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Korg SV1-73 Vintage Stage Piano

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Korg SV1-73 Vintage Stage Piano

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  • Quality vintage style 73 key stage piano
  • RH3 action
  • 80 note polyphony
  • 36 sounds
  • 12AX7 reactor tube
  • 8 velocity touch curves

The name pretty much says it all. The Korg SV1 Stage Vintage Piano offers the most rewarding compendium of electro-mechanical, transistorized, tape-driven, analog, and early digital keyboards ever available in a single instrument. Crafted using Korg's RX (Real eXperience) Technology; each sound is a detailed and authentic re-creation, accurately capturing the full range of expression and dynamics of the original. But for Korg, even that is not enough. The Korg SV-1 also provides access to the effect pedals, amplifiers, speaker cabinets and studio techniques that gave these sounds their original lustre. Together, they provide fingertip access to the sounds that defined generations of popular keyboard playing.

Designed with performance in mind, the Korg SV-1 Stage Piano is a pleasure to play. Once you try it, you'll understand what all the excitement is about. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keybed Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that inspires confidence. Forget menus. Never mind banks and programs. Stop staring at displays. With the Korg SV 1, the entire front panel is always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up just the sound you are looking for. Saving your eight Favorite settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station on your car radio.

Best of all, the Korg Stage Vintage Piano SV-1 provides an economical, reliable, portable, and maintenance-free alternative to collecting and maintaining a stable of vintage instruments. The cabinet styling (and optional chrome stand) clearly defines the Korg SV1 as an instrument that was made to be played; providing a retro-chic appearance that reflects the pulse and heart of the original instruments.

The sounds

The 36 sounds in the Korg SV-1 Vintage Stage Piano span from electric pianos, acoustic pianos, organs, strings and synth. Each category of instrument starts with the essential classics and then moves beyond what other products offer, going into some rare and unique instruments that were the part of the soundtrack of their eras. So the electric pianos start with a seven-way velocity switched “tine” version, continue through the classic “reed” based model and then into a vintage analog “electra” instrument (all from American manufacturers), as well as two different Japanese mid-80’s digital classics.

The acoustic pianos include three-way stereo versions of both German and Japanese grand piano giants, a more intimate upright piano, a much-needed mono piano for small gigs, a late ‘70s-mid 80’s Japanese electro-acoustic variation, plus some blended sounds. Organs include three variations of the classic tonewheel model, plus the most famous British and Italian combo organs, along with the first known offering of a signature American tube-driven console organ.

Clavs include four variations of the tonal settings plus a related keyboard from the same manufacturer that used a plucked-reed mechanism for a unique and intimate sound. Add in real, tape-based, and analog strings; choir; and a couple of fat analog synth sounds and you have an incredibly versatile palette of sounds to perform with. Each of the core instruments has been accurately sampled including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises at different velocities. We even sampled piano cabinet resonances to enhance the accuracy of our pianos. This attention to detail, called the RX Experience, is what makes playing the Korg SV-1S Piano a joy. It comes to life under your hands, with a three-dimensional sound evoking the electro-mechanical legends, reborn.

Vintage FX chain and amp modeling

The superb sound generation of the Korg SV-1 Electric Piano is further enhanced with the inclusion of six separate stages of signal processing, all bypass-able.

Intuitive and simple interface

The user interface has been designed with performance in mind; every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel, with no confusing menus or multiple button presses. Rotary knobs include illuminated LED’s to show the position of the knob, and can be pressed to restore the original setting. For really quick changes, the Korg SV-1 has eight car-radio style buttons to instantly call up your eight Favorite sounds and settings. Storing a Favorite is equally as easy. Simply adjust the controls to your preferred settings, then press and hold one of the Favorites buttons; when the button flashes, press it again and the settings are now stored.

Keyboard, tuning curves

The Korg SV-1 is equipped with Korg's finest graded-hammer action (RH3) keyboard on both the 73-key and 88-key versions. The FUNCTION button provides access to eight different tuning curves including equal, grand piano stretch, electric piano stretch, electric grand, upright stretch, detuned and two user-definable types (configurable using the editor/librarian software). Overall tuning can also be accessed via the FUNCTION button, and adjusted by using the EQ treble control. While in this mode, concert pitch (A=440) can be recalled quickly by pressing the treble encoder pot. Needless to say, the Korg SV-1 can be transposed into any key.

Retro styling

Housed in a bold, curvaceous body, the Korg SV-1 Digital Piano really stands out from the crowd. Coupled with retro-style controls and stunning metallic red (73-key) or carbon grey (88-key) finishes, the Korg SV-1 oozes desirability – and playability! An optional adjustable and collapsible chrome stand is available, along with a gig-ready rolling soft case.


A pro keyboard would be incomplete without all the right connections. The Korg SV1 Digital Piano is equipped with balanced XLR and ¼" outputs; Left and Right audio inputs; MIDI In and MIDI out jacks, USB MIDI Port, and 3 pedal connections: Damper, Pedal 1, and Pedal 2. The Damper pedal is included, and responds to half-pedaling for authentic piano response. Pedal 1 is designed for a switch type of pedal, and can operate as a piano Sustenuto pedal, or as a Fast/Slow switch when the Rotary Speaker effect is on. Pedal 2 can accept either a sweep-type pedal – great for authentic Wah effects – or an additional switch pedal, providing the piano purist with access to all three piano pedal functions by adding the Una Chorda (soft) function.

Editor/Librarian Software

While setting out to create an incredibly friendly and easy-to-use instrument, we knew that there were more tech-savvy players out there that would love nothing more than to dig in a little deeper. The SV-1 Editor/Librarian software provides cool graphic-based programming, including access to certain parameters not available on the SV-1's panel. In addition, the Editor/Librarian software allows each of the 36 sounds and the eight Favorites to be programmed and saved individually. This points the way to users sharing and swapping their favorite settings, and for Korg to supply more sounds in the future. The Korg SV1 Editor/Librarian runs on Mac or PC, and is included free with every Korg SV-1.

SV-1 73 73 keys
SV-1 88 88 keys
Keyboard RH3 - Real Weighted Hammer Action 3
8 Velocity Touch Curves
TuningTranspose to any Key (± 12 half-steps)
Fine Tuning
8 Tuning Curves
Sound EngineEDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
RX (Real eXperience) Technology
Polyphony 80 notes
Sounds 36; 6 Banks x 6 sounds
Bank 1; Electric Piano 1Tine Electric Piano (x4); VPM Piano (X2)
Bank 2; Electric Piano 2Reed Electric Piano (x2);
Electro-Acoustic Grand; Korg SG-1D;
80's Synth Piano; MIDI Grand
Bank 3; ClavClav (x4); Plucked Reed Piano-ette; Transistor Piano
Bank 4; PianoBright Japanese Grand; Smooth European Grand;
Mono Grand; Upright Piano; Piano + Strings; Piano + Pad
Bank 5; OrganTonewheel (x3); USA Tube Console; Italian Combo; VOX Combo
Bank 6; OtherReal Strings; Tape Strings; String Machine;
Real Choir; Synth Brass; Sharp Brass
Favorites8 Assignable switches for fast program recall
Effects/ProcessingFive Individual Sections
EqualizerOn/Off Switch; Bass, Mid, Treble Knobs
Pre-FXOn/Off Switch; Speed Knob, Intensity Knob; Compressor, Boost
U-Vibe, Vibrato, Tremolo, VoxWah (Auto/Pedal Switch)
Amp ModelOn/Off Switch; Drive Knob; Clean, California, Tweed, AC30, Mod'ed OverDrive, Organ Hi-Gain OverDrive
Modulation FXOn/Off Switch; Speed Knob, Intensity Knob; Chorus 1, Chorus 2,
Phaser 1, Phaser 2, Flanger, Rotary (Fast/Slow Switch)
Reverb/DelayOn/Off Switch; Depth Knob; Room, Plate, Hall, Spring,
Tape Echo, Stereo Delay (Tap-Tempo Button)
Valve Reactor Tube1 x 12AX7
Other Panel ControlsMaster Volume Knob
Transpose Button
Local Off Button
Function Button
Demo Songs36; Press Transpose + Local Off buttons to access
Audio OutputsLeft/Mono, Right (1/4" Unbalanced); Left, Right (XLR Balanced)
Audio InputsLeft/Mono, Right (1/4")
MIDIStandard In, Out; USB/MIDI port
Damper PedalDamper (fixed)
Pedal 1Switch Type; Sostenuto or Rotary Speaker Fast/Slow functions
Pedal 2Sweep Type; Volume/Expression or Wah functions
Switch Type; Soft Pedal (Una Corda) function
HeadphonesStereo 1/4"
SV-1 73 Dimensions1143mm x 347mm x 155mm / 45.0" × 13.66" × 6.1"
Weight: 17.46Kg / 38.5 lbs (without music stand)
SV-1 88 Dimensions1354mm x 347mm x 155mm / 53.3" × 13.66" × 6.1"
Weight: 20.55Kg / 45.3 lbs (without music stand)
Accessories IncludedPower cable, Quick Guide, Accessory CD,
Music stand, Damper Pedal (Korg DS-2H)
OptionsST-SV1 matching stand; EXP-2/XVP-10 expression pedal; PS-1 footswitch
CB-SV1-73 and 88 Rolling Carrying Case
Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano Product Manual Download Icon Download The Product Manual on the Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano

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A great keyboard for the musician who requires good authentic vintage keyboard sounds but in a more portable form.