Had a place to play around with it for about half an hour at my local drug dealer’s. Not 100% convinced I want to have it as part of my live setup.
- I like the bending ability - pretty intuitive, especially if - like me - you’re a guitar and violin player.
- Poly aftertouch is also nice, but the feeling is a bit spongy and needs some getting used to.
- the ability to change tone by sliding along the length of the “key” is hindered by the “rubbery” surface - I was tempted to wet my fingers to make it more slippery; wasn’t something that really invited experimenting very much
- The “ribbon” zones at the front and the back will need more practice, but are a great idea
- overall, the “ridge” design of the keys is somewhat familiar to a keyboardist, so you’ll know where to put your fingers, but it’s definitely not a 1:1 replacement of a traditional keyboard - difficult to play your favorite organ solo on this - kept “slipping into the trenches”.
So this beast wouldn’t be “universal” enough to replace one of my two main controller keyboards in my live setup - it’s pretty special and requires quite a bit of re-learning. If I was going for a “keyboard castle” setup in the style of Yes or Vangelis, I’d definitely put a Seaboard in there somewhere, but for my simple gigging setup, I’m trying to keep things lean, so no third keyboard that I would only use in a couple of solo parts.