Casio AP420 Review

"I started looking at the PX-155 500$ which I never go to play, then moved to a Yamaha P95 700$ then tought hard about the 155B 1300$ Then I saw this one that listed for 1300 "retail" bought online for 1100 and was selling at costco for 999 including shipping (cnd)

I'm not a performer by any stretch but I did buy this as it provides the matt feel of the piano key which is important to some. THis is typically reserved for the high cost models of the yahama and such at 3 times the price.

The sound is realistic to me and there are a few adjustments to how bright , and touch senstivity is, I don't think it's that compariable to higher end yamahas or even their portables but the sound is louder due to being a stand version. I do note there is a noticeable fall off of 'static' if you have the volume really loud you can here when the note actually stops playing. I don't think it'sa big issue if you are actually playing a piano for music.

The graduated weighted keys were good and with the 3 levels of sound recorded that was nice too. DP typically have to be set to loud to compensate for the noise made when hammering (litterly) on the keyboard.

THE AP-420 was made for piano players rather than sequencier etc as it has very few voices. It has clean lines, has limited recording functionality.

Apparently the sound generated is exactly the same for the entire line of casio. the AP line includes a cabinent better speakers, and more voices dependant on the model.

I bought it from costco where the shipper actually lost the shipment. THey did a special delivery of a 160lb box and said they wouldn't bring it inside. They dropped it off in our garage and I pieced it together. The keyboard component isn't that heavy.

Bought it online costco.ca with no idea what I was expecting. It was a gamble and I could of returned it to a local costco if I wanted.

Given the sale I basically saved taxes and shipping. It cost me 1100 total.

I'd like to add I don't like the retail music stores as in Canada as they have 'unavertised fixed prices'. Casio breaks this because they are considered just calculators.

I haven't had issues yet with 'loose keys' in previous generations of casio but I haven't used it that much to see that.

I'd advise this for someone who has a few years of grade 1 to 5.. any more you'd better off upgrading to another piano. I found the used market redicioulous for DP because people are thinking they are acustic in quality and don't depreciate.. unfortunately they do. they wanted 32 poly for the same price I paid for 128 poly.

Pro: Build and mat finish

Cost to benifit ratio

Classic styling with out too fussy digital interface

Still has MIDI support (through USB)

Comes with metal 3 petals (half step supported).. (didn't realize that most of the time you use only one but looks nicer)

Con: Sampling is not as good as a Yamaha, as it resamples based on a smaller sample set, the rest are interpolated. Higher end Yamaha's sample every key

Shipping screw up but I'm sure this is not typical

Hitting of keys hard make an audible sound (headphones or increased volume eilmliate this)

When on full volume playing a single key you can hear when the note actually 'ends' which is a little staticy (this is not how you play a piano)

A few too little voices, but fine as a 'piano'

Final thoughts:

The $ benifit ratio and given I"m not a serious player said to me to keep the piano. I was going to give this to a Grade 10 Pianist who hasn't played it for years but Don't think would cut the mustard if they are playing on acustic. I certainly can't play at that level so this is a nice in between choice that has plastic , non weighted keys. (200) vs something 10 times more (2500+)"

Rating: (6 out of 10)

Reviewer: Sam, Canada

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