check this out...23 pounds, 800 bucks

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have you tried it, dr.? it sounds like a great deal for the money especially with the weight issue. i can't tell for sure if the problems with the sounds' qualities are a result of my crappy computer speakers, my boston's just don't cut it any more, or just not up to what i like to hear. all in all where was this at 30 years ago when i was killing myself with b3's and fender rhodes, well maybe a little longer ago than that.
i didn't want you to think that no one heard your request. i tried but i could not get it to play for me. i tried everything i know to do but still i couldn't get it open. i will try again but i think my pc is a little scooby right now, or maybe it's me, nope, it's mike's fault. sorry i could not be of assistance.
i've not played this model.  (i think it might have been released just today)  a friend of mine is a casio rep and has been talking about if for months.  i will definitely give it a try.

i have not loved any electric keyboards since my roland fp8.  to me each one falls short and leaves me disappointed in one or more areas - actually the fp8 did too, but not as badly as the most recent keyboards i've played.  so for me, i factor out how good the sounds are and focus on how heavy they are and how the action feels, then of course i factor in the price.

i recently settled on a roland rd300gx because it somewhat appeased me in a few different ways, but i've been discourage with it more often than i have been thrilled with it, so i continue looking, while considering going back to only playing acoustic grands, real hammonds, real rhodes, etc...but then i ask...where are the gigs?  where are the roadies?
did get it to play in windows media player but sorry, don't recognise it.  kai
people, try to get the fp4 instead of the rd300gx. the fp4 has built in speakers which really make a difference. i am doing numerous gigs with them and a tiny little stereo amp (12 lbs) and it's loud as a grand piano.
i finally did get it to play successfully, but i also failed to recognize the tune. i even tried to use "shazam" to see if it was in its database, but it failed also. sorry to have been of no assistance.
it kinda depends on the types of gigs you'll be playing.  i've been playing in a variety dance band with horns as well as a classic rock band.  i would never hear the fp4 speakers playing with those groups.  

the rd300gx has a lot more types of sounds than the fp4 (synths, horns, organs, rhodes, etc) and they are fairly customizable - and it comes in at 36lbs

i might consider the fp4 if i was only going to play jazz trio gigs.
thank you guys!
the really sad thing is that i look at something like that and i want it, like i need another keyboard in the fleet. my motif is the only thing i play besides my acoustic. the others are all packed away in their cases or stashed in some hidden place. after my last injury i donated two keyboards to friends with kids that wanted to play. maybe if i thin the herd i can justify it, nope it just makes no sense for me now. i guess i just like to want things, makes me aware that i don't have everything, lol.
the tune is "celia" by tom grant from his solo piano cd. you can get it at amazon.
i don't mean to imply that i love my rd300gx, it just simply cuts the mustard and covers a lot of ground on the types of gigs on which i've been using it. it may be that the px3 does just as good a job for less money and weight.  i dunno yet. i just wanted folks looking for a budget keyboard to check this one out and decide for themselves...don't dis it because it's a "casio".
i have a px3 here and have only played it for about 10 minutes and i'm blown away! more later....
i just spent an hour or so comparing the px3 to my rd300gx.  the px3 is a great keyboard for the money.  it is small and light.  it is only 52 inches long and 23.8 lbs  which to me is a great asset not only for fitting in a compact car, but also for the types of cases available.  the rd is 57 inches long, so i had to buy an awkwardly large case.   the keyboard looks silly in there because it is so narrow.   however, with the px3 you get a free gig bag!  since it is so light, you don't really need wheels.

casio has a new acoustic piano style pedal (like roland dp-8) but it is available as an accessory.  the pedal that comes with the px3 is the old flat square thingy they've had for years.

i compared the sounds using both head phones and playing through stereo speakers.  out of the box i think the casio sounds are pretty gig-ready.  however, i've spent a few hours tweaking the roland, and to my ears, it's grand pianos sound better, but not by much.  it may be possible to tweak the casio sounds too, i just don't know yet.

the casio piano sound was more consistent between headphones and the speakers.  the roland sounds a lot better through headphones than it does through speakers, which may be why i've been frustrated on gigs.  the casio may actually perform better live.  i won't know unless i get the opportunity to try it.

i like the casio's leslie simulator (rotary) much better than the roland.  i may be able to adjust that on the roland, but i hate that it doesn't sound better out of the box.  you can start and stop both of them in real time - very cool.

the roland has sliders that you can use  to adjust volume levels of the three zones (splits and layers)in real time.  while the casio has four zones, i have not yet found a way to adjust the levels in real time. to me that is a biggie while playing live. but for the price, i might be inclined to just deal with tweaking the levels from time to time until i get something i can deal with live.  the casio boasts being a midi controller, but without sliders that might be a little awkward.

the casio has two mini plug headphone jacks.  the roland has one 1/4" headphone jack.  it seems a lot of phones have mini plugs nowadays, so i keep an adapter handy for the roland.

there are many things about the rd and px that can be customized if you have the patience to sift through the manuals and try to make sense of their lingo and lack of explanation.  you can download the manuals for free from the manufacturer's websites.  i highly recommend doing that before buying any keyboards.

bottom line - i think the px3 is a great buy.  if it were available when i was shopping for my rd i may have bought the px3 - $800, 24 lbs, nice sounds.  please check it out.  i'd love to know what others think

my head hurts...more later
my tendonitus flares up when i play the casio action, it is resistant all the way up and down. i can play a few sets with little problem on the roland. i would not get the rd300gx either though bevause it does not have built in speakers. the roland fp4 has the same piano sound as the rd300gx and it has built in speakers. the built in speakers cause the keys to vibrate sort of like a real piano and the internal speakers give me an impression of the sound radiating out of the keyboard in front of me. i hate when the sound is only coming out from "over there" from some sterile amp. and when the internal speakers are used in combination with a tiny little amp it's as loud as a grand piano which is suited for many jazz and reception type gigs.
good point.  my hands did get tired after playing on the casio. it does feel a bit unnatural.  yamaha keyboards feel that way to me too. the speaker thing does make sense if your playing small jazz venues.  the px3 doesn't have speakers either.
interesting perspective on why it is good to have on board speakers.  i have never had a dig piano with on board speakers... i may have to keep that in mind for the next one.
my fp8 had on board speakers.  they were very handy on recording sessions, when i wanted to go over something with somebody and we didn't have to bother the engineer.  but on the gigs i played i couldn't hear them at all.  (i'm always in noisy groups:).

the new feature to look for is what i think they "panel lock".  it disables the on board buttons so you don't accidentally play sounds you didn't intend.  the fp8 had a "play" button, and boy was that obnoxious when i'd hit that thing in the middle of a tune:)
on the rd and px ya kinda have to jump through hoops to play the demos, though...
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