Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson and his Bag End System D18E-R’s with TA15

Keith was a keyboard player, composer, pianist. In addition, he was also the founding member and keyboardist of Nice and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Emerson wrote and arranged much of ELP’s music on albums such as Tarkus (1971) and Brain Salad Surgury (1973). He combined his own original compositions with classical or traditional pieces adapted for a rock format.

In the early 1990’s Will Alexander designed Keith’s rotating stage platform. Meanwhile, Alexander arranged for Emerson to evaluate the latest loudspeaker technology from Bag End. Emerson tested the Time-Align TA15 and a double 18″ ELF subwoofer. In short, the platform included, among other things, his famous “Monster Moog” synthesizer and his Bag End Monitor system. Emerson toured with and continued to use his original Bag End system for over 25 years, and up until his death. We miss him.

Keith Emerson's D8E-R, Bag End Double 18 Infra Series Subwoofer

Keith’s Original Bag End speakers were purchased at Julien’s Auction in 2018 and are now part of the EMEAPP’s Keith Emerson Experience. Click here for the article written in Electronic Musician for the May 2019 edition.

Emerson’s Moog Synthesizer lives at the Electronic Music Education and Preservation Project.

EMEPP is the steward of a privately held world-class curated collection of rare vintage electronic instruments and stage-used gear.