Nord Electro 5D SW61 £1449
The Continental’s most direct competitor, the 5D is very well established and comes in a fair bit cheaper too, plus it can do splits, has real drawbars and more comprehensive FX control. nordkeyboards.com
Korg SV-1 73 £1399
The SV-1 is still a very worthy purchase, featuring a weighted 73-note keybed, a vintage-inspired design (with valve stage), tasty EP’s and pianos, useable synths and organs and some lovely vintage-style FX. www.korg.com
Roland VR-730 £1309
Just announced, this is Roland’s answer to the 73-note Electro and Continental. It features a 73-note waterfall keybed, organ with real drawbars, plus synth, piano and drum sections, splits/layers and FX.