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Yamaha W7 or QS300?

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Greetings everyone,

Maybe you can help me make an informed decision. Every now and then I go scouting for 90's era keyboards for nostalgia's sake, and I've recently came across a W7 (unsure if it's V1 or V2) that's selling locally for $200. Apart from the track select buttons which the owner claims are a tad sticky on the inside (contacts) there's no issue with it. Not being too familiar with the W7 I researched it and came across the QS300 which some claim is almost like a Version 3 of the W7, with more presets, but added phrases and styles. The appeal of the QS300 for me is that it was oriented towards the Dance Music scene at the time, but then I discovered that the W7 had several expansion boards, one of which was dedicated to dance music "dance massive".

There are very few YouTube videos on either keyboard and even fewer written reviews that I can find, and I've only come across one person that actually owns both keyboards, who suggested that the W7 + Dance expansion board is in fact the better option than the QS300 (For the purpose of Dance Music). The only problem is that the expansion is rare, and the only one listed currently is for $250, which is more $ than the W7 itself. Meanwhile the only QS300's I can find on ebay or reverb start at $300+ and are mostly from Japan (I'd have to pay a duty fee), or the UK (I am located in the USA).

For some background, I'd like to add that I own several synths already including Yamaha MODX8, AN1x, CS6xR, a Korg Nautilus & Roland JP-80 (among others). One other question I ask myself if I would even need either the W7 or the QS300, and while I realize only I can answer that, I'd love to hear some other thoughts, which brought me to this Yamaha dedicated forum.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

 
Posted : 28/09/2023 3:47 pm
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The second video at this site has a pretty thorough demo of the QS300 sounds including 'dance'.
https://soundprogramming.net/synthesizers/yamaha/yamaha-qs300/

As you can imagine it will be hard for anyone else to correlate these two:

for nostalgia's sake
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if I would even need either the W7 or the QS300

That 'need' versus 'want' thing has always been a problem for me since there aren't may criteria to move the needle in either direction.

Based on 'want' there are still quite a few things I've yet to acquire. Based on 'need' I've got too many already!

At least the manuals are easy to find online. The QS300 is on Yamaha's site.
https://usa.yamaha.com/support/manuals/index.html?l=en&c=music_production&k=&p=16

 
Posted : 28/09/2023 5:42 pm
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[quotePost id=123352]The second video at this site has a pretty thorough demo of the QS300 sounds including 'dance'.
https://soundprogramming.net/synthesizers/yamaha/yamaha-qs300/

As you can imagine it will be hard for anyone else to correlate these two:

for nostalgia's sake
. . .
if I would even need either the W7 or the QS300

That 'need' versus 'want' thing has always been a problem for me since there aren't may criteria to move the needle in either direction.

Based on 'want' there are still quite a few things I've yet to acquire. Based on 'need' I've got too many already!

At least the manuals are easy to find online. The QS300 is on Yamaha's site.
https://usa.yamaha.com/support/manuals/index.html?l=en&c=music_production&k=&p=16

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Thanks a lot for the links, I actually didn't see that 2nd video yet. Watching it now.

The manual was useful too to check out the styles and phrases lists.

Hopefully someone with hands on experience with either keyboard can contribute, although I do realize that will be hard.

 
Posted : 28/09/2023 7:06 pm
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