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Is the older Casio CDP 135 better than the new CDP S100?
#3048614 11/23/20 04:24 PM
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Hi everyone!

I'm a self-taught beginner, currently using a 61 keys synth action keyboard and looking to move to a proper digital piano. Here where I live (Brazil) electronics are very expensive and the Casio DPs are the most reasonably priced (Yamaha P45 costs 45% more than Casio CDP S100, and Roland FP-10 is double the price of the Casio) so I’ll have to stick with Casio for now.

My two options are Casio CDP 135 and the newer CDP S100. They are being sold new, both with the same price, and unfortunately aren’t available for testing, so I can’t try them myself…

I’m looking for advice on whether I should buy the newer model, with textured keys, more robust and more silent keys, and apparently better action overall – but with the issue of the too short fulcrum and lighter black keys. Or the old CDP 135, which has untextured keys, apparently quite a lot of key noise and maybe a wonkier action.

So, what do you think?
Can someone who has tested one or both models share their thoughts?

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Re: Is the older Casio CDP 135 better than the new CDP S100?
OliverG02 #3048671 11/23/20 06:45 PM
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Go for the newer model, it's only slightly more than the 135, and it sounds and plays better. The action on either Piano will certainly feel more realistic than your synth.

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Have you tested them? Do you think the fulcrum issues on the CDP S100 aren't really too bad?

Re: Is the older Casio CDP 135 better than the new CDP S100?
OliverG02 #3048809 11/24/20 03:26 AM
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At your level, you'd barely notice the difference. It's a good unit to take you through to intermediate playing. Don't believe everything you watch on YouTube reviews. Most of these guys are Cork sniffers used to playing gear worth many thousands of dollars.

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I have the CDP-135. I’m early-intermediate level. I’ve had it for about three years. No maintenance issues. No problems. They keys are a little thumpy but I knew that going in from reading reviews.
It’s perfectly fine. I actually love it considering the price I paid. ($399 at Guitar Center)I grew up with an acoustic. To my ears it has perfect pitch (I guess all digitals do, ha, ha) and the feel of the keys is very gratifying. Sometimes I press the keys when I walk by even when it’s off. I wouldn’t use it for gigging or playing for a crowd. It has little to no resonance and does sound very digital but for practicing with headphones it’s fine. I am looking for an upgrade. I am not sure how far I will leap. I’m thinking Roland Hp702 or 501 with escapement, maybe even a Yamaha CLP 745? The point is, for your needs, I believe you will like it. I would be concerned about the short pivot on the newer model, but as an earlier poster suggested it may be an exaggerated internet thing. I vote for the CDP-135 but I haven’t tried the new model.

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Try to find sound samples of each. They sound different.

Seems like the CDP-S100 has a very short sustain, though it's probably not long on the CDP-135 either.

And while we are on the topic of sustain: http://forum.pianoworld.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/3048764/why-is-long-sustain-a-good-thing.html

I wouldn't just assume that "newer is better" in case of those two actions. Apparently the CDP-S action can get noisy too just as the old ones. (As people report on the Casio Music Forums.)

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That's good to know, thanks for the help!

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clothearednincompo #3049147 11/24/20 07:55 PM
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I actually like the sound of the CDP 135 a bit more. It's not great, of course, but a bit warmer, more natural than the S100, I think.

So, due to this and the pivot thing I'm leaning towards the CDP 135... Thanks for the help!

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Originally Posted by OliverG02
I actually like the sound of the CDP 135 a bit more. It's not great, of course, but a bit warmer, more natural than the S100, I think.

So, due to this and the pivot thing I'm leaning towards the CDP 135... Thanks for the help!

Fine choice. The 135 works fairly well as a midi controller too. Get a USB-A cable and plug it through your pc/laptop. Download a demo of Addictive Keys or Pianoteq... You'll enjoy the improved sample quality. They are standalone applications so no DAW required.


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