Casio FZ-1GX

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Casio FZ-1GX

Postby gmeredith » Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:23 am

Just saw an FZ-1 variant I have never seen before in a local shop - an FZ-1GX:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CASIO-FZ-1-G ... SwKtlWjFct

Anyone know about this or have one? Differences etc? Interesting.....
Not much about it on the infonet, mostly Japanese sites saying not much.

Cheers, Graham
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Re: Casio FZ-1GX

Postby madtheory » Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:16 am

I believe the Japanese sites are saying it was a cheaper version. My guess is a redesign of filter or memory due to cheaper parts becoming available.
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Re: Casio FZ-1GX

Postby Baus » Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:29 pm

Wow... unit looks good.

For that price I would buy it and try it out if it is in working condition.

I don't know about this variant either by the way.
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Re: Casio FZ-1GX

Postby gmeredith » Fri Jan 29, 2016 5:05 am

Damn - my FZ-1 just went up in smoke yesterday :cry:

Switched my studio setup on and was setting up other bits of gear when I heard a whirring sound coming from my FZ-1 floppy drive. Screen was blank and a horrible electrical burning smell coming from it.

Opened it up but couldn't find any obvious burnt components (there are quite a few smaller boards in there tucked away so I couldn't see a lot of them). Disconnected the floppy drive power wire and switched it on - it booted up! Plugged it back in and it froze, blank screen. Unhooked it again but this time frozen for good. Floppy drive must have shorted something out.

Damn.

I actually don't use it much nowadays as a sampler, it was being used as my main controller/programming keyboard for my racks and sequencer, so it's not essential to what I'm doing. I just liked the feel of the keys and their mechanical quietness and smoothness; my Korg Microkontrol that is now substituting it feels horrible in comparison.

I'd buy that ebay one if I had the money and if I thought its price was good ($600 is too much) as a replacement. If a cheap bargain comes my way easily I'd get another FZ but I'll give it a miss for now. Sad though - it's like losing an old friend :cry:

I do have a Casio AZ-1 keytar, which is of the same era and probably shares the same keybed and feels the same - guess I'll be dragging it out as my main keys. Have to style my hair and perm it now though :lol:
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Re: Casio FZ-1GX

Postby madtheory » Fri Jan 29, 2016 10:15 am

Oh that's a shame! You posted such good info about them here in the past. I've just restored one that I bought for €80, so bargains are still out there. Restoration was replacing floppy with Lotharek HxC and a new EL foil for screen.

Mine must not have been re assembled properly by previous owner, it's a very noisy key bed. I love the filter and onboard waveforms. The factory library is very impressive, although it is a bit too like all the other early nineties romplers in character.
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