The Casio PX-3 digital piano is somewhat in a league of its own. It’s really an excellent stage piano with great touch and sound quality but without speakers. It’s the perfect instrument for gigging band musicians who want portability and quality at a great price and are happy to power it through stage amplification.
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), the Privia range (of which the Casio PX-3 is one) 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 PX range
Casio describe their PX range as “small and compact, yet stylish and feature-packed, for today’s lifestyle”. The range comprises products that are generally between £450-£850 in price and they are generally considered good value for money and products that don’t take up much space. However, whilst they are neatly packaged, it is agreed by many that they lack the tone and touch quality versus their Yamaha rivals (although this is being addressed in new releases).
The Casio PX-3 is “aimed squarely at the professional stage piano market”. Whilst some argue that there is no discernable difference in sound quality to the CDP range (particularly the CDP 220R) or the PX 135, the Casio PX-3 features 128 note polyphony meaning that when multiple sounds are layered together, the sound quality is not lost. There are 250 tones but you’ll need speakers if you’re looking to play the instrument in anything other than headphones.
Whilst the Casio PX-3 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, one recent review put it nicely by saying of the Casio PX-3, it’s “…an 88-note hammer-action keyboard that wouldn’t be out of place on an instrument costing several times the Casio PX-3’s asking price. In short, Casio have got all the important things right”. The ‘matt-ivory’ finish keys also make it incredibly playable.
Value for Money
The Casio PX-3 is currently only available in Black.
The Casio PX-3 comes highly recommended for beginner to intermediate gigging musicians who want a cost-efficient but light-weight instrument and are part of set-ups where there is already amplification. For more experienced pianists, there are definitely more advanced models that will be more suitable.
Other pianos for consideration
It’s really difficult to compare the Casio PX-3 in terms of price. Whilst the Yamaha P95 and Korg SP250 both have 88-note hammer actions, they are distinctly more basic in their conception, with fewer sounds, less polyphony and built-in speakers. M-Audio’s Prokeys88 is also one for consideration but the touch isn’t quite as good.
Full technical specifications can be found here: http://www.casio.co.uk/products/musical-instruments/privia-digital-pianos//Product/PX-3BK/
Keyboard Mag have done a nice review but it’s pretty technical: http://www.keyboardmag.com/article/casio-privia-px-3/2319
SoundonSound have done a lovely little review that really raves about the PX 3: http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/mar12/articles/casio-privia-px3.htm
Here’s Casio Australia extolling the virtues of their range:
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