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Being offered a Kronos LS at a great price. Should I buy it?

 
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ponkine
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 6:57 pm    Post subject: Being offered a Kronos LS at a great price. Should I buy it? Reply with quote

Hi!

Very Happy

Well, the title says it all

Should I buy it?.

How's the sound quality and user OS, compared with the Kronos 2. Built quality? Any issues?

Thank you!
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 7:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Being offered a Kronos LS at a great price. Should I buy Reply with quote

ponkine wrote:
Hi!

Very Happy

Well, the title says it all

Should I buy it?.

How's the sound quality and user OS, compared with the Kronos 2. Built quality? Any issues?

Thank you!


used or new ?

some owners are reporting key bed problems over time.

Look at the post topics a few down
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sound quality is pretty much the same across all Kronos models. There's also no real difference with the same OS on any model (super slight increase in polyphony with later models, maybe). Meaning, any Kronos model can have any OS version. It's just that the later models include sound expansions that owners of older ones would have to buy.

I recently had a chance to play a Kronos LS at a music store while I was auditioning a Nord. The semi-weighted piano style was actually very playable, on both piano sounds and non-pianos. And the fact that it weighs less is great too, especially if you plan to move it around a lot. At 39 pounds it's not light, but it sure beats having to haul 53 pounds on a regular basis.

No aftertouch though.

So if you're not too picky about not having a hammer action, a good price on an LS is a great opportunity.
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PostPosted: Sat May 18, 2019 11:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Being offered a Kronos LS at a great price. Should I buy Reply with quote

GregC wrote:


used or new ?

some owners are reporting key bed problems over time.

Look at the post topics a few down


Second hand, but like new I think (well, that's what the guy says Wink )

Ouch! I do not want to have key bed problems Sad
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 12:02 am    Post subject: Re: Being offered a Kronos LS at a great price. Should I buy Reply with quote

ponkine wrote:
GregC wrote:


used or new ?

some owners are reporting key bed problems over time.

Look at the post topics a few down


Second hand, but like new I think (well, that's what the guy says Wink )

Ouch! I do not want to have key bed problems Sad


I am on the side of caution on any used Kronos type keyboard thats a ' great deal'.

There are some folks who have problem keyboards and think nothing of selling them used to another party who is not familiar with the board.

Thoroughly test it IMO.
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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your advice!

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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recommend that you play an LS before buying one. In this case, the actual used one if possible. I bought an LS online and had it home for a week. I just couldn’t adjust to the semi-weighted action. The key throw seems shallow to me and I had a difficult time getting a consistent response at various dynamic levels.

I know other people on here have posted that they have one and love it. That's great and you may love it, too. But then again you may not.

As far as I know, the later models do NOT have any increase, slight or otherwise, in polyphony or any other performance related area. Someone suggested that the D/A converters are of better quality on the later models. I have an original 73 and a K2-61 and K2-88. I hear no difference on any of them. In all likelihood, the D/A converters are far from the weakest link in any of our audio chains. And slight boost in quality won’t be noticeable by the time the sound gets to your ears.
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