Vintage piano module - bargain or waste of time?

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Vintage piano module - bargain or waste of time?

Postby karmag » Thu Feb 27, 2014 6:58 pm

So a music store nearby has this (used) Yamaha P50m piano module for practically nothing, sitting unwanted in a corner. Is it worth bothering with, or does every modern rompler do an equally good job or better nowadays? Do the extras like, say, the selectable velocity curves add anything?

The main attraction is having a good acoustic piano sound, but I suppose having the Rhodes/CP80/DX7/etc patches can't hurt.

I'm not an actual pianist, and don't need a dedicated piano, but I'm thinking something like this module could be an option for those special occasions. (I will admit that occasions that call for "ADHD kid in music class" are rare.)


Links:

It got a decent review ... 17 years ago:
Sound on Sound review (1996)

Youtube:
Demo Yamaha P50m wmv
Code CP80 P50m CLP930 (just the CP80 sound)
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Re: Vintage piano module - bargain or waste of time?

Postby rhino » Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:34 pm

What do you mean by 'practically nothing'? Cheap gear is always good. Remember - most ROMplers get their good piano patches by layering tones, thus eating up polyphony. I think it's a good idea to have a spare piano module around for when you need one. I used to have a Kurzweil MicroPiano just for background rhythm when I needed every voice for that great 'big band', or 'movie finale' climax.
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Re: Vintage piano module - bargain or waste of time?

Postby karmag » Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:47 pm

Well, "practically nothing" means we both have probably spent more on cables in a single purchase than what's on the sticker here. It's a no-brainer price-wise, I just don't know if I need to have more stuff around. Although it's not exactly a huge box..

Good point about polyphony.
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Re: Vintage piano module - bargain or waste of time?

Postby commodorejohn » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:03 am

You can always get it and resell it later if you're not using it, if it's as cheap as all that.
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