>>Am looking for a keyboard for the studio-good strings are a plus as well >as cool World Music sounds. Been looking at the Korg stuff: X50 and TR61. I can get decent deals on both-one being new the other slightly used.<< dunno about the korg- my ex has a triton, & I could never get my head round the programming/architecture. I guess what I'm trying to say is, that ease-of-use of the programming side has to be the most important aspect of the choice..... none of the synth modules, romplers or whatever that I've ever used has had /bad/ sounds in it- some are better at one thing than another. generally speaking then, unless you are after a very particular rendition of a sound (e.g. the korg grand piano samples may sound marginally more convincing to your ear than, say, the roland), make sure you are comfortable with how the machine is laid out & what it feels like to use. you don't want to be stuck with the factory presets, after all! my own preference is for the last version of emu "proteus" architecture (which started with the audity-2000, though this particular module isn't compatible with the rest of the range). in particular, the keyboard version (PK6 &c) is a nice box, with a nice-feeling keyboard, reasonably easy to edit stuff on, & (depending on the model- the PK6 had a sort of "generic" set called "composer") a great selection of sounds. they can probably be found NOS or on e-bait quite cheaply. mine was new & cost £300. you can pay more than that for a decent controller keyboard that doesn't make any noise. go, as they say, figure! btw, I went for the emu stuff because I could make my own flash-rom for them, using a big emu sampler.... I guess the triton offers something similar. duncan.