Today’s digital piano review will be about the Casio CDP-230R, who is it a good choice for and is it worth your money?
Let’s jump right into it.
A Feature Rich Piano
The Casio CDP-230R comes with all the standard features you might expect from a digital keyboard plus a bunch of neat features that anyone can appreciate, such as the Scaled Hammer-Action keyboard which simulates the weighted key experience of an actual piano and makes playing it a very genuine and fun experience.
Fun little tidbit, the model is called the 230 or 230R depending on where you look, but they’re the exact same thing, so you don’t need to look for a comparison between the two, I personally use the 230R here, since Casio uses this designation themselves on their site.
I won’t bore you with the specifications much, you can check out the full list of features at Casios page here CDP-230R.
It is essentially an upgrade over the CDP-130 Digital piano, but is it worth the extra cash?
A Great Piano for beginners
The piano has so many features that are great if you’re just starting out, with over 700 built in tones, 152 tunes, 200 rhythms and a recording function, it is ideal for writing and recording songs.
Most importantly, it comes with a learning function called the Step Up Lesson.
What it does is essentially break your song into several parts and has you practice them while providing support and gives you an evaluation score after practice.
It comes with 152 built in tunes to begin with, but you can actually load in your own songs to practice, which is a really great little feature.
It even comes with a voice fingering guide, so the keyboard will actually tell you what keys to push if you’re having trouble.
This function makes the CDP-230R very suitable for anyone just starting up. and is an excellent learning tool.
A Good choice for advanced players
While the piano is an excellent learning tool for beginners, it shouldn’t be overlooked by more advanced players, the piano comes with all standard features and is great for just playing.
However, if you really don’t need any of the extra features and want to save a few bucks, you might look into the CDP-130.
Is it worth the price?
If you’re buying off amazon you will get just the piano itself, so you will probably want to get a stand for it.
Update : The piano itself isn’t readily available in the states anymore, so you will probably have little luck tracking it down on amazon.com, it is however still available on European markets at amazon.de or co.uk.
This is such a shame because the device is just wonderful, it’s still possible to get it second hand, though, so that’s probably your best bet if you’re in the states,
When comparing with other similar pianos, the CDP-230R is an easy winner,
Here’s what some the of competing pianos are:
The Casio PX-150, Casio CDP-130, the Yamaha P-35 and the P-45.
With the CDP-130 being only roughly a little cheaper, you have to ask yourself whether all these features are worth the extra?
When it comes to the PX-150 it’s much more geared towards an actual piano playing experience and more advanced players, so it’s got much less features and tech on it, but feels like a more genuine piano, so this would be the way to go if that’s what you’re looking for.
As for the Yamaha models, they’re roughly similar to the CDP-130, with some fairly minor technical differences, they do not offer the learning capabilities or the rich features of the 230R however.
In my opinion, they absolutely are, but if you really don’t want them, then save yourself the few bucks and get a CDP-130.
So what is my verdict? The CDP-230R is a powerhouse of a piano that’ll fit anyone’s need at a good price, so if you’re looking for a great piano to learn with or just to play, look no further.
I use it myself personally and it’s unlikely I will ever replace it.