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I really love the sound of these pianos but have some questions about them.

1. With a rhodes the 88 key vs the 73 key sounds different due to the acoustics of the 88 tines vibrating while playing. Does anyone know if it is the same here with the CP-70b vs the cp80b?

2. Buying one used is there just as much mechanical issues to deal with as a rhodes or are they usually more sturdy pieces? And what are the are the typical things that need replacement?

3. How difficult are they to tune,keep tuned and how often do they need servicing/tuning? What other things besides tuning needs to be done on these?

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No. CP70/80s are strung and have dampers, so buying a CP70/80 is entirely different than buying a Rhodes. Basically you are just buying a portable grand. Real pianos have their own mechanical issues.

I had a CP70B and tuned it myself. There are fewer unisons than a regular piano. There are many single strings, and no triple strings.

The trick is finding one that hasn't been beat to death on the road, but they are out there, and can be had for cheap, or even free sometimes. Unless you are talking about an 80M. Those are rare. But why buy a CP70/80 today when we have such great electronic pianos?


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It is a unique sound. They are very difficult to tune well.

They have a true grand piano action. (The CP 60 has a spinet action.) They need the same regulation that acoustic pianos need. They are much more complex than the Rhodes. Strings break a lot.


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I've only played a CP70, so I wouldn't know if the extra keys makes that much of a difference. Nor can I compare it to a Rhodes.

The only issues I've had with it are having to find missing parts, nothing you need to make it play, but like the nameplate, chains and rubber feet for the cases.

Oh... I've had 4 strings break on me. The first was replaced by my tuner. He taught me to replace the later ones / gives me free string. In terms of tuning, my bass notes go out quickly, but the rest is pretty stable. I have a hammer to tune it, but still like to get my tuner to look at it once a year.


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