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on 18 January 2014
I am generally very happy with this keyboard. I bought it when it was on a lightening deal so got it for a very good price. I wanted a keyboard that was good enough for me to practice on and rediscover a lost love for playing and that is robust enough for my children to play should they want to.

My 6 year old loves it - she's working hard and quickly learning to play however she finds the teaching screen too hard to use as I think most children would - its fairly useless for under 10's but my teenagers find it useful to help them work out fingering techniques.

We all love the sound quality and some of the little extras and I am happy with how touch sensitive the keys are which was a big factor in which keyboard I chose.

The range of sounds is good and the variety of built in songs varied both in style and ability so there is something for everyone.

Negatives - it's very quiet even on the loudest volume setting and can easily get lost in a busy environment (at times this may be a good thing). It would be nice if we had the option of playing it louder without needing to invest in additional equipment. The teaching screen while useful is not good for younger children.

Given what I paid I am very happy that I got excellent value for money and think this will serve our needs for many years.
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on 6 January 2014
I am 25, always wanted to lear to play a musical instrument, I have no experience in playing any sort of music whatsoever prior to this. I have learnt to play fur elise (albeit, very much out of tone atm, needs a lot of work). It can do lots more then what I really need it for, which is learn to play the piano. The velocity keys help a lot, and the keys are just like a grand piano. To top it off, I only paid £85 through amazon lightning deals :D

on a side note, check out lypur, (Andrew) Furmanczyk piano academy, very easy to follow videos teaching how to play the piano and read sheet music.
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I`ve had this keyboard for a few months now, getting to know it a little before writing this review.

The Casio CTK-3200 has a lot to offer both the beginner and the already initiated player; the keys are full-sized and there is a good range of tones - even once one excludes the percussion and more gimmicky sounds every keyboard of this type has programmed. The touch sensitivity settings are a nice feature; they don`t really duplicate a piano that accurately but they do make playing more responsive and are particularly effective with the more synthesised tone settings. A reverb function also provides some modification of the available sounds, but alas, there is no vibrato control which even as a limited function would have added some warmth to the sound - I always feel it "humanises" the synthetic tones somewhat. No matter; the piano settings are varied and passably natural; I like to test out the harpsichord and vibraphone tones - if I can get them sounding reasonably authentic the instrument passes muster - I`m pleased to say the Casio does a good job with these. The rhythm settings are good and varied and there is a useful auto-accompaniment available across the keyboard's lower octave with a three-mode setting - the easiest to use being the Casio Chord mode which offers simple key touches to control major, minor and seventh chord changes. The accompaniment is limited to a pre-set piano tone with synthesised strings in support, the rest of the keyboard however, will retain the sound you selected from the tone bank.
The educational programme Casio has built-in at the heart of the instrument has a heavy reliance on learning to play along with the song library; I didn't use this extensively, but with adult guidance this would suit a young learner quite well; older students may find the song selections a bit "square" but you've got to start somewhere and to their credit Casio base their step-up course around proper notated music and provide a printed songbook. An on-screen keyboard/notation visual appears while you are playing which helps the player understand the relationship with the notation. The option to plug a CD or mp3 player into the instrument (no cable supplied) is an attractive feature both for using the sampling function and allowing you to play along with your favourite band.
The instrument is a little on the quiet side, but the output socket can be used to plug the keyboard into an amplifier or sound system.
A big part of the fun with an instrument like this is finding out what it can do; sitting down with the manual is a must, but it`s easy to find your way around it with a little experimentation and there's a lot I haven`t mentioned - like the pitch-bend wheel - I`m sure you will enjoy trying out the functions yourself.
If you are seriously studying music, I would always recommend proper lessons with a good piano teacher and you may be better considering a full-sized instrument like the Casio CDP-100 digital piano, but if you don`t have that option this is still a decent keyboard to learn on; I wish instruments like this had been as easily available 40 years ago when I had to study basic harmony.
The inclusive power adaptor is a very good thing; although the instrument takes batteries I always prefer the mains supply - it`s too easy to forget either to remove or change batteries and they can seriously damage your keyboard if they leak.

For this price range this is a good, recommendable instrument for learning or for fun.

* Since publishing this review, it has become apparent that the USB port isn`t reliable (see Customer Questions and Answers above the reviews). This is a considerable failure if you require Midi/computer connectivity; I suggest you don`t rely on the product description with regard to this function.*
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on 26 September 2012
Just arrived the other day and we have been working with the keyboard every day since.

We haven't experimented too much, but the in built songs \ display are good and should help a lot to learn. I would say the volume of the keyboard when playing is not overly loud, but this suits well for our purposes, strangely the inbuilt songs \ lessons seem to play louder. Comes with a book of 90 songs which we are hoping to work through, all the usual beginners stuff but progressing on to some more challenging classics so very happy with that. There are a multitude of sounds on board and I've listened to most of them, like most of these keyboards some are great some are naff, I like the Organ and Piano sounds though. There is also a wire frame to set into the back of the keyboard for holding sheet music.

I've dropped one star as the first key i.e. low C has a slight mark on it tbh looks like a manufacturing thing, aside form that the keyboard is in perfect order.

Am using the following stand Black Height Adjustable High Quality Twin X Frame Keyboard Stand With A Quick Pull Release Mechanism and [[ ORIGINAL - EXTRA STRONG  Screw N Strap to secure keyboard to the stand + 2 Years FREE Warrantee]] with it and it seems to fit well, at greater heights the straps will screw into the base of the keyboard, but I imagine it could be manipulated with different straps to fit at any level.

All in all very happy and would recommend.
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on 27 November 2013
As a complete beginner chose this keyboard based on the reviews and price. Its great fun trying out all the different sounds and there is lots to learn. Being an oldie, do find the little screen hard to read sometimes and agree with one of the other reviewers about the music stand being pretty useless. Would be better with a deeper/wider groove at the bottom and cross bars on the stand itself. Music sheets either slip down or fall through the gap. Have criss crossed masking tape at the corners of the stand to stop sheets falling through. Apart from those niggles its great.
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on 13 January 2014
The LCD display suffers from poor reading angle. In a normal seated position it is unreadable and you have to hunch forward to read it. Otherwise a good deal but for me I had to return it.
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on 24 January 2013
For the money (I paid £125) it's not bad at all. The quality of construction is good and the touch-responsive keys are excellent. Everything works as described but:

1, The LCD display is very small and hard to read
2. The annotations for the control buttons (voices, rhythm, tone etc) are not very clear or easy to read
3. The music stand is a joke, it's a piece of bent wire and you will be lucky if can get more than one stiff piece of A4 paper to stay in place.
4. The lightness of the keyboard is fine for transportation but it isn't really heavy enough to hold the whole thing in place on its stand.
5. Some of the tones and left-hand chord combinations make a slight buzzy sound that can be disconcerting at first.

Apart from all that it is fine for the absolute beginner.

Of particular note is the excellent Casio Music Academy for teaching the keyboard and the way in which you can download tools for learning and run them on your computer with the keyboard connected so that your playing is analysed and displayed back to you.
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VINE VOICEon 27 December 2012
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What a lovely musical instrument this is. It has everything that you'd ever want in such a device and is the perfect machine for the novice or more accomplished musician.

Obviously, it's the length of a standard sized keyboard with a multitude of coded operational options for various functions. These include rhythm, tone and tempo.

Each variation of tone is generated by typing in the required code to fit the various instruments, if you want an organ, type in the specific code, if want drums, exactly the same, easy. All the codes are presented on the main body of the machine and it's the same principle for rhythm.

The device also contains prerecorded songs which will play automatically when activated, the user can also play along with it and this is particularly helpfully when trying to learn the individual pieces. Additionally, these is a digital display which actually highlights the keys being played at any given time, what type of tempo and rhythm are being used and what instrument has been chosen for the tone. Very useful for that cursory glance.

There is also a recorder which allows the user to record his or her own work and the option of playback is there, again useful for gauging what one is doing right or wrong.

It also comes with a strange device which distorts the music in various ways in various settings and some of it can actually sound quite wonderful and it's fun experimenting with it.

The device also comes with a holder for a music sheets, and a songbook.

It comes with an adapter, which is crucial because, although the machine can run from batteries, it's so powerful that batteries don't last very long.

My daughter decided that she wanted to learn the piano and she absolutely loves this wonderful piece of machinery, not only does it sound great it's also aesthetically pleasing to look at and is an absolute must-have item for anyone with an interest in music.

The sheer hours that one spends on it experimenting and having fun simply fly by.

A fantastic item and thoroughly recommended!
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on 28 January 2013
Bought this for my wife, she has just taken up piano lessons and her old keyboard was not touch sensitive.
Loads of programmes on it that she will probably never really use. She is more than happy with this.
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VINE VOICEon 17 January 2013
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At £144 you really can't go wrong with this excellent starter keyboard from Casio. Considering the price, it is top notch quality with the only slight downside being the volume and quality of the built in speakers. These could have been louder, but you can always use an external amplifier if that is a problem. The keyboard has 61 keys, so not full size like more expensive models, a generous 150 rhythms, as well as 110 preloaded songs. The speed these songs are played at can be varied to enable you to build your confidence and play along more easily. You can also record your own sounds and sample them via the voice pads on the keyboard. Another bonus are the 10 free lessons that come with the keyboard and which are accessible on-line. This keyboard is ideal for a beginner and anyone who doesn't intend to use it for more serious applications. It is easy to use, very versatile, and unless you spend considerably more, you won't find a better keyboard. The only problem now is getting my 8 year old daughter away from it!!
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