Collaboration with C. Bechstein
C. Bechstein have been one of Europe’s most important makers of grand and upright acoustic pianos for over 160 years. Their grand pianos have been the first choice for the world’s most famous composers and performing artists, from Franz Liszt to Bob Dylan. C. Bechstein worked closely with Casio to ensure that the key action in the Celviano Grand Hybrid Series responded as closely as possible to the key action in one of their own famous grand pianos. Similarly, the samples used to create the GP-Series’ piano voices were taken from C. Bechstein’s world-renowned D282 Concert Grand Piano. This collaboration between Casio and C. Bechstein has led to a digital piano that perfectly combines tradition and innovation.
Authenticity Begins at the First Touch
The GP-500’s new Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard retains the authenticity necessary for classic performance, thanks to piano keys that feature the same full length wood used as the C. Bechstein concert grand pianos. The GP-500 shares a grand piano’s keypress format by sending the hammer along a vertical path, delivering a true, whole touch that puts the GP-500 at your fingertips.
Grand Acoustic System
The GP-500 inhabits a six-speaker amplification system, which is effective at providing a wholesome, rich sound. The Grand Acoustic System delivers three dimensional sound, which leaves it closely reminiscent of a truly acoustic grand piano. By having the speakers face three directions, the GP-500 can comfortably deliver classic sound to both the musician and the audience.
Three Legendary Grand Pianos
AiR Grand Sound Source technology is incorporated in the GP-500, resulting in accurate sounds of three definitive grand pianos. Each of the three settings, Berlin, Hamburg, and Vienna, offer a representative body and sound that closely study and deliver each of of the distinctive pianos they recreate. This results in the GP-500 being an ownership to three of the piano’s most respected and sought after sounds.
Grand Pedal System
The GP-500’s Grand Pedal System can detect subtle changes with the performer’s foot pressure, and adjust accordingly to greatly increase the tonal wealth. Furthermore, this can be customised to the player’s own preference, not only further expanding possibilities but keeping them to a unique spectrum of preferable settings. The GP-500’s Pedal Action Noise will even produce subtle sounds of the foot pedals operation, further refining the sound to identify with an acoustic grand piano.
Multidimensional Morphing and Resonance System
Multidimensional Morphing technology is also featured, allowing for each keystroke’s volume and tone to decay in a natural, organic fashion, all dependent on how the player presses each key. The Resonance System can also be used to pick out harmonic relationships that co-ordinate between separate notes, allowing for additional likeness to the sounds of an actual grand piano.
Adjustable Lid Position and Lid Simulator
The GP-500 allows for aesthetic customisation thanks to an Adjustable Lid Position. The adjustments made not only affect the design to the player’s own preference, but also change the position of the two top speakers to adjust the sound direction. The Lid Simulator can then take effect by acknowledging the lid position, and altering the sound to mimic that of an acoustic grand piano’s.
Casio Five Year Warranty
This Casio product comes with a generous five year warranty. This protects your piano in parts and labour costs for any manufacturing fault. This is an onsite warranty, so a registered technician will come to the piano’s residence for any repairs.
Keyboard: Natural Grand Hammer Action Keyboard (Same wood as C. Bechstein grand pianos)
Number of Keys: 88
Touch Response: 5 sensitivity levels (Heavy 2, Heavy 1, Normal, Light 1, Light 2), Off
Sound Source: AiR Grand Sound Source
Maximum Polyphony: 256
Tones: 35 built-in tones
Hall Simulator: 12 types
Player’s Position: 1 type
Listener’s Position: 3 types
Chorus: 4 types
Brilliance: 7 levels
DSP: Preset for some tones
Concert Play (Audio Song): 15
Music Library (MIDI Song): 60
Grand Piano Tone Demo: 6
Song Expansion: 10 Approx. 900KB (Up to approx. 90KB/song)
Lesson Function: Right hand off, left hand off, both parts off
Metronome: Beats: 0 to 9 (Tempo range: quarter note = 20 to 255)
MIDI Recorder: 2 tracks x 1 song, approximately 5,000 notes maximum, real-time recording/playback
Audio recording: Max. 99 songs approximately 25 min/song (44.1kHz WAV Format)
Number of Preset Temperaments: 17
Top Board: Open / Close
Volume Sync EQ: 3 levels, off
Scene number of set-ups: 15 preset, 10 user
Key Transpose: 2 octaves (-12 semitones 0 +12 semitones)
Tuning Control: A4 = 415.5Hz 440.0Hz 465.9Hz
Grand Pedal System
3 pedals: (Damper, Soft, Sostenuto)
Half Pedal Effect for Damper: Continuous recognition, 5 position levels
MIDI: IN / OUT
Speakers: 16 cm x 2 (10 cm plus 5 cm) x 2. 3-way, 6-speakers
Amp Output: 30W x 2 plus 20W x 2
Input/Output Terminals: USB TO HOST, USB TO DEVICE, MIDI IN / OUT, PHONES / OUTPUT x 2 (Stereo standard), LINE IN: 2 (L / MONO, R), Standard jack, LINE OUT: 2 (L / MONO, R), Standard jack
Power Requirements: AC Adapter AD-E24500LW
Body Colour/Finish: Polished Black
Size and Weight
Dimensions: 57” × 19” × 38”
5 Years Once Registered at: https://info.casio.co.uk/music-warranty