Synth Site: Kawai: M8000: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Larry a part-time user from Atlanta writes:
Excellent controller...had mine for going on 20 years and still going strong. Yes, built like a tank but maybe that's why it's still alive and kicking. Broke a key recently and went to Kawai and they still have keys for this awesome keyboard almost 20 years later.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-30-2010 at 20:58
Arjan a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
This indeed is a well kept secret. This I believe is one of the very first 88 piano-like weighed keys master keyboards and it was manufactured from 1987 until the early nineties. For some reason Kawai stopped the production of this type of instrument and today not much can be found on the internet on this heavy duty keyboard, except for a scanned manual which is downloadable from the US-Kawai site. Despite its age, it is still a very good looking, solid (almost 30 kgs!) and easy to learn keyboard, unlike for example Roland’s A-series, which are sometimes quite incomprehensive, even after reading their manual (I owe a A-33 as well). I bought mine last week for only €175 (original price was about €1500), complete with a solid wooden stand. The M8000 has a pitchbend and a modwheel, capable of sending (channel) aftertouch, 4 MIDI Outs and 2 MIDI Ins, so sufficient flexibility to create about any setup. The 4 Outs are individually mastered and can be turned on and off according to your wishes. Editing several parameters is easily done, and even without the manual you will succeed, ‘cos there’s a printed menu on top of the keyboard and several small (2 and 3-digit) displays that show you the current settings. Up to 99 presets can be stored. A major backdraw is that it can send program change messages but not bank select messages, or SysEx, so only the first 127 instruments or patches of your synth or module can be programmed. I guess that this keyboard came before the later addition of the bank-select MIDI facility, but of course you can select the right program on your synthmodule and play the M8000. Back in time, this master keyboard was praised for its key action, but compared to some later 88-weighed (master) keyboards (which aren’t produced that many) and digital pianos, I found its action a little sluggish and quite heavy. But I am not a very good piano player and I think that key-action is a very personal matter. Considered the lack of modern 88-weighed piano action master keyboards I think this one can still pretty well hold up against time. You just need some space in your home studio, and a kind but strong person that will help you carrying it around on your gigs.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-07-2006 at 02:42
kmiell from usa writes:
This keyboard's electronics are such that, if you change a program number, Bam 1 it's changed. No waiting for a light to stop blinking while your waiting for the bank to change. the whole menu is printed on the face of the keyboard. No hidden menus. I banged mine around with no case for 10 years and once my stand broke and the keyboard flew over backwards and landed upside down. I only had to replace a key. Note of caution!!!!!: if you have one and decide to take out the old battery, DO NOT apply excessive heat. Mine blew up almmost blinded me and almost burned up my cicuit boad when it landed in the case flaming like a torch on viagra. I have 3 of these keyboards now and have replaced all the old batteries with computer style batterys and all id good.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-13-2006 at 04:43
Eric a part-time user from Canada writes:
No question, the M8000 is a well kept secret. This is one fine keyboard controller from way back - better than the KX 88 and the A80 in my estimation. For the studio, it's a winner. For the road...you need some help lugging it. I've never had a problem with mine. It's staying put till it dies.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-27-2006 at 22:50
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