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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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You're having a laugh. Move it 6 inches and switch it on and off and see what you've got. The worst synth for tuning and general maintenance except for the polymoog and maybe the DS2 Crumar. it's worse than that even. It does sound great though. I can't get over what you've never had it tuned...I'mm breathless!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-12-2004 at 04:24
synthuz a professional user from Usa writes:
I dont understand what people is talking about, my cs80 has never failed, and is in tune all the time, stop all the talk about it, its just made by them who cant find it, they are hard to find, and this is the best synth ever made.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-11-2004 at 09:21
Pro keyboard/synth player from us writes:
Its true the sound i was wating for came throu,its cs80, what a sound, listen deep, this is the best synth ever made.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-10-2004 at 09:49
Drew a professional user from Canada writes:
I bought my CS-80 around 1981. Knowing the people at my local music store, they let me take it home to try. It never went back. I played and wrote for 3 days straight.

I have never played a synth that inspired me more.I've seen other peoples comments on the mini sliders for instance. They work perfectly for me. I set up a sound on the main control panel, then transfer the settings over. Never had a problem.

The presets don't do much for me, although they are probably what made me fall in love with the synth as played by Eddie Jobson with UK. I saw them live, and there it was! He toured with it, but I sure wouldn't want to.

I am in the sad position of having to sell the beast. Begore I do, I will lock myself up with it for another wild weekend of fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-29-2003 at 17:30
oberday a part-time user from Denver writes:
Yamaha released a VCO modification in 1978 that greatly improved tuning stability. My CS80 has it, I can tell you that in its 23 year life (manufactured Spring of 1980), it's been tuned twice. TWICE!! Once here in Denver just after I got it, and another time by CS80 expert "Old Crow."

I drove the CS80 back from Crow's place in West Virginia to Denver in the back of a 4Runner. I then moved it down 2 flights of stairs to get it into my basement. Guess what- the tuning was perfect.

There's a lot of urban legend surrounding these instruments, which is really too bad. Get a CS80 with the tuning mod and you'll be in fine shape.

posted Tuesday-Aug-26-2003 at 01:50
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