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M-Audio ProKeys 88sx Performance Piano

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The ProKeys 88sx digital piano from M-Audio is designed for working musicians.

This keyboard weighs 17 pounds-31 less than its older sibling the ProKeys 88-and carries a suggested retail price of $449.95-$300 less than the ProKeys 88. This huge weight and price reduction is made possible by dropping many bells and whistles that are only marginally useful to a gigging keyboard player. When was the last time you needed to emulate an alien invasion on your Friday-night trio job? The 88sx has seven onboard instruments, down from 14 on the ProKeys 88. No whooshing angels, gushing fountains or helicopter assaults here, but the seven available sounds cover most real-world needs of a jazz player. The choices are two pianos, two electric pianos, FM piano, clavinet and percussion organ. These can be modified by combinations of velocity, reverb, chorus and mod-wheel functions, thus expanding the sonic palette.

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