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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!, 23 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Casio CDP-120 Scaled Hammer Action Contemporary Digital Piano (Electronics)
It plays like a piano, it sounds like a piano, so if that's what you want - get one! It is easy to set up, I did it on my own but it would be easier with two people for the initial lifting out of the box. You will need a decent stand for it if you don't have a convenient table, you also need something to sit on that is suitable in height.
There are a few moans on other reviews about the music stand and the foot pedal - well, the stand is absolutely fine: the foot pedal sounds fine too, but being small it does travel around too much and even my attempt at duct-taping it to the carpet was a failure, however you could try Velcro or something similar if you don't mind leaving one piece fixed to the floor - or, purchase a more substantial pedal which can be had for under £20.

The voices provided are:- Grand Piano 1, Grand Piano 2, Electric Piano, Harpsichord, and Strings. Frankly only the first two are really worth having ( I stick with the first), the others are naff - especially harpsichord and strings. This need not be a problem because if you really want a shedload of other sounds, this beast will link into your computer via its USB slot and you can then import all the sounds you desire via whatever free or purchased software takes your fancy. There's a built-in demo piece for each of the voices, not sure of the point of that BUT if you want a good laugh, wait until your visitors are sat down with a cup of tea, then sit at the keyboard and mime as if playing while a demo runs, and then after a short time after they are impressed, stand up and walk away. I did this once in a school assembly after taking delivery of a new Yamaha keyboard, everyone was massively taken-in until I stood up and walked away with it still playing. The entire 500 kids went wild with laughter, the head-teacher was po-faced. I think that signalled the beginning of the end for my teaching career!

I was nearly dissuaded from buying this keyboard because of reading complaints that it had no midi in or out - well, it doesn't have the old-type in/out socket, but the USB will do just the same, so, no problem.

I like the fact that you can change the fine tuning by miniscule degrees, or can transpose up or down in semitones - both functions are useful if you play along with other instruments - you can also alter the touch response, and the reverb. - there is a "chorus" function too but in my opinion that destroys any decent sound but who knows, you may like it! For all these functions, refer to the instruction manual provided, it's easy to do but not entirely something at which you can guess without reading the manual. Remember when the manual refers to buttons as 1, 2, 3, etc. it counts the on/off as button number 1 - that threw me for ages because I tried to be clever and not fully read the manual!

The keyboard is sturdily constructed, it is 131 cms long (because it has 88 keys) and although I read complaints elsewhere that the volume from the speakers is inadequate, in my opinion it has plenty of beef in a domestic setting - the equivalent of a traditional piano, however if you intend transporting it to places that are much bigger, you'll need to plug it into an amplifier.
Ideally for transporting you'd need a hard case, but I could not find one anywhere, but I did get a generic 88-note keyboard soft case that is well-padded for around £20, so look around online.

My instrument is piano, I've gone without for ages, this beast has made me happy. Steve Riches, Northampton, UK.
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