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Bryon Tosoff

7/7/2017 11:32:00 PM

Ice Storm live recording
Shows how different I am in my compositions then my brother Ted, although I did play keys with the bluevoodoo for years as a sideman and did work on 2 of their albums. Ice Storm is a haunting song. now back to to the water garden have a great summer everyone,


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MLT2 Michael

7/14/2017 2:39:51 AM


That does sound like an ice storm Bryon! (Whatever an ice storm actually sounds like; lol!) I really like that, but then again I like everything I have heard from you.

How many pianos / keyboards do you have? Can you tell me a little bit about them? I have a Baldwin Acrosonic that has been in my family for decades and a little Yamaha Portatone PSR-GX76 keyboard. It has the various voices and beats and is probably more toy than musical instrument. I don't really want to pay the $100 every year to get the Baldwin tuned.

I am considering selling these and getting a digital piano in their place. I would love a Yamaha Clavinova, but don't want to spend $3k or $4k. I'm a rank amateur, and this is just to have fun with at home with my wife and occasionally having friends over. I would consider the $1,000 to $1,500 range. A few little bells and whistles such as beat accompaniments would be fun too. I'm the type of guy that would research this to death and explore everything available in Omaha before buying. Do you have any advice for me, sir? What are the pros and cons of a digital in this price range? Thank you!


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Bryon Tosoff

7/14/2017 10:50:52 AM


Sure thing Michael., just doing a little browse about before my morning walk, then off to Home Depot to get some things for repairs to one of the decks and painting and give a bit of what I have, sold some though, be back later and hopefully give you some suggestions on a digital piano. cheers


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Bryon Tosoff

7/14/2017 1:47:40 PM


Ok Michael here is soem of what I got I have some very cool old synths, one is Solina String Ensemble circa 1974 , From the Eminent company (ARP) in Holland, it has a beautiful string sound,hard to duplicate, analog stellar shape, used it for recordings and in playing in bands for years, (not playing in bands anymore, gave that up about 5 years ago)The sound is far superior to digital IMO very sought after and people pay big money for these old beasts. has a very famous sound and used by a lot of groups Loved it the first time I checked it out and bought it for a grand then, a lot of money, but varies from 500 US to as high as a couple thousand dollars
Groups that used
The ARP String Ensemble was extensively used by pop, rock, jazz and disco artists of the 1970s, including Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell, and Eumir Deodato. Elton John used an ARP String Ensemble on his hit song "Someone Saved My Life Tonight", the Rolling Stones in their hit "Fool to Cry", the Buggles in "Video Killed the Radio Star", and Rick James in "Mary Jane". In 1975, George Harrison used the ARP on his song "You", and the same year the Bee Gees played it on their hit "Nights on Broadway". Stevie Wonder played the famous string line on Peter Frampton's 1977 ballad "I'm in You". The Solina string sound has also been used by Kim and Ricky Wilde, Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, the Cure, Gorillaz, the Chameleons, the Carpenters, Joy Division, Neil Young, Air, Anthony Cedric Vuagniaux and Rikk Agnew. Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie used it on the band's Heroes Are Hard to Find album, most notably on her song "Come a Little Bit Closer."

I also have a ROLAND JX8P bought it as soon as it came out from Tom lee music in 1984 amazing analog brass sounds and much much more and just about everything else you can imagine for soundscaping I also bought the PG-800 Synthesizer Programmer.to develop my own sounds and save to a cartridge , it was a complex piece of engineering and put out a ton of cool grooving sounds, used it a lot and had a stack of keyboards on a rack I had like 4 stacked and a couple keyboards piano or organ to each side of my setup during performances, I may have paid about 2000 grand or something but now I know it is ranging from 400 to 800 dollars now, great studio piece of arsenal

I also have (Rhodes) Roland MK 80 full digital piano, lots of great sounds including the vintage Fender Rhodes sample, it was around 2500 or so in 1989, now you can get them for 500-600 bucks, Fender sold the brand to Roland and they then went on to develop this beast into the pretty great looking digital piano with nice sounds
It is a heavy beast, I had a Big 150 Pound mother of an Yamaha organ double keyboard ,but basically gave it away,. just too much equipment, too heavy as I accumulated keys that were lighter like the other YAMAHA P 85 digital piano which is lighter like about 25 pounds and I started to use that since it had a great sound and was midi enabled.

I have an old drum programer Yamaha RX 11 that I used on occasion when no drummer was available or in a duo of keys and guitar. it was handy, the last bit of equipment that I have is a powerful piece of equipment ROLAND FANTOM XR module, I used it a lot, great organ patches , horn patches, every imaginable sound you would want. the Harmonica sounds were stupid awesome, I used a blues harp sound when I was a sideman for Bo Diddley in one of his last shows in Chilliwack about 10 years ago, with my brother Ted and Rick from the bluevoodoo, we backed him in his appearance up there, just one time that was it, but a great experience

I have two acoustic pianos, which I have to say are my favs, nothing like the real organic sound of a real piano, they are special I have an upright Yamaha that rivals the sound of any grand I have played on, it just has some magic in it.

Also have a Mason and Rich upright, Sterling brand, its what I first started on and doesnt get played all that much anymore. I favor the Yamaha, hope this gives you some insight, now as for good well priced digital pianos , Roland, Yamaha would be your best bet. but I would recommend Yamaha. you can get a wonderful piece of equipment for your budget you stated


cheers


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MLT2 Michael

7/16/2017 2:02:18 PM ---- Updated 7/16/2017 2:03:18 PM


Thanks so much Byron for taking so much time to answer me! I'm gonna print out your reply so that I can look at all your pianos on the web. Thank you for the advice about a Yamaha or a Roland!

Wow, this Pipeline is so very cool, talking to you, Richard, Scott, and all the other artists! I almost feel like it is talking to Justin Hayward or Barry Gibb - almost! LOL!

By the way, I now have approval to use the MLT photo from their step-mum and manager Michaela. The step-by-step international "roll-out" of my station to promote IMP in general, and my 37 artists in particular begins this week! I don't own or use devices, so I will do this via e-mail, the old-fashion way!


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