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#698575 - 01/20/08 06:11 AM Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Ok, so right now Music123 is blowing out the Casio PX-310 for $399. Use the online coupon SAVE80 and get an additional $80 if you spend $400 (so I just bought some string winders for my guitar). When I went to check out it said shipping was like $57, but I thought that was strange since so many other digital pianos shipped free. I called Music123 and they said it was a mistake and that shipping should be free so they would adjust it. So I went ahead and placed the order on the internet (since the coupon can only be used for online purchases) and called back customer service to get the shipping adjusted. So that means you get your piano for about $320!!!

Just a note. Some items and brands are exempt from the coupon use. So you may have to try a few items to get over the $400 mark to apply the coupon to its value. Otherwise the coupon will just show $25 off since it's varied by scale.

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#698576 - 01/20/08 10:26 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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If I didn't already have two DPs I'd buy one, what a deal.


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#698577 - 01/20/08 01:30 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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it means that new PX320 is coming out soon...

#698578 - 01/23/08 02:12 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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loosegroove, thanks for the tip about the coupon, I got a PX-200 at $419

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#698579 - 01/23/08 02:53 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Hey pianewbie,
If you spend a $1 extra, you get an automatic $100 off discount so the PX-200 ends up coming out to $399. Saves you a little bit more. May want to look into it. Music123 is open 24 hours if you want to call them and change your order.

#698580 - 01/23/08 04:10 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Wow, thanks for the heads up! I just bought the PX-110 for $399 and it hasn't been 30 days yet, so the company I bought it from said they'd take it back and price match this one so that I could trade it across for a PX-310. It looks like you just got me a free upgrade!

Thanks man! smile
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#698581 - 01/25/08 08:52 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Does anyone know if you can turn off the on-board speakers if you line-out to external speakers on the 310 or other models?

I guess you will have to get the stand, pedals, keyboard cover, and headphones separately. So that maybe another $200?

Also, has anyone had any problems with dropout with 32 note polyphony models like this?


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#698582 - 01/25/08 09:38 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Hey Ken,

Does anyone know if you can turn off the on-board speakers if you line-out to external speakers on the 310 or other models?

When you use line-out, the volume controls the external speakers, so I would assume that the on-board speakers are off that point. The manual explicitly states this is the case for headphones, but it's not clear about line-out. Sorry, I don't have the unit here or I could test it for you.

I guess you will have to get the stand, pedals, keyboard cover, and headphones separately. So that maybe another $200?

Unless you have that stuff already. The price would mostly depend on the kind of stand you get.

Also, has anyone had any problems with dropout with 32 note polyphony models like this?

I never had that problem with the PX-110, but I never really pushed it either. You can read about 32 note polyphony on the net and see what people think.

dave

#698583 - 01/25/08 10:02 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Thanks dave. Also, someone on another thread said that these models may only take a Casio pedal and you might also have to get a Casio stand to plug in the pedal. Is that so?

I already have a stand and a pedal, so hopefuly I can just plug it directly into the piano.


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#698584 - 01/25/08 10:15 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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I am pretty sure that it does not turn off the internal speakers.

Options on pedals are as follows:
- You have one standard 1/4" TR jack on the back for sustain and one for soft or sostenuto. Functions will change the purpose of the second pedal. These are on / off - ie. no half pedalling.

- You have a non standard pedal connector on the bottom of the keyboard that connects to Casio SP30. It is not a standard connector. This will give you half pedalling on the sustain pedal only. The bar mounts to brackets on the CS65 stand, so it may be hard to use without the stand.

I don't have any poly problems, but I don't layer and I'm not working on that advanced rep. Note that it is really 16/32. The stereo sounds like grand piano 1 have only 16 poly.


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#698585 - 01/25/08 11:49 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Turning off the internal speakers:
I line-out to an external on my PX-310, but keep my headphones plugged in. That way, the internal speakers are muted.

#698586 - 01/26/08 01:22 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Ken,

Also, someone on another thread said that these models may only take a Casio pedal and you might also have to get a Casio stand to plug in the pedal. Is that so?

You know, I'm still pretty new with this particular keyboard since I ordered, but haven't yet received it. It looks like DragonPianoPlayer addresses the pedal situation. But the pedal isn't connected to the stand, it's "free floating", i.e. you just lay it on the ground. Are you thinking about mounting it to a stand so it won't move around?

I line-out to an external on my PX-310, but keep my headphones plugged in. That way, the internal speakers are muted.

I was going to suggest that. You can actually buy a "plug" that just plugs into a 1/4" connector and doesn't go anywhere. I use them with photography studio lighting; it looks to be a fairly common practice elsewhere, too.

I wish I could be more helpful. Like I said, I haven't gotten the keyboard yet. But I sure can't wait until it arrives! smile

dave

#698587 - 01/26/08 05:50 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Here's the SP-30 Pedal bar:
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Unfortunately, this one is not free floating.

Rich


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#698588 - 01/26/08 06:55 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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DragonPianoPlayer, you mention two options for the pedal. But isn't there also a third option: to connect one through the MIDI-In port?
(I haven't tried it myself but read about it when looking for a solution for my PX200).
The manual seems to imply that it should work and allow half-pedalling, but I am not sure if there will latency issues. Can anyone with MIDI experience comment?

Also, I could not find too many piano-style pedals that have a MIDI port. CME-GPP3 looks attractive, but seems to have reliability issues. Are there others?

#698589 - 01/26/08 12:19 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Yes, MIDI would be another possiblity. MIDI commands are so small, that I don't think latency would be an issue.

I've also heard of so many problems with various keyboards and the CPP3, that I would not be willing to take a chance on it working with the Casio.

There are also MIDI Solution's converters that may work. Here's a link to their line of products at guitar center:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/MIDI-Solutions.gc
These are even more expensive than the CPP3.

I've seen a project to create a MIDI pedal interface. You need to purchase a micro controller chip and program it. (The website with the project gives the code for download, as well as the circuit board diagrams. Way beyond what I am willing to put in.) This uses standard switch style pedals instead of the continuous pedals you need for half pedaling.

Also note that Casio's implementation of half pedaling is off / half / on. There is no constant graduation like you would really find on an acoustic piano. I believe this is the same for MIDI pedal commands.

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#698590 - 01/28/08 03:06 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Thanks, that was helpful.


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#698591 - 01/29/08 07:15 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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#698592 - 01/30/08 04:52 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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BTW, I just received this item in the mail and it does come with the SP-3 pedal in case you're wondering.

dave

#698593 - 01/30/08 06:32 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Wow dave18, thanks for sharing that good news about the pedal. I am torn between that 310 for $320 or else upgrading to the px200 and spending a little more to get it down to $399. (I need clarinet reeds.) I was going to wait until summer but now I am tempted to act in the next month or so because of this deal at music123.

I could use that pedal with the 310 but the 128 polyphony on the px200 is tempting. I'd like it for quiet practice and to allow other beginners in the family to play at the same time. I've been using a CTK 496 in the evenings. It buzzes a bit. I haven't had time yet to find or play the 310 or 200 locally, only the px110.

#698594 - 01/30/08 08:41 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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FYI, the 310 feels exactly like the 110. I would imagine that the 200 would, too. In fact, that's the reason I originally bought the 110, was for the feel. But since the 310 came down so much in price, I figured I might as well "upgrade" while I still could. 128 polyphony would be a good thing, so you may want to consider that if you have the money.

Yeah, I know about having to consider whether to wait or not. It's always a tough call. Just consider how much you would actually use it between now and when you had planned on buying it. If the answer is "a lot", then it may be worth it to pick one up now. But if you do decide to wait, I'm sure prices will continue to fall. That's just the nature of electronics! smile

Good luck!
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#698595 - 01/31/08 08:07 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Thanks dave18 and Pidge! I just ordered the PX200 (with clarinet reeds for $10.99) and music123 upped their $100 off to $125 off! So instead of their website price of $499, it is $376.69. Thanks PW and other wonderful digital forum posters! Edit: And thanks loosegroove for starting this thread!

#698596 - 01/31/08 08:47 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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This looks really intriguing. I'm really considering getting the PX-200. How much longer does the deal run?

Edit: And what would I do about a stand and pedals?

#698597 - 01/31/08 08:59 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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well that's the problem, the deal expires tonight but who knows what their next deal for February will be. But another poster said they are open 24/7 with their 800#. So maybe they will tell you some good news. Last night their deal on my purchase was $100 off, but today it was bumped up to $125 off my same total purchase. I had left the items in a cart overnight while trying to decide and just checked it again in the last hour.

I don't know if they'll throw in a pedal but i think there is a basic pedal in the $20-$30 range. I have a basic x stand already.

So if you need a pedal and stand, check out pricegrabber dot com because some places may be offering the new px120 with a stand and/or pedal for $499-$599. My impression is, it depends on what you need and how tight you want to keep your budget.

Added edit: The recommended stand cs65, i think, runs $100-$120 just scouting online stores and some places it is out of stock right now. The basic x stand isn't usually thought to be sturdy, sometimes people complain the board jumps around a bit but that might sell for $60-90. You'll have to add it all up, and see whether savings on taxes and/or shipping make sense...

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I was looking at this Quik-Lok Z-14 stand.

http://www.music123.com/Quik-Lok-Z-14-Folding-Keyboard-Stand-450439-i1142047.Music123

It got good reviews on amazon, with many people specifically stating it was very sturdy. I think I'm gonna get it if no one thinks it's a bad idea?

Edit: Oop, it's too small. Glad I caught that before I got it.

Double Edit: Right now, I'm thinking this:
http://www.music123.com/On-Stage-Stands-Pro-Platform-Keyboard-Stand-450384-i1142020.Music123

#698599 - 01/31/08 09:56 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Good luck, I don't know about that pro platform stand. Maybe DragonPianoPlayer or signa or one of the other regular posters may...
Edit added: and I don't know the details on the pedal, if it must be a Casio pedal, or if generic pedals will work...another thread said something about how some Casio products only work with a Casio pedal.

#698600 - 01/31/08 10:22 PM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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Ahh, that could be bad then... I just bought a yamaha pedal for it.

http://www.music123.com/Yamaha-FC4-Piano-Style-Sustain-Pedal-151550-i1124541.Music123

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#698602 - 02/01/08 04:35 AM Re: Amazing deal on Casio PX-310  
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How much better off would I be with the three pedal one as opposed to the single pedal?

And could I get another pedal in the future if I decide I want it and just use two different pedals instead of having to buy them in one unit?

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How much better off would I be with the three pedal one as opposed to the single pedal?

It depends on what you want. I'm sure some wouldn't consider anything less than all three pedals, and others just use the one.

And could I get another pedal in the future if I decide I want it and just use two different pedals instead of having to buy them in one unit?

I just looked on the back of my PX-310... it has two standard pedal jacks, so you can plug in up to two pedals individually. But if you want all three, I think you have to get that "three in one" setup from Casio because it uses a proprietary connector. There may be the possibility of using MIDI pedals that plug into the keyboard via MIDI. But honestly, I don't know if the PX-310 will handle all 3 incoming MIDI pedal messages. If anyone knows the answer to this, I'd love to know.

dave

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i'm thinking about picking up one of these casios as a lightweight, easily portable practice piano. i'd been thinking about a yamaha NP30 which is half the weight but have not been able to play one and the casio is likely more bang for the buck.

with the $125 discount on the PX200, it is priced pretty close to the 310 and the CDP100. any reason to choose the 310 or CDP100 over the PX200?

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