Casio Privia PX-320 Mc Kinney TX

Casio has introduced a line of portable, weighted-action keyboards that set a new standard for affordable digital pianos. These are real musical instruments, they have built-in speakers so you could enjoy them anywhere, and they cost quite a bit less than you thought possible.

Mckinney Music
(469) 742-4280
800 S Mcdonald St
Mc Kinney, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Williamson Music Co
(972) 633-8203
701 E Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Print Music

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Cline Music Co Inc
(972) 424-9003
901 W Parker Rd
Plano, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Guitar Center
(972) 422-7171
2333 North Central Expressway Suite 101
Plano, TX
 
Music Manor
(972) 985-7884
3031 W 15Th St
Plano, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Iron Kettle Antiques & Violin
(972) 542-4903
6444 N Mcdonald St
Melissa, TX
Types of Instruments Sold
Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Music In Motion Inc
(972) 943-8744
1601 E Plano Pkwy
Plano, TX

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Keyboards Unlimited
(972) 527-7262
111 W Spring Creek Pkwy Ste 3
Plano, TX

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Anderson Guitar Gallery
(214) 387-4050
6811 Oak St
Frisco, TX
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Print Music

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Cadenza Violins
(469) 241-1152
6905 Coit Rd Ste 105
Plano, TX
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Organs

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Casio Privia PX-320

Inevitably, styles changed, and the mini-keyboard was relegated to Best Buys, Radio Shacks, and the bedrooms of nine-year-olds. However, five years ago, Casio introduced a line of portable, weighted-action keyboards that set a new standard for affordable digital pianos. These were real musical instruments, they had built-in speakers so you could enjoy them anywhere, and they cost quite a bit less than you thought possible. So when Casio shipped me their brand new PX-320, the current flagship of the Privia line, my expectations were high.

OVERVIEW

I can humbly assert that if you enjoy playing the piano, you will get a tremendous blast out of the PX-320. The bottom line here is that Casio has managed to capture that elusive combination of touch and sampling that says, “Play me!” to your fingers. There are keyboards out there for twice the price that don’t get the ergonomics of keyboard delight down as well as this axe does. In fact, if that’s all you need to make you happy, you can pick up the PX-320’s little brother — the PX-120 — for a mere five hundred bucks. I’d strongly urge you to pop for the PX-320, though. You get a lot of musicmaking here for the extra two bills.

For starters: The PX-320 packs 202 sounds with a sufficiently giggable array of acoustic and electric pianos, rock and jazz organs, mallets, drums, and the complete General MIDI palette of orchestral, band, and world instruments and cartoon-like special effects. There’s also the de riguer little drum machine, featuring 70 preset patterns, each with its own assortment of fills, the two-track sequencer, the USB MIDI implementation, and a couple of things that Casio didn’t have to include — such as line inputs for a mic or guitar — that make you wonder, “Why doesn’t everybody do this?”

SOUNDS

I monitored the PX-320 in the studio through Tannoy Reveal and TOA 280ME monitors as well as the internal speakers. Later, I played jazz gigs on it through Barbetta 41C and an older Gallien-Krueger keyboard amp. In all cases, the primary piano sound was musical and pleasing across the entire 88-key range. When I A/B’ed it with Synthogy’s Ivory (yes, this is grossly unfair, but wait and see what I discovered) it sounded slightly compressed and bottom-heavy, but I found this artificial boost made the piano sound robust and authentic coming through the onboard speakers and my combo amps. I heard someone else playing the PX-320 from another room, and it sounded like an excellent recording of a live performance.

There’s a Rhodes-like stage piano, a Dyno-My-Piano bell-like patch, and a Wurly that sits up and spits when you spank it. The Rotary Rock organs would cover nicely for an eight-bar solo or work all night in a honky-tonk, while the Jazz Organ will cover you when you feel like Jimmy Smith-ing. Okay, it doesn’t make you sound like Jimmy Smith, but it’s a successful attempt at imitating a jazz organ, and will cover you when you feel like blowing on “Oleo.” In addition, the whole General M...

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