April 19, 2007


by Chris Randall

I stopped in Apple Music in Portland today to pick up some guitar strings, and during a quick run through their "pro audio" section I noticed something special lying in the corner. A Yamaha CP70 (in its traveling configuration) plain as day. There was no tag on it or anything, so I had to do that most painful of things and talk to the salesman. Now, normally I'd rather get my eye teeth pulled then talk to a music store salesman, but needs must when the devil drives.

My normal bias towards that most subhuman of all species was nicely confirmed by his condescending statement that it was "totally mint, and all the tines have been replaced," so we could move along to other things, namely the price. It's on consignment, so there's no wiggle room, and the seller wants $1200. Now, for what it's worth, it has all the accessories and seems, from an external inspection, to be in more or less perfect condition. It also comes with a complete set of road cases.

So, who here has purchased a CP70? Is $1200 a reasonable price? How much of a pain in the ass are these beasts? I'd really love to have one, even just to make my own sample set, but I want to know if I'm being taken for a ride or not. Comments?

As an aside, I also found a store that isn't really a music store, but they have a ton of cool old gear (and a lot of crap, too.) But they have a Wurli 145 (I'd say in about 6/10 condition), two (!!!) L100s, a B3, an M100, and a stack of Leslies I don't even know enough to write about, but there were over a dozen. Also a couple spinet pianos (and yes, I know the difference between a spinet and an upright grand), a player piano, a pump organ, and a metric fuckton of old Italian guitar shit. If anyone needs, I'll be happy to provide the pertinent info.



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Apr.21.2007 @ 11:22 PM
penzoil washington
dm, u bastard ;)
i paid over $1k for a minty one. still it's worth every penny to me and it's like money in the bank anyway.

Apr.21.2007 @ 11:35 PM
Chris Randall
Christ. You lucky motherfucker. I'll give you $200 for it right now!



Apr.22.2007 @ 6:29 AM
yeah I just wish I hadn't traded my Mono/Poly last month for a rhodes stage. I guess things could be worse, the amp does hum a bit, not sure if thats normal for a 200 thats seems to have sat in a living room for the past 40 years.

Apr.22.2007 @ 10:52 AM
penzoil washington
hum isn't normal, should be a problem in the amp. god forbid it should cost you a couple hundred to remedy.... ;)

Apr.24.2007 @ 7:14 AM
a CP-70b was just posted to the NY CL at 2,500.00. har har har

May.01.2007 @ 4:34 PM
$1200 is on the high side for it. But for what it's worth, I wouldn't sell mine for twice that. We stumbled onto ours for very, very little money and thought we'd flip it and get something else, a Wurly maybe. Once i sat down with it I never looked back. Great instrument.

May.08.2007 @ 12:22 AM
hey all
just picked up one of these for $700 canadian. would say its a reasonable deal. Would have been happy to pay less, but i've also been on the lookout for one for TWO years so i couldn't pass it up -

Anyway - can anyone point me to tuning resources for this instrument?
I'm gonna hire a pro to tune it initially - but i would like to learn how to do touch ups (aided by some kind of Frequency analyzer) by myself (i.e. on the road)

any tips would be greatly appreciated



Sep.04.2007 @ 9:17 AM
Hello, Let share with this forum my CP-70 project. I bought two Cp-70's for under 1200.00 and I used one for parts and totally refurbed the best of the two. One had parts the other one did not and since I wanted a minty one like showroom condition, I totally stripped them both down and restrung one and retolexed the outside, upgraded the electronics and gave it my own look and character. I have to say, it is sitting in my studio now and I had to tune it twice and finally it curved right in and has been stable and the instrument looks and sounds wonderful! It does not have tines and whoever is telling you this is full of shit. A Rhodes has tines and A Cp-70 has real strings with a pickup on every string just like a piezo pickup in a guitar. I love to process it and every artist that has used one, has processed it with chorus, phazing or reverb most of the time. It is the sustain and the upper register that make this intrument's sound unique. I never liked the dry sound really the phazing and chorus make it sound good and distinct. If I found a Cp-70 anywhere near mint, I would jump on it no matter what the cost because a mint one has been hard to find. They were toured with and a mint one would bring big bucks these days. I like to play songs that used the Cp70....it is a joy to play them and hear them in person. Anything from ABBA to Video killed the radio star to Keane it is just an amazing sound to have on record. I have also a sickening story....I bought a CS-80 from a church for 100 bucks and she sits between the Cp-70 and a 1977 customized Rhodes 73 that I refurbed. I am working on a Wurly 140B and I just love my Wurly 200A that I paid 1200 dollars for to acheive minty status. Just thought I would share. You guys know any other songs that use the Cp-70? These are ones I know( Abba...S.O.S, Video killed the radio star...the buggles, Simple minds....Alive and kicking....All Keane songs and U2...New Year's Day I think.

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