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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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GARY HUNT a professional user from USA writes:
DONT GET ANY BETER THAN THIS KEYBOARD.HAD PC88...IT FELL APART...VERY TRASHY ...PC 88.A90EX NOT VERY USER FRIENDLY.ROLAND MUST HAVE SOME IDIOTS THAT DOES THIER MANUALS!STILL THE BEST SOUNDING &FEELING KEYBOARD ON THE MARKET TODAY!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
DENNY JACKSON a professional user from usa writes:
I THINK THE A 90 IS BY FAR THE BEST FEELING ACTION ON A DIGITAL PIANO . KEEP IN MIND IT WILL NEVER REPLACE THE REAL THING.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
Bill C. a part time user from USA writes:
I bought the A90 for the keyboard primarily, though I like the dedicated

buttons and controllers far more than the layered pages and assignment

procedures in other MIDI controllers. It came down to the A90 or the Kurzweil.

I ended up with the Roland after concluding that as good as the Kurzweil is

in other respects, its construction leaves a lot to be desired. After

monitoring mail lists and talking to people, it's clear that Kurzweil gets

the most user complaints as far as quality goes. The A90 has a really superb keyboard, is built like a tank, and is exceptionally

easy to use. It is also heavy, but mine stays put, so that wasn't much of a

consideration. (It is still lighter than a few of the workstations out there,

though.) I think the documentation is good, but basic. It also assumes you know quite

a bit about MIDI. It contains no tutorial-type information. In other words,

it tells you how to operate the board, not what the various functions can be

used for or why. There are a few things I would change. The aftertouch is too heavy, though

it does has poly aftertouch, which is great. You can't program your own

velocity curves, it comes with a palette of 7 preset curves to choose from.

In practice that's fine most of the time, but occasionally a curve doesn't

quite fit a synth patch, so you end up re-programming the patch to respond

better. I'd also like some sort of "cancel" function - when you touch a

data entry slider, you made a change. That's a problem because the same

slider(s) are used for multiple settings, so the position will be where you

left it for the last parameter change. As soon as you move it, the value

jumps. That's a confusing description, but in practice you just have to make

sure you note your current setting on the screen before touching the slider. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
Larry Negro a part time user from USA writes:
The A90EX is "the" best sampled piano on the market, no contest. I'm a writer, not a player so I am more intrerested in real sounding instruments. I agree with some of the other comments herein regarding short commings (like trying to control external modules while still retaining internal sounds). The documentation does suck, but having owned Roland equipment for many years and never gotten good doc (the manual I got with my S-50 was written in broken Japanese), I expect to have to decipher a lot on my own. If you are planning to buy one, don't even think about not getting the EX option. It's the best part. It's built like a tank, fabulous action for a mechanical keyboard, and oooh those samples.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
Tim Wick a part time user from USA writes:
I owned the Kurzweil PC-88mx previously in which I destroyed the action.

The action on the A-90 is much, much more reliable. Did not like the

EX module at first but learned to like the piano, better than Kurzweil during

live performance. It really cuts better than any of the others, to date.

Roland manual for the A-90ex is especially poor. Not very comprehensive.

For the most part, it is excellent performance controller. Big and heavy,

but sturdy.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
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