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Casio 88 Key Digital Pianos – Privia Range

Casio has a number of 88 key digital pianos that I have reviewed below (Casio Privia PX-330, PX-130 and PX-100) and most are them are what is known as a stage piano. These pianos have really been designed for use on stage with live performances. However they have some really cool features that you will want even if you’re not planning on performing! They are top of the list for sound quality and performance.

Briefly, stage pianos have a small selection of sounds to choose from but these sounds are really high quality and do sound like the real instrument itself. This is what I like about them. If I choose piano I want it to sound like a real one. Alternatively if I choose organ I want it to fill the room like a real organ does. Not only that but they have scaled hammer action keys and so you get more a realistic and satisfying musical feel when you are playing the piano.

The other thing that is good about them is that they are built to last – they have to be if you are touring around with them!

Here are my reviews of the 3 most popular Casio 88 Key Digital Pianos. I have researched this information from lots of sites online to give you a summary of each including customer reviews and experiences. I hope you find them helpful.

Casio Privia PX-330 88 Key Digital Stage Piano

Product Features

  • Easy to move around
  • Outstanding quality of piano sounds (even includes new grand piano sound samples!)
  • Acoustic resonance DSP (allow really realistic sounds)
  • 128-note polyphony and 250 tones (both layer and split)
  • 88-note scaled hammer action keyboard.
  • Built in USB MIDI interface to connect the piano to a computer – interfacing with music software
  • Large memory for saving your compositions – can record up to 16 tracks
  • SD memory available
  • Can easily connect to your amp of home stereo PA system
  • Option to plug in an MP3 player or other instruments into the keyboard
  • Internal speakers and dual headphone jacks
  • LCD display
  • Metronome

The 88 note scaled hammer action is fantastic on this piano. Not only does it feel like a really piano but you also get the feel of slight resistance as you press down the keys. If you close your eyes you would think you were playing a real piano.

There are more features and product info that you can read about at Amazon but this is what customers have said about their keyboards.

casio electric pianoBest Features

  • This piano is lightweight and quite slim so it is really easy to carry and move around.
  • Having built in stereo speakers means that you can play it straight away without the need for amps etc.
  • Comes with loads of functions and modes for playing – but you really need to study the manual to learn them.
  • Authentic piano feel.
  • Excellent value for price.
  • Ability to connect to computer and ipod.
  • Great auto accompaniment and harmonize features.
  • Pitch bend Wheel is really handy.
  • The rhythm editor is a great feature at your finger tips.
  • Recording capacity is fantastic. You can record up to 5 different songs and each song can have up to 17 individual layers of backing.

Things to Note

  • If you want to use sustain pedals you will need to buy a Casio one – other types will not work with it.
  • When playing loudly the sound quality from the internal speakers could be better. However if you put your headphones on then the sound is great!
  • The weighted keys might take a few weeks to get used to before you know exactly how sensitive they are.

You can find more informatio here.

If you are looking for a more basic version then the Casio PX-130 might be more suitable.

Casio Privia PX-130 Digital Piano 88 Key

This is identical to the PX-330 and has all the same features except:

  • 16 tones instead of 250
  • 2 track recording instead of 16
  • No pitchbend wheel
  • 20 rhythms instead of 180

Therefore it is slightly cheaper and a very good option if you want to pay less but still get a top quality sound and feel out of your keyboard. You can still connect to the computer and ipod etc. – these features are the same. Customer reviews are really positive for the PX-130. Highly recommended and due to the price even more popular than the PX-330 (more details here).

Casio PX-100 Privia 88-Key Digital Piano

Piano Features

  • 88-Key Scaled Hammer Action keys with 3 levels of touch sensitivity
  • Good sound quality
  • Auto accompaniment including a full orchestral accompaniment on command
  • 10 tones in total
  • 20 rhythms
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Can record songs up to 5200 notes
  • 2 layer and split feature
  • 30 preloaded music
  • Memory to download up to 10 songs
  • MIDI in/out
  • 8 digital effects (dynamic, reverb)

This keyboard does not have as many features as either the PX-330 or PX-130 but it is still a top seller. The sound quality is really good and the realistic hammer action gives a satisfying feel. There are plenty of great reviews from customers.

Best Points

  • Value for money
  • Sound quality is excellent although the internal speakers are limited
  • Really compact and can fit easily in a corner of a room
  • Feels like you are playing a real piano
  • Great being able to connect to the computer and download songs

If you want more information then visit here.

If you like the sound of the Casio Privia range ten check out this you tube video. You can see most of them in action and hear how realistic they sound.

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2 Comments on "Casio 88 Key Digital Pianos – Privia Range"

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  1. Cropley says:

    Yamaha still makes the best digital piano available. They have really spent the time to get the great sounds of their acoustic pianos sampled to sound the same on their digital line. The feel is as good as an acoustic and they make it so affordable, no family or musician can afford to be without it. I know, I own one.

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