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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Mr. Fixit a professional user from Canada writes:
Crap Fatar keyboard action mars this otherwise fine musical instrument. If you want reliability, DEFINITELY go for the Roland RD600 or Korg SG Pro X instead. If you want to be ignored by Kurzweil's service people when ya need them, (and YOU WILL!) then by all means get a PC88.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:44
Joseph Hardegree a part time user from USA writes:
The "...& Strings" is the best implementation I've heard on any keyboard. However, I'm unhappy with the lack of support from PC software manufacturers to fully control this instrument. I notice a difference in tone on occasion, but a quick restart solves that problem. Simple MIDI recording using a PC sometimes trashes the acoustic room settings during recording, forcing you to deselect/reselect ambience settings prior to recording the first note. Other than these few complaints, I find the touch, sound quality, and balance of built-in setups to be both useful and fun. I'd never use it on-stage, though, because of unpredictability associated with some controller settings and reliable, repeatable sound quality (98% realiability isn't good enough on stage!).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:44
Bob Emmet a professional user from USA writes:
I've had it about a month now. I love the weighted action and predictable velocity response, and the programming flexibility. It really excels at orchestral or "classical" sounds, pianos and electric pianos. The clavs, analog stuff and organs are a little weak but usable. Rotary speaker simulation is poor. The GM bank is spotty but some sounds are good. The expansion bank sounds are first-rate. Manual is excellent but could be more complete--several features and situations aren't documented. A couple of drawbacks: switching patches between banks requires several keystrokes, and Kurzweil's customer service seems to be among the worst in the industry. I've tried several times, unsuccessfully, to order spare parts and ask a few simple questions. No replies.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:44
Frederick Williams a part time user from USA writes:
Great piano sounds, better than the RD600, when you play with a band the PC88 definetley sounds a heck of a lot better than Roland. SG Prox?? = CRAP. PC88 is one of the most popular controlers around, not to mention a great keyboard.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:44
Dale Crowl a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
Great voicing. I think you might have tried to squeeze too many features into one keyboard. That fact has resulted in an almost incomprenensible tech manual and probably in numerous calls for assistance on subjects that were (?) covered in the manual. I have had my unit for about 2 years and I still haven't been able to get simplified instructions for how to make MIDI connections for transmittal and reception of signals from my computer. It's OK, though, I have another keyboard that I use as a controller. However $2500 was a bit much to pay for a sound module and that's about all the performance I get out of the PC88.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:44
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