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Popular Kurzweil SP Digital Pianos

I don’t know much about Kurzweil digital pianos or keyboards but from what I am reading it seems that you either love them or you just can’t get on with them. It might have something to do with their manuals being quite difficult to interpret!

Here we look at the Kurzweil SP range that are the most popular or best selling at the time of writing. One thing that certainly stands out is that they are built to last which is great for portable stage pianos. I have looked at the pros and cons of each according to all the customer reviews I could find online.

Kurzweil SP2


Here are some product features:

  • Great controller with built in sounds
  • 64 note dynamic polyphony
  • 64 pre recorded drum and rhythms
  • 64 programs preset
  • reverb, dual layers, delays, choruses and many more effects as well as 44 special Kurzweil combinations
  • MIDI – in, out and thru
  • Adjustable metronome
  • Brass & string sounds. There is one preset sound.
  • USB interface to connect to computer (free OS updates)
  • 76 keys – semi weighted
  • LED display
  • sensitivity dependant on velocity of touch (can be adjusted)
  • Can split and layer sounds (on lower keyboard but not upper part)
  • 8 velocity curves

kurzweil SP2

Good Points

  • low price for quality instrument
  • feel of keys is good – cushioned feel – sometimes semi weighted keys can feel soft and like a toy but this one doesn’t
  • extremely hard wearing solid metal case
  • adjustable splitting point

Bad Points

  • manual is near impossible to understand! However it seems that Kurzweil is aware of this as they offer a downloadable manual from their site which is better than the one that comes with the instrument.
  • fairly heavy compared to the SP4 (see below)
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Kurzweil SP2XS

kurzweil SP2XSMain product features include:

  •  88 keys that are fully weighted with hammer action
  • velocity and touch sensitivity
  • LED display
  • 64 voice polyphony
  • 64 pre programmed rhythms
  • on board song recorder
  • MIDI and USB connectivity for PC and Mac (free OS updates available)
  • 20watt/channel amplifier
  • adjustable metronome
  • splitting and layering functions
  • numerous effects including dual layering, transposition, reverb, distortion, chorus, enhancers and filtering

Good Points

  •  solid construction quality
  • sounds and feels like a real acoustic piano
  • nice touch sensitivity – not too much or too little
  • speakers produce a decent sound

Bad Points

  • the sustain pedal is too slippery! You might need to put something abrasive on the bottom of it.
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Kurzweil SP4-7

Kurzweil SP4-7This is also known as model SP7611 in some countries. Main product features:

  • 76 notes with semi weighted action
  • velocity sensitive keys that you can adjust to your own preferences
  • 64 polyphone
  • slitting and layering functionality
  • 128 programs to select covering all the sounds you need
  • MIDI in and out and USB connectivity (PC and Mac)
  • Free OS updates
  • Pitch wheel, modulation wheel controllers
  • variety of effects
  • LCD display
  • extra sounds can be downloaded from the Kurzweil website
Here is a demonstration video I found.

Good Points
  • 24lbs – lightweight and compact so easy to transport for live performances and takes up little room
  • huge number of preset sounds – nice organ sounds
  • sturdy thick metal construction
  • easy to change settings using just a single knob

Bad Points

  • can’t layer a ride cymbal onto bass sounds
  • instruction manual is hard to understand
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I hope you found this review helpful and it has given you an idea of what these Kurzweil SP stage pianos are like. If you can get to grips with how to use them to their full potential and get them setup, then you will have a powerful, reliable electric piano producing great sounds and music.

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