Casio Keyboard - Why to consider

It used to be a Casio keyboard was hard to distinguish from a toy, but that is not the case any longer due to advances in synthesizer technology.

Are you in search of the perfect practice piano but don't have room for a grand?

Let me suggest two pianos that may be just what are looking for - the perfect match between value and feature set.

The slim and compact configuration of the Privia PX-110 allows it to fit easily into virtually any interior environment. With its compact design, and each model weighing about 26 lbs., the Casio keyboard can go almost anywhere you do.

When not in use, the Privia can be easily stored in a closet, under a bed, or in other compact locations where other digital pianos won't fit.

Privia may be the lightest full-size digital piano with a real hammer action ever offered. Completely new sound chip and a custom speaker system for full, rich acoustic piano sound.

Some features include the 10 built-in tones plus rhythms, effects, and demo songs. Or use the upright configuration with the optional CS-55 stand.

Light weight, compact size, and great price makes owning and enjoying a piano easier than ever!

Stereo-sampled Tri-element ZPI Sound Source

A stereo-sampled Tri-element ZPI sound source includes separate waveforms for strong key pressure, medium key pressure and light key pressure, which accentuates the differences between the sounds produced by each.

Multiple stereo-samples are also taken of tones produced by an acoustic grand, from the low range to the high range.

Casio keyboard notes remain natural sounding and realistic from the moment a key is pressed until the note decays, providing you with sound quality that is virtually identical to that of an acoustic grand piano.

32-note polyphony helps to ensure you never lose notes due to damper pedal operation.

High-quality, versatile tone, with layer and split

In addition to grand piano tones, the Privia also includes strings, pipe organ, and other tones.

A Layer feature allows simultaneous play of two tones, and a Split feature lets you split the keyboard between two different tones.

Considerations

The speakers in the PX100 leave a little to be desired at high levels. Why not just use an external speaker if you have one? The AP45 is best used as a practice piano. Not because of the touch, but more because of the speakers.

So my advice is don't turn them up too loud. If you need volume, use a PA system or exteral speaker.

With headphones the sound improves so much you imagine yourself at a grand piano in Carnegie Hall. Plugging the unit into your stereo for better sound might be an option here.

Recording a performance and playing it back to your computer as a MIDI file is quick easy.

The main design flaw of the Casio keyboard was putting the function buttons too close to the keyboard. They're too easy to hit while playing... knocking your piano into harpsicord mode or activating the metronome.

An ideal practice piano for a beginner or accomplished pianist who needs to work frequently without disturbing others.

A Casio keyboard is more than adequate for those of you who lack budget for a several thousand dollar keyboard.

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