My Overall Rating:
If you’re looking for a digital piano with a superb piano sound but with a price that is way under pianos which have similar quality and features, then you’ve got to look at the Casio PX 130 Privia Digital Piano.
I have been looking at many digital pianos and keyboards with 88 keys, and compared the Yamahas, Rolands and Casios amongst others, and have found that the Casios have improved so much in their latest models that they are really quite impressive.
A few years ago I would have just got a Yamaha without bothering to compare or try out any other brand, but now it is different. The Casio is now one of the top digital pianos:
This digital piano by Casio is currently on sale with a 39% discount on Amazon.com
I tried the Casio and found that:
1. The sound was excellent.
Surprisingly, I was pleased with the sound very quickly. The character and expressiveness of the sound was especially good. What do I mean? Well, with a lot of digital pianos, even with Yamahas, when you hit the note softly versus loudly and all the gradations in between, it sounds very similar and just louder, but this is not right. With the Casio PX-130 Privia I found that as you vary your touch, the sound changes and is expressive as you would expect and want from a real piano. This made the playing experience enjoyable and realistic.
In particular, the treble and highs were more enjoyable than most Rolands and more expressive than many Yamahas. It was because of the expressivity in the notes that made you want to play and play better and better as the keyboard responds to your touch.
The bass notes are similar to many Yamahas and Rolands in that it was also ringing and expressive, and if you want a bass that is richer than many Yamahas (which sometimes is not the richness of a Steinway sampled piano for example) then the Casio may well satisfy you in this regard. They are new grand piano sounds samples.
2. The touch is expressive.
As I mentioned just then, the touch is expressive and yes, you are playing a scaled hammer action keyboard. It’s not just the touch that is expressive, it’s the sound that comes out as well that is expressive which is a great feature of the Casio which many people and beginners don’t appreciate or realise is important.
When you play, it responds, and as a result I found that I spontaneously vary my touch to create different expressions and as a result, you improve your playing and imagination this way, which is essential to developing your technique, and not just in slow sections, but also in fast sections where you make adjustments to your touch and hear the effects this makes.
The PX-130 is on sale with a 39% discount on Amazon.com
3. The features are plentiful.
You have 128-note polyphony which is plenty for playing with the pedal down, and there’s their Acoustic Resonance DSP which means that a piano was sampled with pedal down so that when you hit the note with the pedal down, it has the resonance and overtones that you don'[t get with the pedal up. This is something you can hear and is a must in any digital piano. There’s the metronome, and a recorder for 2 tracks, and USB connection to your computer for recording your playing to review what you’ve done or to even produce your own music.
If you want the full grand piano experience then there’s the 3 pedal (soft, sostenuto, and sustain) pedals to use if you need this. There’s built in speakers and 2 headphone jacks. I find that the headphone jacks reveal more about the sound if you have a good set of headphones and I used this to compare different keyboards, bypassing their speakers and using the headphones as a standard to compare them in addition to hearing the speakers.
There’s 4 types of reverb. I find some reverb great for a piano sound, and you can adjust this. There’s tuning control, if you need this (better to get the violinist or whoever to tune their instrument!) and you can select equal temperament or other scales. If you are a beginner there are 60 preset songs to hear and get you motivated. There’s the music stand a score book to learn the preset songs, a pretty good way to get you started.
Many people wonder about the Casio px130 vs Yamaha question. If you want an expressive sound, then get the Casio. The Yamahas are good, but the sound is often more plain and not as expressive a sound – this is just my preference.
You can play with piano and strings accompaniment or with a double bass in the lower range, or electric piano, but the grand piano is the main feature in the PX-130.
And the stand? Yes, I prefer the CS-67 Stand that you can get as an optional extra as it gives you the wood stand for either the PX 130 or PX 330 and looks great. If you’re not gigging, then get this one as it is sturdy and your piano won’t be knocked off a touring or gigging type of stand.
And it is only 24.7 lbs so you can even travel with it.
Any downsides? If you want a huge number of tones (250 on-board sounds) then get the Casio Privia PX 330. But if you just want the grand piano sound then the PX-130 will give this. The PX 330 also has more buttons which makes it easier to access the huge variety of sounds, but again with the 130, if you are mainly accessing the piano sounds, then the less buttons is not a big issue.
So if you’re looking for a 88 key, new tri-sensor scaled hammer action keyboard or digital piano, then have a look at the Casio PX 130 Privia digital piano and start hearing the sounds and feeling the expressions that can come from a great keyboard.
Note: This Casio keyboard is now on sale with a 39% discount on Amazon.com
Here’s a video on the Casio PX130 digital piano in action: