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Kurzweil SP-88X 88-Key Weighted Stage Piano Controller   

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Well constructed and loaded with award-winning Kurzweil sounds, the Kurzweil SP88X 88-Key Weighted Stage Piano Controller gives you 88 keys with full...Click To Read More About This Product

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A lightweight performance piano with real feel and awesome sounds!

Well constructed and loaded with award-winning Kurzweil sounds, the Kurzweil SP88X 88-Key Weighted Stage Piano Controller gives you 88 keys with fully weighted action. The keyboard controller transmits on 2 user-selectable, independent MIDI channels; receives on MIDI channel one; and accepts remote setup change on any MIDI channel. The SP88X gives you 32 programs and 32 factory setups with a variety of splits and layered combinations. Controllers include a pitch ribbon, modulation ribbon, front panel control slider, continuous control pedal input, and one dual footswitch input for 2 pedals. 32-voice polyphony. 52 lbs.


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4.1

(based on 21 reviews)

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A Capable Keyboard

I bought this to replace my aging Yamaha P-80. I find the pianos to be very good, and that they "punch through" the mix better than the Yamahas. The...Read complete review

I bought this to replace my aging Yamaha P-80. I find the pianos to be very good, and that they "punch through" the mix better than the Yamahas. The organs are OK, but it lacks a church organ of any kind so that's a minus. Most of my gigs are Motown and Jazz, but I do play in church occasionally. The MIDI controller side is very useful and has it all over the Yamaha P-series (they have none to speak of). The set-up interface is a bit unwieldy to use - the LED/pushbutton select system can be frustrating. (For this price we can't have a proper alpha-numeric display with more than three characters?!!!). The action is hammer "style", but definitely lighter than the Yamaha. This is good and bad - I love digging in to the Yamaha keybed when playing piano, but it's a bit awkward when using the Hammond sounds. Kurzweil has found a happy median with its lighter touch keys. It's a compromise, but unless you want to carry 8 keyboards to your gig, you have to compromise somewhere. I'm not *crazy* about this board, but I don't NOT like it - that's saying something because I'm usually pretty opinionated about keyboards. I gig about 80 nights a year, so I'll be spending a lot of time with this board. We'll see if it stands up to abuse. This is a very competent keyboard at a good price. If you want better action, different sounds, or other features, go spend more money. I don't believe there's a better board out there for this money.

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kEYBOARD NOT PIANO

This is a keyboard, not a piano. It does not have internal speakers and has to be plugged in to an amp. Like all keyboards/synthesizers because they are light in weight so...Read complete review

This is a keyboard, not a piano. It does not have internal speakers and has to be plugged in to an amp. Like all keyboards/synthesizers because they are light in weight so are the keys. I bought this because my old keyboard was too heavy to lag around without help which led up to me buying the xp series from Korg. I use this KEYBOARD for live performance only. The piano patches are ok the the strings are too light sounding. In live performance these are usually the two main sounds that I use mostly. If my Roland wasnt so cumbersome and awkward I would use it instead of the Korg. This would make a decent mess around unit,but not for professional use. Value wise you could do better. I have a Yamaha DGX-202 which in my opinion better sounding than the korg.

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4.0

Good features, bad sound

By Kyle-rzlfU

from Carthage MO

I use this keyboard on wednesday nights for our youth group services. I like the features on it, it is very user friendly and well suited for live use. I also like the feel of it compared to the Triton extreme in the main sanctuary. However, the sounds are lackluster. The piano sounds like a toy and the synth pad is dated (which if your gonna play pads you need a REAL synth anyways). Those are the downfalls of this board. If you want a great realistic sounding keyboard buy a Yamaha.

 
5.0

This Keyboard ROCKS~!!!

By Jonathan Sona

from Little Egg Harbor N.J.

I wish that i had one!! This keyboard is one of the best! I think that the KurzweilPC-88 is the BEST!! The SP-88 is so close!! IT ROCKS!!

 
5.0

buythisone

By OldTimer-3sRht

from Little Rock, AR

I bought this piano to replace a Yamaha CP-70 that I bought new in 1977. I sold the CP-70 for about 3 times the cost of the new SP88X. I am so very pleased with the new rig that I may start playing pro again! - Now, on the negative side: 1). I had to send the 1st SP88X I received back because 2 keys in the lower register were not weighted correctly. They took good care of me on this. 2). I have the SP88X sitting on an On-Stage "X" stand and I had a slight bottom-of-the-case vibration when playing hard. I cured this by parking the instruction book under the upper end of the keyboard, which brings me to 3). The case appears a little light-weight for dragging it around without a hard outer case. 1-3 aside, I LOVE to play this little piano, it sounds great and feels great.

 
5.0

great

By euclid47

from taunton, MA

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This is agreat working-man's board. Super piano sound and great feel. It's heavy though.

 
4.0

A Capable Keyboard

By MuzikTeechur-3oM5J

from Berwick, ME

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I bought this to replace my aging Yamaha P-80. I find the pianos to be very good, and that they "punch through" the mix better than the Yamahas. The organs are OK, but it lacks a church organ of any kind so that's a minus. Most of my gigs are Motown and Jazz, but I do play in church occasionally. The MIDI controller side is very useful and has it all over the Yamaha P-series (they have none to speak of). The set-up interface is a bit unwieldy to use - the LED/pushbutton select system can be frustrating. (For this price we can't have a proper alpha-numeric display with more than three characters?!!!). The action is hammer "style", but definitely lighter than the Yamaha. This is good and bad - I love digging in to the Yamaha keybed when playing piano, but it's a bit awkward when using the Hammond sounds. Kurzweil has found a happy median with its lighter touch keys. It's a compromise, but unless you want to carry 8 keyboards to your gig, you have to compromise somewhere. I'm not *crazy* about this board, but I don't NOT like it - that's saying something because I'm usually pretty opinionated about keyboards. I gig about 80 nights a year, so I'll be spending a lot of time with this board. We'll see if it stands up to abuse. This is a very competent keyboard at a good price. If you want better action, different sounds, or other features, go spend more money. I don't believe there's a better board out there for this money.

 
4.0

Excellent, but does not have internal speakers

By TheSaxMan36

from Reading, PA

This is an awesome keyboard, comes with it's own power adapter and a single footswitch. I was not aware when I ordered it that there are no built-in speakers, but I have an amp to plug in.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

SP-88x

By B3boy

from Kansas City

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I had an Sp-88x. Key word is had. Although the sounds are great on the keyboard, the physical keyboard is not so great. Kurzweil is using the Fatar keybeds in this particular keyboard. My problem is that I played the keyboard all the time and kept having to replace keys. I'm a worship leader and I play my keyboard for 2 hours a day minumum. And the SP-88x couldn't keep up with me. I spent more time and money trying to get the SP fixed, than I did using for what I bought it for... to be played. So don't let the price fool you. If you like Kurzweil sound, get a Kurzweil rack. I ended up selling my Sp and getting a Yamaha S90. no problems yet and the keybeds in the S-90 are for pro players and can withstand the rigors of lots of use.

 
4.0

SP-88X Review

By BigBPianoMan

from Roanoke, VA

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I used to own this particular keyboard and let me tell ya, it is a great bargain and a great sounding keyboard. The action is very nice although it is not quite as crisp as an acoustic grand piano, but is close none the less. I find most of the voices to be very useful to create a very unique sound. This is an excellent deal for your money and i would highly recommend it to any serious musician.

 
3.0

kEYBOARD NOT PIANO

By keyman2005

from Iowa

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This is a keyboard, not a piano. It does not have internal speakers and has to be plugged in to an amp. Like all keyboards/synthesizers because they are light in weight so are the keys. I bought this because my old keyboard was too heavy to lag around without help which led up to me buying the xp series from Korg. I use this KEYBOARD for live performance only. The piano patches are ok the the strings are too light sounding. In live performance these are usually the two main sounds that I use mostly. If my Roland wasnt so cumbersome and awkward I would use it instead of the Korg. This would make a decent mess around unit,but not for professional use. Value wise you could do better. I have a Yamaha DGX-202 which in my opinion better sounding than the korg.

 
4.0

Great sounds

By madkin

from Hobart, Ok

I use this keyboard in my office. It has fantastic sounds on it. I have had it for 1 year and the midi plugs on the back are already falling out, so if you plug and unplug midi frequently, be advised. Very heavy, so not really portable.

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