In all candor, I liked the weighted-hammer action of the Roland XV88 more. But considering that I have finally abandoned the Roland after a dozen weights have broken off (and the rest are all cracked!) I can only hope that what's under the hood of the Yamaha will be more durable. Speaking of durability, please note that the entire case of the synth is plastic -- definitely not made for traveling. So while the instrument is lighter in weight than many others, you'll need to consider an appropriate case to transport it. The factory-ready voices are quite realistic -- especially good piano patches -- but you will want to modify a number of them for performance, and I can't help but think that it needn't be so complicated to create them and store them. Of course, it might be elementary to you, but I've always struggled with that and the Yamaha is no exception. Most important of all, though: you're really going to enjoy playing this instrument, whether through external amplification of all kinds or a good set of studio cans.
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