New Gear Review: Casio’s Celviano and Privia Digital Pianos


Casio's Celviano AP-260 and AP-460, as well as the Privia PX-760 and PX-860, are equipped with new modes and features such as a Hall Simulator with presets including the Dutch Reformed Church, Berlin Hall Philharmonic and the French Cathedral that put you right there in any of those places. Concert Play allows musicians to play along to 10 different classical pieces—appropriate for beginning to advanced players—a kind of “Music Minus One” where you can select to hear them with or without the piano part. The lesson feature allows you to practice a piece at a slower tempo until you are ready to play it at normal tempo.

New stereo string ensemble tones were developed for the Celviano and Privia digital pianos and can be played individually or layered with Concert Grand Piano sounds. There are also new electric piano sounds derived from the Privia PX-5S Stage piano.

Casio’s new Celviano and Privia models are available in black or brown with the AP-260 selling for $1,499.99, the AP-460 at $1,899.99, PX-760 for $1,099.99 and the PX-860 at $1,499.99.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com