The lightweight, full-88-key Casio CDP-120 is a great entry-level digital piano for beginners or those who don’t have much space to put a larger instrument. For a full-size keyboard it’s available at a great price and ideal for those on a tight budget.
Price at online retailers
About Casio digital pianos
Casio digital pianos have historically catered for the lower-cost end of the market, bridging the gap between the keyboards that they’re famous for and digital pianos. Casio make a lot of their own components and hence costs have historically been lower than competitors. At the time of writing, their range currently comprises a few entry level digital pianos (CDP range of which the CDP-120 is one), the Privia range and the Celviano range but nothing more expensive than £1,100. Casio products are best-suited for beginners and those on a particularly tight budget. For more information about Casio digital pianos, please click here: http://www.casio.co.uk/products/musical-instruments/
About Casio CDP range
Casio describe their CDP range as “lightweight, a great price and with a full 88-note weighted keyboard”. The range comprises products that are affordable (under the £500 mark) but that don’t take up much space. They’re also great if you’re looking to balance the desire for a weighted keyboard with one that can quickly and easily link up to a computer through the USB connection.
There are five sound settings on the piano: Grand Piano 1, Grand Piano 2, Electric Piano, Harpsichord and Strings. Whilst the CDP-120 has 48-note polyphony and manages chordal passages adequately, some customers have reported that the sound is a little tinny on the piano settings, particularly around the mid-range of the piano due to the small speakers.
The CDP-120 is a medium-weighted piano – the most cost-efficient option but behind a fully-weighted or heavy-weighted digital piano in terms of real piano likeness. Whilst many users report great satisfaction with the way the CDP-120 plays, there are some that report a clicking sound as the keys are pressed.
Value for Money
The CDP-120 is currently only available in Black.
People who tend to buy pianos like the CDP-120 are usually beginners or those who don’t have a great deal of space to put a larger instrument.
Other pianos for consideration
Those who are considering purchasing the CDP-120 might also consider the Casio CDP-220 or Casio PX-130, the Yamaha P95 or the Korg SP170.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.casio.co.uk/products/musical-instruments/compact-digital-pianos/Product/CDP-120H5/
A light-hearted review of the CDP-120 can also be found here: http://rumorcontrol.us/2011/10/09/casio-cdp-120-keyboard-review-its-a-keyboard-no-its-a-piano-or-is-it/
A number of US-based reviews can be found here: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/keyboards-midi/casio-cdp-120-88-weighted-key-digital-piano#review
Here’s Casio Australia extolling the virtues of their range:
To hear it being played live – check out Max Tempia’s demos…they’re in Italian:
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