Sorry for replying so late! Below picture shows the two keybeds 'naked': a Fatar SL880 (weighted 'piano' action) & TMK88 (unweighted 'synth' action). The original Fatar electronics are also taken out of their casings and fit *just* under the upper SL880. So you get the most out of a minimal footprint
Thank you for your thoughts! been looking into buying a digital piano instead of a midi keyboard, tempted by the M-Audio Hammer still, since it is USB-powered but it's very chunky overall in size!Seeing as this thread has popped back up, here's how I've found the Casio CDP-S100 over the last 4 months:
+Overall, I would say the keybed is solid considering, the price point. As ever, try before you buy.
+It's been plug and play for logic, no drivers or fiddling needed.
+It's super a small and sexy and 88 key weighted controller. Just perfect for my bedroom studio.
-It does lack faders, mod wheel, pitch bend etc. In my case, I wanted a smaller keyboard (88 keys at a desk is already massive anyway); therefore I've preferred to simply use a nanocontrol.
-Compared to the white keys, the black keys feel just a little lighter and noisier to press. The actual velocity data from the black keys is however fine, it's just the weighting that's a little off imo.
-There's no half pedalling. Even with a continuous sustain plugged in, the output is limited to 0 or 127.
Conclusion, I'm generally happy with it for £310.
Okay glad this wasn’t just me. My journey with Arturia started with he KL88 which was clunky but had accurate velocity despite the label paint wearing off quickly. I then got the KL88mkII. The velocity only has 3 curves and behaved exactly as you said...random. I sent it out for repair and they said no issue but replaced it anyways Same problem so I sold it. i even showed video proof to Arturia how off the charts their velocity output was. Now I know not to every try the Essential version either.FWIW, I'm in the same boat as the original poster, although I have 80mm. I just bought a Keylab Essential 88, but can't really recommend it. After taking the caps off, it fits nicely, but the keybed action doesn't feel well – it's lightyears behind the playability of my "gold standard" (KOMPLETE KONTROL S61).
Of the 4 velocity curves, none fits really well, it almost behaves random.
I pondered about building a Doepfer PK88 directly in my desk, but according to the schematics which just came from Doepfer it is 84mm at its highest point :( So I have to continue looking.
@Robert Kooijman: Which keybeds exactly did you treat so well in the picture you shown?
This is so cool. Bit like an organ console.If you're not afraid of a bit of DIY, you could just take a mechanical keybed out of it's casing.
I did this for weighted and non-weighted Fatar ones. You can find these rather affordable 2nd hand. Mod & pitchwheels can be moved "outboard". You're able to get under 7.5cm height with ease
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