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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Sean McLaughlin a professional user from USA writes:
Agreed. A producer friend of mine also got out of the biz, he was a jingle writer and that segment of the market like so much has changed, he gave me his KX-88 which was in better shape than mine (my two lowest keys are non-op due to a bad drop after a gig once) so I use his in my studio. Also bought the M audio keystation, what a piece of crap. These KX's have GREAT action and are durable. Hey, after yikes 25 years! I have played on some new Roland controllers which are FANTASTIC but see no need to leave my favorites for $2000!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-14-2011 at 02:26
Sean McLaughlin a professional user from southern california writes:
I recently went and helped a producer pick out a new weighted Roland controller action to mate with a East West Quantum pianos setup. That upper end Roland action is pretty amazing and felt really good. I had made the mistake though of buying an M Audio Keystation pro 88 so I wouldn't have to keep pulling my KX 88 out of my studio to gig. As luck would have it, a producer friend of mine got out of the music business and GAVE me his KX 88. I'm sorry, but nothing compares to a KX88. It seems to mesh with digital pianos particularly well. And both my KX88's have held up EXTREMELY well. It's the dream setup for me. Why pay 2 grand for a new action when this old board is so great at a fraction of the price?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-24-2010 at 22:08
Angelo a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Hello there,

I am new to Keyboards in general and came into a KX-88 recently. I have tried everything i can think of to get sound to this...I bought an amp and a tone generator that did not work for me, the keyboard just flashed at me over and over. Please help me out with what it is that i need to get power to this controller.

I think i just bought the wrong tone generator for the controller. Does anyone know how to make this board work??

any help would be thanked greatfully.

take care,


Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-14-2008 at 19:22
mats a part-time user from Sweden writes:
The KX88 front panel vinyl cracks easily after a few years. Due to all this pencil and things one seems to put on top all of the time, like the programming manual for sysex hex code, which you rather tend to slam down in frustration!

However, Yamaha still provides spare parts and the panel spare aint that expensive.

Kx88 is heavy but I like it that way. It does reach velocity 127 if you hit real hard and you should, because it is built to take that kind of abuse. One thing I look for in keyboard action, is that the keys should not be able to move SIDEWARDS at all. If it does, it feels sluggish. Kx88 is the only one that still holds up to this. The MIDI utilisation leaves much to be desired though. But as for straight piano, and hitting drum samples, it can be bet. It is built like a tank. Still my favorite. Except for the vinyl panel (but look at any second hand DX7, its the same).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-04-2002 at 15:26
CliffAB a professional user from USA writes:
I've been a professional jazz pianist for 30 years and after playing grands, baby grands, uprights, spinets, you name it, since I was 9 and the Fender Stage piano for more years than was probably healthy, all I can say is the I love the KX-88. I use just the one I bought back in 1990 and have absolutley no complaints about it. I've had it in the shop once for general maintainence and new battery when it was 8yrs old. For my style of playing the only thing better would be a good Baldwin or Yamaha upright or grand piano. But we all know just how much fun those are to take to gigs. They'll have to cut my cold, dead fingers from this great keyboard at the end of the day.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-30-2001 at 19:35
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