My beloved 20+ years old Studiologic SL-1100 master keyboard decided to die.
Being that it would be too difficult/expensive to fix it, i am going to buy a new one.
Since I like the Fatar feel of the keys, my first idea was a Studiologic SL88.
I am considering both the Grand (with a TP40 Wood keyboard) and the Studio (TP100 L/R).
Apart from the mechanics, the two gears are identical, and I like them both, for the rugged body, the complete MIDI interface and the minimalist look. I don’t really like the 3 joysticks, while I’d prefer a couple of more traditional modulation wheels, but that’s not a big deal, because i would use it mainly for piano sounds.
Of course the best thing to do is to try myself, which thing I will for sure do whenever the Covid situation in Italy would do more safe to go into my favorite music store. In the mean time I’d like some opinion by anybody that tried the two gears.
My old SL-1100 has a TP20 mechanics, and I used to like it. I imagine that, compared to it, the TP40 Wood improved a lot. I know the TP100 L/R is a compromise to make the mechanics lighter.
While my main concern is the piano feel of the mechanics, also important to me is the weight, for using it on stage. The SL88 Grand is 20kg, very similar to my old SL-1100 (23kg), while the SL88 Studio is only 13kg, so, if the mechanics of this last one is reasonable, i would choose this.
Of course I am considering also other brands. For example one that I like is the M-Audio Hammer88. I like the look and the modulation wheels. But it is also 20kg heavy, and I don’t know anything about its mechanics.
Any opinions of yours?