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#697810 - 04/01/08 08:14 AM "Top of the line Casio from 10 years ago"
Always Wanted to Play Piano Offline
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Registered: 01/22/08
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Loc: Chicago
I have a friend with a keyboard he describes in these terms: "It's a top of the line Casio from 10 years ago. Weighted keys, all that. My parents wanted me to be serious about music in college, so they bought the best keyboard they could."

It does not have a stand, and I neglected to ask about pedals. It's gone unused for at least five years. He wants to sell it to me, but has not yet named a price. I told him I would come over and try it out in the next few weeks.

What might this instrument be? Can anyone take a guess? I would like to know so I can determine a fair price beforehand, and factor in the cost of a stand, music desk (if necessary), and pedals (if necessary and if possible).

One of Gyro's standard posts likens digitals to computers, in that the progress made year-to-year is simply astounding. 10 years ago, then, is a long time ago for one of these instruments. But there is a proper price for anything...
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#697811 - 04/01/08 08:47 AM Re: "Top of the line Casio from 10 years ago"
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Registered: 01/18/08
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Loc: Cumbria, UK
I wouldn't buy it without at least a damper pedal and preferably I would want a stand with it. For something that age, its residual value might be as low as $100 all in - depending on what it's worth to you. Spending much more would probably be unwise - it's not going to be a collector's piece. As for model, it's probably going to be an early Celviano model and if they say it's 10 years old, it might in truth be nearer 15-20 years old.
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#697812 - 04/01/08 08:58 AM Re: "Top of the line Casio from 10 years ago"
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Casio's Privia line has improved lately, I doubt a ten year old "weighted" keyboard meets today's expectations of the term.

Even an earlier version, a CDP 100, A new one can be had for $399 from online retailers though it is backordered.

Check out www.priviapiano.com or www.casio.com once you get the model number. Even the models PX110 or PX310 that are being replaced by the PX120 and PX320 can be had for $300 - $400 with a warranty without a stand.

http://world.casio.com/corporate/history/chronology.html according to Casio, the Privia came out in Oct. 2003 and I doubt its precursor is worth bothering with unless the price is right.

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#697813 - 04/01/08 04:18 PM Re: "Top of the line Casio from 10 years ago"
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Loc: Chicago
 Quote:
Originally posted by guest1013:
http://world.casio.com/corporate/history/chronology.html according to Casio, the Privia came out in Oct. 2003 and I doubt its precursor is worth bothering with unless the price is right. [/b]
Based on the reviews here, any my own personal experience trying them out at Guitar Center and Best Buy, I am convinced of the quality of the new Casio instruments for the money. But I also hear of people surprised at the quality of the new instruments, given (apparently) the low quality of their earlier offerings. From your link, it would appear that the predecessor to the Privia line would have been the Celviano, released in 1991.
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#697814 - 04/01/08 09:49 PM Re: "Top of the line Casio from 10 years ago"
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Registered: 03/28/08
Posts: 48
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
If this person is truly a friend, ask him to give you the piano as you will take it off his hands so he doesn't have to deal with the hassle of trying to sell it for no money! You'll be doing HIM a favor. Then if you decide later you don't like it for some reason, let him know up front before you take it, that you'll be giving it back to him later. I'm sure he'll get the point:)
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#697815 - 04/02/08 02:42 PM Re: "Top of the line Casio from 10 years ago"
Gyro Offline
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Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4533
Digital pianos are essentially computers, so
used ones are priced like used computers.
What would a 10 yr. old pc be worth? Not
much, maybe a couple of hundred at most.
However, while a 10 yr. old pc would barely
be able to surf the web, a 10 yr. old
digital piano should play much like a brand
new one costing thousands, a great value.
Moreover, there have been good, fully weighted-key
digital pianos since at least the 1980's,
that played much like today's digitals,
so a digital piano from the late 1990's
should be quite good.

Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to buy
things from friends. You can lose a friend
that way. He sounds like he's preparing to
ask for a lot more than a couple of hundred
for this. And the way Casio pianos have
been marketed, one sold without a stand would not
likely be a top-of-the-line model. All
weighted-key Casios should have a sheet
music holder. You can get a pedal for
about $30.00 and a folding stand for about
$20.00.

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