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#2129314 - 08/07/13 08:12 AM Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620
pierreg Offline
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Registered: 08/06/13
Posts: 3
I am a beginner and I want a Casio piano (nothing else for now for the purpose of the discussion).

What would you pick?

A Casio Privia PX-850 a 879$ (special price at Costco) with the latest technology from Casio (Tri-sensor scaled hammer, Simulated ebony and ivory keys, etc) but with less gadget then the AP-620.

or the Celviano AP-620 at 1000$ price.

My first pick is the PX-850 because of the price and latest techno.

Thank you!

Edited by pierreg (08/07/13 12:12 PM)


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#2129317 - 08/07/13 08:27 AM Re: Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620 [Re: pierreg]
justpin Offline
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The 850, the 620 is an earlier iteration, superceeded by the 650

#2129330 - 08/07/13 09:10 AM Re: Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620 [Re: pierreg]
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#2129357 - 08/07/13 10:38 AM Re: Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620 [Re: xorbe]
Carmien Offline
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Registered: 08/05/13
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Based on reviews the 850 is really regarded as the best bang for the buck. At the (CostCo) price point it is a very, very tempting buy, even when considering the next tier up.

Do you have an opportunity to play them both? I'm in the process of buying a DP and I have to say I believe the only way to know is to play, and let your fingers and heart guide the decision.

That said, on paper, the 850 cannot be beaten at that price. Edit: I am an advancing beginner buying a piano for the long term. I also happen to have the budget to go to the next tier up. And I'm still including the 850 in my sampling.

Edited by Carmien (08/07/13 10:41 AM)

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#2129359 - 08/07/13 10:39 AM Re: Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620 [Re: pierreg]
pierreg Offline
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Thank you

I just place an order for the 850 smile At 879$ with the bench, I believe it's a good deal.

I didn't try the piano because it's not available in any store in Montreal. Even, if I try, I will not know the difference. I don't purchase it for the long term, but for 2-3 years maximum. If I still practicing in 2-3 years, I will go for 5K+ piano smile

I can test it at home for 30 days !


Thanks Carmien

Edited by pierreg (08/07/13 10:50 AM)

#2129360 - 08/07/13 10:44 AM Re: Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620 [Re: pierreg]
Carmien Offline
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Originally Posted By: pierreg
Thank you

I just place an order for the 850 smile At 879$ with the bench, I believe it's a good deal.


That is a good deal. At $1,000 it is regarded by credible reviewers as the best DP for the price. At that price point it really is outstanding.

A reviewer's comment that really stood out for me concerned Casio's ability to make their own processors. It explains why they can design according their own specs and come in so competitively. It's a powerful business model that leverages their strength. Cheaper isn't always poorer quality. And based on video reviews I've seen I've no doubts you'll be happy.


#2129422 - 08/07/13 01:13 PM Re: Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620 [Re: Carmien]
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Registered: 06/19/13
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Hi Pierreg,

I expect you will be very satisfied with the Casio PX-850. I am a recent, new owner of the PX-850.

I also feel that this model cannot be currently beat, at this price level. I have been playing classical piano for years, and have owned an acoustic baby grand. I spent a good deal of time reviewing and testing digital pianos before I decided upon the PX-850.

I had to make the switch to a digital piano, due to the fact I moved into a Condo. Furthermore, while I had the ability to spend more money, I just couldn't justify spending approx. an additional $1000 (over and above the price of the PX-850) in order to get an alternative digital piano that was, IMHO, only slightly better in over-all performance.

Note that this was my personal judgement, and others may have a different opinion and/or assign greater weight to other factors. So, in no way am I stating that there are not fantastic digital pianos in the $2,000 price range. I am just saying that, for me, the extra cost wasn't justified, when compared to the design and features already present in the PX-850.

Furthermore, I wanted a console-style digital piano that had a decent built-in speaker/sound system...and the PX-850 certainly excels in this regards.


P.S. -- Make sure you read the User Manual carefully. There are settings that you will want to adjust to suit your personal preference, such as:

Touch Sensitivity
String Resonance
Hammer Response

These make a huge difference in the sound and interactive sensitivity of the piano, and you may find that you prefer a certain arrangement of settings, versus the factory default.

Also, when once you fine tune these parameters to your satisfaction, you should select "Backup-on", otherwise you will lose the settings when you power off. In other words, if you do not set the "Backup" function as "on", and then turn off the power --> the next time you power up the piano it automatically returns to the factory default settings. The other function you may want to enable (after you have set your preferences) is "Operation Lock". This function, when on, will disable the buttons on the control panel. This is important, as it is possible to accidentally hit an operational button when you are playing...and all of a sudden you have changed a setting.

The only minor complaint I have with the PX-850 is the fact that Casio did not provide a set of dedicated buttons which allows you to store your personal settings as individual presets...which are stored in non-volatile memory.

Edited by Tritium (08/07/13 03:58 PM)

#2129532 - 08/07/13 06:35 PM Re: Casio Privia PX-850 or Celviano AP-620 [Re: pierreg]
pierreg Offline
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Registered: 08/06/13
Posts: 3
Cool ! Thank you Tritium for your precious advice smile

Now...let's go Costco!

Next...I need to find a good teacher and/or find some good teaching software!

And also how to connect my spare IMac to the PX-850!


Edited by pierreg (08/07/13 06:38 PM)


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