My first keyboard was an organ, soon followed by the piano. Since then, I have continued to speak both "languages": on one side, the piano with its warm and fast response; on the other side, the timbral research on synthesizers.
I usually decide for every project what instruments I am going to use.When a piano is called for, I always prefer a real instrument over a sample, even if the sample is very good. However, in the context of a powerful rhythm section, it is often difficult to tell the difference.
Anyway, I have a Yamaha grand piano. On synthesizers, I strive to program warm and complex sounds, capable to stand the comparison with acoustic instruments, but without being imitative.Many of my projects start on the Kurzweil K2600; its depth and complexity are still unequalled.Among analog synths, of which I'm a certified fanatic, I love the Oberheim Matrix-12 and the Studio Electronic SE-1, which is an all-analog MiniMoog clone with an excellent sound quality.
I also find amazing the Alesis Andromeda A6, a modern analog synth with modular-like capabilities, only polyphonic and programmable... I also have a small VA, the Yamaha AN1x, very light, slim and usable. I've used for many years the Rhodes Chroma and the PPG Wave 2.2.I also use the Korg Wavestation a lot, especially for powerful melodic lines.On stage, I still often bring an expanded Roland XP-80; I use it both as a master and a sound source.
For piano sounds, I have a Kurzweil
MicroEnsemble, and when I
need weighted keys I bring a Fatar Studio 2001 master keyboard, or the
more recent WMK-176plus..
Ive started using the softsynths, synthesizers that live in software inside the computer; but for practical use, I often sample the results on the Kurzweil.