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Casio CTK-496 Electronic Keyboard with 61 Full-Size Keys and Singalong Capability

by Casio

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  • 61 keys with 100-tune song bank
  • MIDI makes for great sound
  • Headphone jack for private listening and microphone jack to sing along with the song
  • 100 preset tones and 100 rhythms
  • Auto Accompaniment to give a deeper sound to your songs

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Product Details

Product Manual [2.93mb PDF]
  • Item Weight: 29 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0002L59SU
  • Item model number: CTK-496
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,591 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 28, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

This Casio compact electronic sing-along keyboard is good fun for the entire family. Features 61 full-size keys with 100 pre-programmed songs; MIDI for great sound; headphone and microphone jacks; 100 preset tones and rhythms; auto accompaniment; integrated speakers; 12 polyphony maximum; musical information system display; on-screen icons; song controller; and more. Imported.

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Casio's 61-key CTK-496 has everything a beginner needs on board: 100 tones, 100 rhythms, 100 songs. The familiar CD player control buttons (stop, play/pause, rewind, fast forward) make child's play of song bank operation. The on/off buttons for the right and left hand--as well as the button for activating the chord book function--are located just beside the song-bank controller. The instrument offers 12-note polyphony, which means up to 12 keys or voices may be sounded simultaneously.

The song book included in the package yields insight into notes and lyrics. Once you've rehearsed the tunes, the next job is waiting: Sing Along via the top-panel microphone input and dedicated volume control. Other features include MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) in/out, auto-accompaniment, assignable pedals, a headphone jack, and 2 speakers powered by 2 watts each.

Power the unit using an optional AC/DC adapter (model AD-5) or with 6 AA batteries (not included). What's in the Box
Keyboard, song book, music stand, a user's manual, and registration/warranty information.



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

For a hundred bucks you cant go wrong if your just beginning.
Michael A. Farro
For anyone serious about playing or using it as an early learning tool, it is useless.
Music teacher for 32 years
A sustain pedal is as important as the keys, yet this product did not come with one.
Calamity Jane

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

160 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Justin Tynne on October 16, 2004
When I first purchased this product I was ready to open it up and start playing, however, it doesn't come with an AC Adapter(it takes a 9 volt ac adapter) and it doesn't include batteries (as with most electronics nowadays). Although I fortunately had an adapter that fit the keyboard I didn't realise that until after I had already gone out and bought the required six AA batteries required to power the keyboard.

Apart from my power-supply fiasco, once I did get the product working I was surprised at how unrealistic the piano and a lot of the other sounds .. sounded. Another draw back about this keyboard is that it doesn't include the midi in/out cables used to connect to a computer or another midi device, however if you're just wanting to play and don't have any interest in using the keyboard in conjunction with a computer, then this product is great.

Pros:

affordable price

61 full sized keys

long battery life

lots of built in songs to learn

comes with a music stand and ~100 songs to play

Cons:

doesn't come with midi in/out cables

doesn't come with power adapter

certain tones sound horribly unlike the instrument stated (~30 in all of 100 total)

So if you're looking for something affordable, lightweight and easy to use, this is the perfect keyboard for you.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Guitar on February 10, 2011
At its price point, this is an amazing little keyboard. Keeping in mind an 88 key digital piano with weighted keys and basically no additional sounds costs around $500, its important to consider what you should expect for $65-$100. I submit this is a good value at its price point.

I purchased my CTK-496 new, and it included a stand and a power supply. It did not include midi to USB cables, which cost me a whopping $4.50 to purchase here on Amazon. It did not include a sustain pedal, but has a jack to connect one. I neither wanted, nor needed a sustain pedal for my purposes. If you are a piano player you probably want one. They cost about $15-$20. If you played organ or synthesizers or other keyboards, you probably don't care and don't want one.

I've had my CTK-496 several years, and it has performed well for the purposes it was designed for. No issues with quality or reliability to report.

Pros
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- Inexpensive
- Many tones
- Very portable due to battery power, light weight, and small size.
- Midi connections worked well with a $5 Midi to USB cable to compose directly into music software, running on a Vista 64 bit PC.
- Great for noodling on a keyboard
- Includes 1/4" output jack enabling output to an amp if desired.
- Included Single-X-stand similar to what sells for $20 on various musical supply sites.

Cons
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- If you are used to playing an 88 key piano, this isn't an 88 key piano.
- The 61 keys define the range of notes you can enter in notation via midi
- Non-weighted keys are ok for organ players, probably not for piano players. But, you will not find a decent weighted key instrument under $400-$500. So again, at the price point, its great.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. McCarthy on December 29, 2004
This keyboard is fun and sounds pretty decent, however Christmas morning was a little disappointing because we had to run out and get more batteries, since we were one battery short. Also, the adapter power suppy was not included and is just about necessary since the keyboard zaps battery power in about 4 hours. Now I can't find the adapter any where. Big bummer.
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Calamity Jane on July 27, 2005
I wouldn't recommend this keyboard for anyone, not even the novice. A keyboard with 61 keys is too small for someone who already plays the piano. This keyboard has a "tinny", cheap sound, as do the accompanying musical tones. The banjo doesn't sound like a banjo; the accordion doesn't sound like an accordion, etc. The rhythm selections all sound the same. The upper keys play at a lower volume than the lower keys.

A sustain pedal is as important as the keys, yet this product did not come with one. It also didn't come with an adapter, which is equally important unless you have an unlimited supply of free batteries. I had to order the sustain pedal over the Internet, plus pay for the shipping. Nobody within 50 miles of me carried one. I also had to pay extra for an adapter and a set of headphones.

If you're looking for a decent keyboard, please consider buying the best and the largest you can afford. This one will leave you feeling cheated and disgusted, while it collects dust in the closet.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mario M. Vittone on January 30, 2005
Very nice keyboard for the price. Great for kids, (12 and under). Its a little odd that it doesn't come with a power adapter, and I haven't been able to find his mysterious sustain pedal, but it's a nice keyboard anyway.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Heather on October 14, 2006
Ok, sure it isn't the best keyboard out there, and it SOOO needs a pedal...but I would rather have this one than none at all. It was the only one I could afford, but I would absolutely upgrade if I could.I also got mine @ Target with the stand, paid about $100 for it. I actually didn't realize how bad the sound quality was until I played my boyfriend's $4000 Roland keyboard...dare I say it sounded BETTER than a real piano? If you can buy better, do. If you can't, it does the job.
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