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At video timestamp 04:18 the CT-S1 exhibits a Fender Rhodes clean tone vintage electric piano. I'm impressed by the sound quality of this vintage-sounding Fender Rhodes, without gimmicky effects baked in. A vintage Rhodes stands up as a solo keyboard instrument, almost like solo piano does. Jeremy's "Over The Rainbow" sounds full-bodied and warm on the new Casio CT-S1 "Stage E Piano". Weight 10 lbs, stereo speakers, $199. The acoustic piano tone is also warm and intimate, full-bodied, not thin.



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To me it sounds synthetic in the sustain. Excellent for a $200 board but nothing special otherwise. A refaceCP for $300 has a much better Rhodes with vintage effects.


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Got to disagree with you. I have a $400 Reface and it’s miniature keys are unplayable. Based on the numerous real Fender Rhodes I’ve owned, I think the Casio CT-S1 does a comparable if not even better job than Reface. And I hate when effects area applied to Rhodes. For me it’s like adding effects to an acoustic piano.

I am underwhelmed by the Reface Rhodes.



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The Reface has a spitty attack, although it is pretty good.


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I haven't owned a Rhodes and have played real Rhodes pianos only a few times. Nevertheless the Rhodes piano sound is my second favorite timbre after the acoustic piano and even with that limited exposure to real Rhodes pianos I think there's a lot of variation between different Rhodes piano models, depending also on the regulation, the amps used, effects, the tastes of the performer. It can vary from dull, dark, barking to bell-like, thin, piercing, etc. with thousands possibilities in between. There's no single "reference" Rhodes sound. I personally love the Rhodes sound of Herbie Hancock as in Chameleon and Butterfly which is going through an amp and effect-pedals AFAIK, as well as that of Chick Corea. The main Rhodes patch in the refaceCP is exactly that sound and adding amp drive and tremolo + optionally a chorus and delay would approach those iconic records pretty well. I don't hear that in the Casio.

As to the reface keys: yes, they are toyish. You just need to hook it up to a proper MIDI controller.

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Is it Scarbee EP88, no. But it is very gigable to my ears.
I don't need lots of dynamic tonal distinction, i don't want effects, bark or overdrive. I need a warm full-bodied medium-fi vintage Rhodes sound. My real suitcase Rhodes was very low fi on the gig. In the old days when you bought a real Rhodes they did sound all about the same: relatively low-fi, not voiced to perfection, no effects except maybe Tremolo , which I never use. Nobody loves a clean Rhodes more than this jazz player and I think the criticism of the CT-S1 "Stage E Piano" that I have read by non-owners is too harsh. It's not a funky Rhodes nor a customized L.A.dynamic. It's a low-fi warm full-bodied clean tone vintage. Perfect for straight-ahead jazz blowing. Like a dull-toned Jim Hall Gibson jazz arch top guitar. I only play clean tone Rhodes on the gig, and maybe a bit of acoustic piano and vibes.

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