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Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK 73-Key Stage Vintage Piano offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and a smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirabil... Click To Read More About This Product

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Housed in a sleek, curvaceous body, the SV-1BK 73-Key Stage Vintage Piano offers an elegant on-stage appearance. Coupled with retro-style controls and a smooth black finish, the SV-1BK oozes desirability - and playability!

The Piano aspects of the SV-1BK
The SV-1BK contains not just one, but multiple piano sounds, including a Japanese Grand Piano, a German Grand Piano, an authentic upright, and more. Then there is the Vintage. The SV-1BK Stage Vintage Piano offers the most rewarding compendium of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and early digital keyboards ever available in a single instrument. Crafted using Korg's RX (Real eXperience) Technology; each sound is a detailed and authentic re-creation, accurately capturing the full range of expression and dynamics of the original. But for Korg, even that is not enough. The SV-1BK also provides access to the effect pedals, amplifiers, speaker cabinets, and studio techniques that gave these sounds their original shine. Together, they provide fingertip access to the sounds that defined generations of popular keyboard playing.

Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1BK is a pleasure to play. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keybed Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that inspires confidence. Forget menus. Never mind banks and programs. Stop staring at displays. With the SV-1BK, the entire front panel is always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up just the sound you are looking for. Saving your eight favorite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.

Best of all, the Korg SV-1BK provides an economical, reliable, portable, and maintenance-free alternative to collecting and maintaining a stable of vintage instruments. The cabinet styling clearly defines the SV-1BK as an instrument that was made to be played; providing a retro-chic appearance that reflects the pulse and heart of the original instruments that inspired it.

The sounds
The 36 sounds in the SV-1BK span from electric pianos, acoustic pianos, organs, strings and synth. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what other products offer, going into some rare and unique instruments that were the part of the soundtrack of their eras.

The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both classic German and Japanese grand piano giants, a more intimate upright piano, a much-needed mono piano for small gigs, a late '70s to mid-'80s Japanese electro-acoustic variation, plus some blended sounds.

The electric pianos start with a seven-way velocity switched "tine" version, continue through the classic "reed" based model and then into a vintage analog "electra" instrument (all from American manufacturers), as well as two different Japanese mid-'80s digital classics. Organs include three variations of the classic tonewheel model, plus the most famous British and Italian combo organs, along with the first known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ.

Clavs include four variations of the tonal settings plus a related keyboard from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism for a unique and intimate sound. Add in real, tape-based and analog strings; choir; and a couple of fat analog synth sounds, and you have an incredibly versatile palette of sounds to perform with.

Each of the core instruments has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises at different velocities. We even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of our pianos. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the SV-1BK a joy. It comes to life under your hands, with a three-dimensional sound evoking the electro-mechanical legends, reborn.

Vintage FX chain and amp modeling
The superb sound generation of the SV-1BK is further enhanced with the inclusion of six separate stages of signal processing, all bypass-able:

EQUALIZER (Bass, Middle, and Treble)
Controllable from the front panel, the EQ allows you to shape the tonal quality of your sound in real-time.

PRE FX (Compression, Boost, U-Vibe, Chorus/Vibrato, Tremolo, Wah)
This section provides the essential effects for pre-treating your sound or adding some vintage vibe, with some classic effects modeled by Korg's legendary guitar effects designers. Add a sweep pedal (i.e. Korg's EXP-2 or XVP-10) to get funky with the Wah.

AMP MODEL (Amp Modeling, Cabinet Simulation, and Noise Reduction)
A wealth of amp heads and speaker cabinets are available to add color, drive and edge to your sound. Plus, Korg's exclusive Valve Reactor circuitry adds the warmth or snarl that only a real tube can provide.

MODULATION FX (Chorus 1 & 2, Phaser 1 & 2, Flanger, and Rotary)
Some of the most famous stompbox pedals have been recreated to give you the signature sounds for these legendary timbres. Korg's rotary speaker emulation has long been acclaimed as one of the best, faithfully adding nuance and motion to any organ sound.

REVERB/DELAY (Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, and Stereo Delay)
Four types of reverb are provided, along with a classic tape-echo, plus a tempo-based digital delay - complete with a tap tempo switch.

LIMITER
This final step in the chain ensures your level remains balanced across all sounds, and is adjustable only via the included computer editor/librarian software.

Intuitive and simple interface
The user interface has been designed with performance in mind. Every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel, with no confusing menus or multiple button presses. Rotary knobs include illuminated LED's to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the SV-1BK has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight Favorite sounds and settings. Storing a Favorite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the Favorites buttons; when the button flashes, press it again and the settings are now stored.

Keyboard, tuning curves
As mentioned above, the SV-1BK is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard. The FUNCTION button provides access to eight different tuning curves including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned and two user-definable types (configurable using the editor/librarian software). Overall tuning can also be accessed via the FUNCTION button, and adjusted by using the EQ treble control. While in this mode, concert pitch (A=440) can be recalled quickly by pressing the treble encoder pot. Needless to say, the SV-1BK can be transposed into any key.

Connectivity
A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The SV-1BK is equipped with balanced XLR and 1/4" outputs; Left and Right audio inputs; MIDI In and MIDI out jacks; USB MIDI Port; and 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The Damper pedal is included, and responds to half-pedaling for authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal, and can operate as a piano Sostenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Speaker effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal - great for authentic Wah effects - or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Corda (soft) function.

Editor/Librarian Software
While setting out to create an incredibly friendly and easy-to-use instrument, we knew that there were more tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig in a little deeper. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to certain parameters not available on the SV-1 Black's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually. This points the way to users sharing and swapping their favorite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included free.

Features
  • 88-key keyboard with black finish
  • Velocity-sensitive Korg RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3)
  • Touch selection: 8 curves
  • Tuning: Transpose, Fine tuning, Tuning curves
  • Sound generation: EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
  • Polyphony: 80 notes (max)
  • Sustain pedal sold separately
  • Sounds:
  • 36 sounds (6 banks — 6 variations)
  • Bank 1 (E. Piano 1): Tine EP/Amp, Tine EP/Phaser, Tremolo EP, Dyno EP, VPM Piano, VPM Tine
  • Bank 2 (E.Piano 2): Reed EP 1, Reed EP 2, Electric Grand, SG-1D Piano, 80's Synth Piano, MIDI Grand
  • Bank 3 (Clav): Clav AC, Clav BC, Clav BD, Clav AD, Piano-ette, ElectraPno
  • Bank 4 (Piano): Grand Piano1, Grand Piano2, Mono Grand, Upright, Piano/Strings, Piano/Pad
  • Bank 5 (Organ): Tonewheel x 3 (Click, Jazz, Full), Console Organ, Italian Combo, VOX Combo
  • Bank 6 (Other): Full Strings, Tape Strings, 70s Strings, Choir, Synth Brass, Sharp Brass
  • Favorites: 8 favorite switches for quick control panel registration
  • Equalizer: Bass, Mid, Treble
  • Pre FX: Compressor, Boost, U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VOX Wah
  • Amp Models: Amp 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / Organ Amp + Cabinet Models, Valve Reactor Technology - 12AX7 tube
  • Modulation FX: Chorus1, Chorus2, Phaser1, Phaser2, Flanger, Rotary
  • Reverb/Delay: Room, Plate, Hall, Spring, Tape Echo, Stereo Delay
  • Total FX: Stereo Mastering Limiter, Stereo Limiter
  • Effect Controllers: Equalizer On/Off - 3 encoders: Bass, Mid, Treble
  • Pre FX 2 switches: On/Off, Auto/Pedal switch for Wah
  • 3 encoders: Type select, Speed, Intensity
  • Amp Models On/Off - 2 encoders: Type select, Drive
  • Modulation FX 2 switches: On/Off, Rotary Slow/Fast
  • 3 encoders: Type select, Speed, Intensity
  • Reverb/Delay 2 switches: On/Off, Tap Tempo
  • 2 encoders: Type select, Depth
  • Other Controls: 4 switches
  • Panel Switches: Transpose, Local Off, Touch, Function, Demo = Transpose + Local Off
  • Volume: Master Volume Knob
  • Connections: Audio output, Audio input, Headphones, MIDI, Computer, Damper
  • MIDI: In/Out
  • Headphones: 1 (on the front panel)
  • Audio outputs: L, R (2 — XLR, Balanced), L/Mono, R (2 — 1/4" Jack, Unbalanced)
  • Inputs: L/Mono, R
  • Computer: USB Type B connector (doubles the MIDI interface), USB 1.1 Supported
  • Damper pedal: Korg DS-2H, supplied
  • Pedal 1: Footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
  • Pedal 2: Volume/expression (like Korg XVP-10 or EXP-2) or footswitch (like Korg PS-1)
  • Demo: 36 — incorporated demos
  • Included accessories:
  • Power cable, User Guide, Accessory Disk, music stand, damper pedal (Korg DS-2H)
  • Bonus software:
Specifications
  • Power supply: Internal switching adapter, AC100240V, 50/60Hz
    Power consumption: 15W
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 53.3" — 13.66" — 6.1", (1356m — 347mm — 157mm) excluding music stand
    Weight: 45.3lb. (20.55 kg)

    SV-1 Editor System Requirements
    Windows:
    Computer: A computer that satisfies the operating requirements of Windows 7/Vista/XP, and has a USB port
    CPU: Intel Pentium IV / 2 GHz, or more, Pentium D or more than Core Duo is recommended
    RAM: 1GB or larger
    Operating system: (32-bit version): Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows 7
    (64-bit Version) Microsoft Windows XP SP3 or later, Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 or later, Microsoft Windows 7

    Macintosh:
    Computer: "Intel or Power PC" Apple Macintosh computer that satisfies the operating requirements of Mac OS X and has a USB port
    CPU: Apple G4 1.4GHz, or more (Support to Intel Mac), Apple G5 or more than Core Duo is recommended
    RAM: 1GB or larger
    Operating system: Mac OS X version 10.4.11, 10.5 or later
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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KorgSV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Touch sensitive keys (5)
  • Responsive / good action (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect replicas of Rhodes and Wurly.

This Korg NAILS the Rhodes and Wurly tones. That's all you really need to know. Close your eyes, and you wouldn't know they're not the real thing - even side by side with...Read complete review

This Korg NAILS the Rhodes and Wurly tones. That's all you really need to know. Close your eyes, and you wouldn't know they're not the real thing - even side by side with the original instruments. I don't believe any other synth has ever achieved this. After playing the SV-1, you will understand why those instruments were so popular.

It's a beautiful instrument, which isn't surprising because it was designed in Italy. The look and feel of the SV-1, as much as the sounds, will make you want to play it.

The preset pianos are so-so, but you can download free additional voices from Korg that are much better (see details farther down). These include some pleasing, realistic acoustic pianos.

The Clavs are excellent. The organs are good - perfectly adequate for live playing - but they won't fool anyone. (For that, you need a Nord Electro, and even that doesn't rival a real Hammond.)

I don't like the built-in distortion or fx in the Korg. My advice: connect the Korg to a laptop with a USB cable, run the free editor app, and turn the reverb and chorus down to zero on every patch, except perhaps a smidgeon of reverb on the acoustic pianos. Most of the patches sound much better dry. You can turn off the reverb with a button on the SV-1's front panel, but note that it turns on again when you change patches unless you use the editor app to change the default.

The following info is for tweakers. (I use 'voices' and 'patches' interchangeably.)

To find the best mix of patches, you have to pick and choose from different sound sets. There are three available: the factory preload set, Sound Pack 1, and Sound Pack 2. The latter pair can be downloaded for free from Korg's website.

The SV-1 has six sound banks, each with six slots. That means you can store thirty-six voices in the keyboard at a time. Using the editor app, you can change these whenever you want.

A _sound bank_ is a memory storage area inside the Korg. There are six of them. Think of them like shelves. A _Sound Pack_ is a collection of patches you store inside the sound banks.

The factory preset voices in sound banks 1, 2, 3, and 5 are great, except that they have too much reverb. I left those in place, but replaced all the voices in sound banks 4 and 6.

Sound bank 4 contains the acoustic pianos. I replaced them with the acoustic pianos from Sound Pack 1, except for the 'Honky Tonk' piano; I overwrote that with 'Grand Piano 1B' from Sound Pack 2. I replaced sound bank 6 with a mix of patches: I took the first four organs from Sound Pack 1, and 'Rockin' EP' and 'Soft BC Clav' from Sound Pack 2.

If that doesn't make sense, it will when you get inside the editor app.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Sounds, problem keyboard

Wonderful rhodes, good acoustic pianos, wurlis, clav. My big problem is, I have broken 6 keys so far, and that's never happened to me before in 20+ years of gigging. Korg...Read complete review

Wonderful rhodes, good acoustic pianos, wurlis, clav. My big problem is, I have broken 6 keys so far, and that's never happened to me before in 20+ years of gigging. Korg won't help me. And the action is sluggish -- I much prefer Roland and Yamaha weighted feel.

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4.0

Good classic keys

By Ronald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

This is a very specific instrument that replicates classic vintage keyboard sounds. I'm very pleased with the Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Clavinet and piano sounds.
The organ sounds seem out of place on this keyboard so I deleted them. I also deleted the synth sounds which seemed out of place.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Vintage Keyboard Sounds- Period.

By Jason

from Los Altos, CA

Site Member

Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

I'm no professional keyboard player (just a guitarist/lead singer who can tap out chords and the modal scales), but when the keyboardist in my band picked up this instrument to replace his Yamaha "Casio fake", I knew it was the real deal. The best grand piano sounds are about as close to a real grand as anything I've heard? they're nuanced and have character and feeling to them. Rhodes and Wurlitzers sound better than the actual vintage models I've played! The organ tone selection is limited, as there are no drawbars, but even these are second to none other than a B3 or a Nord keyboard with digital drawbars. The Pianet/Yamaha pianos sound good, and there are definitely useable Mellotron and strings settings. The only place where the SV-1 falls tonally short is synthesizers, with only two patches that sound mediocre at best. Something to note is that the SV-1 is heavy. My opinion is that it adds to the sense of durability that pervades every aspect of the instrument, but some will find the weight an issue. The hammer action keys are the most comfortable I've ever used, with a velocity that's natural and intuitive, even for more rippin' organ settings. The SV-1's claim to fame is it's preamp tube that is used to drive the amp simulator. While it definitely adds some mojo, I don't feel it does that much for the sound of the amps- there's only two useable amp settings for electric keyboards (everything else is too distorted), and the organ amp is solid but has way too much headroom on the drive control. While the reverbs and delays are rather lackluster, the onboard EQ, "pre" effects, and modulation is lush, rich, and easy to tweak. And that's probably the most appealing feature of the SV-1: it's so easy to use, even a guitar player like myself can wrap his head around it after only five or ten minutes of futzing around. My band runs the SV-1 for vintage sounds, and uses an AKAI MPK49 paired with Logic Pro X for polyphonic synths and a Moog Little Phatty for monophonic basses and leads. However, anybody who doesn't need a synthesizer can get by with just the SV-1, and even if you do need a synth I consider it a better investment to buy a Moog for that stuff, the SV-1 for keyboard sounds, and a double keyboard stand instead of a Roland RD-800 or Korg Kronos. To also answer a common question, I'd definitely recommend the SV-1 over a Nord Electro- better sounds, feel, and look. TLDR; authentic vintage sounds, heavy but durable, good onboard effects, and the best option for anybody who either doesn't use synthesizers or would be ok investing in a separate synthesizer (which, if you're apprehensive about, is probably what you'll end up doing anyway).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Vintage Keyboard Sounds- Period.

By Jason

from Los Altos, CA

Site Member

Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

I'm no professional keyboard player (just a guitarist/lead singer who can tap out chords and the modal scales), but when the keyboardist in my band picked up this instrument to replace his Yamaha ""Casio fake"", I knew it was the real deal. The best grand piano sounds are about as close to a real grand as anything I've heard? they're nuanced and have character and feeling to them. Rhodes and Wurlitzers sound better than the actual vintage models I've played! The organ tone selection is limited, as there are no drawbars, but even these are second to none other than a B3 or a Nord keyboard with digital drawbars. The Pianet/Yamaha pianos sound good, and there are definitely useable Mellotron and strings settings. The only place where the SV-1 falls tonally short is synthesizers, with only two patches that sound mediocre at best. Something to note is that the SV-1 is heavy. My opinion is that it adds to the sense of durability that pervades every aspect of the instrument, but some will find the weight an issue. The hammer action keys are the most comfortable I've ever used, with a velocity that's natural and intuitive, even for more rippin' organ settings. The SV-1's claim to fame is it's preamp tube that is used to drive the amp simulator. While it definitely adds some mojo, I don't feel it does that much for the sound of the amps- there's only two useable amp settings for electric keyboards (everything else is too distorted), and the organ amp is solid but has way too much headroom on the drive control. While the reverbs and delays are rather lackluster, the onboard EQ, ""pre"" effects, and modulation is lush, rich, and easy to tweak. And that's probably the most appealing feature of the SV-1: it's so easy to use, even a guitar player like myself can wrap his head around it after only five or ten minutes of futzing around. My band runs the SV-1 for vintage sounds, and uses an AKAI MPK49 paired with Logic Pro X for polyphonic synths and a Moog Little Phatty for monophonic basses and leads. However, anybody who doesn't need a synthesizer can get by with just the SV-1, and even if you do need a synth I consider it a better investment to buy a Moog for that stuff, the SV-1 for keyboard sounds, and a double keyboard stand instead of a Roland RD-800 or Korg Kronos. To also answer a common question, I'd definitely recommend the SV-1 over a Nord Electro- better sounds, feel, and look. TLDR; authentic vintage sounds, heavy but durable, good onboard effects, and the best option for anybody who either doesn't use synthesizers or would be ok investing in a separate synthesizer (which, if you're apprehensive about, is probably what you'll end up doing anyway).

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By Dave8171

from LA, Alabama

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

      I procrastinated about getting the SV-1 because most dealers just don't have them in stock to try out. That's a lot of money to pay for something you haven't played. But I feel it is worth the money! I have a Roland RD 300 (Love it too!) and they are pretty comparable as far as key feel.

      The knobs will take getting used to, but I like those also!

      Make sure you ask the Gear Head for any specials they have. Also helps to talk to a couple of them before buying too. The first one had a discount that the second one didn't know about. But when I asked him he found out about it and I saved some more money.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Keyboard -Edit to First Review

      By Larry

      from Springfield, VA

      Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

      This is an edit to my first stellar review of the Korg SV1 73. In my initial review, I gave the Korg SV1 five stars. If you are looking for great Rhodes and Clav sounds, it remains at a five star level in my opinion. However I would encourage the buyer to test it for themselves to ensure that this is what you want. Personally, I like it because I was looking only for the Rhodes and Clav sounds with no need for workstation features. I have owned the SV1 nearly a year now and based on some experiences I would like to share some information that I feel that the buyer should know in advance. After around five months of ownership, I had to contact Korg Service Dept.reference squeaking key noise in the key-bed. This can be quite annoying in quieter practice sessions. I received little or no help. I was told to go to a certified Korg dealer which I did and upon pickup, I found that I had to pay the bill for the repair. I received the keyboard back and after several days the keys and additional keys started to squeak. Since I paid this company, I was told that I had a 90 day warranty and that I could bring it back to have the keys re-greased. This was 150.00 for the first bill until the 90 day warranty expires. I was told I had to pay this bill because Korg's warranty only covered defected inner parts and that a key squeak or breakage could be due to the owner's fault. I contacted both the former and current Product Training Manager and was asked what service center did the repair; in another email, I was asked when did I purchased it; in another email, I was asked did they give you a reason to not cover it under warranty. This was the last email I received from the Product Training Manager. Before this last email, I sent an email asking if I could purchase another key-bed since my key-bed could have re-occurring problems. This email only stated "no, we do not sell replacement key-beds directly." I plan to keep my SV1 until it falls apart especially since getting a repair of some parts can be very difficult. BTW, I didn't mentioned it but my main board went out but was easily replaced by the technician during the key repair. But with any other product that I have purchased whether it was a car, or whatever, the manufacturer always made me feel that they would stand by their product to the end to do what they could to make the situation right specifically when it was due to no fault of the owner. In light of this experience, I will still keep the SV1 at five stars due to its playing potential if in proper shape. I could just happened to have several annoying keys, I don't know. However, service support is key and must be dependable especially when you never know what may go wrong with your product. The SV1 has been out at least since 2011, so I recommend that you read some of the blogs out on the net about the keys and reference how Korg has responded to their customers when help was needed with this specific model. Also, be sure to check out exactly how the warranty will cover your Korg instrument. Playing the instrument is fun but when you really need help, it may be a whole different story. My experience with Yamaha customer service support has been just the opposite. I hope this is information is helpful in providing a holistic perspective. Best wishes on your new purchase.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible electric piano replica!

      By Key-of-Z

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Expression
      • Portable
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Concerts
      • Electronic Music

      Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

      This keyboard is not for everyone, but it is for me. I specifically love the quality of the sound and feel when patching in the Fender Rhodes-style electric piano. While it does not have a huge selection of sounds, the quality of the electric pianos more than makes up for it. The overdrive using a real tube preamp works incredibly well!

      However, if you are looking for a keyboard with a wide variety of sounds, good organs, all kinds of bells and whistles, pitch bend, or something lightweight, this keyboard is not for you.

      Personally, I use this keyboard live as my primary rhythm keyboard. I have a second keyboard that I use for cool synths and strange sounds, and another that I use for horn lines. I do play leads on THIS keyboard, and the expression you can get is convincing. It is one of only a few boards that simulates an analog instrument well enough to inspire compositions readily.

      I have had the board for over 1 year and have not broken a key. I perform primarily African music with plenty of rhythmic styles.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great Sounds, problem keyboard

      By droid

      from Madison, Wisconsin

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Realistic Sound
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Limited Sound Selection
      • Poor Action

      Best Uses

        Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

        Wonderful rhodes, good acoustic pianos, wurlis, clav. My big problem is, I have broken 6 keys so far, and that's never happened to me before in 20+ years of gigging. Korg won't help me. And the action is sluggish -- I much prefer Roland and Yamaha weighted feel.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Wonderful Vintage EP Playing Experience

        By Larry Young

        from Springfield, VA

        Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

        After looking extensively for my impression of a solid Rhodes sound, I purchased mine back in July of 2013. After experimenting with MOX 6 and Nord, I decided that I would buy the SV1. I did not buy it for the piano or organ. Although both are quite usable, I would have definitely purchased the NORD for the organ sounds or the Yamaha for a good mixture of all sounds. But as I stated, I was mostly interested in my memory of Rhodes sounds that I grew up hearing. The SV1 Rhodes sound is warm and tube-like, with a lot of cut-through. Being a guitarist this was the just the right fit. It feels as though you are actually playing the hammer against real tines, also with dirt added if you bear down a bit -like a real Rhodes but with all effects already built in - and not 130 lbs! For me it is the next best thing to an actual 70's Rhodes sound. I also have a real Rhodes, which is quite heavy to move around. The SV1 is a very close sounding emulation of the real thing. The Nord and Yamaha are also great, but in my opinion, neither comes as close to the natural vintage noise, feel and playing experience of the SV1. I play mine through both a keyboard amp, 65 Fender Twin Reverb, and many times through a Mark Bass Acoustic Amp. The con for me was the hiss on the EP 1 when the amp 1 was added along with drive. The EP1 is such a great natural sound, but the hiss really got to me. Whenever I increased the volume I got a lot of hiss. I read where it can be controlled by tweaking the software that comes with the SV1 but I never tried it. Then one day I put on my headphones and enjoyed a relatively clean sound and this gave me an idea. I decided to experiment by running the jack from the SV1 headphone output straight into the amp. From that time on I never had a problem with the hiss noise at any volume. I have read posts on how not to store the keyboard to avoid keys not playing correctly, so I never store it standing up on the side. Also keep in my mind that the keyboard is not a workstation. You will not get thousands of sounds. Rather, it is geared to a special area of electric vintage piano and Clav taste. Overall, I have noticed through various reviews that you have to love the keyboard or its probably not for you. If you are interested in the Rhodes sound, then give it a try. There are a lot of different Rhodes sounds. This one may have the ones you like. I love it! Best/Larry

        (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect replicas of Rhodes and Wurly.

        By physicus

        from USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

        This Korg NAILS the Rhodes and Wurly tones. That's all you really need to know. Close your eyes, and you wouldn't know they're not the real thing - even side by side with the original instruments. I don't believe any other synth has ever achieved this. After playing the SV-1, you will understand why those instruments were so popular.

        It's a beautiful instrument, which isn't surprising because it was designed in Italy. The look and feel of the SV-1, as much as the sounds, will make you want to play it.

        The preset pianos are so-so, but you can download free additional voices from Korg that are much better (see details farther down). These include some pleasing, realistic acoustic pianos.

        The Clavs are excellent. The organs are good - perfectly adequate for live playing - but they won't fool anyone. (For that, you need a Nord Electro, and even that doesn't rival a real Hammond.)

        I don't like the built-in distortion or fx in the Korg. My advice: connect the Korg to a laptop with a USB cable, run the free editor app, and turn the reverb and chorus down to zero on every patch, except perhaps a smidgeon of reverb on the acoustic pianos. Most of the patches sound much better dry. You can turn off the reverb with a button on the SV-1's front panel, but note that it turns on again when you change patches unless you use the editor app to change the default.

        The following info is for tweakers. (I use 'voices' and 'patches' interchangeably.)

        To find the best mix of patches, you have to pick and choose from different sound sets. There are three available: the factory preload set, Sound Pack 1, and Sound Pack 2. The latter pair can be downloaded for free from Korg's website.

        The SV-1 has six sound banks, each with six slots. That means you can store thirty-six voices in the keyboard at a time. Using the editor app, you can change these whenever you want.

        A _sound bank_ is a memory storage area inside the Korg. There are six of them. Think of them like shelves. A _Sound Pack_ is a collection of patches you store inside the sound banks.

        The factory preset voices in sound banks 1, 2, 3, and 5 are great, except that they have too much reverb. I left those in place, but replaced all the voices in sound banks 4 and 6.

        Sound bank 4 contains the acoustic pianos. I replaced them with the acoustic pianos from Sound Pack 1, except for the 'Honky Tonk' piano; I overwrote that with 'Grand Piano 1B' from Sound Pack 2. I replaced sound bank 6 with a mix of patches: I took the first four organs from Sound Pack 1, and 'Rockin' EP' and 'Soft BC Clav' from Sound Pack 2.

        If that doesn't make sense, it will when you get inside the editor app.

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not your bang for the Buck

        By Wizard

        from Fort Myers FL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Korg SV188BK 88-key Stage Vintage Piano:

        Piano Patches are not the quality I was looking for. Hooked to a Roland KC550 did not have the realistic clarity I had from my old Roland Workstation(XP-80). Patches could be related to the cheaper keyboard sounds.

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