The Culmination of Over 40 Years of Development in the Spirit of Kashio Toshio
“Acquiring the skill of playing a musical instrument is an achievement of immense value. The difficulty of this challenge makes it worthwhile and provides the joy in it. However, for those who cannot manage to pick up that skill, it’s worth having an instrument able to bridge that divide. In my view, making the enjoyment of music available to more people in that way will go a long way toward increasing the overall number of musically involved people.”
- Kashio Toshio
The Privia PX-S7000, launched in 2022, is a Casio digital piano designed for skilled players who hope to enjoy playing popular music. It combines a striking 360° design that looks beautiful from any angle to suit modern lifestyles with fully fledged performance capabilities as an instrument. Here, we reflect on the Casio legacy of pursuing freely creative concepts to deliver innovative new products one after another. Let’s get reacquainted with the Casio spirit of development, which the Privia PX-S7000 embodies so well.
Casio has dedicated the Privia brand — taking its name from a combination of the words “Private Piano” — to creating digital pianos in compact sizes but with performance capabilities of a grand piano, since the first Privia was released in 2003. Most recently, the focus with Privia has been delivering uncompromising design and functionality to complement the modern lifestyles of users who want to enjoy playing the piano in unique ways all their own, as embodied by the Privia brand statement, “In Harmony with Life.”The Privia PX-S7000 redefines the way pianos can be incorporated into people’s lives, taking inspiration from the new idea of “Style, Reimagined” to look beyond traditional expectations for the instrument. The new keyboard is designed to facilitate free ways of playing and enjoying the piano, anywhere users might wish to place it, overturning impressions of the piano as a fixture to be placed near a wall and played by oneself in a serious manner. It offers a freeing new alternative to the common view among users who diligently applied themselves to piano practice from an early age.
Modern 360° design featuring attractive views from every angle to harmonise with room interiors
While expressing the stylistic beauty of an acoustic piano incorporating a built-in stand and pedals, the PX-S7000 employs linear, straight lines informing its design and the light feel of its form. In consideration of the fact that users may wish to place the keyboard in the centre of a room, colours selected to harmonise beautifully with living spaces with reference to European furniture trends have been chosen for the stand, pedal unit, and speaker fabric on the back, in addition to making the music stand out of transparent acrylic to avoid obstructing views. The thoroughly modern design looks beautiful when seen from any angle, 360° around.
Original Spatial Sound System to create a natural sound spread tailored to the placement of the piano
The PX-S7000 is equipped with an acoustic system composed of four independently driven full-range speakers. Each speaker emits sound elements that are separately adjusted to make them combine and create a natural sound spread in the space. This technology allows users to choose a preferred acoustic setting specifically tailored to the placement of the piano — near a wall, at the centre of a room, or on a tabletop.
Touch and pedals that delivers the playability and expressiveness of a grand piano
The PX-S7000 features a newly developed keyboard mechanism with white keys made from a mix of resin and the high-quality spruce wood that is also used in grand pianos. Special surface treatments are applied to both black and white keys to achieve a look and feel that closely resembles that of grand pianos’ ebony and ivory. The keyboard enables users to enjoy richly expressive playing, from light to strong touches, through a combination of elements: its hammer action, which has been adapted to match the new mechanism; counterweights that serve to balance playing comfort; and unique digital control technology fine-tuned to bring them into harmony with each other.