Casio PX-130
Casio PX-130

PX-130, Digital Piano from Casio in the Privia series.

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songboy 12/06/2011

Casio PX-130 : songboy's user review

« Exceptional Feel for Low price »

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This keyboard has the full 88 keybed. The only connections on this unit are 1/4" headphone outputs, USB and a sustain jack. One big complaint by people is that it does not have a dedicated Line output. It does however have built in speakers. The PX 130 only has Grand Piano and Electric Piano sounds. And the only effect was a reverb selector. Both sounds and effects cannot be edited.


This is as simple as it gets in terms of setup and use from a digital instrument. Simply plug it in to your wall, turn it on, and play. Some may argue that the lack of sounds and effects is a bad thing but I bought this unit for practice purposed only and I love its simplicity. I have never needed to look at the manual and I do not intend to as this can be figured out in minutes, maybe even seconds. There are only a few buttons to select which piano patch you want (two acoustics, one electric).


Coming out of the built in speakers, the sounds are not really that realistic. Coming out of a nicer PA or set up bookshelf speakers, they are quite better. Overall, I didn't but this unit for its sound quality. That's why you need to spend $2000 or more for a nice Nord. This piano was bought because it was inexpensive and it has excellent feel and expressiveness. I was truly surprised to feel such a nice keybed at a piano found in stores like Best Buy. So much that I bought one. I won't argue that this is a replacement for a real piano, but if you are like me and don't own your home, but want to be able to practice on a nice instrument and keep up your chops when you are away from your main rig, then this is perfect for you. It weighs under 30 lbs. for easy travel too.


What I like most about this unit is the feel of the action. Although not exactly like a real piano, it offers surprisingly convincing feel for under $500. In fact, it is far better than the Korg TR I sold awhile back, and that cost over $2000 brand new. I can't say that I personally dislike anything about it. The samples are not great but they certainly do the job in terms of practice and the unit is quite expressive. This is my first Casio weighted keyboard and I have to say, I'm a fan. Yes, I would definitely buy this again. I recommend it to all my friends who want there kids to start the piano but don't want to deal with all the work of a real piano.