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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Lee a professional user from England writes:
Nothing like yamaha's cs series. Dont buy if you want a good analog synth.

posted Thursday-Mar-13-2003 at 16:57
José António Pereira a part-time user from Portugal writes:
Very good sound attending the age. Powerful sounds when all four sections played simultaneously. It's heavy so I don't take it on stage. I also like the modulation possibilities. Very complete keyboard.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-21-2002 at 07:33
Alan P. DuBois a part-time user from USA writes:
I got my SK30 used some 10 years ago. At 48 lb., it is easier to pack around than my Crumar T1 and/or my Hammond B2.

I don't use the Solo or Poly-synth sections. I don't know anything about synths and could care less.

I do use the Organ section. The organ section, combined with a Leslie 147 using a Combo Preamp, is as close as you can get to the classic Hammond sound.

Now the downside. There are two "flaws" in the design of the organ section:

1) The 5 1/3' drawbar is placed third from left. It should be second from left which will certainly screw up a Hammond player on first use!

2) There is NO VIBRATO for the organ! That really sucks. I guess one can't have everything.

The String presets are lousy. I rarely use them. I do use the Poly-synth presets occasionally. Sometimes for a trumpet sound and, when detuning the Poly-synth, I can come close to a "squeeze box" sound.

Overall, the SK30 has satisfied my needs gigging on weekends. I'd still like to find another drawbar-type keyboard (with vibrato) that works as well as the SK30.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-02-2002 at 16:02
Staff a professional user from UK writes:
Well I've had mine for the last 7 years and it's been such a mainstay. It was my first Analogue synth and has featured on about 80% of the tracks I write, believe it or not I've still not gotten a midi to CV for the monosynth but I have had it rigged in the past- that thing's bass can kill at 200 yards! (In fact I did take a PA out with it once). The polysynth can be thin sounding but back in the day it was awsome through delays and reverbs for creating long ambient filter sweeps. The organ section is a bit cheesey but really kicks it through a distortion pedal. For creating huge monster shifting pads you can't beat this machine- it will fill most of your mix bandwith but all 4 sections together in unison creates some of the biggest sounds I've heard out of one keyboard. Mine cost me £145 7 years ago and I'm never gonna sell it. 10 out of 10.

posted Monday-Oct-15-2001 at 10:26
Boris Kalinin a part-time user from Slovakia writes:
I have bought SK-30 last week and it was in a good condition, because it was played only few times. It is a magical device. I admire also the decorative value of such an instrument. It really looks good while on the stage. I only use organ sounds, mainly in Ensemble mode, maybe with a slight poly-synth background. It sounds really nice. We are playing rock music - two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. The SK-30 is doing a good work.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-24-2001 at 04:18
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