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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Jon a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have had my D-20 for 23 years, I need a new keyboard for it but have found it to be a great song writing tool for many years, some may say that the patches are kind of thin but in conjunction with other midi keyboards you can do some wonderful layering its easy to use the sequencer, and it sends midi as well, other than the worn out keys its been very durable..

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-08-2011 at 23:11
Robby a hobbyist user from USA writes:
My university had a keyboard lab with 17 D-20's for teaching class piano-installed in '88. They just auctioned off all of them because they got a new music building with new keyboards. I got one for me and I plan on trying it for some techno type stuff. For its time it was a super workstation, and for $60 I should be able to get something out of it!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-21-2010 at 19:38
Anthony Bennett a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought mine off ebay about a year ago. Wasn't very pleased at first. I was expecting a piano sound like the U20. But after working with it and adding a sound card, I love it. Mostly use it for the bass. I tried something a while back because my Korg Triton wasn't putting out any sound, but it powered up. I hooked a midi cord from the Korg to the d20 and let me tell you, some sound came out of it that we've never heard before. A mixture of the Korg Ballard layered and the electric piano from the d20 is AWESOME. Would not part with it. I love it more than I do the Alesis QS6.1 that I own.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-05-2007 at 10:32
d2mrp0 a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought my D20 as soon as it came out. It was about $1400 USD. I remember the price very well because my wife and I fought about it! Anyway, I still own mine and it has been very useful in learning how to sequence and build drum rhythms. Programming patches was always a challenge. I got about knee deep into it and at one point knew how to drill down and change all kinds of parameters. Basically, without the external programming interface (extra $) with knobs and switches it's tedious and time consuming to drill down using a 2x3 LCD display. I plan to keep mine as long as possible. Once a year it might not boot up and then you just do the factory reset thing where you hold down TUNE and WRITE and power up. I had to do that 2 times in 16 years! Not bad. Also the buttons can get sticky and you have to press one or two harder than the others. Probably an easy fix. I agree that the sounds can be uninspiring but at the end of the day it's not analog and you'll have to add some external processing if you want to approach a more modern sound.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-01-2007 at 12:29
Gwyn a professional user from australia writes:
I purchased my d20 new in 1989 and it has served me very well. I have used it constantly over that time and I've only ever had to replace the volume and tempo sliders. The sequencer is a bit slow in loading to use for live performance but I certainly don't want to part with the D20.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-03-2006 at 17:36
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