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Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby JayDee » 07 Aug 2018, 00:55

Maybe I'm late to the party, but anyone know about these italian made Dexibel Stage Pianos and organs? They claim 'unlimited polyphony'' and some other sweet features.
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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby kirsty » 19 Aug 2018, 01:22

About two months ago i did some major research into the Dexibell stuff, 1 out of curiosity of the new brand and apparent sweet features and 2 as one of their lineup appeared to fit one of my needs very well. Apparently its an italian company but its a couple of ex Roland guys behind it all.

From their website they do a range of different instruments, 68, 73, 88 key stage boards and some home piano cabinet style pianos. All appear to have the same sound engine and they look pretty smart and nicely put together. They, just like Nord are also using the FATAR keybeds in all models.

After watching some demo's on Youtube I went to my local music shop to have a play of one. They had the 'home' cabinet piano on display and I spent 20 minutes or so on it. Have to say, very nice connection to sound when playing. The samples are very clean and crisp and pleasant, BUT I cant say it totally blew me away either. Hard to say how it would mix or sound live from the test.

The 'VIVO Grand' is their main sample (not sure what piano it actually samples) and then there is some other pianos you can select within, Bright, Classic, etc. Although they are supposed to be samples of different pianos I couldn't help but feel like it was EQ'd and tweaked versions of the same piano sampleset. There didnt appear to be any major change in character like you get between the different Nord Pianos we are used to.

I was looking with particular interest at the S1 which in its description promised a very compact 68 weighted key A-E layout in a smart and lightweight package, 1/3 lighter than the Nord Piano2HP/Stage2EX76. I asked the shop to get me one out so that I could test it and to my dismay it turns out the action was not weighted at all... 'semi weighted' at best and was quite disappointing. I just cant get on playing piano without properly weighted keys, it feels like a cheap toy to me (and it isnt a cheap instrument at around £1000). So I didnt buy one basically.

To get properly weighted action you would have to look to the 73 key model (S3) which has the same FATAR keybed as the Nord HP models or the 88 variants (S7/S9) which have a full hammer action, probably again similar to Nord HA.

Not sure your reasons for looking towards Dexibell? They arent bad.. the 68 key model would have been a perfect quick jam session board for me and if it had a proper action I would have bought it to supplement my Stage 3. But in summary I think from someone used to a premium instrument like the Nord you wont find a lot from Dexibell to make you want to swap to them instead.

Hope that helps :)

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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby cphollis » 20 Aug 2018, 00:19

Thanks, Kirsty. I had been listening to the Dexibell demos and wondering -- how would these stack up against my Nords? They aren't available in the US yet. Bottom line, they're OK, but you're staying with your Nords.
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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby jefsco » 20 Aug 2018, 04:13

cphollis wrote:Thanks, Kirsty. I had been listening to the Dexibell demos and wondering -- how would these stack up against my Nords? They aren't available in the US yet. Bottom line, they're OK, but you're staying with your Nords.

not sure what you mean here?
the s9 is the only dexibell not yet available in the usa.
the others have been shipping for some time.
kirsty may not have had the opportunity to demo their new platinum library, which are supposed to be a big improvement over the original samples!?
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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby kirsty » 20 Aug 2018, 16:35

I dont believe I did demo the 'platinum' library. The Home Dexibell is one the shop has apparently had in for some time so I assume the samples are the original ones.

There was no S9 in the shop when I went. This is a pretty new model so i suspect most shops are just getting them in.

They seem to have done a spin off of the Nord piano library, with a website where you can download extra sounds into the onboard memory. I did try and have a nosey at this but their site requires you to register, providing a product serial number before you sign up so I didnt get that far.

I still think our Nords will take some beating and i'm not sure Dexibell are the products that will do it :)

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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby Rusty Mike » 20 Aug 2018, 16:57

kirsty, thanks for your honest assessment. It has certainly helped quell any further interest for now.

I'm always on the fence about looking at new products. In the end, they don't make me a better musician, so I'm better off with what I already own. The Dexibell instruments do not represent an upgrade over the Nord Stage. I'm happy with what I have.

I am also interested in a lighter instrument to augment my Stage 2EX for quick rehearsals and pick up gigs. I own an Electro 4D, but the 61 keys and organ action are not always suitable for piano playing. I'm currently interested in the new Yamaha P-121 piano. It's obviously a much simpler instrument, which is fine. The size, weight and price are all very attractive, and it would fit will with my cocktail duo. I'll take a closer look in October/November.
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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby jefsco » 20 Aug 2018, 20:14

p121 is supposed to start shipping in november in the usa!
i like that one as well!
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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby kirsty » 20 Aug 2018, 21:50

Amazing that the P121 has slipped under my radar. I am usually 'on it' for most stuff keyboards :D

It looks a nice neat little weighted package at only 10kgs and is available now in the UK at £522 which isnt bad at all. Half the price of the Dexibell S1 I was looking at in my comments above.

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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby kirsty » 20 Aug 2018, 22:11

Rusty Mike wrote: The Dexibell instruments do not represent an upgrade over the Nord Stage.


This is probably the best way to sum up what I was saying.

They look nice and premium, they sound OK, they play well, but better than my Nord... NAH :D

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Re: Dexibel Keyboards Anyone?

Postby Rusty Mike » 20 Aug 2018, 22:33

kirsty wrote:Amazing that the P121 has slipped under my radar. I am usually 'on it' for most stuff keyboards :D

It looks a nice neat little weighted package at only 10kgs and is available now in the UK at £522 which isnt bad at all. Half the price of the Dexibell S1 I was looking at in my comments above.


It's the same model as the P125 but with fewer keys. If you want to demo the sounds and feel, you can demo the P125. FYI for us in the states, since the P121 is not here in for a few months.

Apologies, I did not mean to derail the thread.
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