Casio Keyboards A Hazard; Stop Using Immediately!

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of the CTK-710 Casio Keyboard, because it poses a fire hazard.

Here are the details:

Name of product: Electronic Musical Keyboards
Units: About 12,000

Importer: Casio Inc., of Dover, N.J.

Manufacturer: Casio Computer Co. Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan

Hazard: The recalled keyboards can overheat when in use, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Casio has received five reports of keyboards overheating, including two incidents that resulted in fire. There have been two reports of property damage, in addition to the unit itself. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves model CTK-710 of the Casio® 61-key full-size electronic musical keyboards. The size of the keyboard is 37-11/16-inches by 14-1/16-inches by 5-1/4 inches. Products with serial numbers ranging from 7030001 through 7040400 and 7041901 through 7043500 are included in this recall. The brand and model information are found on the front of the unit above the keyboard and the serial number is found inside the battery compartment located on the underside of the unit.

Sold at: Wal-Mart, Best Buy and music instrument stores nationwide, in catalogs, on Casio’s Web site, and on other Web sites between May 2006 and February 2007 for between $70 and $150.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the keyboard immediately, unplug it and remove the batteries. Consumers should contact Casio for a free repair..

12 thoughts on “Casio Keyboards A Hazard; Stop Using Immediately!

    1. What's so weird about the VA-10? I have one and I can tell you that it is nothing more than a miniature predecessor to the common voice-arranger keyboards of today. The VA-10 is mainly a compositional/songwriting tool just like most modern voice-arrangers. You basically have a bank of effects alongside a quantizing tool to arrange up to 5 minutes of music composed of layered instruments and drum patterns. Pretty standard stuff, if you ask me… just that Casio released only one of them and it was their 'one-of-a-kind' product that was never developed any further.

    2. What's so weird about the VA-10? I have one and I can tell you that it is nothing more than a miniature predecessor to the common voice-arranger keyboards of today. The VA-10 is mainly a compositional/songwriting tool just like most modern voice-arrangers. You basically have a bank of effects alongside a quantizing tool to arrange up to 5 minutes of music composed of layered instruments and drum patterns. Pretty standard stuff, if you ask me… just that Casio released only one of them and it was their 'one-of-a-kind' product that was never developed any further.

    3. What's so weird about the VA-10? I have one and I can tell you that it is nothing more than a miniature predecessor to the common voice-arranger keyboards of today. The VA-10 is mainly a compositional/songwriting tool just like most modern voice-arrangers. You basically have a bank of effects alongside a quantizing tool to arrange up to 5 minutes of music composed of layered instruments and drum patterns. Pretty standard stuff, if you ask me… just that Casio released only one of them and it was their 'one-of-a-kind' product that was never developed any further.

  1. “would anyone who reads this website actually buy a low end piece of gear like this? (besides for circuit bending purposes)”

    In my opinion it was good that the matter was mentioned here, because some avid collectors might read these headlines too. Although it’s not a good syth at all. (and no, i don’t own a CTK-710 myself) 😉

  2. OK, now I’m curious whether there is such a thing as a Casio CTK collector. To me, CTK’s are some of the arbitrary keyboards on the planet – my eyes instantly glaze over, but different strokes and all that. I guess keep in mind folks never thought that old preset rhythm units would ever become quite the market someday …

  3. Och, I guess it might be fun to crank up the auto-rhythm and play 'walk in the black forest' or whatever it's called. When I was young, the covert, under-the-duvet, late-night listening I did was to 'the organist entertains' which was full of such easy-listening pieces. In fact that was one of the links that took me from cathedrals to cathedral organs to electric organs to… synthesizers in my evolving passions.

  4. Hi,
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    There is not a site like this (as far as I know) on the net and I think this could be a great reference point for all Casio enthusiasts like me.

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