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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Steve a hobbyist user from United States writes:
The JP-8000 is a great choice for anyone who wants an analog sound but doesn't want to deal with the vintage keyboard. This keyboard actually can sound like many vintage models, including a minimoog, Roland's JX, Jupiter, and Juno line, and can probably match any other vintage board you have in mind, even an ARP Odyssey at times. For those that bitch and complain that this isn't and doesn't sound like a "real" analog synth, stop bitching and whining. You need talent and some knowledge to make this board sound great. The only thing I don't like about this board is it's crappy case. A metal and wood case would have finished this board perfectly. In fact, I'll probably fabricate a metal and wood enclosure for it when I get the time. Great synth. By the way, I've owned vintage synths and looks aside, this keyboard is just as good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-26-2003 at 15:55
Skaun a part-time user from Belgium writes:
I've just bought a secondhand JP8000. Maybe, certain northern or German keyboards are better, but JP8000 still represents the continuity of the everlasting legend: THE Jupiter 8. Just for this reason, JP 8000 is A must!

posted Friday-Dec-12-2003 at 04:34
matia a hobbyist user from poland writes:
i have a jp8000 since 99 .it's a very good synth.there's a lot of sonic possibilities,you can stand tweakin'for hours.this synth has a very distinctive character but don't except it to sound like an analog....this synth is digital and the sound is digital.i own some real analogs and i even don't try comparing if you want to create some analogic sound forget about it...on the other hand if you're searching for a rather dry sound it's perfect. i forgot to mention that the strings are very good(it this case all my real analogs are worthless)amd some of the sounds are unique....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-10-2003 at 10:50
Mark thorne a professional user from u.k. writes:
Lets look at the JP 8000 from a 2003 perspective...

I) As the machine is ageing you cannot expect it to have the same features and specs of say a Virus C or any other newly released piece of hardware. That should be obvious to all. However not all things come down to power and specs. The JP 8000 has a sound of its own and you should judge it by its own merits and not by comparissons to other synths. To do this is to miss out on what the JP 8000 is all about. To me the JP is a Trance stalewart, in much the same way as the 303 and 909's of this world. If you buy one you are in fact buying a piece of history as well as a synth.

This machine is going to age well in finacial terms regardless of how it sounds anyway, so my advice to you would be to purchase one if offered, as I have sneaking suspicion that you a re looking at a future collectable. For some people its not about the sounds its about ownership. Im pleased to say I own one and also pleased with the sounds that it can deliver. Sure its unique, but isnt that a good thing ? Buy one today and buy a piece of Rolands history.

Quit slagging gear off. Its not like you have an endorsement with these companies. Were just cash cows that give them money. So in that sense its good to rest safe in the knowledge that if you pay around £400 for your JP 8000 your buying something that will stay at tht value you purchased it for and if as i think will happen, go up in value. Thanks Roland for another non depreciating second hand purchase. Its the least they can do given the amount of many we spend on say some of there "lesser" non collectable products.

Buy one cant go wrong !

posted Wednesday-Dec-10-2003 at 07:12
a part-time user writes:
I like this machine, but highly prefer the JP-8080 since the footprint is so small and god knows i dont need another keyboard. The JP-8080 is a tight little package. So, if i owned the JP8000, i would definately sell it, but find the JP-8080 ASAP! That baby is strangely unique imho. Its a keeper. The JP8000? nah.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-03-2003 at 15:55
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