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Nord Electro 2 Seventy-Three Stage Piano/Organ  

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    The perfect combination of heavy sounds and light weight!

    You'll think the Nord Electro 2 Seventy-Three Stage Piano/Organ is the best emulation of traditional electromechanical keyboard instruments ever. 73 velocity-sensitive semi-weighted waterfall keys, only 21 lbs.

    The organ in the Electro 2 is based on the digital simulation of the mechanical tone wheels of the B-3 organ and it offers a number of very innovative solutions to mimic the typical B-3 sound. Such innovations include: complex digital modeling of the original B3 chorus and vibrato scanner, simulation of the individual random contact bounces for each partial, and simulation of the unique frequency characteristics of the built-in preamplifier which forms the body of the B-3 sound. The drawbars are represented by up/down buttons and LED bar graphs. So when you change presets, the correct drawbar settings are shown immediately by the LEDs, avoiding the need for trial and error.

    The piano section comprises several carefully multi-sampled electric piano instruments. As a bonus, it also includes an acoustic grand piano. The piano sounds are built up by a vast number of multisamples to catch every nuance from soft to hard hits. USB interface for quick and easy download of new piano sounds. Very flexible effects section including a rotary speaker simulation.

    Features

    • Drawbar settings presets: 8 drawbar presets plus a random preset function in ROM and 9 user drawbar settings
    • Keyboard Split: Makes it possible to play an organ sound with 2 different drawbar settings
    • Supports an extra MIDI keyboard in addition to its own for 2-manual play with varied drawbar settings
    • Electric piano section: Rhodes Mk I Stage Piano, Rhodes Mk I Suitcase Piano, Wurlitzer 200A, Clavinet D6 and the custom modified Clavia Electric Grand Model G, and stereo acoustic Malmsjoe grand piano
    • 48 user memory locations (6 banks holding 8 programs each) in which you can store complete setups, including instrument settings (organ or piano) and effects settings
    • Effects: Overdrive, rotary speaker simulation (slow, fast, stop), equalizer, chorus (2 types), flanger (2 types), phaser (2 types), tremolo, wah-wah (2 types), auto wah, auto panning, and ring modulation
    • 73-key (6-octave) velocity sensitive semi-weighted "waterfall" (square front) keyboard
    • Connections: 2 audio outputs, 1 headphone output, 1 control pedal input, 1 sustain pedal input, 1 rotary speaker speed switch pedal input, MIDI I/O, USB interface
    • 44"W x 11-1/2"D x 4"H

    All the classic tones you've learned to love. Order now and be amazed.

     
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    4.6

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best all-around board out there

    If you do any gigs that require all the "basics" (Acoustic Piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinet), this is the board to have. No matter what your current setup,...Read complete review

    If you do any gigs that require all the "basics" (Acoustic Piano, Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Clavinet), this is the board to have. No matter what your current setup, this is a "must add" for all live keyboardists, in my opinion. Here's why:1) It's lightweight (21 lbs. for the 73 key version), but has nice action for such a compact board.2) It's "modular" -- meaning you can use it by itself and get through the gig, or you can place it on a dual tier stand above an 88 key weighted action board for more options. A weighted board MIDI-ed to the Nord really brings out its sounds and dynamics!3) Excellent B3 sounds! I own a 1959 Hammond B3 with two leslies (a 145 and a 147), a Korg BX3, a Voce V5 and the Roland RD700 (with the VK organ engine in it). Guess which one sounds better than the Nord's B3 sounds (hint - only one of them does, although the Voce is almost as good). The Nord's virtual drawbars will never be as fast and tactile as real ones, but they do work well with practice.4) Superior Rhodes sound and "feel". Nord has nailed the velocity responsiveness on the Rhodes patches -- getting as close to the real thing as a digital emulation can get. I love the Mark V and Mark I patches, and the effects (esp. phaser) work well with these patches.5) Clav sounds and flexibility -- Any clav sound you can imagine, this board can cover. Wah effects are among the built-ins, and the variation of pickup/frequency settings helps a ton in the recording studio.6) Wurli sounds -- very, very close to the 200A! Close enough that it's not worth it to haul a 200A around, in my opinion.7) An acoustic piano sound onboard. It's not great, but it can get you through a gig. Sounds better when controlled via 88key weighted MIDI controller...8) Output split capability. Run in this mode, the Nord can send your piano/e-piano/clav sounds in mono to one output, and your organ sounds in mono to the other one. This way, your organ can go to a MotionSound leslie, or a real leslie (via a preamp pedal like those speakeasyvintage makes), while your other sounds can go direct to an amp. The board can also be run in full stereo if you don't need this split option.9) Sustain pedal flexibility. The Nord has a really cool feature -- you can set it so that a sustain pedal (sold separately) can be used as just that for Rhodes/Wurli/Ac. Piano, but switches to be used as a leslie fast on/slow on switch for organ sounds. Saves space under the boards and saves $, too!10) The 73 version fits in GigSkins, SKB 76 key cases. You can get it to fit in these cases - esp. if you keep the styrofoam pack endpieces for it. I haven't checked for sure, but the 73 may even fit in the SKB 61 key ATA case.On the downside -- the acoustic piano sound is only "okay", and there's no digital reverb onboard (I like adding varying amounts of reverb to each patch, and most high end mixers don't have effects built in, so this is a big issue for me).Overall, though, this is an excellent board to get as a main/workhorse gigging instrument or as an extension to your current setup.

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    I just dont get this one ,,,,the same price range as the hammond xk 1 does not sound any better, and the hammond keyboard is much nicer.The korg m3 blows the both...Read complete review

    I just dont get this one ,,,,the same price range as the hammond xk 1 does not sound any better, and the hammond keyboard is much nicer.The korg m3 blows the both away (for the hammond sound) and you get a few more sounds ..lol

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    5.0

    Nord stage 73, it's a killer

    By B3bully

    from Undisclosed

    I have been playing keys for more years than I want to admit. Lugged around the M3 and B3, just had to have that authentic Hammond sound. Then I talked to a keyboard player from New Orleans a few years ago and got turned onto the Nord Electro Stage 73. The guy plays one and swears by itl. For a short job, grab it and run. If the hamond goes down, especially in the middle of a gig, your covered. I went on the nord site and listened to the sound files and thought why ot give it a try. Believe you me, it's a killer, and it brings with it all the other souynds you want, Clav, Rhodes, Whurlitzer, the menu is full, all you need is an appetite for the "SOUND" Would not be without it.

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    5.0

    Nord has no support.

    By stantwon

    from Warren, PA

    This keyboard puts out some amazing sounds and I absolutely loved this until it gave me some problems. I had an octave section of the electro 73 shut down and couldn't get it up and running. I had the keyboard sent to a nord service center in the beginning of March and it is now the end of June and I have no keyboard. I don't know why it is so difficult to repair my keyboard, but I would guess because Clavia is based in Sweden. Regardless of how far away the company is, I still have no Nord and haven't for about 4 months. Thanks Clavia.

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    5.0

    Great Basic Board

    By keysman

    from Charleston, SC

    Impeccably accurate voices, both for the B-3 and for the piano voices. Effects are very powerful and easy to manipulate. It is very easy to learn the controls. The simulated drawbars are very convenient, especially being able to save your settings. It is also very light and compact. I recommend this board to any gigging or studio musician who wants quality keyboard tones without overloading your trailer and without completely emptying your wallet. There is no reverb effect, but that is easily provided with a pedal or through certain PAs. This is the best overall board I could find for the price.

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    4.0

    great sound, disappointing action

    By Spanky-pGrLN

    from Indiana

    I like the layout and sounds on this unit-- very friendly, easy to change sounds on the run. But the action is nothing like a piano or even an electric piano. Very synth like, which makes playing piano rides and sounds pretty hard. It's not unlike when the DX 7 came out-- delicious sounds, horrible to play as a piano. As much as I like this, I'm considering trading it for keys that have a better feel.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    pro keyboard player

    By Larz

    from FL

    I just dont get this one ,,,,the same price range as the hammond xk 1 does not sound any better, and the hammond keyboard is much nicer.The korg m3 blows the both away (for the hammond sound) and you get a few more sounds ..lol

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    5.0

    love it

    By mr eyes

    from Los Angeles

    In the scope of being a musician Id say I'm pretty young. I got this for my nineteenth birthday which wasn't too long ago. I landed this gig with a santana cover band and needed a much better B3 sound than my Korg Tritons. There was no way in hell I was going to get an actual organ, waaaay too expensive. So I was originally just going to tough it out with my Triton then I stumbled upon this when I went to a Keyboard store in Pomona and the worker there recommended it to me. I heard it and i was sold. The piano sound is awful but the rhodes and clav makes it up for it I think. I remember the first time I played with it someone asked where the leslie was and at the time I didnt even know what a leslie was. Needless to say I've educated myself. All thanks to this. So yea its great go get it.

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    5.0

    The

    By Will the Thrill

    from Santa Cruz, CA

    This keyboard is Magical! Anybody who plays Keyboards for a rock band should have this. Its like a swiss army knife, Its red and has lots of options. everything you need unless you like synthesizers. All the rock basics: B-3, Piano, Rhodes, Wurily, Clav. They all sound great! And it has many effects, and Eq thingys to make it perfect. I swear by my nord.

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    5.0

    My review Nord Electro 73

    By Rich D.

    from Great Meadows, NJ

    This is almost a carbon copy of all past reviews. It never seems to change. Before I bought the unit, and after! Hopefully Clavia will get the hint. I have owned and played the B3. The B3 sound on the Nord, is, extraordinary! To me, it sounds different then my B3 but better. It is quite smooth, the Leslie is dead on and sweet. The piano is shall I say. Not ready for prime time. I really wish Clavia would take another poke at re-listing a new download for a piano sample arrangement that stands out on stage. As for the reverb problem. I would have ten fold at least replaced one of the onboard effects with a reverb effect. Chorus and Chorus 2? Come on. Knock one the choruses off in a newer OS upgrade and bring down a reverb if possible to program in. I use it on stage with very very good results. Play this keyboard in stereo, not a lame keyboard squak box amp. Full stereo and you will blow away your audience. The Leslie goes around the room. Very cool. The Clav, Wurly and Rhodes are very useful. I do have a Wurly in my home and have compared the two. They are close enough. Lets' put it like this, can you say 26 lbs as compared to 120 lbs on your list to carry out the bar at 2:00 in the morning. Not me. Great Co. Great keyboard.

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    4.0

    GOOD FOR SOMETHING

    By HammondKindaGuy

    from Philadelphia, PA

    A little background about myself: Played keyboards (Pianos and hammonds mostly) for 25 years. Prefer an electric piano console (don't have to tune)) and choose Yamaha; also use a Yamaha EX5, *real* Hammond A-100 with leslie in near-new condition, Hammond's XK-! - AND NOW THE NORD ELECTRO 2 "73". Listening to this NORD through studio monitors that are appropriate to the acoustics of your room, it sounds like a clean transparent recording of an electric piano. Acoustic piano sounds sampled, and would be okay for punchy chords in funk or dance music. Overall; compared to my Yamaha and Hammond XK-1, it sounds soft, weak, and lack-luster. IT DOES NOT HAVE REVERB AS AN EFFECT. The plus side is that it weighs less than 30 pounds, and includes all of the "organic" sounds I use playing live. Piano, electric piano, clav, and organ. None of the sounds are perfect or spot-on, however - on stage, a difference would not be noticed - unless you do lots of solo work.More 'punchy' samples or attack/delay settings; "reverb" as an effect, and a more "retro" sounding organ - and a realistic piano would make me hot for this instrument.It is, however, very easy to travel with!

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    5.0

    A must-have.

    By myspace.com/windaujazz

    from Cincinnati, OH

    I love this keyboard. Any gig, any style, this 'board coveres all the necessities - vintage electric pianos, clav, wurly, organ. It weighs 21 pounds; light enough to carry backpack-style with the (sold-seperately) custom gig bag. A great all-around, affordable workhorse - - even the drummers I work with comment on how good the Nord sounds.

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