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    What's is your opinion of the pipe organ-based keyboards such as the Viscount Cantorum series, or theRoland C-190?

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    I have never tried any of of them unfortunately.

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      [quote user="Hammondlover"]What's is your opinion of the pipe organ-based keyboards such as the Viscount Cantorum series, or theRoland C-190?[/quote]</P>


      I have a Roland C-180 which pre-dates the C-190. I find that they are fun for a while but then they get frustrating. I plan to play the C-180 from a MIDI capable organ, when I get one, to add to the stops on the organ itself.</P>


      The Roland C-190 REALLY frustrates me when I look at the specs. WIth ALL of the stops available, it is a prettycomplete spec for a small organ.</P>


      However, since the synth engine only has 128 notes of polyphony,Roland only gives you access to half the sounds at any given time. And it appears that it is half the Great and half theSwellstops. Now if Roland had designed it so that you could have all the Greator all the Swell stops at one time, someone could buy two of the C-190's, with a octave and a half pedalboard and have a fairly decent little organ. The C-190 does have some neat features like windchest panning.</P>


      Ahlborn Galanti also makes a portable classic organ, the H6.</P>


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          Hi,</p>

          Regarding these classical organ keyboards, they by necessity have to be portable, inexpensive in order to sell. To do that basically you have to compormise on keyboard quality, audio quality and the amount of hardware used.</p>

          I have come across the Roland C-180, some of the earlier Viscount Cantorums and the H-6. Of those only the Ahlborn H6 was really any good, certainly much better than the others.</p>

          I have not seen the new C-190, but would expect it to be quite a bit better than the C-180. Looks like they use the Rodgers "voice pallette" idea to get lots of stops with very few stop controls. The reason they do this is space as well as limited polyphony.</p>

          The new Cantorum VI, which just came out is likely to be quite good, as it uses the Viscount Prestige technology to produce sound.</p>

          The Ahlborn H6 is still around and quite good still. </p>

          The price for any of these in the US is likely to be in the $2,500 to $3,500 range. Not cheap, and certainly expensive compared to el-cheapo keyboards sold in Wal-Mart and music stores. There just is not much demand for them, the quality is somewhat higher, hence the much higher price.</p>

          Arie V
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