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#2040940 - 02/28/13 05:50 PM Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal?
adak Offline
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I recently got a Casio PX-150. I bought it sight unseen, the first time I pressed a key it felt "heavy" and had a slight resistance, certainly heavier than the Casio PX-110 I had years early (which made me quit piano cause the action was too light for me, I didn't enjoy playing) and slightly heavier than the action of the upright (which has a slightly lighter and more responsive action than the PX-150, (I also liked the upright action)) I have been using before I bought the PX-150.

Is this normal for the PX-150? Cause everything seems normal. Is this heavy keyboard going to be bad for learning? I was thinking it might be good for strengthening my fingers, but now I am not sure if that is such a positive anymore, I would might rather have a properly weighted keyboard instead. The keys are "heavy", I noticed immediately the moment I first pressed the keys. Although I am guessing it is not out of the normal range for a digital piano. I think it is heavy because the pivot point is closer the user compared to an acoustic piano. Should I return the keyboard too? I like it, but the touch bothers me.


Edited by adak (02/28/13 06:10 PM)
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#2040946 - 02/28/13 05:59 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
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The PX-130/330 were too light imho, but I too wonder if the new PX-150/350 perhaps got a bit too heavy. The difference is quite notable. But it seems better than GHS to me.

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#2040948 - 02/28/13 06:03 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
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I'd say that the PX-150 feels lighter than the Kawai MP6/MP10 or the Yamaha CP33/CP300/P155/CP50.

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#2040949 - 02/28/13 06:05 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
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all pianos are different, some steinways i've played had quite heavy action
if you want to practice, the casio is good

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#2041004 - 02/28/13 07:56 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: emenelton]
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The PX130 is a little heavier than the Yamaha GHS; but I personally find it a good thing.
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#2041035 - 02/28/13 09:21 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
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Adak,
I have a older Casio-same generation as the PX-110. The keys are heavy. I thought they lightened the action on the PX-X30 series. I haven't spent enough time with the PX-X50 generation to have an opinion although when I played one for a short time, I thought it was close to the PX-X30 series. Casio's action is among the heavier actions on a digital piano. It is close to Yahama's GH in my opinion. GH feels like a heavy action to me. I don't think it is bad for your fingers unless you feel pain and discomfort when you play it. It shouldn't hurt your fingers to play. It definately takes some getting used to.


Edited by galaxy4t (02/28/13 09:22 PM)

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#2041061 - 02/28/13 09:57 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
Charles Cohen Offline
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Registered: 12/26/12
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The two low-priced keyboards I played, that felt most like acoustic pianos, were the Yamaha P155 and the PX-350 (same keyboard mechanism as the PX-150).

After two months, my PX-350 _still_ feels like a real piano. [_Sounding_ like a real piano -- that's a long story . . . <g>]

If you're unhappy, experiment with the "Touch Response" settings on the PX-150. You can probably make the keyboard more responsive to a lighter touch. But you won't be able to change the weight of the keys.

I don't think that you'll do any damage to yourself, by playing it.

. Charles

PS -- for some reason, the PX-150 manual says _nothing_ about "touch response" settings. They're available on the piano, but not well-documented.

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#2041070 - 02/28/13 10:19 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
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Page E23 of the manual has this:


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#2041313 - 03/01/13 11:52 AM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
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I have the PX-150 and you will have to play with the Touch Response to see which setting is right for you. I have large hands but with a tender touch so I initially used setting #3. Now that I've started gaining some come control and proper hand placement I use setting #2 mostly. I like the feel of the keys, close to an AP feel. Try different settings. I really enjoy mine.
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#2041329 - 03/01/13 12:26 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: adak]
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If you are coming from playing other good quality grand pianos, Casio's weight is very middle-of-the-road. Coming from other digitals, it is also middle or the road or slightly firmer. Popular models from Yamaha tha use their GHS action are almost always on the lighter side. There are many upright pianos that play lighter than average and there are many grand pianos that play heavier than average.

Depending on what type of action your upright has and how well it is regulated can really skew your perspective even when you enjoy playing it.

The touch response doesn't physically change the weight, but it can really be helpful in getting the response that is comfortable for you.
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#2041446 - 03/01/13 03:37 PM Re: Casio PX-150 keys feel heavy? Normal? [Re: PianoWorksATL]
adak Offline
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Great stuff. I decided to keep the piano. I have been practicing with some Hanon lately and I think it will do fine.

Originally Posted By: PianoWorksATL
If you are coming from playing other good quality grand pianos, Casio's weight is very middle-of-the-road. Coming from other digitals, it is also middle or the road or slightly firmer. Popular models from Yamaha tha use their GHS action are almost always on the lighter side. There are many upright pianos that play lighter than average and there are many grand pianos that play heavier than average.

Depending on what type of action your upright has and how well it is regulated can really skew your perspective even when you enjoy playing it.

The touch response doesn't physically change the weight, but it can really be helpful in getting the response that is comfortable for you.
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