I’ve used a handful of digital pianos over the years. The first digital piano I owned (in 2003) was the Yamaha P60 (nice feel but HEAVY and BIG). I had that thing from 2004 to early 2016, though. Really loved it (bought for $750 in 2004).

I’ve owned the Casio CDP-100, CDP-120, CDP-135, and the Casio PX-5s (that one’s a little too much piano/synth for me… it was easier to use software synths than program that guy, but I still do like that piano a lot and you can get great sounds from it.. REALLY great sounds including tons of electric pianos like the Rhodes that are quite, quite good)… in 2016 I got a Korg SP170s which was nice for a minute, but I quickly parted with that one…. and, more recently, I owned a Yamaha P-121 (the first 73-key digital piano at an affordable price point)… loved that Yamaha and it had some great sounds.

A few months back, I traded the Yamaha P-121 for a Casio CDP-120, and $250 cash. Then I sold the CDP-120 for $250, and bought a black Casio PX-160 (on a 12-month payment plan, as I do with nearly all of my gear) for $399, as it’s often on sale for $400, instead of $500.

The Casio PX-160 is my favorite digital piano, ever. Not only does it sound REALLY good, it plays beautifully, and feels fantastic. It’s simple, but it does exactly what it needs to do. And even though I’m not a huge fan of the USB-to-MIDI port on digital pianos, it is useful when you want to use software/sampled pianos such as with Kontakt (I tend to use Sampletekk’s collection a lot in my recordings, as I bought nearly all of their “MKII” sounds when they had an absolutely massive sale over a year ago). Other pianos I love include the (free!) Piano In 162 by Ivy Audio (a sampled Steinway)… wonderful, wonderful sound…

I’m not a classically-trained or jazz-trained pianist at all, but I love to play piano. This thing feels so great to play. The grand sounds amazing, the Wurly is VERY usable… and the Rhodes is really good, but I would prefer a Rhodes sound without chorus already applied to it. If I had one complaint, it would be that…. but, I have had my Rhodes needs met via virtual instruments for years.

That said, I finally found THE piano for me. I loved this thing so much, that I actually sold my Nord Stage 3 76 HP for $3200 last summer (partially because bills were piling up…. and partially because I was thinking, “do I NEED this? A much-more experienced player and performer should own this, instead”. I’m more a studio guy.

I do still miss my Nord, but more so, the Piano Library sounds, even though Sampletekk basically destroys the Nord Piano Library sounds… (fun fact: Sampletekk provided a handful of the recordings of the Nord Pianos— including Rain Piano, Studio Grand 1, Studio Grand 2, Grand Lady D, and the Grand Imperial).

If you’re looking for a great-feeling and great-sounding digital piano…. no frills, just great feel and sound, get this! I LOVE mine and it absolutely fills the void since the Nord’s gone… especially when I connect it to my computer and play the Sampletekk uprights and grands, or play the Piano In 162 sound. Wonderful.

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