Jun 2, 2012

REVIEW - Casio AP420 & AP220 Digital Pianos in Satin Black - Limited Edition Models Just Announced


UPDATED REVIEW - January 3, 2014 - CASIO AP220 & AP420 pianos are long DISCONTINUED but still may be available at a couple of on-line dealers - The Casio AP220 & AP420 were good pianos in their day, but the newer "50" series is far better and vastly upgraded in terms of realistic piano key action, piano sound, and pedaling sustain response. If given the option of buying the AP220 or AP420 for a reduced discontinued price or buying the new Casio AP250 or PX750 piano for a similar price or the PX850 for a higher price, I would recommend you go with the newer models. Casio America also has the upgraded Privia PX850 digital piano over the AP420 in terms of much better piano key action movement, the keys themselves the quality, response & expression of piano sound with much improved acoustic piano sound realism, more realistic pedaling sound reproduction, and upgraded internal speaker systems. 


Discontinued (no longer made) - Previous AP420 & 220 REVIEW: A limited production satin black version of their lower priced brown AP420 ($1099 internet discount price - left pic) & AP220 ($799 internet discount price - lower left pic) Celviano pianos. Casio is still producing a medium brown color AP420 & 220, but many people have asked for a satin black color and now they're available for a limited time at the same prices according to Casio. 

AP220 black
If you don't think you need a lot of "bells and whistles" but just want a good sounding piano with a fairly good piano key touch, then either of these two models would be a good choice. And in my opinion, Casio has some distinct advantages as far as the  features on the AP420 & AP220 pianos over other competitive brands like Yamaha and others such as the AP420 has a SD card input so you can play and record your MIDI music directly into the card for storage to be played back later (although MIDI is quite limited as compared to audio recording). You can also download piano MIDI song files from your computer to the card for "play-along practice."

On both pianos you can connect to a computer from the USB 2.0 core MIDI port for instant plug & play with interactive computer software and even connecting to the latest Apple iPad apps (left pics)...very cool and I can tell you more if you contact me.

I have previously reviewed the Casio AP420 Celviano piano along with the Yamaha YDP141 and Yamaha YDP161 which you can read on my blog. I do believe the AP420 & AP220 in the satin black color would look nice in a person's home or studio and either one would be a good piano for the price.  I've played these pianos I don't think you can go wrong, especially at such an affordable price.

I have written some detailed blog reviews of the Casio PX750 & PX850 so please click on the the links below to find out more about these impressive pianos:)

Casio PX850
Casio PX750 review
Casio PX850 review

If you want more info on these and other pianos and lower prices than internet discounts, please email me at tim@azpianowholesale.com or call me direct at 602-571-1864

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