I never imagined it would happen

I jokingly have been using the subtitle “Welcome to the nightmare of [year]” on the top sticky post for a long time. When I changed it to 2020 late last year, little was I to guess it would come true.

Fortunately, in my little world my immediate friends and I have ducked the virus so far, but in my USA county, as throughout the whole country, the infection rate is jumping up after hitting a minimum in the late summer.

The good news is a vaccine seems about to be approved and released, but with 300 million people clamoring for it, and me not one of the critical people who should get early doses, I’m going to have to be content to wait, probably several months.

Goodbye beloved grand piano…welcome Yamaha CP-88

Meanwhile, I sold my Yamaha G-1 grand piano — it just wasn’t practical in my small home. I tried many, many digital pianos, and was about to give up on getting one I liked in my price range when I randomly played on a Yamaha CP-88 at a Guitar Center. It didn’t take me too long to fall in love with both the amazing keyboard action as well as the range of sounds available, so I threw my budget out the window and bought it.

The list of patches in the instrument included in the update package is hard for me to read, so I reformatted it. You can get a copy of it as a PDF at the link following (CP88 V1.40 voices) . This is current as of firmware version 1.40 and dated 25 April 2021. I don’t know if the file is applicable to the CP-73 or new YC-88.

The Casio CDP-100

I think in another post I wrote about the Casio CDP-100 I played before getting this. When I was selling the Yamaha grand, I wanted to have something to play on so I wouldn’t completely lose the little momentum I had teaching myself to play. After trying a number of low-priced eps (electronic pianos) at local music stores, I found a CDP-100 at a Guitar Center on the demo floor. I tinkered around with it for a few minutes, and was pleasantly surprised at how good the keyboard felt compared to a real grand, and the piano sound was not bad at all, either.

The trusty Casio CDP-100 electronic piano