Some time ago, I revisited inexpensive keyboards. I subsequently sold off my Korg X-50, and bought a new one, specifically Roland's V-Combo VR-09, which I've been meaning to write about for some time. I've also replaced my Peavey KB3 amp, and the awkward Standtastic stand I've been dragging around for the past few years. The new stand is an Ultimate Support V-Stand, and the new amp is actually an Electro-Voice ZLX-12P 12" powered speaker.
I've also reduced the clutter on the floor to nothing more than a volume pedal and a sustain pedal. Turns out I didn't need a pedal board after all.
It's really nice to be able to haul my gear in for a gig or rehearsal, and not be exhausted before I play note number one!
Best, and most importantly, it all sounds great -- definitely worth upping the budget by a hundred bucks. The V-Combo organs can range from sultry and smooth to gritty and growly, thanks to its accurate tonewheel emulation, (complete with an excellent Leslie simulation, overdrive, adjustable key-click, chorus, and more). There are also excellent pianos, electric pianos, clavs, strings, synths, horns(!), and ... well ... everything sounds great.
The 12" VLX speakers are lightweight and hugely powerful (1,000W), and sound great. I wish I'd known about them before I bought the 15" Peaveys. It's not that the Peaveys don't sound good, but these sound at least as good, are about the same weight, and are powered to boot! If I could afford to, I'd order a half-dozen more right now!
Thanks to Bob Coffey at Coffey Music here in Westminster for getting everything together for me at a great price.