Cummings, a hobbyist user from US, writes:
have one of these 50kg units, and it has been the most reliable piece
of gear I have EVER owned (and I'm 50).
Still works absolutely perfectly after 12 years, and a better synth
keyboard feel I have never experienced.
Still the only unit I know of with individual aftertouch *on each key*.
Early MIDI unit, but good overall implementation. Some of the sounds
are a little dated now, but the machine is still an excellent MIDI controller,
and double 6-op FM programming can still throw some neat sound surprises
rosewood cabinetry and a terrific LED light show.
has been my principal keyboard since 1985 when I purchased it as a "demo
unit" at American Music in Seattle. Although it was on display
several months, I believe I'm the "original owner". I had
it repaired in 1986
to replace two aftertouch sensors which were dead-on-arrival, and the
headphone amp to get rid of spurious stereo harmonic effects (didn't
Otherwise, the unit has behaved perfectly. Everything works, and it
is in virtual mint
condition. I still have the original shipping carton, which is used
it from place to place.
originally got the DX-1 because I was interested in synths and all things
MIDI. I started out with a DX-5, but soon found that using it for DX
programming was almost impossible, even with the help of the Atari ST
available at the time. In short, I realized what all those pretty lights
were for on
the DX-1. I returned the DX-5 two weeks later, and with hand quivering,
a deep breath and wrote the check for the DX-1. I carried it home the
day, its huge box sticking out of the back of my '81 Honda Accord hatchback
the 25-mile trip home
Yamaha has primarily served as a MIDI controller through the years
(hooked to an Atari ST in the beginning, and then later to PCs), but
has also gotten
a lot of use as a regular home keyboard instrument. Its most recent
as a practice keyboard for a professional symphony pianist for a couple
months (a task that is generally beyond it because of the "short"
one where it was still surprisingly effective) while she waited the
for a 7-foot Steinway B to be delivered. The DX-1 and the Steinway now
studio space, and neither is ashamed of its partner -- they both know
in good company
have the standard ROMs, several RAMs, plus several voice cartridges
original cases. The unit also has two Yamaha analog pedals (volume,
two Yamaha toggle pedals (sustain, portamento), and a Yamaha breath
with case. I also have the original manual and brochures.
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