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Thanks for stopping by to read our Casio PX-130 review of this fantastic digital piano keyboard. In this post we will be looking at what the Casio Privia PX-130 has to offer to help you decide if this keyboard is for you.
Like all the reviews we do, our Casio PX-130 review we will not only talk about the key features and benefits of this keyboard but will also highlight any negative feedback that we found while researching the product.
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If you are just starting out and want to learn to play the piano, but without the massive investment of getting a real piano, then the Casio PX-130, from Casio’s Privia range, is definitely worth considering.
One of the first things we noticed when writing this Casio PX-130 review was that this keyboard has the bare minimal buttons and lights on the display, like you see on a lot of other digital keyboards out there. The reason for this is that the PX130 is first and foremost a 88 key digital piano and ideal for those of you looking for just that, but also with the added capabilities a typical digital keyboard can offer.
Tha Casio PX-130 comes with a new Tri-Sensor 88 note keyboard and the scaled hammer action keys gives it that authentic piano like touch, giving you a playing experience that rivals many of its competitors. You get the option to choose from 3 levels of key response sensitivities allowing you to adjust the response to your own liking.
Without getting into the argument of how responsive the touch of the PX-130 is to a real piano, the general feedback we have come across is excellent. A lot of reviews we have seen come from people with a vast experience in playing the piano and experimenting with other keyboards over the years, and they have commented that the Casio PX-130 touch response is one of the best they have come across for similar keyboards in this price range.
Learning & Educational Ability
On top of the great sound this keyboard has, our Casio PX-130 review also found this keyboard has some good features for educational and learning purposes.
First off, the Duet Mode feature allows two people to play on the keyboard at the same time by splitting the keys into two equal ranges. Therefore a teacher can play simultaneously at the keyboard with their students allowing for advanced learning in the eyes of the student.
The Casio PX-130 also has a built in 2-track recorder and metronome, so you can record yourself practicing by playing different songs at different tempos, and then listen back to where you went wrong. On top of that you can spilt the keyboard to play two different sounds, or even combine two different sounds to make one composite sound.
The Casio PX-130 comes with a built in USB MIDI interface, so via the USB port you can connect the keyboard to your computer and with the use of any good software application, transfer songs from the keyboard to the computer or visa versa.
One thing to note is the keyboard only has the one USB port and doesn’t come with any MIDI ports. This should be of no concern to anyone buying this machine as a beginner or intermediate player, but from our Casio PX-130 review research, we did find this did upset some of the more seasoned players. A MIDI port allows you to connect to another external devices such as, a MIDI controller or sampler, so if you are after this capability then the Casio PX-130 is probably not for you.
There are a couple of option extra’s you can get with the PX-130. One is the custom made wooden stand (CS67) adding perhaps a bit of elegance to the keyboard. The other is the 3 pedal board (SP32) that is the on-off switch type, which is good for half pedaling, and offers the traditional soft, sostenuto and damper pedals.
Here are some of the other features that our Casio PX-130 review has found:-
16 built in tones – with option of layered or split
Two headphone connection ports
2 x 8 Watt speaker output
4 Reverbs, 4 Chorus & Brilliance (-3 to 0 to 3), Acoustic Resonance
Worth A Mention
During our research, when putting together our Casio PX-130 review, we nearly always find some negative feedback that we feel is worthy of a mention. Don’t be put off by this, as you should always weigh up the all the pros and cons for yourself before you buy.
One review we came across highlighted that because the actual keyboard has very few buttons on the display, you can only access most of the keyboards functions via a function key and one of the 88 playable keys. However, they felt the short learning curve needed to get used to this, was an acceptable trade off to having a great keyboard with an uncluttered display.
Another person, also very happy with the keyboard, commented on the speakers and felt they were a little muddy at the base end of the spectrum. All in all though they felt the speakers were generally quite good and they done a good job at projecting the sound and filling the room.
Our Casio PX 130 Review Summary
Overall we think that the Casio PX-130 is a fantastic digital piano, and a great substitute for a real piano, especially for the money. This keyboard is ideal for beginners or intermediate players who are looking to learn the piano; and with it’s slick design will fit in most appartment or bedrooms easily.
The Casio PX-130 is a light weight (approx 26 lb’s) keyboard making it easy to transport, and was designed for all kinds of situations; home, church and school classrooms, and stage. So if you want a simple but good quality 88 key digital piano that sounds, feels and plays great, then the Casio PX-130 might just be the keyboard for you.
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