The lightweight and affordable CDP-220r is an advance on its younger cousin the CDP-120 in terms of sound quality (it has a higher note polyphony) and number of sounds available. Like its more junior family member it offers the beginner, those with space requirements or those on a tight budget a good digital piano at a great price.
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-220r 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 over 700 sound settings on the CDP-220r: considerably more than available on its younger sister, the CDP 120. Whilst the CDP-220r has 48-note polyphony and manages chordal passages adequately, some customers have reported that the sound quality suffers when you layer sounds together and is a little tinny on the piano settings, particularly around the mid-range of the piano due to the small speakers. Whilst not widely used, the pitch-bend function is not as effective as on competitor models and the metronome sound can’t be turned up or down.
The CDP-220r 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-220R plays, there are some that report a clicking or clacking sound as the keys are pressed.
Value for Money
The CDP-220r is currently only available in Black.
People who tend to buy pianos like the Casio CDP-220r are usually beginners or those who don’t have a great deal of space to put a larger instrument. It’s a widely recommended instrument in the digital piano fraternity although for those wishing to pursue learning the piano further, the CDP-220r inhibits this slightly as there is only 1 “jack” entry for the sustain pedal and hence you can’t add a damper pedal too. For many pianists, the sound of Old MacDonald to a reggae beat more than makes up for this!
Other pianos for consideration
Those who are considering purchasing the CDP-220r might also consider the Casio CDP 120 or Casio PX 130, the Yamaha P95 or the Korg SP170.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.casio-intl.com/asia-mea/en/emi/contemporary/cdp220r/spec/
The KeyboardForums site offers further information regarding the CDP 220r: http://www.keyboardforums.com/threads/casio-cdp-220r-or-good-alternatives.23140/
Here’s Casio Australia extolling the virtues of their range:
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