Today, Manchester’s music scene is graced with the pleasure of the utter nutcase that is Nigel Kennedy. In the classical music world this man has been causing a stir for years, and shows absolutely no signs of stopping. Undoubtedly one of the greatest violinists in the world, Kennedy has been performing on the world’s most acclaimed stages for decades and tonight is coming to Bridgewater Hall. The programme is to include the Four Seasons alongside some of his own compositions.
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Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan was once a regular at the Manchester based Asian School of Music. The Asian school of Music, as known by some, is the sister school of the London synthesiser school which comes under the umbrella of Chase Music, known for their world class, top of the line digital pianos. Now specialising in top range electric pianos and digital keyboards, it has been a while since the establishment was graced by Bade Fateh Ali Khan, but in his heyday he performed concerts of a world class standard in the recital hall of the Asian School of Music.
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Back in the 1980s when Chase Music was something of an organ specialist, they held a number of promotional events surrounding organs and synthesisers, like the Family Organ Exhibition in 1986 as advertised below! Today, although Chase do not stock organs any more, there is a range of digital pianos with organ features and functions. Many top of the range electronic pianos come with electronic organ voices that can be easily switched between. Both the Chase P-40 and the Chase P-55 have organ voices and functions that are great fun to play with!!
One Day Only
This Sunday 18th September 1986 10am – 4pm
BELGRADE HOTEL, DIALSTONE LANE, STOCKPORT – ADMITTANCE FREE
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Exhibition Special – 1986
CHASE BIT MASTERKEYBOARD IS DEVISTATING
As the third and final post on the 1986 Frankfurt review, here is a review of the CHASE BIT MASTERKEYBOARD. It received critical acclaim and will go down in the books of synthesiser history as a legend. If you are looking for an instrument that will provide you with some of the features of a synthesiser and at a superb price, you answer is probably a digital piano. Electric pianos and keyboards come in a whole range of prices and with an expansive range of features! Have a look at the Chase P40 or Chase P55 and see what you think!
The Frankfurt Review
The power of this keyboard is devastating, the price is incredible. Outperforming every other Masterkeyboard up to nearly £2000 it retails at less than £600.
With complete MIDI implementation, the extensive R and D programme has produced The Keyboard Players Masterkeyboard. Fully weighted with dynamics, aftertouch and two split points, it encorporates a powerful 4000 note 4-track sequencer.
REAL MIDI 2
The MIDI is very thorough having MIDI in, programmable MIDI out channels – not “parallel” but “real” to cut down transmission delay when controllingup to 16 other keyboards or synth modules.
But perhaps above all, the beauty of the Chase Bit Masterkeyboard is in its visualisation of what is going on. You can in theory use any MIDI keyboard to control any other MIDI keyboard – but to find out what is going on and carry out adjustments is a minefield – especially when you may be controlling more than just one.
At Frankfurt, Chase demonstrated the full control, status reporting and simple addressability of all 16 synth modules linked to the Masterkeyboard.
THE CHASE BIT STORY
Also on show at the Frankfurt Review were the two instruments that this season, are taking the UK by storm, the Chase Bit 99 and Chase Bit Synth Module plus a prototype for the new Sampling Keyboard due out late Autumn which, from its specification, will outperform virtually everything on the market.
-Chase stole the show, and here’s why:-
As the second half of yesterday’s post, here is another archived advert for the Siel DK70 from the highly successful 1986 Frankfurt review from Chase Music. Chase’s main speciality back in the 1980s was synthesizers and this is a perfect example of one. As it has been stated many times before, although Chase now specialises in digital pianos and portable keyboards, there are a whole range of electronic pianos with features not dissimilar to those of the synths that Chase used to sell, for example the Chase P40! Like back in the 80s, Chase Music still has a showroom where you can come and try a whole range of excellent digital pianos from a range of brands!!
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Chase 10th Anniversary – 1986
Chase music has been up and running now for nearly 40 years and the deals on offer are better than ever! As part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations back in 1986 Chase had unbeatable offers on organs, synthesizers, and digital pianos which were all world-famous. A page spread in the popular Melody Maker newspaper outlined just some of the incredible deals on offer at the time, including a Chase baby grand piano for £499, and a Chase DP30 for £299! Along with the purchase of any of the instruments on offer in this particular advert, a free stay in a hotel was also on offer!!
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