Kermit Casio Keyboard

It’s easier being green than you thought. Dig the fantastic green sharp and flat keys on this Casio EP-30, a kid-friendly variant on the legendary (okay, maybe just infamous) Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard. Our friend Bohus Blahut covered this on Retro Thing, but I missed it during various travels. It’s worth repeating here for one reason and one reason alone: it should inspire you to paint the keys on your MIDI keyboard. (Speaking of which, anyone got some good tips for that? Sounds like a tutorial wants to happen there. Nothing worse than peeling painted keys.)

As a keyboard, otherwise, this is nothing special: basic sampling, which is fun, and the awe-inspiringly blippy power of the SK-1, but minus the fills. Check the full write-up on Retro Thing:

Kermit The Frog – SK-1 Sampling Keyboard

Now, back to painting your keyboards. I suggest purple keys, and a giant, manga-style illustration of Gonzo. Plus, of course, a big, fuzzy Camilla as a hood ornament.

Get back or the chicken gets it!

  • thesimplicity

    Krylon makes this awesome spray paint called Fusion that's especially useful for plastics. It holds up really well to handling, more so than your average paint.

    Actually, a hard-core case mod FAQ would probably answer any question about aesthetic alterations to your favorite controller. Same basic principals, right? Except most musicians don't have the patience for 18-step procedural airbrushing, nor would they want their equipment looking like something the set designer for Ice Pirates came up with while drunk.

  • Well, there's also that teensy issue of having the keyboard action actually work when you put it back together. đŸ˜‰

    Re: Ice Pirates — lol.

  • I've heard that you should sand the surface a little first before painting but that might be the sandpaper people trying to make the big bucks.

    I've got some plastic gear with that ubiquitous shiny fake metal coating. I'd love to make them look all plastic again.

    Maybe a cool thing all regulars here could show-off?

  • This thing is just begging to be bent! But, DJ, yeah, being able to give some personality to the overwhelming gleam of fake burnished silver could be a fun project.

  • thesimplicity

    Oh lord, don't sandpaper your gear if it's plastic. Even with really fine paper you'd still risk chipping out some of the fibers and having an uneven finish when you coat it. If it's plastic, just make sure it's really clean and dry, then spray it in 3-4 coats.

    If the surface is metal and it's been painted in some form before, you might need to sand it a bit just to make the surface slightly porous, as well as to smooth out any irregularities in the previous paint job. Sandpaper made of aluminum oxide in the 100 grit range should do it.

    Depending on if you added any embellishments (screenprints, drawings, um… embroidery?) and if it's going to see a lot of travel you may want to consider using a fixative or sealant over the surface. Krylon has a line of UV-Resistant Clear Coatings that are perfect for this.

    Thinking about this stuff makes me want to crack open my old Oxygen 8 this weekend and make it Pokemon themed. Sticky knobs, I choose you!

  • Kyle


    kasio kristmas actually used that model in their version of Jingle Bells. It does some cool weird repeating sample effect.