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What you get for your money is the keyboard, music stand, damper pedal and mains lead. The 8watt internal speakers are plenty for a home room and if you are a total novice this can be muted via headphones so the rest of the household do not need to suffer. However for me anyway this is not the total novice’s keyboard others are available at a smaller amount of octaves and lesser quality.
So unless you intend to use it in one place only you are likely to need a case and certainly a stand so factor these costs in, however note the offer at end.
The box is reasonably sturdy and the total weight in the box and packaging is 16 kilos.
The keyboard is 132cm long and has a full eight octave eighty eight key keyboard. It is 23cm from front to back and assuming you fit the removable music stand this adds another 11cm to the depth. The height of the keyboard is 10cm at the back and 9cm at the front.
It comes with a large 42x30cm fold out double sided sheet which is described as a Basic User Guide a full User Guide can be downloaded from the Casio website.
Behind the keys are on the face are on/off button a twist volume control and nine basic control touch buttons all immediately accessible.
On the front left edge is headphone input. On the back towards the left side and all before the music stand are the rest of the connections all accessible without leaving your seat.
The keyboard can be run from batteries but I did not try this.
From the touch buttons you can immediately select either Electric or Grand Piano and the sound of the latter was rather good. It comes pretty close to an acoustic upright out of the box and there are numerous adjustments so you can get exactly the tone and pitch that suits you.
Other sounds quickly available are Vibraphone, Harpsichord, and others from the eighteen inbuilt options.
This also works with other instruments and even has Bluetooth to connect with sounds from your SmartPhone.
My fairly basic piano skills are limited, so my friend tried it and I can say that he and I both enjoyed the output and having a decent volume control can take it from a practice whisper up to a good output that from the garden my neighbours could enjoy while my friend was playing.
While I managed in my home and garden with a couple of small tables supporting the keyboard the link I give with supply you with a decent looking basic stand for only another £11 still making the cost less than £500 and with two day delivery for free.
The Casio Privia PX-S1000 is available for £473 and when purchased at the same time the stand offered is only another £17 so £490 in total.
Comment by paul_smart, Jul 28, 2020 8:33