Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Product Pick of the Week: Korg SV-1 Stage Piano
In terms of good-looking stage pianos, this is one hell of a good-looking stage piano. If you cast your eyes about the shop, this little looker will most definitely be one of the first to tickle your fancy. Not only because of it’s stylish black and intricate orange colour co-ordination… not only because of it’s unusually curvaceous form, but also because it’s both modern and retro in a way that not many stage pianos are.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Korg SV-1 is it’s orange-tinted lit-up valve, proudly displayed at the front-left of the piano. This is where the warmth and full-bodied tone of this stage piano lives – and if it’s a pure lovely wee tone you’re after, I wouldn’t look much further than the SV-1. This piano sounds absolutely stunning, with a range of classic sounds from Rhodes pianos, to strings that will tug on those of even the blackest of hearts, right through to that unmistakable sound of Van Halen’s power chords in Jump. I think I heard some Star Trek noises in there somewhere as well, thrown in for good measure – of course.
One of the best things about this piano, in my humble opinion, is the front panel. No fussing about with menus and clicking buttons – everything is laid out right in front of you in a stylish amd simple knob format. It makes the piano EVEN MORE hands on than your average piano (and when it comes to pianos, they’re pretty hands on. Literally.) as you can see every single function before your very eyes. Sure, it looks like a lot to take in on first glance but once your brain has processed what’s in front of you, it’s a walk in the park, folks. And, on top of that, once you’ve found the sound you like, you can favourite eight of them just by holding down a button and storing the setting. Easy peasy if you want different piano sounds during your gig, piano player.
So, to sum up: we’ve established that the Korg SV-1 is a bit of a looker, sounds la-la-lovely and performs like an old school beaut. There must be some drawbacks… In all honesty, the only downfall of the Korg SV-1 that I came across is she’s pretty heavy. All we can say about that is: you’ll have guns to die for. Gym memberships are so last week.
MusicRadar said: “The SV-1 has some of the best acoustic piano samples we’ve heard or played.”So, the Korg SV-1 gets a thumbs up from them. Then, I spoke to a man called Andy who said (with absolute confidence, I might add): “Well, it’s the best piano in the shop.” I’ve got a funny feeling you’ll agree. I certainly do.