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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Kevin C a professional user from USA writes:
I took my trusty K1000 down the road about 10 years. I loved that keyboard but finally one of the metal weights fell into an area that fried it. I have a Roland XV-88 with the Concert Piano expansion card and I swear the piano is not as good as the K1000. The dynamic voice allocation that the previous poster mentioned is also sorely missed. That is a great asset for expressive "live" playing on stage. One of the great keyboards of all time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-03-2003 at 15:55
Ray Clark a part-time user from Atlanta, Georgia, USA writes:
Lots of folks looking for a manual, try here: and also check out "the group" at yahoo; I "highly" recommend getting "Kurle" sofware; even if you have been using a mac system, get an old pc, a SB compatible sound card and get up to speed. If you don't have "Kurle" you aren't using your Kurzweil!! See you at "the group".


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-10-2002 at 17:57
sam chell a professional user from USA writes:
Oops. Forgot to rate the K1000. I've owned about 12 keyboards, beginning with a Wurlitzer electric in the sixties, then 3 Rhodes and an RMI in the seventies, then a couple of Yamahas, now 3 Kurzweils. The K1000 is far and away the best I've played, even though sellers are misleadingly calling it "regular piano action." It's weighted (and the weights keep coming off) but does not have the "hammer action" of the newer models. The piano, vibes, string sounds are vastly superior to anything since.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-22-2001 at 14:35
sam chell a professional user from Kenosha, WI (U.S.A.) writes:
I'm totally frustrated that no keyboard subsequent to the K1000 comes close to the quality of the single piano sound of the K10000. I have a Kurzweil SP-76 and PC2, and they're both disappointing, especially the PC2. The middle register simply lacks the warmth, presence, naturalness of the K1000. After an hour of playing any of the dozens of piano sounds on the new models, I tire of them--distant, remote, overly percussive. Not so the K1000. Does anyone else hear the difference? Is it due to the technology being moved from Japan to Korea (Youngchang) after 1990? I'd also have to say the vibes are far more "realistic" than those of the later keyboards. Also, there's a patch on the Version 5 upgrade, "Warm Organ," that's hard to beat.

Here's the downside of the K1000. I simply wore out the action and can no longer afford to bring it in every week for partially effective repairs. The counterweights insist on becoming unglued, and the felt wears out in a couple of months. Lots of key chatter and uneven action. Also, the tiny LED display gets dimmer and dimmer, and the repair man said there's no easy fix! And of course this is not a keyboard to own if you don't have a manual. But face it, after 10 years even a "mint" used K1000 is going to be drier, more brittle, more subject to breakdown, especially if you play out every week. So I'm beginning accept that I may have to kiss the K1000 goodbye and settle for on one its inferior descendants. Has anyone discovered a currently available keyboard that begins to capture the quality of the K1000?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-22-2001 at 14:28
Bryan Palmer a professional user from Seattle writes:
I've had my K1000 since 1988. It is my portable piano. Don't leave home wothout it! Great aftertouch and the chorus piano is SWEET. Strings and choir are superior. Being able to use all sixteen channels is unbelievable. I'll keep it till it falls apart.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-03-2001 at 18:24
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