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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Conspiring Android a part-time user from Vancouver, Canada writes:
I love this thing. 2years ago I read the Keyboard Magazine review of the M-Audio Keystation Pro 88, and bought it based on their recommendation. My advice... Don't do it! The action is terrible. It feels like there is corn syrup in the mechanism!

The Fatar SL-880 on the other hand... It is amazing. I just got rid of my Keystation (don't let the door hit you on the way out!) and started with the Fatar. It is spooky how real it feels. It feels so realistic that I think it is now time to get Synthogy Ivory as I have heard great things about it as well.

M-Audio make good soundcards. Stick to that. For realistic piano action, Fatar is the best I have ever tried!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-23-2007 at 02:45
Sjoerd van der Kooij a part-timer user from Holland writes:
One of the best inventions since MIDI. The fatar S880 was the first affordable MIDI controller with the lovely 'Weighted Hammer Action', 88 key's en Velocity Sensitive with Aftertouch I saw (and loved). It had 4 zones wich each can send on his own MIDI channel. But there are some negative sights, there is not more than a led-display what is not as easy programmable as a 'normal' display type. Also splits etc. etc. are not very easy programmable. But, especially because of it's low price it's a perfect MIDI master controller.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-12-1999 at 09:17
Don a professional user from USA writes:
This is a great master controller, as far as piano feel is concerned. I also use a Korg SGproX, but bought this for gigging to use with a Kurz Micro Piano, Yamaha P50m, and/or MKS 20. The feel of the keys, the bounce, the way you can massage the keys at low volume, the quickness, everything about the keyboard is as authentic as they come - even the off-white color. I like the Korg's feel, but it is less of an authentic imitation. I have not tried the Kawai MP9000 which actually has hammers inside, but wouldn't consider it anyway because of the weight (70+ pounds). That's why I got rid of my SG1D. The SL-880 is 44 lbs. and very moveable. All the complaints in the review are accurate, and you can step up to the more expensive 1100 or 2001, but for a basic controller, this thing really shines. The extra volume and mapping features are not of much interest to me since I use MIDI mappers to control those functions. It does plenty of zoning for splits and layers though. I got mine brand new for $750. The best deal I've had, considering it's wonderful keyboard, in a long time. The wheels are covered in rubber and feel great. When you power up, the Fatar will sense what type of sustain pedal is plugged in and adjust accordingly so you don't have to go through menus to change the sustain pedal polarity. Just don't use a pedal with a stereo jack, like the Korg (which I use). It has to be mono. Can't say enough. I'm very pleased and will use this for some time to come so as not to drag my Korg SGproX all over town. 4 out of 5 instead of a 5 because it doesn't have assignable sliders and has a really dumb looking graphic right in front to show you which keys do what function. A minor flaw, at best.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-04-1999 at 14:58
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