So I now know that I want a music arranger and my budget allows me to either buy a used Yamaha s970 or a Korg Pa900. Can anyone tell me why there is usually around a $400 price difference between the 2 (with Yamaha being the more expensive one)? There are quite a few YT videos that compare both models, so if they are comparable, why so much difference in price?
Den, I have owned the PA900, and the Yamaha S950 which came before the S970. I have not owned the PA3X but did own the PA1X, PA2X Pro, and the new PA4X. I have been a Yamaha Tyros 3 and 4 owner for years. With that said I think which keyboard you buy depends on if you are a performing pro and have to drag equipment to gigs or if you are a hobby player who will seldom if ever take equipment out of the house. If you look at the specs of each of the keyboards you mentioned you will find physical size and weight differences.
As for the quality - both the Korg and Yamaha keyboards are quality instruments and both have very good sounds and styles. The big factor for me when I choose a keyboard is how well do the "on-board" sounds and styles fit the music I play. As for price - it is what it is. You either are willing to pay the price or not. Yamaha charges more because they can and still sell there keyboards.
I don't do gigs, and am an amateur player at home and do an occasional performance for family and friends, but it's mostly for my own enjoyment. I played the guitar and bass guitar for 40 years and need a change. The kb market is very confusing. It took me 3 months to realize the difference between a workstation and an arranger - lol. Thanks for the reply and info Deane!
Hi Den...I've never owned the Yamaha PRS- s970 but just checked the specs on it. To be honest if you're an amateur home player, you can't really go wrong with either. I mean if you had a very specific requirement for a very particular feature, or you if you were a tweaker type who wanted to build Styles from scratch and all that...then you might see some differences on either side. I'd say the most important deciding factor in your case should be the sounds and styles. If possible, I strongly suggest for you to spend some time listening to both instruments. Not sure about Yamaha, but the Pa3x is definitely discontinued and there won't be any new developments for it.
The pa3x still scores in many ways above the psr 970, it has a full professional set of tools for creating your very own sound yet still sounds great out of the box...
If you sing the pa3x has the best vocaliser The keybed is much better on the korg
Both sound great
Yamaha has the larger style collection, however korg pa3x has more then you will ever needs.. I like the more versatile touchscreen interface of korg For a real time performance korg has many tools.. Korg has 9 sliders for organs and they are free assignable
The only things yamaha has what korg does not is the 2 liveknobs which are fun and usefull for a home user
The korg OS requires a little technical insight Yamahas Os is easier to come by
All in all, the pa3x is the better more professional instrument..