Keyboards are relatively large, relatively complicated instruments, at least for the uninitiated.
If your objective is to introduce your child to the piano, you are better off giving them the Casio SA-76.
Some people have made the mistake of calling this an entry-level musical device.
But that is not true.
The SA-76 actually falls short of that classification.
This is the most basic configuration of a keyboard that you could ever hope to find.
And while it is unlikely to satiate the needs of an adult even if they are just starting out, the average child will get a kick out of it.
Casio SA-76 Keyboard
The Casio SA-76 is a great starter keyboard for anyone wanting to learn to play. With 44 keys, the Casio SA-76 has all the essentials for first-time players: 100 tones, 50 rhythms, and 10 integrated songs — plenty of options for exploration but not too many that will overwhelm the beginning player. With an LSI sound source and 8-note polyphony, the Casio SA-76 delivers great sound quality. In addition, an LCD provides an excellent visual guide for selecting different music options, including options for switching between piano and organ modes.
This keyboard has just 44 keys.
That is fewer keys than most entry-level keyboards deliver.
But, again, this device was designed with children in mind, not adult beginners.
And, in truth, you do not require more than 44 keys to produce all tones and rhythms that a child would enjoy.
At 8.3 inches x 23.8 inches x 2.2 inches and 4.06 pounds, the keyboard is quite small in size, not to mention lightweight.
The device’s body is mostly black with a brown underside.
Musical instruments targeted towards kids are normally quite colorful, so the decision to give this one a sophisticated look is strange.
The control interface is positioned at the center, in between two speakers.
While the output of the speakers is a little disappointing (1.2 watts), the control interface is fitted with far more features than you expect.
The many buttons and knobs they have provided will give your child access to ten demo songs and a hundred integrated tones.
You also get fifty rhythms.
The keyboard features an LCD Display.
The child can use it to see the notes they are playing.
Five of the buttons on the control interface are actually drum buttons.
The whole setup is very easy to master, even for a child.
You shouldn’t expect too much from this device.
There is a polyphony of eight notes which, again, doesn’t encourage serious playing.
But it is enough for a child, especially when paired with the fifty rhythms.
You get all the modern rhythms, including ballads and waltzes. If the objective is to educate the child, this is sufficient.
Keep in mind that the keyboard comes with a ‘Melody Cut Rehearsal System’ that will guide your child through the process of learning to play the piano.
Beyond that additional feature, do not bother looking for a metronome or USB connectivity or any of the other functions that liter an ordinary keyboard.
1). The device is small and light, quite portable.
2). It has an LCD Screen that will keep children apprised of the notes they are playing.
3). The keyboard comes with demo songs that children can use to practice on their own.
4). The price tag is friendly.
1). There is no memory.
2). The speakers are not loud enough.
3). The keyboard is mostly plastic. As such, it isn’t that durable.
The Casio SA-76 is a simple device.
It lacks all the bells and whistles that adults typically use when they are learning to play the piano.
But the Casio SA-76 doesn’t need any of those additional features because it was made with children in mind.
And the few features it has on offer are more than enough to keep children engaged.