A very rare Vintage Casio VL-Tone Electronic Musical Keyboard VL-5 w/ Barcode Reader and Case on Etsy!

This is a rare Casio keyboard in the VL-Tone line, coming after the famous Casio VL-Tone 1. This package includes the famous optical barcode reader pen, which allows one to scan songs from special barcode books into the internal sequencer memory. It comes with its original case, which is in excellent condition with no holes or tears, however there are some numbers and letters written on the outside of the case in Sharpie (you can see this in picture 2 above).

The keyboard has a connection problem and often becomes quiet and static-y – a problem usually abated by messing with the volume control switch. I assume that this is a connection problem that would be remedied through a simple sauter job, and it has no other working problems. Item is being sold AS IS.


  • 37 button keys
  • built-in small speaker (thin sounding, mounted in a resonance pot)
  • polyphony 4 notes (2 notes during sequencer playback)
  • 10 preset sounds {flute, bagpipe, clarinet, violin, trumpet, pipe organ, harpsichord, piano, pretty, funny}
  • “tone memory” 4 step switch to assign 4 of the preset sounds for quick access
  • 8 preset rhythms {waltz, march, rock, swing, samba, rhumba, slow rock, metronome}
  • sustain button
  • volume and “rhythm/ melody balance” sliders
  • tempo slider
  • LCD (displays numbers of preset sound & rhythm and sequencer note numbers)
  • semi- analogue sound generator. The digital envelopes (with audible zipper noise) are linear and thus sounds unrealistic because they fade silent too soon.
  • percussion consist of shift register noise for snare/ hihat and for the drums squarewave blips those have 3 pitches and 2 lengths. One sound is a long blip layered with noise. All percussion employ digital decay envelopes with much zipper noise.
  • complex multi- chip hardware:
  • CPU1= “NEC D910G 011, K2106K” (80 pin SMD)
  • CPU2= “HD43191A07, 2A 25” (80 pin SMD)
  • SRAM?= “NEC A19046-140, D444C, Japan” (20 pin DIL)
  • 2x IC “LB1100, 1M3” (20 pin DIL)
  • IC “LB1100, 1M4” (20 pin DIL)
  • simple monophonic sequencer (240 notes, editor (insert & delete, rhythm start point), “one key play” to change note duration)
  • optional barcode reader pen to load songs from special song books into the sequencer
  • tuning trimmer at case bottom
  • jacks for AC- adapter, headphone, line out & barcode pen

Vintage Casio VL-Tone Electronic Musical Keyboard VL-5 w/ Barcode Reader and Case on Etsy

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