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1) The digital piano operates off a 12 Volts adapter.
2) It has a slider on/off switch and a slider volume control.
3) It has 5 voices. They are: i) Piano ii) Harpsichord iii) Vibraphone iv) Electric piano v) Pipe organ
4) It has two medium size speakers fitted at either end of the keyboard.
5) It has a total keyboard size of 45 keys.
6) It has a music library of 45 classical music pieces, ranging from Beethoven to Chopin and Mozart.
7) It has MIDI in and out sockets, a tuning control to tune the digital piano to the correct pitch, a damper pedal socket, a line out socket and a 12 Volts dc socket. All of these are located at the back of the keyboard.
8) The digital piano comes with a music stand that looks like a bracket which locates in two holes near the back of the digital piano.
9) The colour of the digital piano is black with the keys being black and white in the traditional fashion.
My experience of the Casio CPS-700 Digital Piano
It is a beautiful looking instrument. Before I got this keyboard, I was thinking about buying a keyboard at some point and then I never bothered because I didn't think I would use it often enough to justify the cost of one.
However, a work colleage at the time (2001) told me his sister had a keyboard and wasn't using it. He asked if I was interested in having it. I said yes. He gave me it for free. What a blessing that was.
I can say that the instrument has been a great introduction to piano playing. However because of the lightness of the keys, it is challenging to go from that, to a grand piano with weighted keys for my piano lessons.
The sound quality is very good.
I like the sound quality on all the sounds as named earlier.
Here are my descriptions of the sounds as I find them:
1) Piano - This sounds very much like a piano (that maybe sounds like a strange thing to say, but I really like it). I do most of my piano practise using this sound. It is excellent and very realisitic. The only thing I would say however, is that when you leave your finger on the keyboard til the note is finished, you can hear the digital sound or electric sound coming through, but it is still good having said that.
2) Harpsichord - This is a lovely sound. It sounds very much like a stringed instrument, as a harpsichord is. It sounds like something Bach would have used.
3) Vibraphone - This sounds very much like a glockenspiel. This is a sound that I use rarely, except when I am having fun.
4) Electric Piano - This again is a very good sound. The thing I like about this is the lower part of the keyboard really sounds like a good bass section. This could be used to substitute a bass guitar.
5) Pipe organ - This is a lovely sound. It reminds me of a sound you would hear in a cathedral. It sounds gorgeous. Great for playing hymns.
I have used the lineout socket on this keyboard a few times. The sound that comes from sound equipment that it connects to is brilliant in my view!
There is also a headphone socket 6mm (if I measured accurately). Well it it the bigger size of the two options, so you'll know what I am talking about. This is great for practising with when you don't want to disturb the neighbours late at night.
I would heartily recommend this keyboard to anyone who is either desiring to play for fun or who wants to play seriously. I passed my Grade 1 piano exam by using this as a practice keyboard.
The keyboard is still going strong, five years after I acquired it.
is this a budget keyboard? How doe it copmpare to other similar models?
Nar 20.03.2006 00:47
Are you sure that you have the right model here? The CPS7 has 76 keys. More info on the model would be handy to know - is it heavy? Stereo sound? Any acoustic change buttons such as concert hall, room? Digital pianos are great to do music theory on, composition and general music to have fun with but a real piano is better for the touch action.
bodsquidge 20.03.2006 00:06
i agree, good to learn on, but very fustrating for regular players.