While Casio has done an admirable job of breaking into the higher end digital market over the last several years, they’ve been more widely recognized as one of the big players in the entry-level and intermediate keyboard/digital piano market for quite some time.
When you have a small child, and you’d like to expose them to music and perhaps test their musical appetite for the first time, spending several hundred dollars on a fully weighted, 88-note digital piano probably doesn’t make very much practical sense since it’s going to be a couple of years before they’re physically and developmentally ready to operate the instrument. That’s where the Casio SA-46 comes in as a 32-note mini keyboard designed with the fingers of a toddler in mind.
The SA-46 offers everything you need to introduce your toddler to music, and gauge whether this is something they might like to pursue a little more seriously as they get older. There are 100 easy to navigate onboard sounds, as well as 50 rhythms, which equals tons of fun and excitement for the developing brain. There are also 10 built-in songs as well as a built-in lesson function for when they’re a tad bit older.
These days, parents like it when their child’s toys are both fun and educational. The Casio SA-46 checks both of these important boxes.
Given that the SA-46 is a mini keyboard, it doesn’t have a weighted or touch-sensitive action, but given the target audience and price point, this won’t matter anyway. Instead, it features a miniature, 32-note lightweight keyboard built specifically for small hands. This means the SA-46 will be appropriate even for the youngest of children.
The SA-46 features a new and improved sound engine over past models that sounds more realistic than what was previously offered on the market. There are 100 different instrument sounds, which is great for exploring and familiarizing your child with various sounds. There are also some fun DJ features, such as a changeover switch for easy toggling between different sounds.
Connectivity isn’t really the focus for this type of instrument, so if you’re looking for MIDI, USB, and Bluetooth type connectors, the SA-46 won’t be the right choice. It does have a headphone jack though, and that will likely be the only one that matters for most folks looking at this type of instrument.
Something that really stands out about the SA-46 is the quality of the sound. Most mini keyboards in this price range don’t sound anything like a real instrument, whereas the SA-46 sounds like much more than a toy.
- 32 Mini-Size Keys
- Built-In Grip for Easy Portability
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, educational and fun way to expose your child to music, get the SA-46 on your list!
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