In 1980, Casio released the Casiotone (CT-201) electronic keyboard, designed to provide consumers of all ages with a way to learn and play music without any special training or rigorous practice. Today, almost 40 years later, Casio has unveiled its revamped Casiotone series – including the CT-S200, CT-S300 and LK-S250 – at the 2019 Summer NAMM Show. Casio’s new Casiotone keyboards, as well as its lineup of electronic musical instruments including the PRIVIA PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 digital pianos, are on display in the Company’s booth (#431) during Summer NAMM at Music City Center, from July 19-20, 2019.
“We are excited to introduce the newest evolution of the Casiotone series to a new generation of music lovers,” said Stephen Schmidt, Vice President of Casio’s Electronic Musical Instrument Division. “After almost four decades of successfully delivering musical products made with cutting-edge technology and musical artistry that create authentic piano sound quality, we couldn’t be happier to continue to bring music into the lives of enthusiasts of all ages.”
The new Casiotone series of keyboards consist of three models including the CT-S200 (black, red and white), CT-S300 (midnight blue) and LK-S250 (black). Weighing in at just six pounds, the new models offer a refreshed design including a slim chassis and 61 keys. Each keyboard is jam-packed with 400 tones, 77 rhythms, 50 patterns for Dance Music Mode, USB Midi, a rechargeable battery, adaptor among other features. Additionally, all three models are compatible with the Chordana Play app, while the LK-S250 also has Casio’s Step-Up lesson system. The Casiotone CT-S200 (MSRP: $109), CT-S300 (MSRP: $139), and LK-S250 (MSRP: $159) will be available at select music dealers nationwide later this year.
PRIVIA PX-S Series
In addition to the new Casiotone line, Casio’s latest Privia models - the PX-S1000/S3000 – are also on display during Summer NAMM. While they come with a slim profile, these pianos earn the Privia moniker by providing authentic grand piano sound and feel. The newly-developed Smart Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard is what makes the slim 232mm depth possible. The new design reproduces the individual response characteristics of each of the 88 keys on a grand piano. In addition to its size, the PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 weigh in at roughly 25 pounds, allowing performers to transport them to gigs. Casio's new proprietary Sound Source delivers authentic grand piano sound, including multiple types of resonance and mechanical sounds. A free app allows complete control via an Android or iOS device, and also offers PDF score viewing. Other features include 192-note polyphony, integrated Bluetooth audio, optional 6xAA battery power, MIDI recorder, and more. The Privia PX-S1000 (MSRP: $899.99) and PX-S3000 (MSRP: $1199.99) are available now at select music dealers nationwide.
For more information, visit CasioMusicGear.com.