Michael Morganstern, Ph.D is a 70 year old retired silicon valley engineering executive. He has played accordion since age 12, and began organ studies at age 55 with a homebrew organ made from the wooden case and pedals of an old non-operational hammond organ, two Roland JV-90 synthesizers, a JV-880 synthesizer, an audio mixer and a pedal to midi kit. Later the setup was upgraded to a Roland C-190 Organ Synthesizer. While the homebrew organ was a fun woodworking and electronics project, it was not all that an organ can be, and after finding that the Roland C-330 studio organ was affordable, physically attractive, modest in size, and had every feature desired including amazing sound, he purchased one. As for accordions, the Roland FR-7x is the third electronic accordion Mike has owned. This reedless accordion is nothing short of fabulous in quality and choices of sound. This accordion emulates both orchestral instruments and accordions of varied musette quality so that playing Chopin piano works or french street music is wonderfully rendered. Best of all is the responsiveness to bellows pressure, key velocity and touch as appropriate provide astounding expressiveness. Mike says that he is definitely not a brand-loyal person, but that every time he compares products, Roland (and Boss, a Roland brand) come out on top. As a retired engineering executive, it is clear to him that Roland listens to comments from professional musicians and incorporates suggestions into their products and is committed to continuous product improvement. That makes a big difference.
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