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I have a Casio privia PX-300 that I purchased new about five plus years ago. It still works fine but I was wondering if there is any maintenance and or cleaning that should be done. It is keep mostly in the air conditioned room but we live in a dusty and humid area. All of Thailand is humid. Is a service manual downloadable from this forum. I would like to open it and take a look. I appreciate whatever you may be able to provide. Thank you, John

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I doubt there is any kind of detailed maintenance you would need to do.
I live on a busy dirt road with lots of traffic. Consequently, I get a lot of dust. In addition, the room where I keep my PX120 has no AC, and it gets vey hot and humid in the spring and summer/early fall. I get by with a fan while playing. Besides wiping the keys down occassionally with a soft cloth, I use a piece of cloth large enough to cover it completely when not playing, to keep the dust out of it. I'm willing to bet that'll be fine.


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If it works without any issue, I would not open it. Just keep the dust away - I assume you cover it.

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There is no maintenance on a
digital piano. They are designed
for durability and reliability
and freedom from all maintenance,
and can last indefinitely.
I've owned four digitals
since 1989 and have never
had a problem with any of them. The
very first digital I bought,
a Korg C-800 that I purchased
in 1989, I gave to my neighbor
in 2005, and the last time I
checked, in Dec., it was still
in perfect condition.

The only thing you need to be
careful about is moisture, and,
to a lesser extent, dust. One
forum member used windex spray
cleaner to clean the keys, and even
that small amount of moisture
was enough to ruin the electrical
contacts on several keys and
make them unplayable. There
is considerable room to accommodate
dust that falls between the
keys of a digital, but at some
point, if too much dusts accumulates,
it will render the keys inoperable.
I always cover my digital with
the plastic sheet it came packed
in.


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Maintenance?

Every few months or once a year turn the keyboard upside down and use some compressed air ("canned air", see link below) between the keys to blow out whatever has fallen in there. Same goes for computer keyboards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_duster.





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I generally dismantle the entire instrument once a year, including the keyboard/keys, and thoroughly clean every part.

I keep the instrument covered with a dust proof table cloth.

Never had a problem with my Roland HP-1700, a lovely piano with the best keyboard feel (Rotary-oil damped SK-6) of any digital I've had the pleasure to play, including the new V-Piano.

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Originally Posted by snazzyplayer
Never had a problem with my Roland HP-1700, a lovely piano with the best keyboard feel (Rotary-oil damped SK-6) of any digital I've had the pleasure to play, including the new V-Piano.


I can't find the Roland HP-1700 on the European Roland site, I guess it's not manufactured any more?

Do you know what's the name of the keyboard action? Is it with or without Escapement?


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The Roalnd HP-1700 piano was made in the early 90's, ...the top model of the range was the HP-3700, followed by HP-2700, HP-1700, and HP-900 (76 keys)...they all used the same action.

I believe it was used on the earlier RD-series stage pianos as well.

It was called the SK-6, and was without escapment, and not graded. It just feels simply wonderful, although, like piano sounds, this is highly personal and subjective.

I wish they had kept it on some of their models, as I am not a fan of some of Roland's hammer actions....I've been a fan of Yamaha's hammer actions, in all their iterations.

A little more off topic(why not, life's too short to stay on topic) I also wish Roland had carried on with their SAS sound generation. SAS stands for Structured Adaptive Synthesis, and was Roland's method of generating piano sounds, and organ sounds on the VK-1000.

I often wonder if the V-Piano's system is an advanced take on SAS...what do you think?

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Thanks for all the replies. Now I feel better. I still plan to buy a nicer piano for the living room, as soon as I can talk my wife into it. She just don't like to spend money. LOL.


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