Oh yeah - I don't expect much from the Keystation and it has a shelf life. All I require is 88 keys, pitch and mod wheels. They're cheap enough that when it fails, a quick order from Amazon and you're back in business. I even had a spare for a while, but I'm now using it.o
M-audio? I had a masterkey but after something like 2 years some leds didn't work anymore and also a B central key didn't play. So I re-sent to them, they fixed it and after a while the same problems again!!
I've also had a pair of little monitors of m-audio but after 2 year didn't work anymore.
So if I can give some advice: M-audio never again.
I appreciate I'm some what of an outlier on this policy. I've looked at the hammer action stuff, but I like the ergonomic gains from using the Keystation. It's shallow and thin under the desk, so my chair/desk height can be optimised. I've played piano all my life and always like a good hammer action. However, my daily music work simply doesn't require having it.
I'm getting twitchy though - there's no sign of an 88 note MK3 keystation despite the introduction of 61, 49 keys. Hopefully it's not a model on the way out.