|AP220 in brown color|
Discontinued (no longer made) - Previous AP220 REVIEW from 2012: I recommend the Casio AP220 piano for people on a tight budget. Some piano shoppers want the lowest priced new digital cabinet piano they can find...period. People ask me "what's the best new cabinet digital piano (something that looks like a piano) for well under $1000?" Well I have played all of them and can tell you the Casio AP220 is a good one, especially in the US market. Other top brands that I like including Roland & Kawai don't offer a new full size cabinet piano under $1000 and Yamaha's least expensive furniture cabinet digital piano is the YDP142 priced at $1099. The YDP142 is a very nice piano but it is also a lot more money than the Casios. The Casio AP220 is priced at only $799 internet discount and offers some very nice features.
|AP220 in black color|
Basically, Casio "owns" the low price piano market with their low priced pianos. There are a few other lower priced digital cabinet pianos out there sold under the names of Williams, Benjamin Adams, Adagio, and Suzuki but I advise staying away from those pianos for various reasons (you can read about them in my other blog articles here). The AP220 has a fairly nice hammer weighted and graded piano action, good tone for its price using 128-note polyphony memory to produce a piano-like sound, it has an attractive cabinet, it works well, and has lots of cool features including USB to computer or iPad connection. If you have an iPad/tablet device, the music educational and composition apps that are available right now are super cool and make playing music even more exciting (upper left pics). The AP220 has 16 instrument tones (incl pianos) as opposed to some lower priced Yamaha's with only 10 sounds. The AP220 has 16 watts of audio power and some of the Yamaha's have 12 watts. The Casio's keyboard touch action is improved over older models and feels pretty good although the new AP250 is much better. The Yamaha's key touch (GHS) is their basic lighter weight GHS key action and it can be a bit noisy too (I've played it many times and have experienced that).
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