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The Casio company has its worldwide headquarters in Tokyo, Japan (left pic) and has been producing digital pianos for over 30 years. They also produce keyboards, pro synthesizers, as well as being famous for calculators, advanced digital cameras, sports & consumer watches, advanced digital technology for communication devices, and some very impressive new digital computer technology. Casio produces their own computer chips and proprietary micro technology and is able to do it at a fraction of the cost of some of it's biggest competitors. That is why Casio tends to have lower prices. Some people equate lower prices with lower quality but in my opinion these new Casio digital pianos are quite impressive. Beyond that, Casio has a new 3-year parts & labor warranty (with on-line registration) which shows they are serious about giving consumers product protection and have confidence in their new pianos. Many warranties on digital pianos under $1000 have no more more than 1-year labor or maybe 2 at the most, so 3 years is outstanding in my opinion.
The following list of features are just some of the things this piano has and can do:
- Realistic key action with new & improved graduated weighted hammer style movement. (feels more like an acoustic piano)
- 3-sensor (Casio calls it Tri-Sensor) dynamic response key action (above left pic) for more piano sound range and expression (Yamaha does not have this on their Arius series under $2000 although they do have it on their Clavinova series over $2000). 3-key sensors per key make a big difference in "musical color" of sound and your ability to express your music. If you want further info on this, please ask me.
- A fairly quiet key-bed with little noise as the keys are pressed down as compared to other brands in the same price range.
- New synthetic textured Ivory & Ebony key tops for smooth finger movement.
- 128-note polyphony with piano resonance & longer piano sustain decay times to produce noticeably more realistic piano sound along with enough polyphony for sound layering and using accompaniment & MIDI recording features.
- Big piano sound through a 4-speaker 40 watt (total) stereo sound system.
- 3-pedal soft/sostenuto/sustain pedal system with "half pedal" sustain function for proper pedaling response.
- USB class compliant core MIDI high speed direct connection to iPad or laptop computer to utilize some outstanding piano education & notation apps now available for tablets.
- 360 drum rhythm patterns for timing and rhythm training (most digital pianos under $2500 offer 0 up to100 rhythm patterns depending on model).
- 250 nice instruments for use with song creation, arranging, composing, and playing just for fun (most digital pianos under $2000 offer approx 10-25 instrument.
- wav file audio recording so you can make live recordings of your playing (useful in converting to MP3 files for MP3 players or to attach to emails for sending to friends and relatives).
- Plugging a microphone into the piano to record live vocals while you're singing & playing at the same time or separately and then saving it all to a USB flashdrive in a .wav audio file!
- General MIDI 16-track instrument playback for use with Alfred, Faber, and other piano teaching methods. For important info about General MIDI lesson song accompaniments & lesson practice, I recommend you go to the following link: General MIDI & digital pianos
- General MIDI 16-track instrument recording for song creation, arranging, composing, etc. up to 16 instruments played back simultaneously
- Arranger style chord system with 360 music styles for full accompaniment on your left hand. This allows for integration of a live band or orchestral backup while playing "chord style" using a variety of music accompaniments in the piano including Jazz, Classical, Latin, Country, Rock, Oldies, Waltz, Big Band, Blues, Folk, Contemporary, World Music from other countries, and many other music genres. This feature helps with allowing you to integrate rhythmic music styles into your playing to make your playing music even more enjoyable.
- LCD user display screen directly in front of you for easy to read control panel information.
- 86 "Jam Session" chord progression loops for learning song improv. This unique feature allows the player to learn how to "jam and improvise" with built in chord progressions with 86 recognizable "song loops" that make learning to play "by ear" fun and enjoyable. Ear training is a great way to play piano and helps with understanding music.
- Layering & splitting any two sounds anywhere on the keyboard.
- Duet "4-hand play" for two people playing on the piano simultaneously.
- Grand piano "stretch tuning" function to give a more realistic grand piano sound based on the way piano tuners tune grand pianos.
- Transpose and modulate to any key up & down half-steps while playing the piano.
- Variable reverb, brightness, key sensitivity, octave shift, song & accompaniment volume.
- Panel control button lock to protect your settings for inadvertent button pressing along with auto power shut off function.
- Connectivity: Stereo 1/4" audio outputs, stereo audio inputs to run your iPad or computer volume back through the piano, MIDI in & out ports to connect with MIDI sound modules, other keyboards, and other MIDI devices, Dual 1/4" headphone jacks.
- Console type furniture cabinet with full control button panel and sliding key cover for panel and keyboard protection
|Casio PX780 w/closed key cover|
The PX780 has built in stereo audio outputs and inputs (left pic and also showing USB device in & computer out) so you can easily connect a small external speaker system to the PX780 for a fuller sound than many of the digital pianos that sell for well over $3000. In fact I have personally done this and the results are amazing. It sounds as if you are playing a big piano when you connect a good external speaker system to the PX780. If you use a good pair of headphones for private practice, then the sound is equally as good that way and it stays right in your head without anybody else hearing it...which depending on how you play, may be a good thing:) So when you boil it all down and look at what the Casio PX780 has to offer as compared to other pianos for the same price on up to over twice its price, this new Casio piano is definitely offers a lot of bang for the buck. By the way, if you choose not to use all the extra on-board features and if you just play the piano sound by itself, you have a selection of 10 different acoustic piano sounds and can play any kind of music with them such as classical, jazz, rock, church, etc. So just playing traditional piano on the PX780 is quite enjoyable and if that's all it did it would still be a great buy compared to other brands & models in this price range based on my experience with it. It's my belief that just because a digital piano has many built-n features and buttons on the piano does not mean the piano cannot stand on its own as an instrument for people who mainly want to play piano. In its price range it really does a good job in that way and then perhaps later you can use some of the extra features that can make your music even more enjoyable than it already is.
|PX780 control panel w/LCD screen|
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