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Celesta/Harpsichord Electronic Keyboard

I'm curious.
 
I have a Roland KR-500 and I really like the Harpsichord setting, but it's older than all my kids put together and I am starting to look for the next thing: keyboard that, is not kids.
 
Can anyone suggest a digital/electronic keyboard that has a REALLY good harpsichord setting AND a Celesta setting. Bonus points if it is midi compatible and would handle some limited Hauptwerk digital organ duties as well.
 
Thanks in advance.
 
John Cook
Westminster Presbyterian
Des Moines, IA
on March 3, 2016 4:41pm
Roland C-200 and C-30 seem to be what you would be looking for.
C-230 comes very close (I own it), however, it has very strange celesta setup which sustain pedal won't work (this is the factory default and you can't change unfortunately. I have asked and complained to Roland...).
on March 4, 2016 10:18am
We purchased the C30 last year and are very happy with it! It doesn't have the bells and whistles of the C200 but we weren't looking for anything other than the best harpsichord sound we could find.  We've also used the celesta (sustain does work for this) at Christmas, and the organ for close-in small ensemble continuo work (Bach and Monteverdi) where our the distance with our Casavant pipe organ chamber just feels/sounds too distant, and the large console, which is movable, doesn't allow for the organist to really be among the ensemble. I would love to have just 4' flutes available but an octave transposition is a fine work around (you can't have everything!)
 
We have Roland, self-amplified, keyboard speakers that we haved use for accompaniment of a keyboard (piano) for international tours. They worked extremely wellwith the C30 to provide a directional sound that enabled the ensemble (24 adult voices, 35 voice youth treble choir) to support the singers. Angled between singers and audience it also provided a nicer "presence" into the room. This also enabled the celesta to balance with a 40 piece orchestra. It is a great option to have at your disposal.
 
Highly recommended!
 
on March 5, 2016 5:01am
I concur with Scott Dean - The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society (Melbourne Australia) purchased a Roland C-30 a few years ago when they came onto the market (they had been chasing something like this for years).  While it was a fairly costly unit, it has proved to be 100% reliable and effective in small and large venues.  The harpsichord and chamber organ features stand out from the performer's and listener's point of view, and from a visual perspective. It has saved its investment cost many times over when compared with transporting, tuning etc "real" instruments.  Its internal amplifiers (25W) and speakers are a bit small for a major venue (say >1,000 seats) in the Baroque repertoire which it is maybe best suited to, but it plugs up well into the common stage systems. A strong feature is that it is quick and easy to switch from one sound to another and to adjust temperment and tuning from simple controls - without going through the usual menu systems.  THe C-30 has a Celeste feature but in practice some of the common stage electronic keyboards seem to be just fine (eg Roland FP7) - not realy an issue for the RMP as an original but fully restored Mustel Celeste is available.  Hauptwerk can be stunningly effective but can also be disappointing if the system is too simple.  This writer has a bespoke 4-manual console in use with advanced versions and sample sets, but observes that the functional simplicity of the chamber organ feature of the C-30 avoids the complexity of setting up a Hauptwerk workstation, and the annoyance of waiting for reboot etc if the Hauptwerk computer fails - critical issues in public performance.
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