2018 NAMM Wrap-Up

New offerings from Casio, Hammond and Suzuki from the last day of the 2018 Winter NAMM Show.
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Casio had some very interesting new releases at this year's Winter NAMM. The Celviano AP-470 ($1,499) puts the company’s most recent digital-piano technology into a smaller profile for the home. It features a tri-sensor, scaled hammer-action keyboard with “Ebony and Ivory Feel” keys, with piano-lid and key-off simulators, as well as hammer response, damper and resonance. It also offers 256-note polyphony, a 2-track/1-song recorder, and a pair of 20W speakers. A height-adjustable bench is included.

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Casio also displayed its new CT-X series of portable keyboards. The CT-X series of keyboards feature advanced specifications for advanced beginners to serious performers and players. All models feature the new AiX Sound Source* leveraging expertise that Casio accumulated in developing sound sources for its digital pianos. The AiX Sound Source allows the CT-X keyboards to faithfully reproduce the appealing sound of acoustic instruments such as guitars, drums, basses, brass, wind instruments, string ensembles and more.

The CT-X series provides high-performance Digital Signal Processor (DSP) effects that combine various algorithms to realize the perfect effect for each instrument sound. The CT-X700 and CT-X800’s stunning instrument tones are perfect for beginners or advanced players that need an affordable and portable instrument while the CT-X3000 and CT-X5000 provide additional tones and DSP editing features, expression pedal inputs as well as more powerful speaker systems. The CT-X3000 has a 6W+6W speaker system and the CT-X5000 has an incredible 15W+15W high-output amplifier delivering powerful sound output for rehearsal or performance applications.

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The CT-X700 (MSRP: $259.99), CT-X800 (MSRP$: 299.99), CT-X3000 (MSRP: $419.99), and CT-X5000 (MSRP: $799.99) keyboards will be available at select music dealers nationwide in early 2018.

Suzuki and Hammond had a number of interesting melodicas on display this year. Branded under Hammond were a couple of electro-acoustic Melodions for visitors to check out. Each model includes a built-in, dynamic lavaliere microphone, volume and tone controls, and a 1/4” output. There are two versions of the 44-key also model—the Pro-44H and the Pro-44HP: The latter is the “High Power” model featuring new reeds and perforated body. The Pro-27S is a 27-key soprano model, and the Pro-24B (which incorporates two internal mics) is the 24-key bass version. Each model includes mouthpieces, cleaning cloth and soft cases.

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Suzuki also demoed the W-37 Melodion, an acoustic model made of wood that, as you would expect, had a substantially different tone. It, too, includes a case, mouthpieces and cleaning cloth.

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