The Definitive Piano Buying Guide
The Joseph Brodmann Group, based in Vienna, Austria, has entered the digital piano market with six models of vertical piano.
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Dover, New Jersey 07801
Kashio Tadao established Casio in 1946. Originally a small subcontractor factory that made parts and gears for microscopes, Casio built Japan’s first electric calculator in 1954, which began the company’s transformation into the consumer-electronics powerhouse it is today. Perhaps best known for its calculators, digital cameras, and watches, Casio entered the musical instrument business with the launch of the Casiotone in 1980.
Casio’s current line of digital pianos consists of six vertical and three slab models. The Privia line’s PX-350 slab is the least expensive ensemble model, and all three Privia slabs offer an optional stand-and-pedal module that turns them into three-pedal pianos with support for half-pedaling. At a mere 24 or 25 pounds, they are also the lightest digital pianos. The AP models are marketed under the Celviano label. All Casio digital pianos use the three-sensor, weighted, and scaled (graded) Tri-Sensor hammer action with ebony- and ivory-feel keys. Casio digital pianos are available at music retailers, consumer-electronics and club stores, and online.
Dynatone America Corporation
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Irvine, California 92620
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Dynatone, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, was founded in 1987 as the Electric Instruments Division of the global semiconductor manufacturer Korean Electronics Company (KEC), and was the first maker of electric musical instruments in Korea. It became an independent company in 2000. In addition to digital pianos and MIDI keyboards, Dynatone makes percussion, string, woodwind, and brass instruments, which it exports to more than 30 countries.
Initially, Dynatone is offering in the U.S. market three vertical and three grand models, some as standard digital and some as ensemble models. The cabinets will come in a variety of finishes and distinctive, contemporary designs, including some with smaller, sleeker designs suitable when space is limited. The new ROS V4 sound engine contains the clean, realistic sound of a 12-megabyte grand piano sound sample. The Advanced Real Hammer Action (ARHA) uses the hammer weight, not springs, to reproduce the touch and feel of an acoustic piano. The flagship model VGP-3000 digital grand also contains a player-piano feature, and its SD memory card can store a library of 1,300 songs. All Dynatone models come with a three-year parts and labor warranty.
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