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At the moment, this is just a blog about early home keyboards of the 1980s and early 1990s. Since I bought my first Casio — an MT-400V — a few years ago, I have been possessed by a fascination about these great, creative boxes.

While most of today’s keyboards are just plain boring — with sampled, realistic sounds — these early machines are just fascinating, and their analog sounds are weird, cheesy, cute and just plain lovely. Especially when fed through an effects pad… Also, during that early years, the manufacturers implemented many fun features, and the user interfaces was based on switches and knobs instead of forcing you to punch in numbers, which makes playing around with these keyboards just plain fun.

So here I’ll present the results of my researches about this esoteric topic, and I’ll also feature some of my favourite keyboards.

In the long run, I may also expand the theme of this blog to include other interests of mine, but at the moment, it’s just plain old keyboards… Have fun!

Comments

  • Tim  On 2010/08/14 at 12:03

    I completely agree with you – modern keyboards using samples are just boooooring. I guess in the old days, memory and sampling hardware was just impractical to implement on cheap, home keyboards, so the manufacturers had to find ingenious ways to try to create the sounds electronically and cheaply, giving each keyboard from that era its own, unique sound. It all started to go downhill with the introduction of FM Synthesis, in my view – but some FM synth keyboards do sound nice :-)

    Looks like this’ll be an interesting blog – I’ll be checking back regularly :-)

  • nlo  On 2010/10/26 at 22:31

    This is a really interesting Website, I own a CT 410V, which I got for a few bucks, and its in a really gread condition. It even came with an original Casio volume pedal. Back in early eighties, this was my first Keyboard. I was 6 or 7 and luckily a Photo of me performing exists. ;)
    25 Years later a great feeling to play on this baby! :-D

    I’ll also check back regularly.

  • finalcomposition  On 2012/05/06 at 23:45

    I like your blog and was wondering if you’d like to be interviewed about it for my podcast show POEM (powerofelectronicmusic.blogspot.com) – pls get in touch. I am not using the final composition site anymore so pls email me on info@tj-music.com

  • Dan Hakala  On 2012/05/11 at 01:22

    I just started a new site with used parts, accessories and stuff for older Casio keyboards.

    http://www.CasioKeyboardJunkyard.com

  • fel  On 2012/05/22 at 20:50

    Wonderful website. I was born in the 80’s and had MT820 to play growing up. It is still working. These things are amazing.

  • Tobbi/from Sweden  On 2013/02/01 at 05:16

    I am also infected by the “got-to-buy-old-cute-plastic-keyboards-virus”!!!

    Its a lovely disease. My latest buy: yamaha ps30 and Casiotone CT-660 (for 10 euro!)

  • David  On 2013/10/13 at 08:20

    Hello all out there, I hope you are still tuned in, I have a Casio PT20, it belongs to my sister and she has asked me to sell it, I think it must be one of the first made as it was a shop demonstration unit, it has a hard cardboard section attached to the top of it giving instructions on how to play it etc, I have failed to find one anywhere on the internet, is this item really that rare? any replies or comments would be gratefully received
    Regards David

  • Neil  On 2013/11/04 at 17:11

    Just dug out my CT-650 and of course couldn’t find the user manual. Scoured the web including Casio’s site but came up with nothing until I came across your site. THANK YOU very much for posting these manuals!

  • Jo Lou Gibson  On 2014/03/20 at 17:02

    Thank you! I have an old Casio Tone Bank CT-420 and no manual. Found it quicky here! Our womens’ retreat music will be much better now! I can’t thank you enough for all your work getting these manuals and info together. Blessing to you always!

  • Matt  On 2014/05/09 at 12:31

    Love this blog, hope to see more in the future. There’s a decent Casio and the like Facebook group growing for discussion/trades/buy/sell etc here:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/casioontario/

    checkit! thanks

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