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Casio’s CT-S1 is a remarkable beginner piano for $200

todayJuly 9, 2021 3

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I’ve been a Casio fan for a while. Though the company has occasionally been the butt of bad jokes from musicians who seemingly have a problem with affordable instruments, Casio has long offered sensibly designed products that tend to be more accessible than much of the competition.

The Casiotone CT-S1 feels like the epitome of Casio’s design philosophy. The company says it’s the spiritual successor to the original Casiotone CT-201 from 40 years ago, a digital keyboard meant to get anyone playing the piano. To me, it just seems feels like a fantastically good deal for a cent under $200.

Disclaimer: I’m a little biased as I’ve owned a Casio Privia PX-560 for a while now, and I love that thing. I’m also far from an advanced pianist. But I am a professional gadget nerd and I’m familiar with most of the digital piano options on the market.

There just isn’t much that offers the kind of value you get from the CT-S1 at this price point.

Credit: Casio