There are a total of 22 higher quality instrument sounds on this piano (better than other furniture cabinet pianos I have played under $2000) including realistic string symphonies, church & Jazz B3 organs, choirs, guitar, etc, along with 100 realistic sounding drum patterns such as jazz, rock, waltz, big band, Latin, country, boogie, etc) which are not only a lot of fun to play along with, but help piano students to better understand rhythm and timing which are the most difficult things in music to learn. This is a very useful feature and I use it often in my teaching studio. The CE220 also allows you to layer any two sounds together or split the keyboard with any two sounds, a different one on the left and a different one on the right. One of the more unusual features on this model is a "real-time" volume balance slider on the front control panel that will allow you to balance the volume between two sounds when layered or split. This is very handy when you need to raise or lower the volume of one sound over the other while you are playing so that you can come up with a relative volume balance which suits your musical needs in any given song or performance. No other piano in this price range (including higher prices) have this intuitive feature. Beyond that, the 88-note piano keyboard can be electronically divided into two identical 44-key pianos for 4-hand duet play utilizing the two outer pedals for individual sustain for both keyboards. This is great for student/teacher, parent/child, or for any two people who want to play the piano at the same time playing the exact same notes. Copyright AZPianoNews.com 2014
|CE220 intuitive control panel|
|CE220 full size wood-key graded hammer action|
There is one more digital piano in this price range that should be definitely be considered before you make a purchase, and that is the Kawai ES7 compact home digital piano which can also be used as a portable digital piano too. It is an amazing instrument for its size, looks great in its semi-polished black cabinet, and in my opinion actually has a more realistic piano sound and key action feel than even the CE220, and the keys are plastic, not wood! It's all in the way Kawai has designed and built this model which has a natural organic feel and tone that is beyond that of the CE220 and the Roland piano I mentioned. The ES7 also has some extra cool digital features that I find very useful and I talk more about that in my review of this instrument at the following link: Kawai ES7 review.
CE220 *Take a look at a Kawai video demonstration for the CE220 here: Kawai CE220 video
Just so you know, there is no scientific or perfect digital piano rating system (like stars, check marks, numbers, etc) as some people on the internet would have you believe...and that's why I don't do it. There are just too many variables in piano tone, action, pedaling, and what's actually best for you. In fact there are some so-called "reviewers" out there who have no idea of what they are talking about, they say things that are just not true at all, they rate cheap keyboards along side of digital pianos which is ridiculous (keyboards are not digital pianos), and what they report is only so they can link you to an Amazon site to make THEM money if you buy something. These "reviewers" are as impartial as bees are to honey...in other words, they are not impartial and they only will say things that gets you to buy a piano on their Amazon links. If you see something like that, then run away from those people as they are not there to help you, regardless of they say. In fact, I have noticed that many of these "fake review sites" steal my content and then post a version of it on their web sites. I know this because they would NEVER have been able to test out the pianos that I have and come up with the conclusions that they state in their reviews. This is because they have never played those digital pianos and in fact may not even know how to play a piano at all. It is true that imitation or downright coping is the sincerest form of flattery so people stealing (coping and reusing) my blog content does not bother me (too much). Unfortunately on those sites it is done solely to make money off of you, and that does bother me a lot!
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