Ok, gave it 5 stars but was tempted to give it less, but for the wrong reasons.
To get them out of the way first;
* No one anywhere has the specs of this bench listed. I emailed 3 places and only one replied but without the dimensions I asked for. A bench with no dimensions is like buying a pair of shoes without knowing the size. I see most companies don't care about how they present products though and you rarely find any more information than what the developer has on their own site.
That leads me to the next small concern. Nowhere other than my invoice does this say Roland on it. Neither tag you see in the screenshot say Roland and just wanted to point that out for people that would actually return something for that.
The padded seat it ok. I play for up to 10 hours in one day so I'll be a hard customer to satisfy on that point. In one hand I rather it be no padding at all so I could slide from side to side without lifting up, but on the other hand, padding for long practice sessions is never a bad thing, even if there isn't much to start with.
The only real con I would say is on of the nuts had a bad thread and took some machining to make work. The whole thing came wrapped in newspaper dated 2008 (purchased this 2014, Jan). Was interesting reading NY newspaper though. Not a con, just a point of interest. The screenshot show enough to see the vinyl isn't something you need to keep. If you unscrewed the seat and took it to a shop, you could have much more padding added, no "butts" about it. I may buy another just to do that with one and make the other smooth wood.
The compartment has a flimsy bottom, like a typical drawer type bottom paneling of sorts. Enough to do it's job and your sheets will fit nicely in there. Not much room width wise for anything else. I have my sheets in a binder just slightly wider than a sheet of paper and it won't fit. Love the latch that keeps it open. Haven't seen that in ages. If you have toddlers, keep an eye on them if they get into it. Easy to get bit by it (pinched).
The one thing I'm sure most of you are anxious to know,,, the measurements. Not sure if this is classified since no one mentions them but here they are.
H 19.5" x W 24" x D 12" (Height x Width x Depth)
Slightly more on the height by about 1/4", but you'll sink into the cushion at least 3/4" to an inch.