Synth Site: Yamaha: CP - 30: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Mert Topel a professional user from Turkey writes:
It takes a little bit time to fully understand how to play the CP-30. The sounds called "piano" on this analog keyboard has nothing to do with the real piano sound. But it has it's own character and you have to develop your own approach to play this great instrument in order to make it sound at it's very best. There are two seperate sound generators which lets you combine four different "piano" sounds. These two tone generators have their own decay rates so either of them might be used as the percussion potrion of the total sound. Or you may even turn the cp-30 into a "muted piano" instrument with very fast decay settings on both sound genrators. The two generators has a balance/mix setting and can be detuned seperately. Tremolo with variable depth and rate setting can be applied on either or both of the sound generators. There is an effective sass and treble boost/cut type tone setting. The two generators even have seperate outputs as well as a mixed output. The CP-30 is a true stereo analog piano keyboard. The key action is great. The analog circuits get triggered with real piano hammers. The CP-30 is a typical Yamaha that is built like a tank with the best material available.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-15-2001 at 06:28
Matti Ikonen a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I've had my Cp-30 for a couple of months now, and the more I play it, the more I like it. It certainly doesn't sound as good as a Rhodes or a Wurlitzer, but it still sounds good. The sound reminds me of my childhood years in the late 70's and the early 80's... <sob>

It's sounds are produced by stable analogue circuitry (it's an _electronic_ piano) so there aren't any maintenance or tuning problems. In my opinion the piano1 and piano2 presets are the most usable, the latter being more suitable for my purposes. The detuning function is totally cheesy and adds some horrible chorusing to the sound. In the upper register the sound gets too weak and can't really be used properly.

The Cp-30 is quite huge and weighs some 100 lbs (40-50 kg) and is a roadie's nightmare.

The Cp-30 has become an essential element in my setup and I really like the way it sounds and feels. Sure it doesn't sound like a real electric piano, but on the other hand I don't need to worry about it falling out of tune in the middle of a song. And it's cheap :) If you're loaded, buy a real electric piano. If not, try this one out.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-28-2001 at 06:51
Pirkka Maksimainen a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Sounds of the CP-30 are pretty lousy. Keyboard is dynamic, but a bit noisy. You can get nice chorus-effect when you change pitch between two sounds. This piano weights over 50kg. The reason why I bought mine was the price. It cost my less than 20 bucks.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-20-2000 at 05:05
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