|Casio PX350 w/stand & pedals|
I have personally played this piano from top to bottom and not only has the piano sound and key action been substantially upgraded over the previous model as I mentioned earlier, so have some of the additional instrument sounds, drum rhythms, arrangement styles, and other features including digital storage to USB flashdrive capabilities.
I have played and listen to both of these new Casio models and as I just mentioned, I was personally impressed by the upgraded piano sound & key action from previous models, especially for their low prices. Unless you were a fairly good piano player, you might not be able to tell much difference between an actual acoustic piano and these new Casio models as far as touch & piano tone, especially when listening through a good pair of headphones (the on-board speakers are good for a portable piano, but connecting to an external speaker system through audio outputs would be even better). I have played all of the new pianos out there including other brands not mentioned here and you can have satisfying playing experiences on many Yamaha's, Kawai's, Roland's, and other brands. But if you want a relatively inexpensive digital piano that sounds & plays great (for the money), is lightweight to carry or store (25lbs for the piano itself), and has lots of useful features including plug & play USB output to iPad & computer (see iPad music app pics at left and above), then I recommend the new Casio PX150 & PX350 for people looking in these price ranges and wanting something with higher quality technology.
Is it worth buying the PX150 & PX350 since they are $100 more each over even less expensive more basic digital pianos (and there are some out there)? It really depends on your budget and your musical goals? However I believe there are compelling reasons to purchase either of the new Casio models and spend a bit more money because if you plan to own the piano for awhile and want to grow into it instead of "out of it," you might as well be ahead of the curve in terms of technology and getting much closer to replicating the piano tone & key action of a real acoustic piano. If that's important to you then I believe getting a the PX150 or PX350 and spending a bit more will worth it in the long run:).
Note: There are some people out there who think I purposely favor the Casio brand over others, but I do not. I like all of the major brands including Roland, Kawai, Casio, and Yamaha, and a couple others. In the lower price range under $1100, there is really nothing else right now that comes close to the new line of Casio Privia pianos and that includes Yamaha, one of my favorite brands. Take a look at these new videos (down below) I found of the PX350 in action from Casio's main US product designer & specialist, Mike Martin as well famous Jazz pianist Joe Sample, and a classical concert artist by the name of Anthony Patterson. Once you hear the stereo multi-sampled acoustic grand piano sound on the PX350 in these videos, you will know why I am impressed with these new models at their low prices and being a piano teacher and musician myself, lower prices always make me smile:)
If you want more info on these and other pianos and lower prices than internet or store discounts, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me direct at 602-571-1864
CASIO PX350/PX780 DEMO SONGS BELOW - Please listen to them as everything is played live without overdubs. I made a few live playing mistakes but that's what you get sometimes when you improvise with no sheet music. I made up the songs as I played them but the point was just to show off some of the rhythm accompaniment style features along with a few of the other instrument sounds including acoustic grand piano. Hope you enjoy:)
Dynamic Grand Piano Pop by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Organ-piano Jazz Groove by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Light County Rock by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Acoustic-Elec Piano rock by Tim Praskins on the Casio PX350
Legendary pianist Joe Sample playing a Casio PX350 live in his hotel room impromptu and not rehearsed, and on camera too... that's called being brave:)
Joe Sample showing off his piano playing skills in Concert with George Benson