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Casio WK-500 76-Key Personal Keyboard Package with Stand, Headphones and Power Supply

by Casio
41 customer reviews

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  • Real time recording
  • On-board sampling
  • Pitch bend wheel
  • SD Card slot
  • This package comes bundles with professional closed-cup headphones, single x-braced keyboard stand, and a power supply.
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Product Description

The Casio WK500 Personal Keyboard is built with the use of Casio's new AHL sound technology! The AHL (Acoustic & Highly-compressed Large-waveform) technology boasts a realistic reproduction of tones from pianos to organs and more. With 48 notes of polyphony, these new keyboards ensure that all sounds played are heard, even when playing complex parts with the aid of on-board accompaniment. This keyboard also features piano-style keys for a more natural feel. Equipped with built-in sampling features, you can record any sound or musical phrases using the microphone (or audio input) jack and then play them back on the keyboard. Casio has taken great leaps in upgrading the Step Up Lesson function those just starting to learn. Young and growing musicians can learn to play songs phrase-by-phrase by listening to the progression, watching the LCD screen to see where to play and then repeating the simple parts on the keyboard this process will help any new player learn through memory by playing the song phrases with little assistance. Casio WK500 Features Digital Effects Real Time Recording On-Board Sampling Pitch bend wheel SD Card slot Backlit LCD display Phrase by Phrase lessons USB Port for PC Connectivity Line Out Also Includes songbook & score stand.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 51 x 9 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 33.8 pounds
  • Domestic 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.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002OHE4R2
  • Item model number: CAS WK500 PPK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,004 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at September 1, 2009

Customer Reviews

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Christopher on December 14, 2010
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I would say that the keyboard itself is fairly nice. If you are a beginner, then this keyboard is a great start. It comes with tons of tones, some beats, a metronome, a distortion wheel, SD card slot, and a USB port. You can also layer tones, split them, and record your own. The stand and power supply also help make this product work.

The headphones are the cheapest thing in the box, and you can tell just by handling them. My headphones also arrived broken! The left ear piece is loose, and "jiggles" LOUDLY every time I move my head! This fact also makes the left ear sound very muffled (compared to the right ear) I would attempt to fix this problem myself, but the headphones are all one piece! Everything is glued together. I would literally have to break and tear these things apart in order to fix the loose speaker. How annoying. Buyer beware.

This keyboard also does not come with a sustain pedal, or USB cable. I was aware of this fact before I purchased the keyboard, so I had to purchase them separately. I think they should have included the pedal and USB cable, instead of those cheap headphones. It would have been worth the price I paid, and a 5 star rating. Or, they should at least charge less for this product.

I gave this product three stars based on what came in the box, and overall product quality as compared to the price that I paid.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 9, 2010
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This keyboard is beautiful. The keys feel smooth and responsive and so far it's been a very pleasant experience. This comes with a real Casio-brand power supply, which is great, and the stand is pretty sturdy (it will rock a little bit if I shake it, but I notice no instability while using the keyboard). Also, once I hooked up an A-to-B USB cable (not included), it was immediately recognized by my iMac. I've messed around a little bit in GarageBand and it flawlessly captured my playing. At one point I even got it to play the sound through GarageBand instead of the keyboard (this would be useful in a couple instances). I'm not sure what triggered that, though.

I do have some criticisms, of course:
1) The contrast of the numbers and text aren't very high against the black, so a light will probably be necessary to find the right buttons at first (though you may want one for sheet music anyway)
2) The tone selection button doesn't light up like the rhythm and song buttons. In fact, whichever of the latter two you had selected previously will stay lit while you change tones. I found this strange and confusing at first, but it's not even close to a deal-breaker. Perhaps there's a reason behind it that I just haven't thought of or read about.

And some other thoughts:
1) The power connector is slightly under-thought. It is a 90-degree turn at the back of the keyboard, but the groove doesn't allow it to fit vertically. That is, the cord must bend outward or be angled to the side.
2) I wonder if there's a way to alter the pitch wheel configuration to expand more than a whole-step, or to cause it to only affect notes already played. I'd like to try and use it to slide between notes more than anything else, but this is a bit impractical with the default configuration.

Overall it's a great keyboard and I hope it lasts a long time.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on July 4, 2010
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All I really wanted when I was purchasing a keyboard was to be able to practice the piano in my own room without bothering my roommates. This purchase was exactly what I needed because the package came with headphones, the stand, and an adapter. I was able to start playing immediately after I set it up. I have enjoyed using it every day since!

Of course it's not a real piano, so the touch-sensitive keys aren't as good, the clicking of the keys when you press on them is a bit noisy, and the feel is a little different, but I adjusted easily and it hasn't been an issue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. I. De Beresford on May 14, 2011
You simply couldn't get anything like for this kind of money a few years ago. If you're looking for a cheap keyboard to practice or learn the piano on this is an excellent choice, the home keyboard has finally come of age in that respect''Compared to the 80s when I started out it now sounds and acts much more like a piano, 76 touch sensitive keys allowing you to play those early learner classics like Moonlight Sonata with feeling and it has a brilliant step-by-step teacher which I wish I'd had to begin with. Some of the songs in the songbook are corny and old fashioned but it's an interesting history lesson in classic and popular music. In particular, I'm comparing this to my first large keyboard, a Casio CT-680, which I got in 1992 or thereabouts. The WK500 corrects a great many things which I wanted to be corrected in the CT-680. It was always frustrating that it didn't have a few extra keys and touch sensitivity. And it didn't sound quite realistic enough. Besides that, it's one track recording ability was deemed insufficient and I wanted to be able to separate elements of the style patterns. Of course, microchips have come on a long way and all of this is possible with the WK500 and more. The WK500 has a six track multi-track recorder for up to 5 songs, which is enough to keep me amused, and it has sampling ability, a range of arpeggios and song exportability. This is particularly important because it means you can save as midi file, and then make incremental changes to your music when read as sheet music on a computer. It basically gives you the ability to use the Casio as a far more fully fledged composing machine, than ever before, if you want. In theory, you could then import the midi file back into the machine and play it.Read more ›
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