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Tuesday 17th September brought a visit to historic music shop Gough and Davy in Hull to try out a new piano from Casio that I have been hearing a lot about. The GP 300 digital piano is described as a ‘hybrid’, as it goes further than before to bridge the gap between digital and acoustic grand pianos, which exists in part due to the difference in keyboard action.
Casio’s new piano uses a keyboard mechanism designed by noted acoustic piano maker, Bechstein, and it’s safe to say it improves the digital piano experience beyond measure. Without detailing all of the differences i noticed in the hour or so I spent playing the GP 300, this piano made an excellent impression. Three main piano sounds are on offer, including Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna Grands, plus variations, all beautifully detailed. One striking difference was the feel of the keyboard action, which just seems so much easier to play than expected, amounting to something of a revelation. You can even get a look at the keyboard hammer action, and enjoy the sound experience still further, when you lift up the lid.
My day out in Hull proved to be more than worthwhile, and indeed I was so impressed and delighted by the GP300 that I have ordered not one, not two but three for the studios of the Northern Music Academy. We take delivery soon.