Over recent years the quality of Casio’s digital pianos has gone from strength to strength – especially with respect to the home market. Casio’s Celviano range of home instruments, with traditional furniture-style cabinets, are designed to replicate the sound and feel of a real acoustic piano as closely as possible.
Casio has unveiled three new models at NAMM 2024 (Anaheim, USA, 25-28 January 2024) — AP-750, AP-550, and AP-S450. Following the astounding success of the PX-S7000 digital piano, Casio’s designers have focused considerable attention on styling. These new models have beautiful clean lines and feature a high gloss front panel and key blocks with illuminating touch sensor controls.
The AP-750 and AP-550 incorporate Casio’s new Smart Hybrid Hammer Action Keyboard Celviano Edition, a refined version of the action found within the company’s award-winning Privia range.
The company highlights the fact that the AP keys, like those of some higher-end acoustic pianos, are made from fine-grained Austrian spruce rather than less dense coarse-grained wood. Although many will fail to appreciate this subtlety, spruce is tough and resilient to heavy wear, and does enhance the playing experience. Fine-grained wood is also more stable and allows for uniform weighting across the span of the keyboard.
Casio has also introduced its new Visual Information Bar. This is a light strip that appears above the keys (see image below). It can be used as a visual metronome or to display playing strength or pedal depth, thus enabling pianists to perfect their fingering and pedal techniques.
Additions to the Celviano range
Until now, therewere six models in the Celviano range — AP-710, AP-700, AP-650, AP-470, AP-270, AP-260.
The AP-750 now joins the AP Series as the flagship piano. It features 39 built-in tones. These include the new Hamburg Grand, and the Berlin Grand (developed in collaboration with world-renowned piano maker C. Bechstein).
It also incorporates the new Grandphonic 4-channel sound system with 8 speakers. This allows the sound to be projected from both above and below to provide a true 3D-audio picture akin to that of an acoustic piano. The top lid also opens (AP-750 and AP-550) allowing the sound to project out and forward, again much like an acoustic upright.
The Celviano AP-550 and AP-S450 both have a 2-channel/ 4 speaker system, with 26 tones including Hamburg Grand and New York Grand. The Celviano AP-S450 comes with Casio’s Smart Hybrid Hammer Action Keyboard allowing for a more compact design.
All three now incorporate the WU-BT10 Bluetooth adaptor facilitating a wireless connection to a smartphone or computer.
“These new Celviano digital pianos embody more than three decades of technology and design refinements, providing the organic experience of playing a traditional piano, with innovations and conveniences that make learning, educating and performing both enjoyable and inspiring.”Stephen Schmidt, VP of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instruments Division
We currently only have US prices and availability…
Celviano AP-750 (Black) $3,399 MSRP. Shipping March 2024.
Celviano AP-550 (Black, Rosewood, White) $2,999 MSRP. Shipping now.
Celviano AP-S450 (Black, Rosewood, White) $1,999 MSRP. Shipping now.
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