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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Mike Loyd a professional user from USA writes:
We gospel guys absolutely love the Piano sound in the Mks-20 and the P-330. Your average hit gospel record will have these recognizable sounds on it. I must admit I missed these great machines when they were first manufactured. I didn't get one until about 2 or 3 years ago. Now, I use the MKS-20 EXCLUSIVELY at my church. I run it through the house in stereo and it is off the hook. AND THAT RHODES...Oh my God!!! Most of my buddies absolutely feen over them. Some of us buy them 2 and 3 at time from local pawn shops, yes I said pawn shops. They are hot here in L.A.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-01-2002 at 12:44
Stefan M. a part-time user from germany writes:
Well - my Roland MKS-20 just arrived today - and I am very happy!! But I must admit that for my taste I like the acoustic piano even better than the EP Patch 7 that everybody is so crazy about :-) But that´s just me - I believe it´s because I´m a huge 80s fan and I instantly thought of Richard Marx - Right here waiting - remember that piano ??Guess what - I bet it IS the MKS-20! It has got something really cool. Of course the EPs are good, too, and I bet in a mix they will really stand out like all the other reviewers said! I like most sounds from the MKS 20, the CLAVI is real nice, too, especially if you play very low notes, cool bass! Piano 3 is a little bit bright - therefore good for techno in my opinion. Vibraphone is ok. I think the MKS-20 is a must-have for someone who´s looking for a kind of retro- & absolutely warm-sounding machine. Not like some of today´s digital crap :-) Chorus, Tremolo and the Equalizer are very good, operation is easy, even without a manual. Built quality is TOP , like most ROLAND gear and absolutely reliable. Why is everybody complaining that this thing is SO HEAVY? It ain´t for a 2 space unit! I´ve opened it up and looked inside, very well built, I fastened some screws and I wanted to change the battery - just in case - but the battery is not repaceable so easy - so better don´t do it or something could break - I didn´t do it because my preset patches are storable after all - and if one day not - I´ll get a memorycard because battery replacement is much easier there - and by the way - the user presets are soooo easy - there are only a few options - no problem to restore setting even if were lost! So - to come to and end - 5 out of 5 - very nice! Get it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-02-2002 at 16:07
Steve Parker a part-time user from USA writes:
The new sounds of todays electric Pianos still can't touch the MKS-20 and I've done my shopping around.The Electric piano sounds of the Roland D70, the P-200 by Yamaha, the Phantom by Roland, The XP80 by Roland. I could go on and on. No module out there can touch The MKS-20. I had been looking for a certain electric piano sound for years and I come to find out that It was not in the DX7 but in the MKS-20. The only downfall is no pitch bend.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-18-2001 at 14:14
Steve Parker a part-time user from USA writes:
The new sounds of todays electric Pianos still can't touch the MKS-20 and I've done my shopping around.The Electric piano sounds of the Roland D70, the P-200 by Yamaha, the Phantom by Roland, The XP80 by Roland. I could go on and on. No module out there can touch The MKS-20. I had been looking for a certain electric piano sound for years and I come to find out that It was not in the DX7 but in the MKS-20. The only downfall is no pitch bend.

posted Tuesday-Dec-18-2001 at 14:12
Mookie Siegel a professional user from USA writes:
I bought the mks 20 new in the mid 80's and I still love it. It is incredibly expressive. The #7 ep is astoundingly musical. I also bought a Roland P-330 which seems to be a one rack space, stackable version of the mks-20. It also has many more (but not a lot) editing features. The biggest difference for me is that the mks-20 will not respond to pich benders and the p-330 will. On the other hand, the p-330 does not have the deep and rich tremolo found on the p-330. I'd love to be able to change these problems.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-26-2001 at 16:23
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