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Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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Wolfgang a part-time user from Germany writes:
Some of the comments were just wrong. It DOES respond to velocity (but not to pitch-bend or modulation, which is crap for a real piano/e-piano anyway!). Midi channels can be set. Polyphony can be doubled by getting a second module and making one receive even, the other odd notes. Before you write a lot of crap and give this unit zero points get the manual from Yamaha first. Free download at Yamaha homepage. Now for the real review: this box is still valuable today. The pianos are first-class, the choir is a real classic and the rest (strings, guitar, basses, harpsichord, brass) are good (although the brass patch is very strange). If you need great pianos this box is for you and it is certainly worth the money I paid (60 euros). The pianos can compete with all the modern stuff out there, they are realistic and warm and the choir is the only one I've ever heard that sounded good. So: incredible value for the money and contrary to some reviewers I think this unit is pretty sturdy, too. Mine survived several crashes to the floor without harm, and there are no protruding buttons which could break off. It's worth every cent I paid for it and I will buy a second one as a spare. The pianos are just IT.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-28-2003 at 08:38
Alex F. a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Only the choir and maybe the piano is usable. MIDI support is very poor, not even pitchbending is possible. And of course no modulation in any way and not the simpliest effect.

For just a tiny little bit more money you get a full GM-device like the TG100. I got mine for 35 Euro and that's about 30 Euro too much.

I have sampled the choir and now sell it.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-05-2003 at 08:21
Tom Knox a part-time user from Germany writes:
I´ve got one EMT-10 with that phreaky EFX-Unit. It´s quite cool, with much more Chorus and a bit of reverb i use this thing as a cool house-piano. I don´t remeber what I´ve payed for it, but I remember the very cheap friendship-price about US$ 60,--.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-17-2000 at 14:26
The DigitalSorceress a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Back in the late 80's I worked in a store that sold Yamaha organs and Clavinovas. At the time, the strings, choir and piano sounds on those things were top-notch. I also remember having a lot of fun with the EMT-10, EMQ, and so-on.

Anyway, Years later, I still remembered the piano on those EMT-10s as being quite well done, and when I found myself in the position of REALLY wishing the piano sound on my Korg Ns5R was better, I tripped over a used EMT-10 at a local music store. For $60, I figured what the hell... I think it was worth it.

This thing was never worth the $500 they charged when it was new, but if you can find a used one for under $75, I think the piano sound alone is worth it. The Choir is quite servicable (you don't nitice the splits too badly if the it's used as a background pad, and the Strings kind of remind me of a MelloTron - Almost...

By hodling the MIDI button and pressing piano 1, you can increment the unit through transmitting on channels 1 through 16... the LEDs for soft, loud, fast, slow light up in a binary pattern to indicate the channel... if you lose count, just cycle to the point where they are all on (that is channel 15 I believe, then again for ch 16, and the first light that shows up is 1... then the second lite is 2, then, for channel 3, the lites valued at 1 AND 2 turn on, then 4 will be a new light, and so-on. The recieve channel can be set by using the same technique but with the Piano2 button. Also, the unit IS touch sensitive, but does NOT receive aftertouch, pitch bend, or modulation.

Hope that helps.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-17-2000 at 13:07
Steve Blakemore a hobbyist user from England writes:
Well, I only paid £35 for mine, and at that I guess it's OK.

The response to touch data is fine, (and programmable from the front panel), and I agree with the guys who say that the choir sounds are probably the most useful.

It definitely still has a use in those floaty, New Age kind of things where a solo piano melody drifts over a wash of strings etc.

I find it very easy to get sitting right in a mix - much more so than the brasher sounds of some more modern gear.

Build quality reflects its real intended use - ie, sat near a home organ or whatever, not in the real world of gigging.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-26-1999 at 07:07
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