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dominique63 11/23/2008

Yamaha CP30 : dominique63's user review

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Bought it in the '80s, but I still use it. It's sturdy, rather heavy to move (90lbs) but it's excellent. Very stable, the case transforms into a stand and it allows you to place other keyboards on top.

The keyboard is piano-like, very similar to a classical piano. So it allows for everyday work. On the front panel you have different pots to adjust the settings (they are not digital, but still good old electronic controls). Two mixable voices with tremolo and chorus. Each voice features 4 choices ranging from piano to harpsichord. The mix and frequency delay results in very nice combinations.

I preferred to buy it over a Fender Rhodes due to its price. With the adequate amplification it allows you to get very similar sounds. I have never used the harpsichord onstage, but the sound is realistic.

The (stereo and mono) outputs are of good quality and it has a pedal input. It's a bit noisy when cranked up, but nothing too annoying.

In short, a good unit for people looking for something "vintage" with that analog touch. It seems to be pretty demanded again nowadays (due to its sound and look). Its price is low (if you find it!), so don't miss the opportunity! I already have mine and I'll keep it!!!