Noisy key on MX88! Haven't even owned 6 months!

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Re: Noisy key on MX88! Haven't even owned 6 months!

Unread post by Saul » Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:22 pm

Hi buttons, welcome to yamahamusicians.com :)

Sorry to hear you are also having problems with the MX88 keys. I am not sure if anything has changed with that particular keybed. It may be coincidental but until last year I had not really come across any problems with Yamaha keys. Then after the MODX8 appeared we started seeing reports of noisy, clanky keys and they are still coming in. And now the same issue appears on the MX88 so, perhaps something has changed in the production process. I doubt Yamaha would say if it had though.

So as I mentioned before, you now have a dilemma. You can get it repaired and I am sure you will receive an extended warranty from Yamaha but, confidence has now been dented and you will always be wondering if the keys are going to start playing up mid performance?

Jumping ship to another brand is one way to go but if you are keeping to the same price as the MX88 what are your choices?

Roland DS88 - Great keyboard, really nice keys but would you like the "Roland Sound"? https://amzn.to/2Xx1Prl
Casio PX5S - In my opinion a better keyboard all round but again you need to like the sound. https://amzn.to/2GRIagr
Kurzweil SP6 - Again I think this is a better option than the MX88
Casio PX-S3000 - This is not out yet..due in stores later this month. A much better keyboard than the MX88. Superb quality keys and sounds.

All of those are within the MX88 price range and all have better quality keybeds so it's just a matter of weighing up the other features each of them has and comparing with the MX.

I do love Yamaha products but I won't buy something just because it has the 'Yamaha' logo on it. It needs to stand on it's own merit and this is why for me, I would not buy an MX88. There are better keyboards out there for the money.
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Re: Noisy key on MX88! Haven't even owned 6 months!

Unread post by CNiTechs » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:03 pm

Just an FYI, just received a brand new MX88 from Sweetwater yesterday, it has arrived with a noisy key. :-/
So based on what I am reading hear something must be up...have a good mind to return it (it has fantastic sound and plays great) and cut my loses.
Thoughts? Have always been a Yamaha fan back to the DX7, TX81Z days. I had been considering an DS88...
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Re: Noisy key on MX88! Haven't even owned 6 months!

Unread post by Saul » Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:49 pm

CNiTechs wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:03 pm
Just an FYI, just received a brand new MX88 from Sweetwater yesterday, it has arrived with a noisy key. :-/
So based on what I am reading hear something must be up...have a good mind to return it (it has fantastic sound and plays great) and cut my loses.
Thoughts? Have always been a Yamaha fan back to the DX7, TX81Z days. I had been considering an DS88...
As much as it pains me to say it If it were me I would now be looking to jump to something more reliable in the keys dept and as we discussed before, the Roland DS88 is definitely an option and one I have had experience of myself.

It seems there are problems with the Yamaha GHS keybed, not all of them of course but certainly enough to make a gigging musician think twice :think:

You have had two MX88's now and both have key problems are you going to take a chance on a third?
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Re: Noisy key on MX88! Haven't even owned 6 months!

Unread post by CNiTechs » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:25 pm

Agreed...Pains me to say it but I have a DS88 coming to me tomorrow, will be returning the MX88 unless overruled by my better half. :-(
Hopefully the DS88 doesn't disappoint...guys a Sweetwater seem to prefer the DS88 over the MX88 so we shall see. Watched a lot of videos and it seems to have a lot of the same features and then some, Sweetwater includes 8GB USB of additional sounds which seem excellent. No software included but that's Ok...
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Re: Noisy key on MX88! Haven't even owned 6 months!

Unread post by CNiTechs » Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:54 pm

Received the DS88 yesterday, sent back the MX88...a very wise decision. ;-) The DS88 keyboard is in my opinion actually nicer...sounds are great etc.
Sad that I had to return the MX88 as I have always preferred Yamaha products. But for anyone on the fence, you cant go wrong with the DS88. The people at Sweetwater were great and the swap was painless...
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Re: Noisy key on MX88! Haven't even owned 6 months!

Unread post by Saul » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:07 pm

Great to hear you like the DS88. I loved it when I had it here. I think it is an excellent all round keyboard and the keys themselves are really nice to play on, or they were for me but of course these things are always subjective. Sad about the MX88 though. They really need to start fitting a higher quality keybed in these keyboards.
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