I have a Roland KR-7 digital piano that I purchased back in 2004 and have been very happy with it for a long time.  I haven’t used the built-in sounds for a long while because they’ve become pretty dated, especially the piano sound which I use constantly.  Instead, I’ve used the MIDI-out to my Mac and Mainstage as the sampler/sound end of things.

I bought the KR-7 used from a local piano dealer, and got a huge deal on it.  They fixed all of the problems that I found during the inspection, but it had been used in their teaching school for almost a year before I bought it.

Lately, it’s been having some problems, and about two weeks ago, it stopped working altogether.  MIDI output became unreliable, and then the keys weren’t firing anything at all, whether it be MIDI or internal.  After contacting the local company, and Roland, it was clear that fixing it would cost several thousand dollars, and there was no guarantee.

So, I pulled out my trusty Korg M3, dusted it off, and fired it up.  It’s been a while since I used it, but it’s action is actually a bit more preferable than the KR-7.  I ordered the RAM upgrade and tried out a few new sampled sounds – now I have to re-learn how to use all of the on board stuff.  One of the first things I want to do is sample the Steinway piano from Mainstage – I really like that particular sample and sound, and hope the RAM upgrade for the M3 will help.

I’m sad that the KR-7 didn’t last longer, but for the price I paid, I felt I’ve gotten my money’s worth.  And the M3 isn’t that bad either!