It's really looking like it may be worth it to get the DS88.I owned a DS61 and traded it in for a DS88. With a soft bag from gator it weighs in about 50 lbs. I don't gig with mine but if you're a sturdy fellow and can fit it into your car I don't see any reason why you couldn't gig with it. I really love mine. It has all those voices, the ability to load samples and expansion packs and a vocoder to boot. What's not to love?
I got used to weighted hammer action keys with my Kurzweil PC3K8 and the 61 key version simply didn't cut it for me. It's a decent 61 synth action but the 88 version really shines.
It seems like it's what I was looking for all along.
By stepping up to that price point, I end up getting the 88 weighted keys after all.
It sounds ideal for when I eventually get good enough to play left hand bass with the number of keys.
Am I able to split the outputs into two different signals for left hand bass?
For my purposes, I may be able to get away with one keyboard if I hold out and get this one!
What kind of stand should I look for if I want to play it standing up?
Is there a stand that will do both standing and sitting heights well?
Also, it doesn't have speakers. Could I use my bass amp at home and the PA at band practice until I get a keyboard amp?