Casio CT-7000 Keyboard Piano Synth Vintage 1983 Made in Japan & Stand - $360 (Chestnut Hill)
make / manufacturer:Casio / ProLine
model name / number:CT-7000
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Made in Japan in 1983, this Casio Casiotone 7000 was considered state-of-art in its day. The control panel has remarkably clean lines to it, and it’s fairly simple to operate.
It’s in excellent condition, with minor signs of wear.
The case is predominantly wood with a dark matt grey acrylic finish, while the control panel is a formed metal stamping with a plasticized silver-grey finish. Two monitor excellent-sounding speakers are set into the top of the panel, in such a way as to give both forward, and a little sideways projection of the sound.
The controls are set between the speakers. There are plastic momentaries with LEDs for selecting the preset voicings, and ordinary momentaries for the stereo effects, incremental tempo stepping, and for all the memory play features. It has latching switches for the rhythm unit. Volume and a couple of pan controls are rotaries, and there are nice slide switches utilized for the automatic chord facilities.
A very cool feature: There’s a touch-strip set along the front edge of the instrument, below the keyboard, for bringing in the rhythm fills!
The action is fast, not too light, yet quiet and smooth. There are five full octaves (61 keys from C to C).
The twenty preset voicings are selected via the double entry momentaries situated in the middle of the keyboard. Included are Electric organ, pipe organ, electric piano, piano, vibraphone, harpsichord, synth flute, flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trumpet, cello, violin, cosmic tone, accordion, electric guitar, synth guitar, banjo, funny. For their day, these voicings were cutting-edge, and they still sound great today - especially if you’re going for a retro-cool sound.
is a stereophonic keyboard with a memory system that operates in a similar fashion to a multi-track tape machine. The multi-track system is fully digital - but it is more accurately considered as a polyphonic sequencer facility operating in an accessible tape machine format, rather than an actual digital recorder.
There are 12 rhythms, all nicely voiced, and very well-arranged. They are: rock, pops, disco, 16-beat swing, Latin swing, bossa nova, samba, beguine, tango, waltz and slow rock. The tempo is set by incremental buttons, and the actual value of this parameter is shown in the LCD display. The fills are introduced by means of a touch strip that is located along the front edge of the instrument. Chords can either be fingered or programmed automatically, and major, minor, seventh, or minor seventh can be utilized. The chord played is displayed in the LCD. The selected chord can then be set to run continuously or pulsed from the rhythm unit. Arpeggio and auto bass are programmed to follow the chord sequence. It has a classic Casio auto bass function, allowing the bass line to be perfectly matched to the rhythm, and a nice degree of “feel” is captured in there. Separate level controls are provided for the bass, chord, arpeggio and rhythm.
There are ten buttons located beneath the display, and these are used to position the sound in the audio spectrum. They range from hard left, left, light left, center, etc., to hard right. And, for fans of 'ping-ponging' there are three automatic panning options (differing speeds and depths).
Next to the right hand speaker can be found the controls for this section, which bare a resemblance to a PortaStudio, or the like. There are three musical channels - two for polyphonic melody lines (CH-1 and CH-2), one for chords (Chords), and two channels marked 'Tone-Effect-Stereo Control' for Channels 1 and 2. The CT-7000 has 1800 steps of memory and, with each note requiring 1/2 step, there's a fair bit of memory to play with.
The Rear Panel:
1/4” stereo/mono audio outputs.
Stereo headphone output.
Memory mini-jack outputs.
Stereo/Mono jack audio outs.
Volume pedal jack.
Sustain pedal jack.
Timing adjustment knob.
The ProLine Stand:
This is an excellent, well-constructed, highly adjustable stand on which the CT-7000 fits perfectly.
A truly superb vintage keyboard. They do not make them like this anymore.