.Cons:- Ribbon expression controllers do NOT connect to internal sounds. (go figure!)- External power supply is a pain during setup/teardown.- Lacks weighted action (this isn't all bad).- odd purple hue (why not black?)I bought one several years ago, in a giant hurry, when my vintage 80's Kawaii M8000 conked out. Neither the old M8000 or this "new" product feel like a real wooden piano, but you can learn to play this one as it is. The lighter action on the SP88 allows for some techniques that can make you sound more technically proficient than you are, using 'wooden' piano sounds. I'm very happy with the feel of the keys using an (external synth) B3 patch.My band has multiple electric guitars; I use the brightest internal piano sounds in that mix. That keeps my sound out of the mud.My biggest complaint is that you must use an external MIDI synth in order to take advantage of the expression controllers. Happy as I am to lose the extra weight from my old keyboard, I still have to lug around a small rack with a synth in it in order to have effective inflection to my organ sounds. (rotating speaker, etc.)Next time I get the bucks together, I'll see about getting a Kurzweil with more features.

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    5.0

    the gigging piano

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    As a gigging musician I find the sp88 to be a near perfect fit. If you want to play classical this or any piano under $1,200 won't cut it, but when your doing Woman from Tokyo or Taking Care of Bussiness that 4th layer resonant sample does not matter. What matters to a working musician is a decent piano sound,weight, keyboard feel,and how many gigs it's gonna take to pay for it. The sp88 covers these aspects quite well. For the money its an excellent value.

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    5.0

    Huh?

    By Kurzweilover

    from Seattle, Washington

    Obviously anyone who has anything bad to say about this digital piano does not know how to fully use it! I cannot and have not found anything on the market that can compare to the sounds Kurzweil offers with this piano. Yamaha may have the upper hand on being more users friendly but as far as quality, it cannot compete. To compare the sounds of this piano to that of a Casio keyboard bought in Wal-Mart, must mean that you are not capable of learning the full operation of this piano. There is more to it that just plugging it in and playing it. If you are picky about how it sounds...then read the owners manual and change the settings until you are happy! GREAT PRODUCT!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!

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    5.0

    One tough keyboard...

    By John Wooten

    from Omaha, NE

    The sounds on this keyboard are good for the price. Also, the variety of sounds is nice. The MIDI function works great. Also, this piano is one tough one, we've dropped it four times and it still works perfectly!

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    5.0

    Heavy Duty Portable Grand

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I have owned this board for 6 years now. Have received great feedback from listeners on recordings, live performance, and weddings. For the price the best sounding piano and strings I've heard. The case is mostly made of metal - great for a portable keyboard.

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    4.0

    nice keyboard for a good price

    By David Plasti-K

    from Bogota, Colombia

    I Had this keyboard for 4 years and to practice home is a good instrument. The high and low notes of the piano sounds are really good but the middle octave is not too realistic!. The strings are nice but the organs are not strong.The reaction of the keys to play stacatto are not precise and the sustain doesnt last long.It`s a good keyboard to start but if you are a profesional player and if you want to have good souns for your band look for another keyboard.

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