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Review of Casio’s PX-350: “Lay Your Hands On Me!”

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Peter Weedfald (front, fifth from left) performs at Carnegie Hall on the big grand piano.

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.

Honored to receive this special partner award from Jon Bon Jovi. Pictured: Peter Weedfald, Jon Bon Jovi and Mike Palazzolo.

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.

 

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  1. After extensive evals of Yamha and Roland the Privia PX305 came out on top even at half the price of the Roland FP7F. I was amazed. The Privia’s playability and feel is much better than both Yamaha and surprisingly Roland’s.

    Tom Smyth
  2. Thank you Tom for your important note to back up my reviw for this incredible and best in class keyboard… Wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy and successful 2013… and of course, “Rock On!”…

    Peter Weedfald
  3. I have not long started learning piano. Couple of months at most. But I got one of these, and they are great. Felt better than anything else in the price range. And since getting the PX350, my playing on actual acoustic pianos has improved greatly. The feel of the keys is surprisingly close to that of a real piano!

    Dale
  4. Hi. While Casio deserve praise on the PX350 they should be criticised for sampling a good piano in poor condition for recording of any sort. There are several notes which a tuner technician should have attended in terms of TONING. Commonly used notes had hard hammer felt giving unevenness across the keboard. An hours work chosen not to be done, by someone who had not the ear for taking such decisions. It would be sadder to think that these faults were not heard at later stages.The odd note with an out of tune beat in the treble can be authentic, but a G with a buzz and several ‘hard’ notes spoil what I find to be an otherwise excellent digital piano. Don.

    Don
    • Hmmm… I did not experience the same issue on my Casio PX350… And when attempting to duplicate your point Don with perfect pitch I have not found this to be true on my keyboard. Perhaps this is a service related issue? I suggest you engage with Casio service and support… perhaps a correction can be found to ensure your better experience. I am glad otherwise you also love this instrument… its as if Casio designs for authentic piano keyboards while a few others build for synth-keyboards… Would love to meet the Casio Privia engineers someday… Thank you for your important comment and thoughts Don…

      Peter Weedfald
  5. Agree… the importance of Casio ensuring this fine instrument includes the touch and feel of a real baby grand piano is outstanding… especially for those musicians trained and or training to be pianists…

    Peter Weedfald
  6. And I am very energized and excited in preparation to review Casio’s new Privia PX-5S… will be back shortly…

    Peter Weedfald
  7. I post at the Casio music forums about the PX-350 and the XW-P1, both remarkable instruments, and this after owning and playing professionally on Generalmusic (also remarkable but sadly gone now), Yamaha, Korg and Kurzweil. But started on Steinways and (at the time brand new!) Wurlitzer tine pianos years back. The PX-350 through headphones is a startling experience-I have to take my headphones off to be sure I’m not playing in an acoustic space on a grand. And pedaling is amazing. I have noticed anomalies with a few unison notes across octaves with sustained tones, but even the finest grands will never be perfect, unless one spends in the 6 figures and even then!

    Jokeyman