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  1. ALENK - Alen, NOTHING ( sorry, promise it's the last time I'll use them ) I wrote was aimed at you, or anything you may have written! I honestly have no idea why you would have thought it was? Take it easy Chris
  2. Dear all, I'm not going to stupidly try and hide the fact that I was very pessimistic about Casio releasing another "professional" keyboard this year. After all, it's there for anyone to see in the "Casio....NAMM" thread! I've also, as an owner of the X500, never hidden the fact that I believe that Casio's "support/marketing" of the keyboard was nothing short of, "lousy" - at BEST, and "pathetic" - at WORST!! Whether or not U.S. owners defend ( or not ) Casio..... Whether they " put-down " some of the justifiable " complaints " from members from " elsewhere " ...... Whether they make some spurious ( imho ) argument along the lines of: " Casio believe the potential market in 'A' / 'B' / 'C', is more "lucrative" is, again, imho, totally redundant! If Casio SELL an instrument in the U.K./EURO Zone, then they are, by definition, obligated to SUPPORT that instrument, and the owners who've parted with their hard-earned, in order to purchase it!! CASIO, in THIS Zone, made not the slightest effort to support or assist buyers ( OR, for that matter, PROSPECTIVE buyers ), apart from with "a couple" of very brief, and not exactly in-depth, videos from Rich Formidoni, and Mike Martin!! Please, let no one try to argue with this, because it's there for all to see --- or rather, in this case --- NOT see!! Casio failed, abysmally, on all levels, to support, assist, and RESPECT, the musicians whose cash they were more than happy to take!! BUT --- All those incontrovertible facts DO NOT alter the fact that the X500 is a FABULOUS keyboard!! Despite some posters, over the months, trying to deny the fact, it simply HAS NO competition at its price-point!...... ...... And the arguments for an "upgraded" model may be nice to have in a wish-list --- but it doesn't make that 'upgrade" a necessary thing! From a personal standpoint, I use my X500 every single day, and I've not found myself thinking, yet, that it SHOULD have this feature or that feature!! A WISH does not a NECESSITY make!! Likewise, finally, Casio are under no obligation to release a new Professional keyboard, of the kind we'd all like,.... .... ( and what IS that, by the way - answers on a postcard! 😊 ) just because people say they SHOULD!! Just because there's no new "Pro keyboard" at NAMM. Just because Casio messed-up with their support of the X500. Just because they don't comply with the dozens and dozens of "demands" from members/owners re "upgrades / features / products / whatever" doesn't suddenly make them a BAD Company!! It just makes them, (if my 40+ years as a working musician, live and in the studio, mean ANYTHING! ) the SAME as every other Company!! Join some different products Forums and I'll guarantee you'll read the SAME KIND OF POSTS as you read here! There ain't nothing new in the world of the musician!! Just different shaped pickguards!! Take it easy all Chris
  3. Will January NAMM bring news from Casio?

    TUXFRIEND - Hi! I'd be genuinely interested in knowing what you mean by: " an option for WK7600 users or potential 76 key users " ?? Also, I assume, by the inference of your second sentence, that you're impressed enough by the spec of the CT-X5000, but you just require 76 keys - is that right? Interesting enough, but I STILL sense that you've got other things in mind, of which you've not revealed any detail - is THAT right?!? Over to you, Tuxfriend, in the hope that you "dot some i's, and cross some t's", for those of us who might be genuinely interested in your views! 😊 Take it easy Chris
  4. AT-5 rhythm to Roland FA-07

    Hi MichaelL, Well.....!! 70 eh?!? Nice to see that there's someone else on the Forum who's at least in the same age range ( ish ) as me -- although, I confess, I'm a little way off reaching your excellent figure! Okay - Firstly ...... I'm VERY proud that, of all the "foot-in-mouths" I've achieved on this, as you infer, quite excellent Forum, I've never yet referred to anyone as a "newbie" 😊 Second ...... you, obviously, had a very good reason in asking the questions you did -- although I'd "defend" my reply to you by gently pointing out that you really DID give the pretty clear impression, in your first post, that you'd discounted purchasing an X500, ( quote: " I WAS considering the mx500.... acoustic sounds aren't realistic enough ....." ), which is what "pushed my buttons"! Third ..... ISTANBUL?!!? ...... You won't even find one in LONDON!! 😂 Fourth .... You've obviously, dare I say, like myself, devoted the majority of your life to creating music --- and that ALWAYS gets unconditional respect in my book. Fifth....... Well..... Welcome along, basically 😊 Take it easy Chris
  5. AT-5 rhythm to Roland FA-07

    Hey LEE, Those were pretty much my thoughts, but he seems to have duplicated this post (??) and seems to be getting some sympathetic replies on the other one so it must be me that's out of step!! 😂😂 Take it easy Chris
  6. Desperate for mz2000

    Hey LOBBARD! 😊 Just been to to check out eBay uk ...... and, up to the 1st January, I was in contact with this seller ( who signed "their" emails to be from " Jane and David " ) about that very same MZ 2000!! Just blame my senile old memory mate! 🙄 Anyway, after sending them SEVEN emails, and getting SIX from them..... all attempts at contact just disappeared!! I know the ad says "collection only", and I was asking them if they would consider shipping it, they seemed, initially, to be quite willing!! I can only assume they had a change of heart, but, as I've said, I really don't know because they ceased contact! Sad really, because I'd have loved to have got it ( and they would have ended up a lot better off!! 😄 ) but, there you go! Still, thanks, anyway, for the kind info mate. Take it easy buddy Chris
  7. Desperate for mz2000

    CHAS - From what I've been told by a couple of people, I think the CASIOKID is right! But - as usual!! 😉 - no doubt BRADMZ will be able to give you a more definitive answer! LOBBARD - Thanks, old friend, for a brilliant piece of info! I'll keep you posted 😊 ************************************************************************************ Can I just say that the reason I'm happy to pay a price which, trust me, I'm well aware is " well over the odds ", is really quite simple. Some of you guys may be aware the I'm a Disabled Musician, and I, maybe, don't have quite as much time to spare looking for the "best price" on ANY instrument I may want -- I guess you'll have to make if that what you will!! 😉 No mad panic, but I've got, maybe, two years to complete everything I'm desperate to record, AND, to, if Im lucky, get hold of any instruments I "missed", for whatever reason, over the years! SO SORRY, I know it's not my "jolliest" post but the last thing I wanted was any of you guys thinking I was some idiot with more money than sense! 😄😄 Anyway ...... Life goes on -- and so will the MUSIC -- for as long as maybe! Take it easy all Chris
  8. AT-5 rhythm to Roland FA-07

    Hi MichaelL! Ive already embarrassed myself once, in the last 24 hours - on the matter of a piece of Forum-terminology of which I was totally ignorant ( thanks again BRAD! 😊), and I MAY be about to do it again! I don't understand why, having considered, and then, apparently, discounted, as a potential purchase, the brilliant MZ-X500...... ....... you would choose it's own, definitive, forum site, to, pretty much, ask for advice on what OTHER manufacturers keyboard you should purchase?!!? You've got a god- given right to go where, and when, you like to seek advice on a new instrument, but SURELY there can't be ANY regular contributor to this Group, who, having read your post, would argue that you would be better served placing it on a more general keyboard forum?!? Strikes me that you're VERY naive, or that you're expectations of a Group of musicians ( who's opinion of the X500 is, by definition, higher than yours ), being particularly keen on helping you, are overly high!! But then I could be wrong! Take it easy Chris
  9. Next Generation MZ-X wish list

    Thanks BRAD!! Not just for the reply - but for not heaping any sarcasm on me for what is, probably, common knowledge to everyone else on the Forum! 😊😊
  10. Next Generation MZ-X wish list

    RICK - So sorry to be "thick" dear friend, but I don't understand the inference of your: "This!" ? I think I'm well into the age-range of being able to claim premature senility Rick, so I think there's actually a law that says you HAVE to excuse me if I AM being stupid! 😄 😄 Take it easy Chris
  11. Desperate for mz2000

    I'll happily advertise my "naivety" to one and all by openly ( and VERY genuinely!! ) confirming that, if anyone spots one for sale - either in the U.K. ( which I appreciate is very unlikely! ) or U.S. ( with willingness to pack and ship - which I'd obviously cough up the loot for 😊 ), I would, with only TWO CONDITIONS, make a firm, sight unseen, offer of £650 - which, as of this precise moment ( 09:53am UK time ) is $927!! 😃 Those " TwoConditions " are: 1) - As you'll no doubt guess, that EVERYTHING MUST be in PERFECT working, and playing, condition!! Not a lot to ask I would think? I'm not in the least bit stressed about the odd scratch, scuff, nick, knock, paddywhack (?)....... whatever! Just so long as it PLAYS just as it would when it first came out of it's box 😊 And: 2) - That The CASIOKID doesn't beat me to it!!!! 😉 Not for the first time, ( yet again, in fact!! ) I have to say huge thanks to BRADMZ!! Probably because it was never officially sold in the U.K. I really had completely forgotten just what a stunning instrument the MZ2000 was/is, and without BRAD's reminder to me, in another thread, I'd still be wallowing in senile-ignorance as to it's brilliance!! So: " Thanks BRAD!! " 😊 I cant even BEGIN to imagine the Fun, as well, obviously, as the Creativity, that'll happen if I can get the X500 AND the MZ2000 into my studios together!! WOW!!!! 😃😃 Take care all, Chris
  12. A sneak reveal has been posted.

    BradgeMusicTube - " The MZ-X seems great but is TOO EXPENSIVE " (!!?!!?!!)...... ...... W..H..A..T..??!!??
  13. Desperate for mz2000

    May not be directly relevant to your question Matt, but I've been looking out for an MZ 2000 since BRADMZ tweaked my memory cells about it in reply to a post of mine a few weeks back! I confess I truly had forgotten just what a stunning instrument it was -- particularly in the light of it being close on 18 years since it was released!! Needless to say I haven't seen a sign of one on EBay, so I can only wish you genuine "good luck" in finding one 😊 Take it easy Chris
  14. So many features

    Echoing what RANDY said, CARTER, this IS a pretty small group, but there ARE ways to get the best info possible....... ........ for example, the post from COREY, that Randy quotes, is worth anyone's time in reading. I believe, EVERY member tries to be as helpful as they can, but there are, undoubtedly, to my eyes, some members who stand head and shoulders above the rest of we poor mortals!! 😊 Surely the the most BRILLIANT of all such knowledgable members, MUST be BRADMZ, who, it must be said, seems to know the X500 inside out!! 😊 He rarely fails to shine light on the darkness of confusion that some user is experiencing with the keyboard --- And MORE often than not he goes a long way further than that toward solving whatever problem they're experiencing!! 😊 I've said a couple of times in the recent few weeks, that, provided there's the WILL and enthusiasm from members, then there's no limit to how long this Group can continue to offer and receive help...... ...... because, "small" it may be, in terms of active members, but the knowledge, skill, and talent, is most certainly here ---- in abundance!! 😊 Take it easy all Chris
  15. Bought one today....

    Nice to see you PETE!! 😊 If I give you the number of my local, U.K. Ford dealership, do you think you could give them a ring and see if they'll lend me a new Mustang for a week or two?!? 😄 Anyway..... Congrats on a great purchase mate! You're going to have a LOT of fun!! Take it easy Chris