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#2404104 03/29/15 06:45 PM
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I have a 20 year old Technics PX103 digital piano which I'm going to replace soon. (It was fairly high end at the time, and other than some keys that are clunky because of worn-out felt -- which I got tired of trying to fix -- it remains surprisingly playable. I'm going to see if I can get $150 on Craigslist).

Now Technics doesn't make pianos anymore, but Casio does, and I notice all the Casio model numbers seem to be PX-this or PX-that. So I'm wondering whether there is some relationship between Casio's line of DPs and Technics' -- in particular whether Casio might have bought Technics' piano business, or something like that. Anyone know?

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Yes, I noticed the PX prefix, too. But as far as I know, there's no connection at all, and no one has ever mentioned such a connection here. As you say, Technics dropped out of DP production completely a long time ago, having begun at the top of the tree with their PX1 in about 1984.

The Casio PX range is highly thought of on this forum, especially since the range falls in the sub €1000 bracket, yet the quality of the keyboard and sound generator is good. Not sure how good the amp + speakers are, though.


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Technics is just a brand name of Panasonic. There's no connection between Panasonic and Casio.

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JEB,

I know nothing about the old Technics. However, my first digital piano is was a Casio PX-850. It doesn't have a lot of fancy features, but the sound is quite good and the keyboard is very good for a sub-$1,000 DP. (I got mine for just under $1,000.) The other PX series have the same keyboard. If you use it with virtual piano software (I use Ivory and Galaxy instruments), and a good set of speakers or headphones, it will produce an excellent piano sound.

I've since gotten a Kawai MP11 for the excellent keyboard. That said, I still have the Casio and am repurposing it as a MIDI keyboard for my DAW workstation upstairs.

If I were to do it over, I'd get the PX-150 instead of the PX-850. With external speakers/headphones and a virtual piano software, you'd never know the difference.

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Dan.


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