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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Jamel Goumri a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I got the SA-1 in 1991 when i was five i actually took it from the store withouth paying and nobody noticed when my parents saw me they went back in the store and payed for it, it's small and has 100 sounds, i really like 64 (metal lead), 31 (warm strings) and 76 (telephone) cause they really sound like the 80's (great demo from wham, wake me up before you go go) lots of fun man!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-12-2003 at 10:44
mike wookey a professional user from uk writes:
I absolutely love this little keyboard. I collect casios and this is one of my favorites, along with the famous sk-1 and vl-1. The cosmic sound (number 75) is fantastic and fits into so many things without crowding. The piano sound is very percussive and sounds amazing with big reverb when used as a lead instrument. I also really like some of the organ sounds. The only thing which is a pain is the 2 note polyphony. I have an sa-20 which gives me the same sounds and 4 note polyphony. They're both great.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-01-2003 at 16:58
Rob Adlers a professional user from Canada writes:
Picked one up for $5 at a local thrift store. Just a kid's toy huh? NOT! It goes along side my Realistic (Casio) Concertmate 300, hero keyboard of the 80's famed with the 'song of the future' - Da Da Da. Pipe it through the mixer and guitar effects unit. The kid's toy takes on a new life of it's own, even though Wham! got accredited with the demo song. Sheesh. Sweet little machine. CASIO really had tonals down in these old mini-unit keyboards. Soloing isn't that bad either once you get accustomed to the mini-keys. A definite must-have for any synth player's studio. Good things do come in little packages.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-19-2001 at 23:44
Nathan a hobbyist user from US writes:
I ggot mine from my sister in 3rd grade, pseudo-synth cheesiness! Great fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-14-2001 at 16:18
General Manager a professional user from UK writes:
OK, so it was marketed as a toy originally, but forget that... Wolf Zeuner (see above) is absolutely right - put the SA-1 through your sampler, or even a digital FX unit like an ART Multiverb, and you've got something really special and hard-to-find, and, hey, you can take it anywhere.

Tony Gage went to the far east with only an SA-1 and a hand-held Sony 20DV tape-recorder and made musical history.

www.kakutopia.com has loads of info about the SA-1 and other great Casios, and how they are being used to make cutting-edge music in the 21st century.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-25-2001 at 16:11
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