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[Costco] Costco.ca Casio Digital Piano $429.99

Costco.ca currently has the Casio PX-130 digital piano for sale at $429.99. That's $120 off the regular price, shipping is included.

Is this a hot deal for a 88-key digital piano? Any comments/feedback on the piano itself? I'm in the market for an inexpensive brand/model for a beginner.

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.asp ... d=10331957
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The PX-730, higher up model was on sale for $599 just before Christmas too. It's this one PX-730
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southnam wrote:
Jan 4th, 2010 10:14 pm
The PX-730, higher up model was on sale for $599 just before Christmas too. It's this one PX-730
So where is the deal for the time machine?
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CFRTim wrote:
Jan 5th, 2010 1:22 am
So where is the deal for the time machine?
gosh, I have asked that many many times before, nobody has replied. I am very ashamed at the RFD'ers who are whording their time masheens
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pinkyring wrote:
Jan 4th, 2010 10:09 pm
Costco.ca currently has the Casio PX-130 digital piano for sale at $429.99. That's $120 off the regular price, shipping is included.

Is this a hot deal for a 88-key digital piano? Any comments/feedback on the piano itself? I'm in the market for an inexpensive brand/model for a beginner.

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.asp ... d=10331957
This piano is a great place to start for a beginner. These features are key for authentic piano sound and feel:
- 88 weighted, scaled hammer-action keys
- 128-note polyphonic maximum
Beyond the above, you don't get much more though. No real MIDI interfaces; no library of MIDI sounds beyond the basics; cheap bench; memory card slot for saving songs, sounds, etc. That said, I have a PX-550 that I bought for cheap at Costco a while back, and it works well for what I need. It has a heavier grand piano feel and is just fine for a beginner. Plus with digital pianos, no problem moving around, no tuning, and headphone port to practice in silence and without distubing others.
I don't think you'll find something like this brand new for cheaper.
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this piano does not have the :
3 pedals: damper, soft, sostenuto
my kids teacher told me they are important :?:
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pinkyring wrote:
Jan 4th, 2010 10:09 pm
Costco.ca currently has the Casio PX-130 digital piano for sale at $429.99. That's $120 off the regular price, shipping is included.

Is this a hot deal for a 88-key digital piano? Any comments/feedback on the piano itself? I'm in the market for an inexpensive brand/model for a beginner.

http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.asp ... d=10331957
This is an amazing deal.

Here is the price for the piano alone, with no accessories: - $599 US

Prices from Casio Website, all prices US
Piano - $599
Bench - $99
Stand - $125
Pedal - $20
$843 US

So, $843 american. You can get it from Costco for half the price, in Canadian dollars, shipped to your home.

I bought the PX-120 as someone who has never played Piano. I wanted the least expensive 88 key digital piano with weighted keys that I could find. If you are beginner like me it provides the basic functionality that you need, and you can connect it to your computer to play things like Synthesia (Piano Hero).

I've never used a single feature on the piano other than the metronome, and maybe down the road I will regret not having them, but as a beginner I don't have any need at this point.

My PX-120 came with all three pedals, so if you need them which you can purchase from Casio and install them in a snap.

Something ironic is that people in the ottawa area were selling used PX-110s/120s for more than the cost of the entire Costco set, so if it doesn't work out for you...

On another subject, there are a lot of 'hot deals' on the regular Costco website, but you have to do some digging to realize how hot they are.

For example, this SLR kit includes a camera, two lenses and a bag for $739:http://www.costco.ca/Browse/Product.asp ... 5*&topnav=

Prices at Futureshop (maybe there are better deals elsewhere, and if I'm in the market for a camera I will look :)

Canon® EOS Rebel XS digital camera + EF-S lense - $479 on sale
EF 75-300mm DC (no optical stabilization) - $279
Golla bag - $85

Total at Futureshop - $843, which is $104 more than Costco, even at $120 off.


Piano Links:
Piano: http://www.casio.com/products/Musical_I ... os/PX-130/
Bench: http://www.casio.com/products/Accessori ... es/CB-7BN/
Stand: http://www.casio.com/products/Accessories/Stands/CS-67/
Pedal: http://www.casio.com/products/Accessories/Pedals/SP-3/
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I think someone previously on RFD said that having your kids learn on a digital piano was like sending them to Guitar Hero lessons.
I don't know just through it was really funny.
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kamran wrote:
Jan 5th, 2010 9:33 am
I think someone previously on RFD said that having your kids learn on a digital piano was like sending them to Guitar Hero lessons.
I don't know just through it was really funny.
From what I understand, the weighted keys are extremely important, because you won't develop the 'physical' requirements to play on a proper piano. The transition may still be difficult. I hope to find out someday :)

That aside, the statement seems a bit outlandish given that guitar hero teaches you exactly nothing technical about how to play a real guitar, whereas technically there is nothing a digital piano can't teach you that a standard piano can...
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lubmar wrote:
Jan 5th, 2010 8:46 am
this piano does not have the :


my kids teacher told me they are important :?:
Pedals are important, yes, especially once you get to the intermediate levels of piano playing (and are required to play anything advanced).
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Good deal. Great for a beginner or casual player. Doesn't take up much space and has weighted keys and full sized keyboard.

http://www.londondrugs.com/Cultures/en- ... oductTab=3

this one goes on sale a couple times a year at london drugs for $299. Its - 88 weighted, scaled hammer-action keys too. It doesn't include a bench, but it does have the stand and pedal.
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My friend has this dp and the sustain pedal effect is quite poor.
Also, the mid to high tones are sharper than usual.

It's a great dp for a beginner in this price range, but it might not be the best for anything higher level.
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lubmar wrote:
Jan 5th, 2010 8:46 am
this piano does not have the :


my kids teacher told me they are important :?:
It does come with the damper pedal (or a pedal-like switch that performs this function). This is by far the most common pedal used whilst playing the piano

Most real upright pianos don't even come with a true Sostenuto pedal, so you are not really missing this, unless you are considering going with a Grand or very expensive piano.

So you are only really missing the "soft" pedal - which just makes the notes sound quieter as they shift the hammers down so that they only strike half of the strings for each note (ie, one, instead of both strings). IMHO, this is not essential for beginners.
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blizzack wrote:
Jan 5th, 2010 10:10 am
From what I understand, the weighted keys are extremely important, because you won't develop the 'physical' requirements to play on a proper piano. The transition may still be difficult. I hope to find out someday :)

That aside, the statement seems a bit outlandish given that guitar hero teaches you exactly nothing technical about how to play a real guitar, whereas technically there is nothing a digital piano can't teach you that a standard piano can...
To me, that's the biggest compromise about learning on a digital piano - way more severe than any missing pedals. You just don't get the same feel. No matter how "realistic" the action is, it always seems to fall quite short of a real mechanical action of a real piano. Generally, the keys on a real piano are heavier and require more strength and finger endurance to play and generally just require a touch that is difficult to develop on a digital keyboard.
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