Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano Featured at 2010 Florida Grammy Showcase

(ShackMan | Posted 2010-07-28)

Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano Featured at 2010 Florida Grammy Showcase

Korg was recently chosen as an equipment sponsor for the 2010 Florida GRAMMY Showcase, a talent competition held in Miami Beach, Florida, and prominently featured throughout the show was Korg's SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano. Korg shifted the balancing scales not too long ago when they released the SV-1 into the tight war for the best stage piano, and considering the competition from Yamaha, Nord/Kurzweil, and soon, Casio, all on various price levels, the SV-1 has been able to hold its own rather well in a cutthroat market.

The competition asks for entries from unsigned bands of any genre in the Florida and Puerto Rico area, and six finalists are awarded the chance to perform live on the opening night of the Florida Music Festival. As is often the case, the bands are primarily competing for cash, recording time, music gear,and exposure. The Grammy Showcase has set up competitions around the year in other cities as well, such as Memphis.

At the Florida Showcase, however, the distinctive sounds of Korg's SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano were heard throughout the event, which consisted of live performances from six unsigned acts selected from hundreds of entries. Miami-based acts Jahfe and Derek Olds took home grand prize and runner-up honors, respectively. Korg's keyboard has largely been selling based on simple vintage-style controls and a solid sound engine, along with a little tube grit built into the keyboard itself. And it looks pretty cool, too.

James Rushin is a bassist, keyboardist, writer, and composer living and working in the Greater Pittsburgh area. He has performed with Selmer artist Tim Price, Curtis Johnson, guitarists Ken Karsh and Joe Negri, and his compositions have been featured at West Virginia University and Valley Forge Christian College. His contest winning essays and short stories have seen publication in and around the Tri-State area.

Feel free to e-mail James with comments, questions, concerns, at james.rushin@musicgearreview.com.

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