This keyboard is amazing. Here are two of the key factors that played a role in my selection of this instrument. It is given a 4.4 star rating on Amazon, and it has over 40 reviews. This is important. I won’t waste your time with reviewing sub par equipment. This one surely isn’t.
The Other Reasons I Chose This Keyboard Are:
- It is one of the best-selling keyboards on Amazon.
- It offer’s great quality at a very affordable price.
- It has a number of excellent features.
- Casio keyboards have progressively gotten better.
- I am a personal fan of Casio (I have one!).
In order to write killer reviews, I have to read other reviews, look on different websites, and view different opinions. As I was doing all of the homework that goes into writing a review, I realized that the Casio quality has gone up tremendously. This keyboard has a lot of features that some higher brand names don’t.
Here Are The Things That Sold Me On The Casio PX-130:
- The Casio PX-130 has 128-note polyphony.
This is an extremely simple concept that just uses big words. What the 128-note polyphony means is that the keyboard can send out 128 sounds/voices simultaneously without loss. After reaching the 129th sound, the very first sound gets dropped. Other brand names have keyboards with only 64-note polyphony.
- This Casio also has 88 weighted, scaled hammer-action keys.
This is the way the keys produce the sound when pressed. The high notes will play relatively softer than the lower notes, just like with a grand piano. Another cool thing you can do with scaled hammer action is adjust the weight of the keys so your fingers can really fly when they need to. You can give it more touch sensitivity, or less touch sensitivity.
- This Casio has 16 tones.
A good thing to have in your keyboard, whether you are a student, or a hobbyist, are tones. This keyboard has 16 tones, including: Grand Piano 1, 2, & 3, Electric piano 1, 2, & 3, Harpsichord, Vibraphone, Pipe Organ, Jazz Organ, Electric Organ 1 & 2, Strings 1 & 2, and Bass (Lower) 1 & 2. These tones also have the ability to split and layer, but more on that later.
- MIDI capable.
Another thing I like about this keyboard is that it is MIDI capable. It has the proper port located on the back of your keyboard as a MIDI in/out. MIDI is short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. I know, I know, big words again. MIDI is a software that can be installed on your computer that enables you to record and replay your own music. It also enables you to put songs on CD’s (or, if you have an old computer, floppy discs) and create your own music on the computer. MIDI is popular, and many of the recorded songs you hear, are now recorded using MIDI programs. This is definitely a program that I would recommend to anyone who plays the piano at any level.
- Splitting and layering (split and layer).
OK, so back to split and layer. Layering is simply the ability to have two different sounds at once. You can be playing a song with piano and strings at the same time. The splitting feature allows you to use half of the keyboard for one instrument and the other half for another instrument. These features give you a very professional sound, adding depth to your music while only using one instrument. You can sound like an entire orchestra even if you’re just playing on one keyboard. That is neat!
The metronome is a tool musicians use to stay on the proper count. This keyboard has a built in metronome that can be adjusted. The tempo can be increased or slowed depending on what you are playing. This is a good tool to have directly on the keyboard, as they can get expensive if purchased on their own (upwards of $30 bucks). You will want to use a metronome especially when starting out.
- Record and playback.
This keyboard comes with the ability to record and playback. You can split and layer while recording, and then play along with the recording. You can make a duet using this one keyboard.
- A Music library.
This keyboard also has a music library that has 60 songs already pre-recorded into the memory. It includes masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, and more. So, you can actually play along with one of the masters. When a friend inquires about who your teacher is, tell them Mozart!
Here Are Some Excerpts From Different Reviews:
- “You will not be disappointed.”
- “From now on, I will look at Casio before looking at Yamaha or Roland.”
- “It’s absolutely amazing.”
- “Such full and realistic sound from such a compact package is shocking.”
- “The weight and feel was that of a REAL piano.”
- “The feel is wonderful, the sound is beautiful, and the touch feels just right.”
How Much Does It Cost?
Casio’s website is asking $800.00. Other on-line stores have it listed from $420.00 to $700.00 plus shipping, a reasonable price indeed for this high quality digital keyboard/piano. Of course Amazon also sells this keyboard and offers free shipping.
Casio PX-130 Keyboard, AC Adapter, Music Stand and User’s Manual.
Dimensions and Weight
This keyboard/piano weighs in at just under 25 pounds. Even my grandma can carry this thing (even up a flight of stairs). Shipping weight is about 34 pounds. The dimensions are 52.05 x 11.26 x 5.31 inches.
This Casio PX-130 Piano has a USB port to Host (USB MIDI) supporting XP, Vista and Mac*. A plug-in for a Damper (Sustain) pedal, a connector for SP32 (3 Pedal Unit) and two plug-ins for two sets of headphones.
*This link will take you to Casio’s site to download the upgraded software for Windows 7 and other users.
The PX-130 has two built in (8W amplifier) speakers and USB storage.
Optional Custom Wood Stand and Accessories.
The CS-67 custom wood stand is available for holding your PX-130. Add the optional SP-32 three-pedal unit, damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals to obtain a true piano look.
I am a fan of Casio and I believe this model is the way to go!
Click on the link Casio PX-130 88-Key Digital Stage Piano and play, play, play!:)
~Dakota, A.K.A. Piano lesson girl