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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Chris h a hobbyist user from Utah writes:
I found one of these CT 6000s at a local thrift shop. Is it worth $25? I just picked up a Yamaha ypt210 for $35 a few weeks ago and I'm kind of bummed I didn't find this first. Would it be worth the $25? Is it "better" than a ypt 210? Im not really a pianist I just kind of want a decent quality midi controller really. Let me know asap I dont know how long its going to be there! thanks

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-15-2011 at 19:34
Kevin S. Willis a hobbyist user from Memphis writes:
I used my CT-6000 for about ten years, and I bought mine retail in early 1986, so I know this was released before 1987. While I don't have mine anymore, it was indeed a tank, and worked great, even after I spilled a Pepsi in it (though that killed one of the black keys <g>).

Are the sounds crap? Well, yes and no. For that class of keyboard and at that time, they are fine, but they are also unique for almost any class of keyboard (the consumer Casio signature: unique sounds, whether you think they are crappy or not). I composed over a hundred songs with this keyboard's sounds and now find I'm nostalgic for it, and hope to have the room to have one again someday. While the sounds are hardly "pro", I pine for their very "crappiness"--I loved the synth strings, "symphony", the odd brass and trumpet sounds, and the still fairly decent pipe organ, jazz organ, and chorus sounds. The drums, though again very unique sounding, were never my favorite.

In addition to the groovy glissando button, there's a chord button that makes single key play generate chords that are connected to whatever the auto-accompaniment is doing, which could be used for a pretty fat sound, with very little effort. The auto-accompanient bass could be replaced with one you recorded on your own, and as I recall the one you recorded on your own could easily last the length of a longish song.

Most odd, to me, was the button/setting (I forget the name, someone who has one of these things please remind me)that causes the drum pattern and auto-accompaniment to vary in relation to the rhythm, speed you were playing, and there are fills and beats you can only coax out of the keyboard by playing at a certain rhythm, with that option enabled. Freaky!

And, of course, touch-sensitive keyboard. How cool is that?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-11-2005 at 10:38
Tomek a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
I've had mine for approx 10 yrs if not more. Very reliable one, still works fine, no problems with it at all. The only glitches I encountered were... this keyboard's features. Could be called a condradiction. It's built like a tank and indeed it's heavy like one. On the other hand it stands more for a toy than a serious instrument. Keyboard action is quite nice and has aftertouch (which seems rather unusual for this class of keyboard). Can serve as a controller very well unless you mind it's heavy-duty design. Sounds on this one are a bad joke. Actually I think barely any of them (oy, there are so many of them :D) appears useful. I'm not gonna give any detailed remarks about rythm/accompaniament section as I'm more into synthesizers. The only thing I can tell: extremely amusing. Ass for surprises: range control knob - you get an instant access tool to steer the range of the pitch wheel. Also the glissando button.

This instrument has some nice features, especially the keyboard is worth of notice. But as for a stand-alone musical device I think it's utterly obsolete. You won't get much of it unless you have another sound engine. If you like to work out, take it as your controller for gigging. You'll get some heavy load on your muscles.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-12-2005 at 07:46
craig a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I got mine from a pawn shop in 1988 for $450. I still use it to this day, mainly as a controller for a b3 module. it's heavy duty--i gigged with it for a couple of years and it still works alright. the sounds are kind of cheesy, but i like the clavinet and the electric piano sound.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-03-2005 at 16:03
Bill Peters a professional user from USA writes:
Bought mine after seeing it in Las Vegas at the consumer electronics show the same year it was released. It is listed here as 1987, but I am POSITIVE I bought mine before that.. I used this unit for composing and stage uses MIDI-1 Triggering, and so can be used to some degree with a computer or other MIDI devices. I paid $1200 brand new and near cried when it had beer spilled on it and got fried in 2000...I am now awaiting delivery on another I found on ebay for $73.00 YAY!! I will be composing again in no time!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-30-2004 at 05:03
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