Although Casio didn’t reveal any new products this year at NAMM, the company had a powerful message: music makes the world a better place. We were treated to various presentations documenting how the Japanese manufacturer contributed to society throughout its 40-year existence, thanks to affordable, quality instruments. Many emotional images reminded me how music can act as a soothing balm, in all kinds of situations. These inspiring montages really enhanced my appreciation for the company. Let’s take a look at some of the models they’ve put out recently.
Total flexibility with the Privia line
Tom Brislin of Kansas really went in depth on why he loves his PX-S3000. It was very nice to have such a detailed presentation on how such an established musician uses a tool that’s available to all of us. It’s no surprise that a pro player such as himself uses the stage-friendly features of this keyboard. Two assignable knobs help tweak your tone on the fly. More humble performers will appreciate the compact shell that will make it a breeze to carry. You’ll also have access to over 700 sounds.
On the other hand, the PX-S1000 is a streamlined console piano that will appeal to those that don’t expect to perform with it. You get the same quality core, but without accompaniment options, the two assignable knobs, and the pitch wheel. Even though there are only 18 different sounds, they cover the most common tones that you might require.
Learn to play with Casiotone
Casiotone is a series of portable keyboards that will help you get acquainted with the piano’s layout. Thanks to many different sounds, features, and portability, it’s a great choice for any sort of player. The built-in handle, integrated speakers, and battery operation make it an awesome tool for many different occasions. The Dance Music Mode will surely inspire younger folks to spend more time at the instrument. This mode is a fun way of learning about arrangement thanks to pre-established loops you can activate. You can read my comparison of the three models here.
The CDP-S350 has everything you need in a console piano
The CDP-S350 is a fully featured console piano with great feeling keys. On top of an extensive 700 tone sound bank, there is also a whole accompaniment section. The hundreds of rhythms will make practice less of a chore. It’s also an excellent tool to work on the various musical styles that present various challenges. Additionally, there are useful arrangement buttons helping you perform for people with a backing band. With so many powerful features and quality sounds, it’s hard not to recommend this unit to anyone looking for a complete piano experience. You can check out my full review here.
Even without any new products to show off, Casio made a strong, positive statement at NAMM this year. I think they set up the future in subtle fashion, all while reminding consumers of the great products they have to offer.
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