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#2073640 - 04/29/13 04:57 PM Anyone got any thoughts on the Yamaha Motif XF8?
Vijay '82 Offline
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Registered: 04/28/13
Posts: 9
Specifically, I understand that it has a "balanced hammer" action, and my understanding is that this basically means that all keys are weighted the same, as different from a real piano where keys in the lower octaves are "heavier" than the higher octaves.

However, what I want to know is, how heavy exactly is the "weighting" of the keys on the Motif XF8? As I understand, the keys on the XF6 and XF7 are plastic and very light, how does the XF8 compare? And what's your thoughts on ease of use, piano sound, value-for-money, etc.? Is it worth the $3,000+ price tag?

For a while now, I've been intending to buy one, but then again, I don't expect I'm ever going to be a professional musician, and that being the case, I wonder whether an instrument aimed at professionals is going to be excessive, I mean, I probably am not going to use half the features on it, beyond exploring it out of curiosity; it might look "cool", it might impress visitors, but am not sure I'll have quite the level of enthusiasm to use it to its fullest capabilities; then again, if it's an easy-to-use instrument, I may well find myself more keen to experiment with its little tricks...

Anyone tried it? Your thoughts, folks?
I've got nothing clever to say...

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#2073762 - 04/29/13 08:14 PM Re: Anyone got any thoughts on the Yamaha Motif XF8? [Re: Vijay '82]
Ahmediy Offline
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Registered: 04/27/13
Posts: 43
I have tried the XS6, 7 and 8 which I think are like the XF models.
The 88 keys were very different from the 73 and 61 keys.
It felt okay, but not exactly like a piano.
I liked the piano sounds but overall found it hard to use.
It may be easy to use but I only played it a few times for about 1 hour.

#2073827 - 04/29/13 10:40 PM Re: Anyone got any thoughts on the Yamaha Motif XF8? [Re: Vijay '82]
Scott Hamlin Offline
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Registered: 08/11/12
Posts: 531
The XF8 one of the better weighted keyboards
by Yamaha.. .much better (for me) than the
MOX8 and the MM8.

I was going to get one, but $3500 is too much..

Ended up getting a Privia Px5s and some VSTI's..
Sound, Video, Design

#2073911 - 04/30/13 03:07 AM Re: Anyone got any thoughts on the Yamaha Motif XF8? [Re: Vijay '82]
xorbe Offline
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Registered: 07/31/12
Posts: 568
Loc: Mt View, CA
I think for $3000+ you can get a better key feel for playing piano music. MOX8/XF8 are about the wizardry -- nice gadgets for sure, though.


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