Bk-7m discontinued?
#1
I have asked my music supplier if the Bk-7m is discontinued. They replied yes. Anyone else to verify? If so, what are other options?
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#2
The BK-7m has been discontinued for some time now.
Some suppliers still have them in stock (search the web) and many are showing up on Ebay.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Roland-BK-7m/20...SwraRdSwRw
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#3
I noticed that something was going on with the BK-7M when I put mine up on Craigslist a couple months ago. I had listed it previously with little interest and a couple of "I'll give you $500 cash today" replies. I had put it away in the box about a year ago and wasn't using it.

I decided to list it again and had numerous offers at $750 (with the Roland BK-7M stand). I set it back up to make certain it was in perfect working order and ended up playing along with it for four hours. It's never been back in the box and I use it nearly every day now.
Current Accordions:

2003 Excelsior 960 Custom Magnante 5/5 - Hand Made Reeds
Excelsior 930 Van Damme Jazz Accordion - Hand Made Reeds
Roland FR-8X Digital Accordion - No Reeds
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#4
    I bought mine about a year ago used. Music Go Round $575.00...it serves only 1 purpose, does a great job on the Austrian waltz and polka beats which I use frequently at the German/Hungarian Restaurant gig. If need more, use my Korg PA3x for other styles. And it is compact on stage.
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#5
Yes it is discontinued, but it's still good for what it is.  

What's the latest?  Ketron SD-90... if you want to pay 2700 Euros ($3200US, or over $4000Cdn).  For that much, it could stand up and play the accordion for me, and I would still pass... lol

Lots of BK-7ms floating around. Join the facebook BK7-m page and a few of the Roland V-accordion groups as well as keep an eye in places like Craigslist, they pop up fairly often. I found mine in a pawn shop for around $500US. Another option is a used Ketron X4, great sounds good quality, but a bit bigger/heavier. Brand new that one cost me $2000Cdn back in the day.
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(16-08-2019, 09:17 AM)JerryPH Wrote: Yes it is discontinued, but it's still good for what it is.  

What's the latest?  Ketron SD-90... if you want to pay 2700 Euros ($3200US, or over $4000Cdn).  For that much, it could stand up and play the accordion for me, and I would still pass... lol

Lots of BK-7ms floating around.  Join the facebook BK7-m page and a few of the Roland V-accordion groups as well as keep an eye in places like Craigslist, they pop up fairly often.  I found mine in a pawn shop for around $500US.  Another option is a used Ketron X4, great sounds good quality, but a bit bigger/heavier.  Brand new that one cost me $2000Cdn back in the day.

Those Ketron are pricy. Nothing new and exciting for me. Better to look at arranger Keyboards. You get more bang for a buck. Yamaha released the PSR sx900 which is a stripped down model of the Genos. The Korg Pa1000, stripped down PA4x. If these companies would make a module, a winner. And if doing Jerry Lee Lewis “Whole Lotta Shakin” put down the accordion and jam out on the keys...
The Bk-7m serves my purpose. But enjoying the Beat Buddy pedal drum machine with the accordion too. A little more complex to setup, but the drum kits are the most human realistic I have heard.
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#7
My first arranger ever was a Ketron XD-3 that I used with my Petosa Millennium digital needless accordion. The BK-7M was definitely a step down as far as quality of the sounds and realism of the patterns. I'm still considering purchasing a used one because it was so darn good.

BK-7M is easier to use and about half the size - but Ketron, although expensive, is an excellent company with excellent products in my opinion.
Current Accordions:

2003 Excelsior 960 Custom Magnante 5/5 - Hand Made Reeds
Excelsior 930 Van Damme Jazz Accordion - Hand Made Reeds
Roland FR-8X Digital Accordion - No Reeds
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#8
Keymn.... Tell me how or more about the beats buddy.. Seemed best option to me by far for lo g time but I need to pay import taxes in UK... What I really need to know is Does It Swing... Many thanks Terry
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(01-09-2019, 09:54 PM)losthobos Wrote: Keymn.... Tell me how or more about the beats buddy.. Seemed best option to me by far for lo g time but I need to pay import taxes in UK... What I really need to know is Does It Swing... Many thanks Terry

I do not like the factory beats in most part. But the drums are realistic and if you have a ear for drum beat programming, it is a good option. It has an editor on the pc which you can produce your own beats. Like most arrangers and drum machines, they tend to appease the guitar player music styles. Have no regrets as I enjoy the programming my beats...here are some recordings with FR4x and Beat Buddy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ocw4e17hv7q4i8...y.wav?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/k3xcech7rpj3pt...y.mp3?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/clle7yrrx470u0...r.mp3?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7xo53a9af31g5z...t.mp3?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9ip0xbhex56qys...z.mp3?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cusmqg27qbctdp...X.mp3?dl=0
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#10
Thanks Larry.... Not sure it's what I'm looking for now as still sounds a bit synthetic and I've enough on my hands trying to learn the accordion without worrying about programming
When I'd got in touch with manufacturers they gave me their obviously biased opinion and gave me the impression that they'd recorded live drummers and you could patch four bar loops etc together much like someone adept with a sampler would... Not sure why it still doesn't sound Live.. Really grateful you've taken time to enlighten me.... I'll keep my cash and try find a brush drummer to play along with... Best wishes Terry
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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#11
(04-09-2019, 05:17 PM)losthobos Wrote: Thanks Larry.... Not sure it's what I'm looking for now as still sounds a bit synthetic and I've enough on my hands trying to learn the accordion without worrying about programming
When I'd got in touch with manufacturers they gave me their obviously biased opinion and gave me the impression that they'd recorded live drummers and you could patch four bar loops etc together much like someone adept with a sampler would... Not sure why it still doesn't sound Live.. Really grateful you've taken time to enlighten me.... I'll keep my cash and try find a brush drummer to play along with... Best wishes Terry

Yes, electronics synthetic. I bought the FR4x to get my midi connections and a couple orchestra sounds. Not much to adjust on this accordion as some think. Today as musicians, we need to be capable to learn how to play and program the synthetics. But without knowing how to perform, the latter does no good...Happy playing...glad I enlightened you...
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#12
How about this then Larry.... Looks like the very thing I've been searching for... Organic simple sounds and easy to operate...
https://youtu.be/eQd0fQ5QP4o
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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(10-09-2019, 06:53 PM)losthobos Wrote: How about this then Larry.... Looks like the very thing I've been searching for... Organic simple sounds and easy to operate...
https://youtu.be/eQd0fQ5QP4o

So many options...being a performer, have great responses with what I have...check out this surfing Beat on Beat Buddy and accordion guitar sound, FR4x, did my own programming...I just need time out as new products are on the way, hopefully in 2020...maybe I sent this link, but using a rock drum kit on Beat Buddy and did the beat from scratch on the intro toms...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/6k817islzgtcyp...1.wav?dl=0
Larry Roberts Entertainment
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#14
Well done Larry... I've got to say that is a pretty grand example of what can be done with electronics and time... If I had that backing track I'd probably just get my guitar out of the pawn shop...
I've spent some time this week on the bests buddy forum and it seems the biggest gripe is the rhythms are far too heavy handed crash bang wallop affairs and especially true of the jazz swing patterns... Pity really as the pedal design and concept is supetb
As an acoustic accordion player I think I'm gonna take a punt on the boss dr rhythm and see if it adds something to my playing even if it is just better timekeeping... I'll keep you posted
Keep surfing.... and again thanks for your input.. Terry
Right or wrong make it strong...when in doubt miss it out...
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