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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Carlos Magno a professional user from Brazil writes:
Good Keyboard, best Ep´s, piano, orgão, string....easy navigator....sorry no speak language.....Brazil

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-07-2005 at 04:42
Jay a part-time user from USA writes:
I wanted a weighted-88 key keyboard that feels and sounds like a piano. I've owned mine for 4 years now, and I haven't found any other keyboard that comes close to imitating the piano action like the S80. The piano sounds are great and the fender rhodes sound is fabulous. If you think the piano sound mono is good, try hooking two amps up to it stereo- WOW! I haven't spent enough time in the inside of the S80 to make any technical comments, but all of my music-techie freinds that look through the menus foam at the mouth every time they get a chance. Yes, it's heavy. My advise: Don't buy an S80 without buying a nice hardcase. It's heavy enough to need protection from itself. I think that this is the weighted action keyboard that I've always wanted and I'll probably own it the rest of my life.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-23-2005 at 15:08
Carl Fortunato a part-time user from NYC writes:
I love this keyboard. After playing one in a rehearsal studio , I knew it was the one I wanted. The sounds are great, the touch is perfect. Everybody loves it. The minuses:

1)Too damned heavy. Lord, is it a beast.

2) The manual is atrocious. In fact, I found this site while looking around cyberspace for any online groups that can supplement the manual. It's a great keyboard, and I would like to get the most out of it, but the badness of the manual makes that difficult.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-25-2004 at 20:11
Cynthia a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've played the S-80 in my church's contemporary Christian band for over three years. After trying several different keyboards, I settled on the Yamaha S-80, both for the feel of the keys and quality of sound. Multiple voice selections and performance modes make this a very versatile instrument. It takes awhile to get accustomed to navigating through the controls, but it's worth it. If needed, transposing is easy.

This has remained my favorite keyboard; in fact, I have two of them! One stays set up at home; the other travels with me. My only complaint, as others have mentioned, is the weight. I do, however, have a case with wheels, and for anyone who plays as I do or who travels with their keyboard, the case is definitely worth considering.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-24-2004 at 23:27
Brian a professional user from USA writes:
I bought this board just after the S-90 came out. Got a great price on it. About $900US

I considered all the other brands (Roland, Korg, Alesis, Kurzweil) and this board came out the winner. Excellent patches and a great feel to the keys. I don't mind the stiffness. Feels nice a sturdy to me. I play in an Instrumental Band similar to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. The board fills in the Piano/Strings/Synth areas very nicely for me and makes an excellent companion on stage to my Korg Triton LE and Kurweil SP88.

The biggest concern about this board is it's weight. Becomes a real pain when you have to clear a stage quickly after a set.

The patches are absolutely amazing. I love the pianos. The Acousitc Grand is one of the best I've found. The synths are also excellent!

This is a great board for a great price. When I bought mine, it was one of the last on hand at the store, so, they may be a tad hard to come by nowadays as the S90 is the Flagship Yamaha. Definitely a board worth picking up!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-30-2003 at 14:55
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