Sam Sessa

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01/28/14    Gearhead

Tony DeSare: Under the Hood

Inside, outside and all around an acoustic piano

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02/10/13    Gearhead

Vital Organ: Hammond's SK2 Stage Keyboard

Delivering unmatched emulations of the company’s classic tones

02/03/12    Gearhead

Yamaha’s Motif Xf8 Production Synth

Umpteen sounds and almost as many add-ons

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12/28/10    Gearhead

Revolutionary Rhodes

Sam Sessa reviews the new Rhodes pianos

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January/February 2010    Gearhead

Roland V-Piano

Sam Sessa reviews the latest digital piano from Roland

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January/February 2009    Gearhead

Roland’s JUNO-STAGE & GW-8 Keyboards

Two of Roland’s newest synthesizers share an undeniable synergy. By themselves, the GW-8 workstation and the JUNO-Stage synth are formidable instruments. But together, they complement each other’s strengths to create an impressive array of tones and backing...

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January/February 2008    Gearhead

Korg Pa800 Keyboard

My first mistake: judging the Korg Pa800 Arranger by its looks. With built-in speakers on top, it could easily be taken for a child’s first keyboard—like a cheap Casio. The Pa800 is far from it. With the Pa800, Korg delivers a powerful, versatile keyboard...

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December 2007    Gearhead

Nord C1 Combo Organ

From its candy apple red exterior to its authentic tones, the Nord C1 combo organ makes a bold statement—both sonically and aesthetically. Few, if any, organs on the market are as portable and powerful as the C1. With its twin 61-key upper and lower manuals...

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October 2007    Gearhead

Moog LP Stage Edition Synthesizer

With an arsenal of warm, thick tones and an accessible interface, Moog’s new Little Phatty (LP) Stage Edition is an expensive but user-friendly throwback synthesizer. The Stage Edition is a slightly cheaper, sleeker version of the Moog Tribute Edition Little...

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January/February 2007    Gearhead

Arturia Analog Factory Softsynth

It’s easy to be skeptical about computer programs that advertise thousands of vintage synthesizer presets in one convenient package. Some digital reproductions of analog keyboards sound thin and watery when compared to the original synthesizers. But Analog...

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Sam Sessa joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 18, 2008