Casio CTK-3000 keyboard

My five year old daughter has started learning piano through Groove n Move School of Music at Coorparoo. Their recommendation is to just buy a cheap $100 keyboard from Target or Big W to get the child started.

Sensing an opportunity to get another musical instrument, I did a little research and decided to purchase a Casio CTK-3000 digital keyboard/electric piano. I bought it off eBay including a keyboard stand and AC adapter from Strathfield Music for A$289 plus A$35 postage. Delivery was super fast from Strathfield Music — they were a pleasure to deal with.

Casio CTK-3000 keyboard

Casio CTK-3000 keyboard

 

The Casio CTK-3000 was the cheapest model keyboard I could find with touch responsive keys. That is, press keys lightly and the keyboard plays quietly, press hard and the keyboard plays loudly. Actually, the Casio CTK-810 was cheaper and had touch response, but it was silver in colour; I wanted a black keyboard.

The sound quality for many of the tones from the CTK-3000 is excellent for the price paid. To my untrained ear, it really does sound like a grand piano in my living room! While the piano, string and percussion tones are generally good to excellent, the tones for wind instruments leave a lot to be desired. Quite frankly, I would not use them.

I am not sure that I am ever going to use the built in rhythms, but there are plenty there that my children are happy to boogie to. And the built in songs? Well I find them a bit cheesy too. Quite frankly, the backing tracks are a bit try-hard.

While we are on the negatives, two more. 1) Sometimes the key action is not smooth, giving a kind of grating feeling. And it is not always the same keys. Go figure. While not a problem that affects the sound quality, it does diminish the tactile experience of the keyboard. 2) Some of the bass tones make the keyboard rattle. I have never had a problem with piano tones, but bashing away at the keyboard with the slap bass tone cranked up resonates through the keyboard making it rattle. Again, not a big deal given that the primary tone I use is grand piano; the rest are just novelty features for me.

The built-in speakers are plenty loud enough for living room practice. However, I am considering purchasing a small practice amplifier so that someone can use the keyboard to accompany our saxophone quartet. I am considering a Behringer Ultratone KT108 or Ashton KA100 at this stage, but watch this space …

A few of my friends/family play keyboard/piano, so I am keen to get their opinion on the Casio CTK-3000.

Casio CTK-3000 review summary
Value for money 9/10
Quality 8/10
Overall 8/10

11 thoughts on “Casio CTK-3000 keyboard

  1. Levi

    hey
    does this one have a “clavinet” tone within its many functions??
    Im thinking of buying one if it does, i jst need this function..
    please get back to me..im gonna go to ebay…

    cheers

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  2. Rex

    Levi

    Not sure about a “clavinet”. The Casio CTK-3000 certainly contains three or four “clavi” tones, but I am not sure how accurately they reproduce a “clavi” sound. If you can find one of these keyboards in a shop, try tones 024 to 028 and tone 274.

    Rex.

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  3. john

    Here’s my advice : don’t ever use ebay for musical instruments. There are a lot of music retailers out there who offer quality services and really good prices. You could have got the package you just described for as less as $149.95, and probably free shipping. I usually go for zzounds.com or musiciansfriend.com , but you can just google whatever product you need and be sure that you’ll get the best deal under shopping search results.

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  4. Rex

    John

    Good advice to shop around. However, my prices are Australian dollars; the prices you are quoting are US dollars. The price (including freight) was the best that I could find at the time using Google, shopbot.com.au, shopping.com, eBay, etc.

    Rex.

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  5. steve

    In actual fact this keyboard is the first Casio I have played,
    whereby the quality of tone has gone down in recent times, probabely due to the competitive nature of this market. They seem to bringing out a new model every 5 minutes, squashing down prices to gain a seemingly
    competitive edge.
    Be ware——-you get what you pay for.!!

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  6. Chad

    Hello, thank you for the review, it was very helpful 🙂

    I’m having a hard time deciding between this keyboard and the Yamaha PSR-E313 (or the newer E323). I think I am leaning more towards the Yamaha.

    Finding out that the CTK-3000 only contains 2 levels of touch sensitivity (from what I read) really put me down.

    I believe Yamaha’s grand piano is a lot more rich. The only downfall of Yamaha’s PSR-E313 is that it doesn’t include a USB port, but has a MIDI port instead.

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    1. discant

      hey, can u explained what do u mean by two types of touch response? cause i am planning to buy a ctk-2100,and the details on the web showed that they do have 2 types of touch response, so does it mean that ctk 2100 has touch sensitive keys?

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  7. fred jones

    (I was very confused also what the hell is meant by two two types of touch response as read in a couple of reviews)

    Further reading has revealed all it means is it has two levels of touch SENSITIVITY to choose from. A detail completely irrelevant to most people.

    The keyboard is a proper touch sensitive response type, perfect as a cheap midi controller to plug into a laptop, making the inbuilt sounds irrelevant.

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  8. Vada

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