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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Taras Young a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
I got one of these classic keyboards on e-bay for £13... it was well worth it! Mine didn't come with a manual, so I had to hunt around on the net a bit for the full picture of what it was capable of - and to think I had one as a child in the 80s and didn't use it to its full potential!

The ADSR programmable voice is great and the rhythms, while extremely cheesy, are quite sweet. This really is an 80s object, and will bring back memories for people who were kids around that time!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-29-2001 at 20:50
Rox Wondaz from Detroit Mi writes:
I can't say nothing bad about this thing. I had one as a child (not that I'm old now) and it was fun back in the days. Now I'm hering the same machine on TV, and the radio.... this is a calculator with really nice preset rhythms built in, but theres more, you can record your own sequences, play them back, and edit the sound.. yes, in a calculator!!!! Don't expect midi ports, or anything like DIN SYNC, but sample the notes, or add effects, and this little box kixx azz.. moog style. I know your sayin', "yea right.. whatever man" but I'm serious. Sleep if you want to, but if you can get one for less than $50, your doing yourself a HUGE favor. If you do Hip-hop, or especially techno, you can't lose. Bleeps and sounds that you can first edit in the machine, then re-sample, and add effects, and your in a whole different ballpark. I got mine for $27.. I wouldn't sell it for less than $150. In a few years from now, you won't find it at all. ..Rox Wondaz..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-03-2001 at 04:10
claire a hobbyist user from UK writes:
The adsr function is great (I'll gid out the link to the site with full instructions as to what each digit of the 8-digit code controls), but thin (of course). The programmed beats are horribly over-used/cliched but good for sampling. Kind of ironic that Casio originally marketed this as a calculator but then had to switch their marketing when they realised what a unique instrument they'd made. The down point is that although you can make amazing noises (it even does the alternate octave voice used in disco etc. that's typical of Moogs!) it has horrible little rectangular pieces of plastic for keys which get gunked up and stick very, very easily. Keep it clean!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-12-2000 at 06:31
Metalshop a hobbyist user from SF Bay, USA writes:
This is the coolest most radicalistic little cheese bugger I've ever owned - I just love it. First, that rhythm clicking thingee - oh sweet castanets, teek-tonk chee, teek-teek-tonk chee, just plain beautiful. Try 'samba' at the lowest tempo, man I'm a rappin Casio mutha now. And hacking ADSR - jeez, is this really a calculator? I thought it was a little beige alien! Check-out my VL-1 site :

http://www.garyd.net/maximumcheesecore.html

. . . and ROCK ON VL-TONE !!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-21-2000 at 15:03
giovanni alexi a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I had one I bought at a vintage music store but I sold it and am kicking my self for it.I didnt realize it was so popular!!I need one again.If anyone has an idea email me.I also saw a red bontempi keyboard that is 27 key long,polyphonic and one square wave sound.Also a wurlitzer 44 key blue organ with poly square wave sound also.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-26-2000 at 19:12
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