The Casio Celviano AP 460 piano comes with good piano-action and sound quality, and offers 256 notes polyphony. It is really a good value-for-money piano product but doesn’t offer any accompaniments and doesn’t offer the best piano action.
- Pros: Value for Money, Good sound quality, Bench provided is solid
- Cons: Usability, No Accompaniments
The celviano pianos are basically the privia pianos boxed in a traditional piano setup. So if you always wanted to own a traditional upright piano, but with all the benefits of a digital piano, then the Celviano series is apt. With 256 notes polyphony, it is possible to play complex arrangements without worrying about notes dropping off.
The AP-460 Celviano comes with Casio’s Tri-Sensor scaled hammer-action, Ivory Touch keys, and their latest AiF sound source, which means it really feels like a piano.
This piano comes with a bench, which is not only height-adjustable but is also quite solidly built. So not cost cutting there. The bench doesn’t come with storage though.
The casio celviano pianos have their sound source similar to those of the Privia, and that is a good thing as their quality has improved a lot. For the price, the quality is good, and not at all tinny which used to be the case with most Casio keyboards earlier.
Though this piano comes with a total of 16 built-in tones, you can have further combinations using the layered feature. With the split feature, you can split the keyboard to allow a bass sound in the left hand. The polyphony is 128 notes, which is also quite good.
The piano comes with 3 pedals, with support for half-pedaling, and the 2-track recorder allows you to quickly save and play along to your own performances.
The Duet Mode allows two players to play together without disturbing others. 1/4” audio outputs can be used to connect to an external amplifier or recording gear.
The built-in SD card slot allows you to easily load and save additional song files
The USB MIDI makes it easy to use your piano with the computer.
Ease of Use
In order to make the piano look clutter free, Casio has provided minimum buttons on the front panel. So there are few buttons to control most of the settings.
It means for most selections, you have to hold down the function button, and then locate the appropriate key on the piano keyboard to set/change the option.
Though some options are lightly labeled above the keys, you may have to refer to the user manual initially to find out which keys to press.
The best thing to do is to configure the piano the way you want and then save your settings, the piano will remember it the next time you turn it on.
Value for Your Money
Since it is a Casio, you can expect them to deliver value-for-money products.
The Casio ap460, with its solid construction, good key action, quality sounds, and various other features is available for less than 1000 bucks.
- 88-key Ivory Touch keyboard
- 18 tones, 60 stored songs, several effects
- Polyphony (max): 256
- 2-track recorder
- Octave shift: 2 octaves (plus and minus)
- Duet function: split the keyboard into two individually-transposable sections
- Built-in Metronome
- USB MIDI, Two headphone jacks, Line OUT – 2 (L/MONO, R), standard jack , USB port – Yes
- SD Card slot
- 3 pedals, with half-pedaling supported
- Built-in speakers
- Heavy-duty, padded, height-adjustable bench included
- Power Supply/AC Adapter Included
Looking at the features and quality, there are not many comparable products in this price range. If you don’t want all the bells and whistles, and want a piano that just feels and sounds more or less like a real one, then the Casio AP460 offers great value. It definitely isn’t for someone who is looking for a genuine piano action.