Disk Orchestra Collection floppy disks are now useless
by Robert Campbell
(Millsboro, DE USA)
I was an early Clavinova fan. I have owned a CVP 200 series, a 300 series, a 400 series, and now CVP 507. I did no5 keep the older models, either trading up or donating. Over years, I have spent a lot of money on floppy disks and books. Many of these old disks still work on an external floppy drive I connected via USB to my 507. But many of my various favorites that I would play for hours, I learned, were created with some proprietary software that makes the disks unreadable by any standard floppy drive. Granted they were concerned about copying, I get it. But none of these titles seem to be available in any other format. I already own the books, all I want are the song files that I can load onto flashdrive to play on my 507.
I even thought about trying to find an old floppy drive spare part from a 300 series instrument. Depending on location, some 300 series instruments were sold with an optional drive. But I cannot find any of these drives.
I have also searched for software that today can read and extract the song files into midi or other common sequencer format. No luck there either.
Any help? Suggestions?