Thursday, September 29, 2011


via this auction

"This nice Realistic C-200 Keyboard is actually a Casio VL-Tone 1 clone specifically built for Radio Shack stores!

The Concertmate-200 is a monophonic VL-Tone 1 (VL-1) synthesizer with built-in calculator. The "M+" calculator memory also stores the timbre, ADSR, vibrato and tremolo setting for the synthesizer, and the short 29 buttons mini- keyboard could be transposed by a switch to low, mid and high pitch range. (In Germany the VL-1 became very famous by the pop group Trio's song "Da Da Da", which features the "rock" rhythm and piano sound of this tiny white keyboard.) The VL-1 was the first genuine "Volks- Synthesizer" and came out even earlier than the well known Yamaha DX-7. It was first released as the Casio VL-Tone 1, and later as the Realistic Concertmate-200."

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