A little something about the machines
I've gone through a whole bunch of keys over the years and the tweaking still continues. I started out on a Roland D-20 in the early 90's , later I saved up to buy a Kurzweil K2000. The K2000 along with a K2000R and a K2500 were my main keyboards until around 2002 when I joined Sonata. Some other stuff used during this era were a Kawai Phm, Korg DW-6000, Korg Poly-800 and a Kurzweil PC88, I also started to use different effect pedals and guitar/bass amps. When I joined Sonata I used a Korg Triton along with the Kurzweils and a rack from hell (=too big, too many wires and constanty breaking down...) , then I got a Korg Karma and used that as my main sound source for a while. At some point I had a smaller rack with a Triton, Roland Fantom XR and some effects in it. Right now my main live keyboard is the Korg M3, with a couple of pedals for the lead sound (Boss Blues Driver, Noise Suppressor and Digital Delay). I also use any available digital piano for the more delicate stuff (mostly Roland RD-700). In the studio there's a whole bunch of stuff, Korg: M3, Triton Rack, Karma, Microsampler.Roland: JV2080, Fantom XR and my trusty old Kurzweil K2500.....oh and the Clavia G2 which is a cool piece as well.
I'm currently endorsed by Korg & Roland !
...and then..... I started playing these shoulder-controller-80's-thing with Requiem back in 2001 and I've gone through a couple of them in the last 10 years. Roland is the preferred brand and I've used Ax-1's, Ax-7's and most recently the Ax-synth.
Red Devil (Punainen Paholainen, Ax-1)
This was the first one I used, our friend named it...to this day I'm not sure if he liked it or despised it. Nevertheless you can see this one in The livevideo of Broken on the SA release Takatalvi. By that time I had covered it with black tape at our guitar players house one morning when I woke up hungover and confused. At some point
in the spring of 2005 this one was gone.....
The first one I had custom painted with ice and snow and shit, it was handpainted and looked really cool (probably one of the best looking keys I've ever owned).You'll find this one in the SA video of Don't say a word as well as on the live
DVD: For the sake of Revenge where I smashed it towards the end of the show, R.I.P.
Little Ed (Ax-7)
Looking like a mess with red, blue and black lines as well as tape here and there and some random scribblings with a marker here's the one who got me through the rest of the Reckoning Night Tour. I got it in Japan after I destroyed Moon. You can find it in the Misplaced live video. In the fall of 2006 when the tour was over I put this in a case somewhere, it probably smells really good by now with all the beersweat and vodka all dried up.
Purple Boy (Ax-1)
The second one I had painted. I used this one for the Unia Tour. It made a comeback on the SA video Flag in the ground as well as on the AustralAsian part of the Days of Grays world tour. I still have it but it's really beat up.
I used this at random occasions on the Unia tour and it was featured in the Japanese version of Keyboard magazine. Probably the Ax that is in the best shape of the ones I have left, it only has a few stickers on it but otherwise it's unviolated.
Drunken Picasso (Ax-7)
I have no idea what posessed me to destroy a perfectly good keyboard by painting it, while wasted on whisky. You'll probably never see me with this anywhere. Check below for the pic and you'll know why,
Big Dog (Ax-synth)
The first Ax-synth for me, I painted it myself and it's my main Axe for the Days of Grays tour. It will be on the next DVD if it doesn't brake down before that.
Some of the alive ones:
Drunken Picasso, Purple Boy & Woodstock