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Subject: Re: Lithium batteries Date: 3/3/2014 4:05 PM
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Hi Gretchie, sorry for the tardy reply. I now have a Casio Privia, which I like. At least that's what I use. I have several older keyboards, but their sound quality isn't in the same league.

My reason for starting this thread was to caution anyone else in a similar situation. If you're new to some of the newer digital pianos you might not realize that they lose many of their features when that battery expires. Manuals for these machines indicate a general life expectancy of about five years.

After this, the units will still be useful for playing since the main power source is the plug-in, however, they lose many of the special features which require power from the batter.

Of course, you can get a technician to replace a battery, but that can be expensive. The only estimates I got put it at $100 - 5o - $150, which might be prohibitive for anyone buying these units second hand.

On the other hand if you know this and are getting it at a reasonable price in that context it might be worthwhile. I just don't like the idea of anyone buying one thinking they're going to get a lot of features which won't be available unless they're willing to spring for a new battery.

Used digital pianos look nice. Sound nice. But may not be worth what's being asked if you think you're getting certain features that no longer function without that (rather expensive) lithium battery replacement.
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