Stephen McDowell

Space Station v3

I got my SSV3 from Sweetwater a few months back. Meant to get you a letter sooner, but life has been a little more hectic than normal for me recently. The Spacestation had been on my radar since the v2 was introduced, along with the entire accompanying buzz that was being generated about your design on the many different keyboard forums.

As is the case with most of the SS “converts,” I was a somewhat skeptical at first, and a little hesitant to drop cash down on something that was difficult to try before buying. However, as the positive reviews started to pile up, I began to feel a little better about the possibility of taking the plunge.

The final decision to buy was based on something much more personal, however. As I was reading through the 160 plus pages about the SSV2 & 3’s on the “Keyboard Player” forum, one thing stood out; your personal and detailed responses to practically anyone who had questions or concerns about the unit, and how you personally tried to accommodate the very small numbers of buyers who had issues with their SS’s that troubleshooting and helpful suggestions alone could not solve. On top of that, your responses to questions about the technology and design of the product are always detailed, yet delivered in a manner that is easy to understand to a layman like me. I have never read any of your responses where I got the impression that “he’s trying to baffle us with B.S” like I sometimes feel when reading or listening to some of the “professional” product reviewers out there.

Anyways…I am primarily the lead vocalist in a local 6 piece Classic Rock band, who also plays a little keyboard, although definitely not a “lead” type player by any means. The other 5 guys are pretty awesome musicians and quite honestly put me to shame instrumentally. However, I take pride in the fills and accents that I add to the overall mix, and outside of the band, I play keys for the enjoyment of the instrument when I am home. Regardless of the venue, bar/club or just at home, I’ve never been satisfied with the sound from any digital keyboard amplification system I’ve owned or listened to. I grew up with acoustic uprights and a grand piano and have been constantly looking for something to recreate the “spaciousness” of those AP’s in a portable unit. The SSv3 is far and above the best sounding amplifier I’ve ever had or heard. Paired with my Korg SV-1, the sounds and tone I am getting are most impressive. I have been getting great responses from the other guys in the band, too. Because I’m a little self conscious about my playing, I have always had a tendency to keep my volume down in the mix so as not to “step” on any of the other guys, which usually translates into barely hearing my playing at all at times. Now I have found that I can still keep the volume down, but the overall keyboard sounds definitely blend and fill very nicely in the mix when we gig, regardless of the venue. I’m even getting more frequent “turn it up” gestures on stage from the guys which makes me very happy. It also is a joy loading and unloading. The SS replaced a Roland KC-550, which not only weighed a ton, it seemed to get heavier as the years went by. I thank you…my 60 year old back thanks you as well. Lol.

Just wanted to let you know what a treat it is using your awesome invention. It is everything I hoped it would be and more. I wish you continued success and happiness. God bless.

Stephen McDowell’ I got my SSV3 from Sweetwater a few months back. Meant to get you a letter sooner, but life has been a little more hectic than normal for me recently. The Spacestation had been on my radar since the v2 was introduced, along with the entire accompanying buzz that was being generated about your design on the many different keyboard forums. As is the case with most of the SS “converts,” I was a somewhat skeptical at first, and a little hesitant to drop cash down on something that was difficult to try before buying. However, as the positive reviews started to pile up, I began to feel a little better about the possibility of taking the plunge. The final decision to buy was based on something much more personal, however. As I was reading through the 160 plus pages about the SSV2 & 3’s on the “Keyboard Player” forum, one thing stood out; your personal and detailed responses to practically anyone who had questions or concerns about the unit, and how you personally tried to accommodate the very small numbers of buyers who had issues with their SS’s that troubleshooting and helpful suggestions alone could not solve. On top of that, your responses to questions about the technology and design of the product are always detailed, yet delivered in a manner that is easy to understand to a layman like me. I have never read any of your responses where I got the impression that “he’s trying to baffle us with B.S” like I sometimes feel when reading or listening to some of the “professional” product reviewers out there.

Anyways…I am primarily the lead vocalist in a local 6 piece Classic Rock band, who also plays a little keyboard, although definitely not a “lead” type player by any means. The other 5 guys are pretty awesome musicians and quite honestly put me to shame instrumentally. However, I take pride in the fills and accents that I add to the overall mix, and outside of the band, I play keys for the enjoyment of the instrument when I am home. Regardless of the venue, bar/club or just at home, I’ve never been satisfied with the sound from any digital keyboard amplification system I’ve owned or listened to. I grew up with acoustic uprights and a grand piano and have been constantly looking for something to recreate the “spaciousness” of those AP’s in a portable unit. The SSv3 is far and above the best sounding amplifier I’ve ever had or heard. Paired with my Korg SV-1, the sounds and tone I am getting are most impressive. I have been getting great responses from the other guys in the band, too. Because I’m a little self conscious about my playing, I have always had a tendency to keep my volume down in the mix so as not to “step” on any of the other guys, which usually translates into barely hearing my playing at all at times. Now I have found that I can still keep the volume down, but the overall keyboard sounds definitely blend and fill very nicely in the mix when we gig, regardless of the venue. I’m even getting more frequent “turn it up” gestures on stage from the guys which makes me very happy. It also is a joy loading and unloading. The SS replaced a Roland KC-550, which not only weighed a ton, it seemed to get heavier as the years went by. I thank you…my 60 year old back thanks you as well. Lol.

Just wanted to let you know what a treat it is using your awesome invention. It is everything I hoped it would be and more. I wish you continued success and happiness. God bless.
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