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#1990145 - 11/23/12 08:33 PM Casio CDP 120 (key slightly elevated)
Kozar927 Offline
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Registered: 11/23/12
Posts: 2
Hi everyone. I am new to both these forums and to the wonderful instrument piano. I'm a beginner so I bought the Casio CDP-120 because I got it for $250 USD at guitar center on black Friday. I was super excited about this deal even tho its probably a sub par instrument. To get to the point their are a few keys on the keyboard that seem to be very slightly elevated from the other keys. When I say slightly i mean really slightly. I only noticed it because im such a perfectionist about my stuff that I see things like this. My questions are

1) is this normal?
2) does it have any effect on anything what so ever.
3) is this a common thing to find

Like I said total beginner here so I have no idea what minor flaws are within the realm of normalcy and don't effect anything.

a few questions as a side note.

Is this a decent digital piano at all? I'm a beginner to piano but not to music at all or playing it (I play guitar and violin). I have always loved the beauty a piano can produce and I would love to know I will be able to produce it with this machine.

also I know a few basic classical songs by J.S. Bach and one thing I noticed as its very "Start and stoppy" like my notes don't blend together well even though my speed seems to be correct and im not looking around for keys or anything. Is this a product of digital machines or is this my lack of fluidity with the instrument and how can I get batter at this aspect of it.

Thanks a million for your time.

Btw im am and will always be 100% self taught. I did it with my other instruments and I play very well so I don't plan on going down the road of lessons. Is their a good place for me to go to get some basic beginners understanding of how the instrument should be played.

Edited by Kozar927 (11/23/12 08:39 PM)

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#1990146 - 11/23/12 08:45 PM Re: Casio CDP 120 (key slightly elevated) [Re: Kozar927]
galaxy4t Offline
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Registered: 08/28/08
Posts: 855
Loc: Lakewood, CA
A few keys being slightly elevated isn't anything to worry about as long as the keys function and sound OK. The CDP-120 is the cheapest digital piano you can buy. Considering the price point it is reasonably good. You can connect it to a computer and use it as a midi controller to play software instruments which a lot of people do. These are much better than the onboard sounds on nearly all digital pianos. If you are bothered by the keys that are slightly elevated, take it back and exchange it. Otherwise enjoy your new piano.

#1990148 - 11/23/12 08:49 PM Re: Casio CDP 120 (key slightly elevated) [Re: Kozar927]
Kozar927 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/23/12
Posts: 2
Im not that concerned as its barley noticeable as long as it isn't a sign of something wrong with the instrument. I don't plan on playing it through a pc. Just wanna use it as a piano

Edited by Kozar927 (11/23/12 08:50 PM)

#1990212 - 11/24/12 04:05 AM Re: Casio CDP 120 (key slightly elevated) [Re: Kozar927]
spanishbuddha Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 2569
Loc: UK
It's a budget entry level board that is good value. It's OK for a beginner to work with. As long as all keys work fine, no extraneous clicks, soft through loud it should be OK. Take a look over on the ABF to see how other self learners are learning.

#1990214 - 11/24/12 04:27 AM Re: Casio CDP 120 (key slightly elevated) [Re: Kozar927]
justpin Offline
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Registered: 03/25/12
Posts: 504
Loc: Holmes Chapel
I have the 200R, which is the same but wih more bells and whistles.

Its an OK DP.

You have to remember it is the person playing it not the machine which is the important part. The guy in the shop I bought it from make it sing sweetly. I can make it sing sweetly up to a point. I think it will take me quite some time to hit its limitations.

So be happy with it, practice and enjoy!

#1990221 - 11/24/12 06:03 AM Re: Casio CDP 120 (key slightly elevated) [Re: Kozar927]
Mark NM Offline
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Registered: 10/06/12
Posts: 24
As others have said, as long as it doesn't produce strange clicks or unusual mechanical noises, the piano should be perfectly ok. As far as I know, it isn't a typical prediction of any failure, but if those keys really bother you I would exchange it. You got a great price, now enjoy your new instrument!

#1990308 - 11/24/12 12:36 PM Re: Casio CDP 120 (key slightly elevated) [Re: Mark NM]
Possum SP280Krome Offline
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Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 641
I have one spot on my 350 all the way at the end that is raised a little- I did return one that already had uneven spacing. Since everything else is great I am going to stick with it. I have come to the realization, and from feedback of others that many of these pianos might not be 100% perfect,

Can you post any pictures of the piano?
I did try it out and was impressed by the price. (I ended up getting a PX130 instead months ago) You should be proud of your purchase, especially at $250. Enjoy it, it is a nice sounding unit.
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