My fast, refulgent piano fingers, in concert with my pounding musical heart declares the new Casio Privia PX-350 delivers celestial sound excellence with incredible keyboard realism; as if I was playing in concert on a 6 foot 10 inch grand piano. As a spirited concert pianist performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City multiple times during my youth, I can feel and sense the art of the musical possible coming alive as my fingers volant across this regal PX-350 keyboard. As the owner and performer of competing keyboard brands played and juxtaposed in concert over the years including Korg, Kawai, Roland, Yamaha and Kurzweil, my senses are in harmonic concord with the 88 key PX-350: reproducing colossal harmonic sound, offering dynamic finger calibration and expressions, delivering unmatched price to value competitive performance. Three tenable words, through my piano experience and humble opinion to best describe this instrument are: “natural, phenomenal reproduction.”
Why so positive, why so heralding? As a pianist and weathered stage musician my ears, fingers and heart, perhaps like yours, are highly sensitive. My squinting tone-full ears hunt for perfection in acoustic piano reproduction while my fingers demand true ivory and ebony feel and action in keyboard performance. Both realized and wrapped up perfectly in my playing experience with the PX-350M through a scaled, purely weighted action keyboard providing the depth, feel and soul of my living room grand piano. The PX-350M highly featured design offers a smart LCD display, 250 instrument sounds, 17 midi playback and record functions, 128 notes of polyphony, 180 drum patterns with full accompaniment and a multitude of useful midi and audio plugs.
Casio titles their new proprietary sound source “Air” (Acoustic and intelligent Resonator) and truly this engine provides superior, unmatched performance, realism and detail versus competitors in the PX-350’s price range. This newly redesigned, scaled hammer action keyboard compliments acoustic realities with the nuance and “finger feel” realism of the best acoustic pianos. With three times the waveform memory of previous Casio keyboards, the new smart Air engine provides damper resonance tempering and compensating speed allowing hammers to strike strings at varying velocities and key ranges. And boy oh boy my fingers just love gliding and dancing so quickly across these black and white simulated ivory’s. And by the way, one of my most favorite mechanical features is the optional and matching SP-33 pedal system providing the same 3 pedal functionality as my grand piano. Performing on this rich sounding, real piano acoustic feeling keyboard amazed my senses, fed my musical creativity and captured both heart and mind; so says my ears, so says my hands and heart, so says my pocketbook.
Whoops, I nearly forgot to mention the PX-350 also features a USB connection for your computer and a 17 track recorder to compose your rhythm and songs along the way. Loading standard MIDI files downloaded from the web is also easy as well as plugging in other instruments or even digital players (MP3, etc) into the keyboard through the external 2 way, 4 speaker and headphone system. The Casio PX-350 overwhelms in features and performance offering an incredibly low price around $799. This amazing, lightweight 25 pound instrument of choice includes onboard: 14 grand piano tones, 17 electric piano tones, 16 string tones, 47 various tones and 128 general tones all with controllable reverb, chorus and brilliant effects.
The Casio Privia PX-350 is in this pianist’s opinion, a superior concert ready digital keyboard with an incredible, highly dynamic acoustic piano sound, highly realistic and graduated hammer key action enveloped with aggressive features, functions and benefits. The Casio PX-350 delivers a superior price to value performance proposition, delivers your ambient senses the stimulating sounds you pine for in any concert hall, any room of your home: delivers you your most price valued, best of breed, instrument of choice. Like Jon Bon Jovi sang so masterfully and perfectly in tone and harmonics “Lay Your Hands On Me!” For me personally, I can’t wait to take my anxious fingers off this tired and sluggish computer keyboard and lay them back onto my intrepid Casio PX-350, to make some more beautiful music together.