Synth Site: Clavia: Nord Electro 61/73: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Allen A. Selner a professional user from N.E. PA writes:
After Playing B-3's, Wurlys and Clavs for nearly 40 years, I think Clavia hit the mark with their shot at a real B-3 sound. Sadly, the control panel, especially the lack of drawbars and an easy to engage Leslie simulator, detracts from the end product. Tiny buttons for this, and other effects are a pain. You can use a foot pedal, but that's bogus. There's also the nasty habit of keys that break (without just cause) at the point where the springs are attached. Be ready to give up $10 a pop, and unless you're quick with a power driver, and clever enough to make a quick fix, you're out of business for the night. This makes me question their overall road-worthiness. Mine are limited to studio work, and very infrequent jam sessions.

Are they worth the money? Yes, but barely. The light weight and Nord having the best combined choices in authentic vintage sounds are the good points. The bad points are easily broken keys, tough access for repairs, hard to access controls and no dual manual model. (I had to buy two.) One more complaint. They're RED!

If you never played the real thing, the Electro 61 or 73 are best bets for a true Hammond sound, but similarity to a B-3 ends there. The piano & clav sounds are good, but I've heard nearly as good Wurly sounds from Casio. The "touch" when playing any piano sound takes some getting used to. It's an organ keyboard and the rather shallow velocity dynamics contribute to further lack of realism. But once again, if you never played the real thing, it's hard to imagine a better keyboard with all the Electro has to offer.

Bottom line: If you want all the accurate vintage sounds in a single package, and you didn't cut your teeth on the real instruments, you'll probably be happy with a Nord Electro. Sorry, there's no 3 and a half, Consider 7 out of 10.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-25-2005 at 11:17
Gary Egerton a part-time user from USA writes:
Just got the electro2-61 about a month ago. The more I play it the more I love it. I was taking an XK-3 and MS Pro-145 out on the road for gigs,but now can take the Electro without a leslie for those bad load-ins. The leslie sim is that good if run in stereo. Plus it also has drop dead real clav and piano sounds. The acoustic piano sample in the band mix is wonderful. It cuts through very well,much better sounding than my Korg Triton with the( Concert Grand expander card) My hats off to the Clavia company. They took on a specific objective and delivered with Flying colors. Pay attention R.K.Y. Gary

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-27-2005 at 20:05
Mattio a part-time user from Norway writes:
I just got this instrument a few days ago, and I have been playing around with it with kind of mixed feelings ever since. First of all, I have a Fender Rhodes MarkI Stage wich I care for a great deal and it sounds fantastic. That's why im a little bit disapointed in the nord's rhodes sounds. My real rhodes have a much thicker bottom end and it barks like a dog when i play it hard. I am aware of the different tuning techniques, so this all comes down to personal taste, but it seems to me that the people at clavia have gone more for the early 80's type of rhodes sounds. Don't get me wrong, the sound is great, but in my oppiinion it lacks a little bit to get to the 100% mark, but use it with the great internal effects and you'll still make some pretty funky stuff. As for the rest of the sounds they're just great. The Wurlitzer sounds rich an vibrant and you instantly get that Donny Hathaway The Ghetto vibe going with a little tremolo on it. The D6 is as funky as it could be and I personally find the new malmsjö grand quite insprational. The electric grand I haven't played around with too much so I couldn't tell you too much about it. The hammond bit of this instrument will blow your mind. I instantly got the sound from Santanas Samba Pa Ti all the way over to Booker T's Green Onions and back to James Brown's Stone to the Bone, It's a true pleassure to play it and it's got all the parameters you need. The instrument itself has got a great feel and everything is very qualitymade and feels great. So all in all not just another "synth" but more a decent real instrument that will inspire you but I'm personally a little disapointet in the rhodes samples, but hey, maybe claiva will distribute some new patches in the future through their excellent free of charge webservice. Be sure to check the Nord Electro 2 out if your'e into these instruments.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-08-2004 at 04:02
jake a professional user from USA writes:
I got the rack version for keyboard flexibility (feel is SO important and tastes change). The piano sounds ar far better than OK. Maybe the 1st release wasn't great, but they are now (new sample upgrades on the clavia site). They just released a new selectable touch response option too (10 patterns)! This is the best instrument I own. I'ts worth every penny and I'm a cheap bastard. I have almost phased out synthesizer tones in my rock band because this machine's tones fit so much better, and I have a Nord Modular. Intuative. Man, its the best. I won't repeat the other rave reviews, but the wurly with some overdrive...sweet!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-06-2004 at 14:36
Marcos from Spain writes:
Hi, I bought a Clavia Nord Electro 2 61 today. I still cannot stop playing it, combining with the other keyboards and, believe me... if you'd like to have an original Fender Rhodes sound but are not in the mood for finding it and carrying it everywhere, you should choose this keyboard. If you need this sound without software or PC tools, i mean just a keyboard, buy this one if you can afford it. Also there's a clavinet that would make you crazy. Other features i haven't explored yet because being not very interested or satisfied. Anyway, your best choice to Rhodes & Clavinet for a retro sound is this. i'm strongly sure that still this sounds and timbres have something to say in today's music. Nothing more, just enjoy

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-20-2004 at 18:23
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