- Jun 13, 2012
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I've been a Kurz' user exclusively since the PC3's came out. I've had a couple of PC3's, a PC361 and a PC3K6. In 2015 I bought the Artis 7 (even had a 2nd one for a while that I put at a right-angle to the front one, using it for a quick access to different sounds during a song). When the PC4 came out I ordered one sight unseen and it arrived with "issues" (to say the least). During the few hours I messed around with it though, I became painfully aware of the horrible Medeli key bed (IMO)---noisy, "clunky", neither good for real piano OR organ parts--again, in my opinion (I am a HUGE fan of the PC3 and Artis 7 key beds, which are not popular and often criticized by Kurz' users). After a year, and with Kurzweil announcing the 76 note version--and most importantly--with a different key bed than the PC4--I patiently awaited its availability in the States. Mine arrived yesterday and after setting it up and powering it, I was elated to find it to be fully functional. That said, I soon noticed the disparity in the key size from the Artis 7 sitting next to it. WHAT???? Not only were the keys 1/2 in. shorter than the Artis, they had a sharp "point" at each front end. Plus, the springs were way too soft and free than my tastes, making it feel more like a cheap Casio department store 49 note board than a Kurz'. And, if that wasn't enough, the interface with the USB port and a computer did not function (I use my board a lot via computer for programming, etc). So, despite the high hopes and great experiences with Kurzweil with all their products prior to 2019, I have repacked the PC4-7 and it's being returned to my supplier. The upside of my brief experiences with both PC4's is that it's made my Artis 7 more valuable in my perspective!