Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
adimatis

Will January NAMM bring news from Casio?

Recommended Posts

Hello friends,

 

There might be another topic on this, if so, sorry for doubleing it...

 

Do any of you know, are there plans maybe, from Casio, to present a new model in January?

 

I noticed that MZ X500 is not available anymore on Thomann.de so this might be one of the reasons maybe? 

 

Thank you and best wishes for Christmas! :)

 

Adi

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No one who has any inside knowledge---and that would only be Casio employees, certainly not me---will say. You really didn't expect that, did you? :P

 

I would not take Thomann dropping a keyboard as a sign of impending doom or replacement. They did it before with the XW-P1 and you can still buy that stateside. It could merely be a stupid decision by (I have to assume) Casio Europe, similar to their decision to drop distribution of the XW models in Europe a few years ago. From what I have seen Casio has in general poorly promoted the MZ-X500. Sales in India and Indochina (is that still a valid name for that part of the world or am I dating myself?? :lol:) are probably pretty good but, I conjecture, not so good elsewhere. Competent product management would try to turn that around rather than accelerate it by dropping products from certain geographic regions. Of course, competent product management would have properly promoted the thing in the first place. 

 

Oh, and Merry Christmas to you, too. 

 

PS. And just to be clear when I talk about product management, I'm taking about Casio headquarters in Japan and whatever product management function exists in Casio Europe. I'm NOT talking about Casio America, which from what I have seen has done what it can (and that hasn't been much, sadly) with limited resources. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For sure official support for mzx line seems to be in stand by or worse.hoping for good news for the next namm,maybe Casio just preparing a nice surprise for all of us 😊!

my best wishes

& merry Xmas 🎅

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

PX-5S has dropped in price. There could be a replacement coming or they might refresh something else (XW-P1) or release something entirely new. It's anyone's guess.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Of course nothing is for sure, but I've learnt that a 76 or 88 possibly hammer-keys version of MZ X500 might be presented to NAMM. 

 

Anyone else aware of this rumour?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi all,

For what little it may be worth ( and I sincerely apologise if I sound too negative ) I truly believe we're in a " no grey area " situation, as far as the X500 is concerned!

 

Either Casio will announce a brand new keyboard, featuring everything they may have learned about what the X500 COULD have been -- OR, ( as I've, sadly, confessed I believe, elsewhere on this Forum ), they will retire back into their "consumer-focussed" mode, ( as they, pretty much, did, after the MZ2000 ), and we'll hear nothing from them, re another "professional" model!

 

Again, as I've said previously, the lack of ANYTHING, even approaching, what could be called, "marketing", of the X500 in the UK and EUROPE, is a mystery, the like of which I've never seen in terms of, what Casio themselves called, a brand new, "flagship" model!!

 

Even more of a conundrum is why the X500 was totally absent from the pages of the Casio-Europe website ---- At least, until very, very, recently, by which time the astonishingly few companies that had been selling it had all deleted it from their product lineup!

 

To this day, their was not a single, major, respected, store, wherein you would find Casio's new " Flagship Arranger " ( their title, remember, not mine!! ).

 

Let me be clear -- I have MASSIVE RESPECT for Casio, and their obvious philosophy on producing some stunning keyboards at ridiculously low prices! ........

 

........ But the way they ( sorry, yet again, as I've said before! ) launched the X500, and then proceeded to totally ignore it -- in the UK and Europe, at least -- is something my, obviously, feeble brain, will NEVER understand!!

 

Anyway........ Here's hoping for a huge surprise at NAMM, when I can, VERY happily, eat humble pie -- and get my credit card ready, yet again!! 😊

 

The YAMAHA GENOS is, quite clearly, DISAPPOINTING buyers, left, right, and centre!!

 

ROLAND offer NOTHING, of any consequence, AT ALL!!

 

THIS could be CASIO's year to SHINE!! 😃

 

Roll on 25th January!! 😄

 

Take care all

Chris

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If they bring MX with proper keybed fix bits and pieces in os  and advertise properly not hard job at all Casio can sell loads of them I think they just chickened out with MX and gave up to early pitty  I still can't believe what value for money MX is so fingers crossed. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As far as I can guess, one of two things has been going on. The first possibility is that Casio has decided to concentrate on home keyboards after not quite hitting the home run they hoped in the pro market with the XW series in 2012 and the PX-5S in 2013, sales-wise. To continue with the baseball analogy, sales of the XW series have probably been like a solid line drive that got a man on base. Sales of the PX-5S have probably been like a ball that managed to fall between two outfielders who each thought the other would go for it, allowing three men to get on base. 

 

The other possibility, and the one I think is more likely, is that Casio is more resource limited than we know and consequently they have been too busy working on something else that they believe will pay them far more dividends than the MZ-X series ever could. Many people of course are hoping the "something" is a successor to the PX-5S. 

 

We'll know more on January 25th.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

 I do would like for some sort of XW, PX5 , hexlayering concept with room for understandable recording.  

To my opinion the past years since the introduction of the XW and PX5 and the recent PX, Celviano's , LK.

People reach out to an instrument for their level and they aren't afraid to go head on for it. 

 

Off course its experienced as a bit off a curve at first but new keyboard players do it and overcome the technicality. 

The first most thing they do is find a preset that works for them , From their on venture out for specific tweaking begins.

Musically its from knowing notes chords. technically it can be learning filters ADSR, Sampling,Midi, Recording and layering. 

 

Piano's are booming finding the right keyboard can be as much as challenging. Mostly the recording part how will you do it

audio , midi or directly to DAW. Its never enough. I do hope namm would show a mixer with multiple  usb for audio - 

interface inputs how strangely it may sound.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

They could release an instructional operation video of the MZ-X500 for NAMM. I'd be happy with that and a small os upgrade announcement is enough for me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×