Always known for making great digital instruments, the Casio company has come out with one of the best “at home” electric pianos in the last few years, the Casio AP250 Celviano Digital Piano. As an at home piano instructor and evaluator of various models, this is truly one of the better high end pianos for those looking to expand into a larger home digital piano.
The Celviano piano collection is one of the few digital pianos that have a grand piano sound and feel. With stereo sound couples with an awesome keyboard, this model has the look and feel of higher end acoustic models at a much lower price. Running just around $1,000, this piano can be used as a centerpiece for anyone looking to add a piano to their home or business. One of the best things about this piano is that it not only has the look and feel that is necessary for learning the more advanced songs, but the ability to digitize the music makes it a great option for those who like to vary their music.
As a teacher of a child who has this model, I will explain my personal experience. The first time I used a Celviano was in 2009 while working at home with one of my students. While at the time I was more of an “acoustical guy” I was slowly seeing the power and new features that were being built in the newer electronic pianos. When using this model I was surprised with how much it felt like an acoustic piano, but with the booming stereo system that only digital pianos can have. My student (who was 11) was able to reach all parts of this piano and loved the built-in tones and technology that came with the Celviano. For those with kids I highly recommend this as it has tons of extras that will keep your child interested in playing for hours. Overall I would rank this as a 8/10 overall and a 9.5/10 for kids with my only problems being that is doesn’t have the feel on some keys as some of the higher end portable digital pianos.
One thing that I would like to stress about casio digital pianos in general is the great customer service that they provide compared to some of the other “piano companies” on the market. In the 1980s Casio truly became one of the leaders in the digital piano field as they went away from the norm of many other companies. Rather than mass producing “junky” pianos, Casio truly took pride in their work. The customer service for these products is top of the line and they are quick to replace any problematic parts or defects without a hassle.
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