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is the 88 too heavy for you to take out on gigs?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The LS has a metal bottom.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

check if the keybed of the Kronos LS 88 is ok for You. If so I would go for it. I do gig and I´m happy with this really lightweight keyboard (17,8 kg). Be aware that the keybed cannot produce aftertouch, but the LS can, so if you use f.e. a 49 controller for sounds with aftertouch it also works.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

drama1 wrote:
Tried the 73 weighted Kronos, sent it back. Between that and the case you're looking at close to 70 lbs. And that's with the lightweight cases. Moving that sucker at 3:00 in the morning after a gig --- ugh. Absolutely hate playing with only 61 keys, but I manage it. For the weekend warrior I was really hoping for a 76/73 semi-weighted, but not holding my breath. If I was 20 years younger I'd have stuck with the 73, but for the over 50 crowd, we have to settle for 61 using a single board or put up with the lugging a controller.

Check out the 88LS. I am happy with mine. I am more of a synth/ organ guy so I can live with the action.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got both a 73 and 88 and for 95% of the shows we do I use the 73 - in it's flightcase it's easier to maneuver into the car at the end of gigs and easier to get up stairs if necessary. With the 88 I tend to find getting it into the car is a two man job.

Plus for smaller shows there isn't really the space on stage for the 88. With all of the splits, etc I use a 61 key isn't enough. Sometimes I'd love to have a smaller board (especially at 2am after a gig) but I think the 73 is a good compromise.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a K88 and I gig (like 7 gigs over the last 4 days). I'm 52 and I have no issues dragging the 88 around. I use a Gator case with wheels - makes it easy to slide into/out of the car.

What DID bum me out is that I need to be in Sweden tomorrow (I live in Belgium) and need my K88 there - but it's too heavy and large to come with me on an airline - I'd have to ship is as cargo (with a cargo company, not a passenger flight). I'll have to make do with a rented keyboard overthere and I'm not too happy about that ...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomto66 wrote:
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What DID bum me out is that I need to be in Sweden tomorrow (I live in Belgium) and need my K88 there - but it's too heavy and large to come with me on an airline - I'd have to ship is as cargo (with a cargo company, not a passenger flight). I'll have to make do with a rented keyboard overthere and I'm not too happy about that ...


that sounds sucky. I suppose you are contractually obligated ? Or have little recourse to say " no " to that gig.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Greg - it's an improvised gig - I can improvise on any keyboard; but I'll miss my sounds ...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tomto66 wrote:
@Greg - it's an improvised gig - I can improvise on any keyboard; but I'll miss my sounds ...


I hear you. You can adapt but are not excited about it.

My K88 , many SEQ'd songs and my 10 slow fingers are inseparable.

Sometime in the future, I will develop a piano bar ensemble style, but my original Song project is the plan for the next 1-2 yrs.
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