Synth Site: Roland: EP-9: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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bob a professional user from USA writes:
I bought the ep7 to ue as a lightweight midi controller even tho it wouldnt do much but trnasmit. when i got it, i thught the speaker was blown. but i used it as a controller and it was a blast. so i bought an ep9 88key. it came with the correct adapter and wow did it sound good. and records awesome. just basic plain ol real sounding piano. then i bought the behringer multi adapter with dasiey chains and 1.7mA voltage which is exactly what these take. NOTE: THEY SAY 12V IN THE MANUAL, BUT IN ACTUALITY, THEY TAKE 9V 1.7MS. also the bherginer runs both of them daisey chained. and the SOUND HAS COME ALIVE ON BOTH. the speaker wasnt blown on the 76 key, it was the bad power supply i got with it.. TRUE, these are not weighted at all, but the dynamics and the sound characteristics are there when you want to pluck it. for the money these are great keyboards.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-21-2008 at 20:07
Bernard a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
I bought the instrument many years ago and was very happy with all of its functions. Now however the glue has started to melt and this makes the instrument unplayable as so many keys get stuck. I have the option of spending a great deal of time myself trying to remove the glue and replace the weights of send it to the local agent who would repair and replace certain parts but this would cost about 30 % of the original price. If considering buying one of these instruments try to make sure that it is a later model which was made with a better type of glue than the earlier models.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-20-2008 at 06:47
Stephanie a hobbyist user from Japan writes:
When I bought it, it was dead. A lot of the keys were stuck and all of the key contacts were not functioning. The problem was that this is not a keyboard for a hot environment. If the unit is in a hot room (say, 35 degrees C) for any length of time, the glue that holds the weights to the keys liquifies. It runs down the side of the keys and sticks them together. The weights fall out of the keys. This jams the black keys. Sometimes the glue contaminates the felt strip under the keys, affecting the touch sensitivity. After the temperature falls, the glue solidifies again, making it difficult to remove.

I removed all the keys, and heated them up by dipping them in boiling water. The water was hot enough to liquify the glue, making it relatively easy to remove. I then re-glued the weights with (I hope) a better quality glue. It seems to be working.

As for the key switch contacts, I think the high temperature variations caused a combination of evaporation and condensation of some chemical. This left a non-conductive deposit on the surface of the contacts. I cleaned all 176 of them (each key has 2) with alcohol, cotton swabs, and compressed air.

Now it works and sounds fine. I paid $40 for it, which in retrospect, was far too much.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-24-2006 at 09:19
Lucas a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
I bought my EP9 three years ago in Australia and it's still working fine... but this keyboard has one big problem: the glue that holds the lead bars below the keys tends to melt and go on the circuits and stick the keys together. I had to dismount the EP9 entirely and scratch all of that thick pink glue out of it... It took me weeks. This Problem started after its first flight, so I reckon that this is not a piano for travellers.

The feel is totally different from that of a real piano, but piano 2 definitely sounds better than an average real piano.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-03-2006 at 19:52
Dave a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
So what do you get for your bucks? An 88 key velocity sensitive keyboard with some pretty nice piano sounds and a couple of odds and ends (4 song memory, reverb and chorus) and some MIDI capacity. It should fit your needs if you're looking for a decent keyboard with a bit of range (3 octaves below middle C and 4 above)and just want to do a bit of playing rather than working with sounds and effects. It's probably just a little too expensive new, but second hand prices should be quite friendly to your wallet or purse. Word of caution though - even new, it suffers a bit from the "hiss of death" - which surprised me as it's digital - isn't that supposed to reduce noise? Seriously, it's not that bad but can be a bit distracting if you don't usually crank it past 3-4 on the volume slider. It's probably something you'd want to check out if buying second hand although mine's 2 years old and it hasn't worsened.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-12-1999 at 05:33
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