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#2438291 - 24 minutes 24 seconds ago Why do high-end Casio pianos have less tones than low end?
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Registered: 06/03/15
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Loc: Melville Saskatchewan
To this point in my life I have had about zero exposure to musical instruments of any kind, so please bear with me if this is a silly question.

A couple of months ago I got a bee in my bonnet that I wanted to learn to play a piano. Not knowing if this would just be a passing idea that would pass in a week or two, I purchased a Casio CDP-230 from the Costco website since it was relatively cheap but had good reviews and seemed to be recommended as a good beginner instrument.

Fast forward to a couple of months later and I now figure that I will at some point probably want to get a higher end piano than the one that I have. (If I knew then what I know now, I would have just purchased a higher end one in the first place, I suppose.) I haven't run into any limitations of my current piano that make me want to upgrade, but I guess if I came across a good sale price on the higher end ones I might consider it.

After that intro, I'll finally get to my question: Why is it that my low-end Casio CDP-230 has 700 tones, but the most expensive Casio digital piano on Costco's website (Celviano AP-650) has only 250 tones? Are the recorded sounds of a higher quality than what I have on my current piano, and there are less of them because sufficiently high quality recordings are not available for all of the tones that are available on the lower end model which has more tones of a lower quality? Or is there another factor that I'm missing here?

I've played around with some of the available tones on my CDP-230 and some of them sound really good but some of them are less wonderful. That's makes me suspect that's why they are left out on the higher end instrument.
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#2438296 - 5 minutes 29 seconds ago Re: Why do high-end Casio pianos have less tones than low end? [Re: FrankCox]
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It is surprising to hear there are so many sounds in the CDP - when I tried a CDP120 out a couple of years basck, I thought the keyboard was good, especially at that price.

In answer to your question, the priorities for a high quality digital piano are:

1. keyboard which feels something like a real grand piano, with weight and responsiveness.
2. good quality piano sounds
3. robust construction, reasonable design/ looks
4. good keyboard sounds beyond piano: electric pianos, organs, harpsichords, etc.
5. good quality facilities (rhythms, drums, teaching programs etc.)
6. well designed connections (wireless or solid)
7. banks of other sounds for experiment, accompaniment, arrangement and recording

Not necessarily in that order, but the top of the list is normally what a piano buyer will pay more for. The extra sounds tend to be lower down. Having said that, I don't know why Casio decided to plan their CDP, PX and AP ranges as they did. But their PX range is generally regarded as excellent value and there is a wide range to choose from: http://www.thomann.de/gb/search_dir.html?bf=&sw=casio+px
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