less robust? what does that mean? sound wise? physically?
the 3P is by far the most interesting sounding, the most analog sounding and the one I kept (out of that and the 8P). 8P/10 have far more features and esp the 2nd env which is handy, however it's main usefulness is for pads/strings and a certain samey pads/strings at that. For almost all other sounds other synths sound better to me.
As for the 3P it sounds more like a Juno (but not quite) and maybe a tiny tiny tiny hint of the more percussive side of a Jupiter 6 (and sometimes 8) as it has a much better filter than the 8P/10. It's more genuinely punchy, clearer sounding and has a metallic vibe and retro fun factor.
Yes 3P is easier to program without the programmer (edit mode a/b then a single button press vs having to type in parameter numbers on the 8/10) - however you can hook any midi box up to the 8/10 but not the 3P as it doesn't have sysx/cc - you can fit a mod (as I have) that enables this though.
Sound wise it's down to taste/pref - they can sound a bit similar on some sounds but generally do different things. 3P is definitely more what you'd think of an early 80s analog Roland sound, though lacking a bit in bass and has no real PWM. While the 8P/10 were obviously designed to compete more with digital (DX7) and tend to go towards pads, e-pianos etc. They can both do big sync sounds but it just sounds purer on the 3P to my ears.
8P/10 can sound MASSIVE though (which 3P doesn't) but I have no use for 8P's sound in my music. I also think the 8P tends to sound more dated funnily enough, as it's overall tone that is hard to work away from will remind you of the mid 80s power ballads and the cure stuff. While the 3P has a more timeless tone (while obviously being early 80s if you want it to be).
Long story short I adore the 3P, I can't stand the 8P (and the JX-10 is just a pain to work with thanks to bad midi and silly patch/tone system) - though If you want the power of the later JX's I'd go for the MKS-70! more power than the 8P and more reliable/functional than the 10! MKS-70 is a great buy on the 2nd hand market.
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