Side by Side Comparison of Casio CTK-5000 & Yamaha PSR-I425

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  1. _raVan_ says:

    Fantastic article Rajib. It will prove to be very userful for deciding 🙂

  2. Gourab Das says:

    Hi Rajib, liked your article very much. I was confused between the twos, then your comparison came like a bliss. Now I’ve decided to buy CTK-5000, hope you consider this to be a wise decision. The only thing I’m going to miss in Casio is I can’t use metronomes of 7, 9 or like bits. Like the taalas Rupak, Pancham ki Sawari etc. Thanks a lot again.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gourab,

      The CTK-5000 is a very good buy. However if you are looking for good customization of rhythms, measures and tones, you should consider the CTK-7000. It is more expensive but a very capable keyboard and will serve the needs of a musician like you.

      HTH

  3. Souvik says:

    Hi Rajib,

    New Year Wishes !!
    Liked your detailed review.
    I am planning to buy a Indian version of Keyboard for self practice for next few years. My budget is approx Rs 10000 to 17000 /-
    Confused between so many models of Yamaha and Caiso.
    Yamaha PSR-I425, Casio CTK 810IN, CTK 6000, CTK 5000, CTK 4200
    Could you please suggest ?

    best regards,
    Souvik

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Souvik,

      The best keyboard for your money is the Yamaha PSR-I425. You should be able to purchase a bundle (keyboard, stand, cover, adapter) for Rs. 17K.
      The next keyboard I would recommend is the Casio CTK-5000. Don’t bother with the CTK-810IN (quite dated now), CTK-6000 (less features than CTK-5000) and CTK-42000 (at the lower end of your budget).

      HTH

  4. Souvik says:

    Thanks a lot Rajib.
    Looking forward to CTK 5000. Will have to add up the cost of stand and cover as well. Let’s see how much it comes to.

  5. Pankaj says:

    HI Rajib,

    I am only interested in playing the Piano on the keyboard.
    I was wondering what do you think of Yamaha PSR E333 @ Rs.11000.
    When I compared it with Casio in a shop,the Yamaha sound was much sweeter.
    Lastly, have you tried out the Casio Lighted keyboard ones that are available outside of India.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Pankaj,

      The Yamaha PSR E-333 is a very competent keyboard, more so because you liked it.
      It is very important for the keyboard player to be proud of his equipment.

      I have a feeling that the Casio LK series keyboards is not for you. They are actually aimed at kids who are interested in basic keyboard skills.

      HTH

  6. Ankush yadav says:

    sir ,
    pls tell me which one is better between PSR-i425 and Casio CKT-5000 i can afford any one of them .
    but i could not be able to differentiate between both of them .
    and also tell me which one have the best sound quality.
    also
    there is not much difference between both of them but there is lots of price difference so which one is betterpls guide me sir i will be very thankfull to u .

  7. Gouranga Mallik says:

    Hi sir,
    I am very interested to play keyboard. I am not aware of any keyboard. I want to play hindi, bengali songs on it in my own interest. Ofcourse I will take a guide to learn keyboard. Pls..can you refer me some keyboards… My choice are Psr-i425, CTk 810IN. Your any comments are welcome…

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gouranga,
      Don’t bother with the CTK-810. You can either opt for the CTK-5000 or the PSR-I425. If budget permits, you can consider the CTK-7000.
      HTH

  8. Mukund says:

    Hi Rajib,

    i am interested in keyboard which sounds close to or much similar like professional scale change harmonium.

    I heard the Roland Famton @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvY094D-3MI
    but it is too costly and ends around more than 2.5 Lacs INR.

    Could you please suggest me with model which can replace scale change haromnium

    Thank You

    Regards
    Mukund

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mukund,

      Today, practically all keyboards offer the ‘Transpose’ function. This function allows you to shift the scale one whole octave up or down (+- 12 semitones).
      I have seen this function on Casio CTK-4000, CTK-5000, CTK-7000, Yamaha PSR-I425. When researching a keyboard, just look for the ‘transpose’ function in it’s specifications sheet.

      HTH

  9. victor says:

    please suggest basic keyboard with autofreeze and usb pendrive
    is it suitable for me new keyboard yamaha e433

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Victor,
      I do not know of any Auto-freeze function. However, the Yamaha PSR-I425 is compatible with USB Pendrives and can Load+Save your compositions and keyboard settings into it. Casio keyboards use SD-Cards for the same function. Please check the USB specifications carefully as most of the older machines only support devices of 2GB max.
      HTH

  10. Mukund says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Can Yamaha I425 play dual octave sounds , like coupler technique in harmonium ?

    Any website which can go in details ?

    Br,
    Mukund

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Hi Mukund,

      The Dual Octave sound you are looking for is found in a function called ‘Auto Harmonize’. Both Yamaha and Casio keyboards multiple types of auto-harmonize (including 2 octave function). Details for harmonize types should be available on the manufacturer’s website. You can also download the manual (in PDF format) from the manufacturer’s website and look up the appropriate section in the manual.

      HTH

  11. MANISH says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Pls. advice which one would be a better buy CTK 7000 or i425 ? You have compared CTK 5000 & i425 only. I plan to buy it for my son 10y old, who is learning the same on a smaller keyboard. Myself being novice in the area, pls. advice featurewise. The cost is same approx. for both.

    Thanks.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Manish,

      The CTK-7000 is a technically superior keyboard, however the Yamaha PSR I-425 is a better learners and live performers keyboard.

      My suggestion would to purchase the Yamaha keyboard for your son.

      HTH

  12. aniruddha says:

    Dear Rajib,

    I have read your comparison of Casio CTK 5000 and Yamaha PSR i425 and must say that in depth comparison is appreciable. A newly launched keyboard from CASIO CTK 6300IN was suggested to me by one of my friend for my 12y son (Just started learning). However, on inquiry from other friends in the field, I was recommended to purchase i425. I am confused as 6300 offers many other features which are not available in i425. Since I do not have knowledge on this, I would be grateful to you for the help in suggesting me the right keyboard. Thanks and regards

    Aniruddha

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Aniruddha,

      Music teachers in India swear by the PSR-I425 and are deeply uncomfortable when asked to teach using any other brand/model.

      If comparing the CTK-6300IN with the PSR-I425, I will recommend that PSR-I425. As evident from Casio’s youtube videos of the 6300, the Casio keys still do not have enough ‘spring’ to them are very soft and mushy.

      HTH

  13. Hi Mr. Rajib, after having gone through your blogs, I was so happy that you have gone very deep into the subject and obviously your ideas about these musical instruments have simply started multiplying like anything as it has reflected in all of your blogs. Anyway thanks for your superb knowledge in several fields. It is amazing and reachable for all !

    Keeping my budget constraints, can u suggest me which is best for me as an hobbyist, to purchase a used keyboard – either Yamaha PSR 1500 or Yamaha PSR i425 or Casio CTK 7000 ?
    Kindly suggest – I am confused !
    Regards,
    GS Gnaneshwar

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gnaneshwar,

      IMHO, the Yamaha PSR 1500 is the best of the lot. The keyboard was released in 2004 as an Arranger keyboard and has terrific real-time control of keyboard features for stage performance. With this keyboard, you can switch parts of the rhythm at will and achieve the ‘clean’ rhythm of an actual performance versus the polyphony heavy rhythms that electronic keyboards typically output.

      I will rank the PSR-I425 next for real-time performance. It sounds good and is ideal for stage / home performance.

      Though the sound quality of Casio CTK-7000 is excellent (I own one), I can tell you that it is a poor keyboard for real-time performance and much more suited for Studio / Hobbyist purposes.

      That said, the PSR 1500 is also likely to be quite old and hence I would like you to check it thoroughly (check the keys, buttons, sliders, knobs and wheels for proper functioning) before you buy it. Keyboard repairs tend to be expensive; hence don’t buy something that you are not comfortable with. Also note that the ‘Smart Media’ card used in the PSR 1500 is no longer available.

      HTH

  14. mohit says:

    hi,
    i am a beginner .

    i have two choices yamaha psr e333 and casio ctk 4200
    i am a guitar player, so my purpose maily is to play keyboard and be able to record it along with guitar for music videos.

    please help. e333 or ctk 4200
    whats difference ?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mohit,

      I am assuming that you intend to use the keyboard to either provide backing rhythm + chord or even entire sequences so that you can play along.
      Typically for guitar players, strong accented rhythms help – unfortunately, rhythms on Casio keyboards have always been a little ‘flat’ and backing heavy – making them sound very synthesized.

      The Yamaha E333 is a keyboard even more basic than the CTK-4200 but it does enjoy Yamaha’s excellent rhythms and offers marginally more real-time control of rhythm+chord start stop.

      The CTK-4200 has line in and you can use this to router your guitar’s output into the keyboard and obtain a mixed output which can then be recorded into a cassette recorder/computer.

      Note that none of the keyboards allow recording of full-length audio. For that you will need the Casio CTK-7000.

      Do you think a guitar processor is a better investment for you?

      HTH

  15. ADIT says:

    Is a psr i425 better or e333. I am a student. I don’t know much about the chords and all the other stuff.Please suggest to me which is better.

  16. Mathew says:

    Sir
    I am looking forward to buy a keyboard for my 7yr old daughter who will be starting her keyboard classes from June. Kindly suggest most suitable keyboard. We are confused b/w Casio and Yamaha. Your valuable comments may help us to choose the best.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mathew,

      Since your child is only 7 years old, there is lot of musical journey ahead and I will not recommend buying the “Ultimate” keyboard for her right away.
      I would like you to start with a Light-weight 49-key Casio keyboard like CTK-1200/2200/3200/4200. You can also try the CTK-245 as it is only 2.5Kgs.

      The 49-key keyboard will allow her 2-hand playing practice and the light-weight machine will mean that you will not always have to carry it for her.

      As she grows musically, you can upgrade her to a portable keyboard similar to Casio CTK-6300 / Yamaha PSR-I425.

      HTH

  17. Anoop says:

    Dear Sir

    Happen to come across your comparison chart during my short research on finding out an entry level keyboard. I am 100% novice in playing a musical instrument. Attracted by the additional Indian sounds and few other features, ended up ordering a PSR-i425. One of my key objective is to play some tunes and export it to PC and mix it using an editing suite like Fruity Loops or Acid Pro.
    1. Can you please let me know how I can transfer the recorded music from i-425 to PC?
    2. How do I use this .BUP file?
    3. Is multi-track recording possible in i-425 like Roland E-09?

    thanks for your time.
    Anoop

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Anoop,

      You have the following options to export your creations from the PSR-I425:
      1. Connect the keyboard to computer using USB and use a MIDI recording software (like Fruity Loops) to record the MIDI performance data. The advantage of this approach is that your computer receives the notes that you play, rather than the sound. You can modify these notes to your hearts content and then use the Yamaha as the MIDI Output device (playback on keyboard) or use Fruity Loops Soft-Synth engine to playback the music using sounds that are not present on the Yamaha.

      2. Connect the keyboard’s Line-Out/Headphone-Out to your Computer’s Line-in/Axillary in and record the sound output from the keyboard into the computer. The advantage of this approach is that you can take advantage of the wonderful sounds of the keyboard and record the styles, variations etc. as they occur on the keyboard. You can apply further sound-effects such as Reverb / Chorus / Echo / Gate / EQ etc. and layer many audio takes to create the final composition. You can use Fruity Loops or audacity for this.

      The keyboard does support multi-track composition on the keyboard itself, but if you connect it to the computer, you will find it easier to edit the music on the computer.

      HTH

  18. shilpi says:

    hello Rajib

    your reviews are very helpful esp for novices like me. based on your reviews i chose to buy yamaha psr 1455 over casio ctk 7200/6300. Can u give a detailed review of the i455 aswell and tips on best usage.
    thx in advance

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Shilpi,

      I haven’t had a chance to experience the PSR-I455 yet. Between the Casio and Yamaha keyboards, the single biggest difference is the realtime performance control and the Yamaha excels in that.

      If you intend to use your keyboard on the stage, then go for the Yamaha. If you intend to use your keyboard for layered compositions, go fo the Casio CTK-7200.

      HTH

  19. gangadhar says:

    Hi Rajib,

    I am novice in the music field, iam planning to take admission for my daughter(6 years old) as well as for my wife who knows music but not keyboard, but she knows harmonium very well.

    so which will be good so that it will be useful for both,

    Casio- 5000k (which they told , it stopped production)
    Casio- 6300IN
    Yamaha PSR -I -425 or anything else u suggest,
    Thanks in Advance

    Regards
    Gangadhar

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Gangadhar,

      Consider the CTK-6300IN or the newly launched CTK-850IN. Both these keyboards are quite affordable and feature a range of rich Indian tones and rhythms.
      Since your wife is a harmonium player, she will have no problems at all in using the Casio keyboards and your daughter can learn to play along with her.

      HTH

  20. Nitish says:

    Hello Rajib, your suggestions are really excellent and gave me some insights about various keyboards. Now i am planning to buy one and my budget is round 30,000. I have reviewed 3 keyboards. Casio CTK 7000, Yamaha i455 and Roland’s e-09. I’m mainly interested in having indian kind of tones and styles. And also i noticed the features of Yamaha i455 as well as Roland’s e-09. E-09 doesn’t have USB support as compared to i455. Which one has rich sounds? I’m really confused as to which one should i opt for? would you please suggest me? Casio CTK 7000 has lot of features, but i doubt whether the sound quality is good or not. So which one should i go for.? I have yamaha PSR 175 with me. so i have some idea about how yamaha keyboard sounds. Your suggestions are most welcomed. Thanks.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Nitish,

      For your budget, you should be able to buy the Casio CTK-7200 which has a few more Indian tones and styles when compared to the CTK-7000.
      As far as sound quality is considered, the new Casio keyboards have awesome sound quality and hear it for yourself on Youtube or any store where are keyboards are kept for demo.

      The Roland E-09 on the other hand is a pretty dated keyboard and still uses the old DIN connector for MIDI output. However, it is built with Roland’s quality and it’s a machine that will last if taken to gigs. Roland has a version called E-09IN that has been built for India and features many Indian tones and styles.

      The Yamaha i455 is a very India focussed keyboard with terrific Indian tones and styles that are highly suitable for the live player.

      Since you are already a Yamaha user, you are probably used to the feel of the keys and interface of the Yamaha keyboards. Migrating to another brand will not only pose learning challenges that you will find irritating, the I455 makes for a compelling buy too. Since you are in a position to afford the I455, I suggest that you go for it!

      HTH

  21. Nitish says:

    Dear Rajib, thanks a lot for your suggestion. I have reviewed Casio CTK 7200 and it has lot of features compared to Yamaha’s i455. I’m also looking for some options like interfacing keyboard with PC, and adding the loops. So which would be better, CTK 7200 or I455? Thanks again.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Nitish,

      Both keyboards offer MIDI data transfer over USB 2.0 and both keyboards do not offer audio data over USB.
      Hence, computer connectivity is exactly the same.

      Both Casio and Yamaha offer software to upload/download Song Data, Registration Data. Hence this part is almost nearly the same.

      Most musicians use a multi-track song composing software (for ex: Cakewalk, Fruity Loops, Nuendo etc.) to record performance data from the keyboard; jazz it up on the computer and then output to CD.

      For Sampled loops, voice tracks, softsynth instruments, you will need to use a computer anyway; the keyboard will simply act as MIDI Input device.

      HTH

  22. Nitish says:

    Dear Rajib, thanks a lot for your inputs and suggestions. It really helps me alot. I am about to buy a keyboard and my main concern is to have Indian sounds in the keyboard. So as you have suggested, I have revied CTK 7200 as well as CTK 7500 and in comparison with it I455. Casio has got a lot features like DSP effects, song sequencer, rhythm and tone editor etc, all of which Yamaha lacks. Moreover I455 costs nearly 29000 as Casio comes with a affordable price of around 22000 with lot of features in it. Is there any other keyboards with Indian styles and voices that comes around 30000? I feel Yamaha is bit costlier with less features as compared to CASIO. Would you kindly suggest me some Pros and Cons of both the keyboards. Thanks again.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Nitish,

      The Yamaha does not feature Tone Editor and Rhythm Creator, but it does feature DSP Effects and Song Sequencer. The Yamaha is also better from the point of view of Live performers.

      The Casio is very good value for money keyboard and there are no other keyboards matching it’s capability in it’s price bracket.

      HTH

  23. Vijay Bhawsar says:

    Dear Rajib Ji

    Thanks for the useful information.
    Can you please suggest about Casio CTK 850In? Is there any of its equivalent in Yamaha in same cost?

    Regards
    Vijay

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Vijay,

      There is no product from Yamaha that matches the CTK-850IN in either features or cost; unless you are will to spend more money to buy the older Yamaha PSR I425 which has decent features.

      Hth

  24. Hi Rajib

    I am looking to buy a keyboard for my 7 yr old son. The ones I find suitable are I425 (used), E343, E243, CTK 2300, CTK 3200, CTK 6300. From what I see in the comments, the factors are weight, sound, keys, ease of use. Should I also consider a less loaded instrument, just so it doesn’t distract him from learning the basics well? Weight wise, 2300, 3200, E series are better. And the CTK ones are extremely light on the wallet! I also see that you recommended I425 as a good learner’s keyboard but weights twice as much.

    Which one would you recommend for a 7 yr old learner who is very much interested in learning keyboard?

    Thanks
    Sabarish

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Sabarish,
      At 7 years age, your child certainly does not need to be burdened with a heavy machine or a machine loaded with features beyond the child’s abilities.

      I will recommend a Casio for the coming few years.

      Hth

  25. M.V.SASTRY says:

    which keyboard is suitable for learners CASIO OR YAMAHA

  26. Anshumita Das says:

    I have a Yamaha PSR I425. I would like to buy a headphone for this model. Couldyou please help me with the make/model number of the headphone that would go with this.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Anshumita,

      Any headphone is perfectly compatible with your keyboard.

      Most consumer headphones come with a 3.5mm Stereo jack; while the keyboard features a 6.3mm stereo socket. You can simply buy a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter and plug in the headphone of your choice to the keyboard. Such a jack is usually available for approx. Rs. 30/-

      Note that the keyboard may not recognize some headphones that are bundled with mobile phones. Some of these use a different pin-out mechanism that is not compatible with audio equipment.

      HTH

  27. Biswajit says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Looking to buy a keyboard for my 10yr old son, who has just started attending music classes. CTK 850IN & PSR E343 are the ones, which we are mulling over. Your advice is sought. Budget upto RS 15000.

    Thanks.

  28. SUDIPTA DE SARKAR says:

    I WANT TO BUY A NEW KEYBOARD. WHAT IS THE BEST MODEL FOR MY WIFE & SON. MY WIFE KNOWS RABINDRA SANGEET AND MY SON`S AGE IS 8 YEARS. I WANT TO BUY A MODEL FOR STAGE PERFORMACE ALSO .

  29. Imraj says:

    Dear sir can I buy casio 850in for live performence .?

  30. Arshdeep says:

    Sir,
    I am confused between yamaha psr e343 and casio ctk 4200. Please suggest me which one to buy. And i require harmonium sound as a must. Keeping that in mind please suggest me some model between these two or else

  31. Vishal Deep says:

    Sir Kindly sugesst me key board for live stage perfomance on behaf of high sound quality and everthing else i am confused in between yamaha psr i455 an rolan e 09 both are my choice but which is better in between them for have a professional perfomance in this budget

  32. Swami says:

    Mr Rajib,

    I am planning to buy either PSR-i425 or PSR-i455 for my 7 year old son and he is learning past one year using CTK-2200. Which one is better between 425 and 455 ?. If you have any other option other than these (even in other brands), please let me know.

    Thanks in advance

  33. guru says:

    Please tell me sir which to buy Yamaha par e343 or Casio ctk 6300 in

  34. Sarathi says:

    Dear Rajib,

    Impressed with your sujjestions. Iam 60 want to learn keyboard workstation from 0. Could you sujjest a suitable one for for long term basis or for learning purpose only. Budget is not a concer.

    Thanks and Regards
    Sarathi

  35. Ruth says:

    I know this is an old post but I am looking forward for your reply sir because I think you are the only one who can help me. I am confused between Yamaha PSR-I455 and Casio CTK-7300IN. I am a western guitarist and I have an idea of keyboard. I am learning hindustani vocals so I consider sound quality of the harmonium to be the best. With my vocal training i would like to improve my western keyboard skills. What would you recommend me sir. Thanks and regards.

  36. Aasheesh says:

    Dear Sir,

    I wanted to buy a keyboard for my Daughters (8 Years ) that can also be used by my Son (13). They are learning music . They were suggested to buy a Casio model WW6600 . But seeing the reviews i felt like taking a Yamaha model. My Music professional friends have suggested to check for the 61 key 5 octave system .

    Being a Layman i would seek your expert advice on suggesting which one to take.

    Kindly help .

    Regards,

    Aasheesh

  37. Arvind says:

    Hello Sir,

    I am a beginner. I have learned to play almost all bollywood tunes on harmonium. I am looking for Keyboard. The options I zeroed in are YAMAHA PSR i425 and Casio CTK 7300IN.

    Firstly I need to learn everything other than tune before performing. I want to know which is better under these areas
    1) Piano sound
    2) Keys quality like tactility response etc
    3) User interface
    4) Availability of Online learning videos and other materials (for Self practice)
    5) Any other criteria you may suggest.

    Budget is not concern but I want something which I can learn easily and can stick to 3-4 years.

    Thanks

  38. Mahima says:

    Sir, can you please help me out in my confusion!! Tell me which one I should go for:

    1) Yamaha I455
    or
    2) Casio 7300IN

    Yamaha I455 costs around Rs. 23K ;but Casio 7300IN which costs around Rs. 22k comes down to Rs.18K due to Diwali offer! Also, casio 7300IN model has an equalizer!! But it has only one year warranty 🙁 Yamaha keyboard has three years’ warranty! Casio offers 820 tones and more Indian styles than the Yamaha one! I am really tired of deciding between the two! I need help!
    Also Casio looks like the cheap and best brand
    Thanks a lot 🙂

  39. abby says:

    Sir I’m really confused in between ctk6300in & psr i425 please help me out what should i buy which one is better.

  40. Raman Sharma says:

    Sir, i want to buy a keyboard, i am a beginner… which one will suit better? Yamaha Psr e343 or Casio CTK 6300?

  41. sanjoy sa says:

    Dear Rajib,
    My son is appearing for Trinity Initial grade. He is using CASIO CTK5000.
    It seems the Tempo of this model is slower than Yamaha model while playing ‘Johny Little Rag’.
    Also Rhythm (as an example Ragtime, 8bit Ballad) is different from Yamaha.
    How it impact his exam and how it can be nullified.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      It does appear that the rhythms on Casio keyboards are slightly flat and not accented the way the Yamaha styles are.
      This should not affect his score as the exam will test his performance on keyboard fingering skills. He can play in accented manner even on a flat rhythm.

  42. Pallavi says:

    Hi Rajib,
    This is a really informative blog that you have here. I am a newbie to learning music. I have started keyboard lessons recently and I am on the lookout for purchasing a good keyboard which should last me in the long run. I have 2 daughters (9yrs old) who would also be taking this up with me. I am thoroughly confused as to which model to go for. As for now I have shortlisted these….CTK 6300 ,CTK 7300, Yamaha PSR – I455. Kindly advise. Note…I hope to go the Western Classical (for the love of it) + western light popular + Light Indian music in the future. Most of these keyboards ( and your reviews) cover Indian Classical. Teachers vouch by the Yamaha 🙂 thanks in advance !

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dont plan to purchase a keyboard to last in the long run. In that case, you will end up buying a high-end keyboard from Korg / Roland etc. and end up spending lakhs.
      Plan to buy a economy keyboard for the children so that they can learn and if the keyboard gets damaged in the process, you will not regret throwing it away and buying another one.

      As the children progress through music lessons, their inclination will become and then you will have to choose a keyboard that suits their plans. Pianist, Composer, Stage player etc.

  43. sulen says:

    I want to sale my Casio ctk850in.my contact no.8979483020 from-Agra,UP

  44. jeevanpaul says:

    I want to learn keyboard…for church purpose… My thought is to take psr I425 0R CASIO CTK 6300IN…pls tell me your suggestion..I am a beginner… I want to play in church…pls tell me

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Jeevanpaul,

      The Casio CTK-7300IN has Drawbar Organ Controls which help you tweak Organ sounds. It may prove to be quite useful in Church environment.

      Regards

  45. SAMUEL MANI says:

    Mr Rajib,

    I am planning to buy either PSR-i425 or PSR-i455. Which one is better between 425 and 455 ?. If you have any other option other than these (even in other brands), please let me know.

    Thanks in advance

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Samuel,

      The Yamaha PSR-I455 has superseded the Yamaha PSR-I425 and costs a little more too.
      If you are intending to play on stage, the Yamaha keyboards are generally better because they have better real-time performance controls. Casio keyboards are better for home-studio recording sessions because of higher polyphony count. For a little more than the price of a PSR-I455, you can also opt for Roland E-09IN; a professional keyboard. Beyond 30K, Korg keyboards become available.

      regards

  46. Benjamin says:

    Hello Mr.Rajib,
    My daughter (8years) just started learning. Her music teacher has asked us to get either Yamaha PSR-I455 or Casio CTK-6000. And seems like Casio CTK-6000 is not available as new. As I am not familiar much on this area, could you suggest the best for her to learn?
    TIA.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Benjamin,

      The Casio CTK-6000 has been replaced by the Casio CTK-6300INK2. You can either opt for this model or CTK-860IN (cheaper) or CTK-7300IN (costlier).
      Since your daughter is quite young, you need to spend so much money on a keyboard like the PSR-I455 right away. If the music teacher agrees, models like the Yamaha PSR-F50, Yamaha PSR-E243, Casio CTK-3200 are perfectly good learner keyboards and cost under Rs.10K.

      Regards

  47. Mandar Joshi says:

    Hi Rajib,
    I am a big fan of yours and your reviews.. 🙂 I have recently started learning the keyboard and now want to buy a mid range one. I have shortlisted Casio 6300IN and Yamaha PSR 343/353. Can you tell me which one should I go for? I feel Casio has more features but I want to have a very good quality in terms of build and sound. Please advise.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      Dear Mandar,

      The Casio CTK-6300IN is technically superior to the Yamaha PSR-343/353. The 6300IN also removes a lot of annoyances that were there in the original CTK-6000 like clicky keys.

      From a learner’s point of view, the CTK-6300IN is certainly a good buy.

      Many music teachers in India insist on Yamaha keyboards for their pupils because of their set-ways that are not open to change.

      If you can break the mold, then by all means go for the CTK-6300IN or the CTK-860IN.

      Regards

      • Rajib Baruah says:

        Hey I’m a beginner. Should I buy ctk 6300 ctk 5000 or ctk 810 which has nice sound ? Price range 10k – 15 k is Casio ctk 810 and 6300 same ?

  48. chinmoy makar says:

    I want to learn keyboard and i am beginner. Can u please suggest which keyboard is better for me like ctk 4200, ctk 3200 or Yamaha i-425 and why ?

  49. Kashif says:

    My opinion is if you are going for casio then chose WK series it is better then CTK but Yamaha S series keyboards are much better then any casio keyboard.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      The decades old debate continues.
      The WK Series features a bigger keyboard but the sound engine is the same as the CTK models of the same series.
      The Yamaha S series are in a class of their own, also at 3x price!
      Roland is ofcourse better than Yamaha and Korg is better than Roland and Kurzweil is better than Korg (or have I started another war?)
      At the end of the day, our choice should be dictated by what we can afford, what we intend to do and what our capability really is.

  50. Amol S Pawar says:

    Hi, I have started learning Piano few months back. Now I wish to purchase one, so I shortlisted PSR-i455 and Casio WK-6600. Please I advise which one is superior. Both cost approximately 20k in Mumbai. Please give your expert advise.

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      If you are applying for Tinity College of Music certification, it is almost guaranteed that your music teacher will strongly recommend the Yamaha keyboard.
      At learner level, both keyboards are pretty much equal and you are unlikely to find any major differences. That said, the WK-6600 features 1-extra octave which is useful if you are learning Piano-style music.

  51. Rajat Kumar Mahapatra says:

    Hello Sir,

    I am looking for buy a keyboard, as I started learning it. I am confused between Casio CTK 6300 IN and YAMAHA PSR-i425. My budget is Rs. 15000.00.
    Could u please suggest me which one should i go for.
    Thank You.

  52. Rahul says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am confused between Yamaha PSR I425 and Casio CTK 6300IN. Both have same price Range.Sir, please tell me which one is best. Its urgent , Reply as soon as possible.
    Thanks

    • Ajay Alex Jacob says:

      If u wanna use your keyboard for learning…both the keyboards are fine
      ..Yamaha has more feel to its keys…but synth sounds are fine… But good rythms…but personally as a piano player Casio sounds real…but it’s not user friendly compared to Yamaha…but Casio has more features …choose urself…if beginner go for any keyboard ranging inside 15,000..Casio/yamaha doesn’t matter

  53. Arun says:

    Sir, ye bataiyen ki ctk6300 or Yamaha psr I 425 me better keyboard kon s hai mujhe Lena h or sir mujhe aisa keyboard chahiyen ki mai use ghar me y bahar har jaha use kar sakun fhir wo chahen stage performance ho y recording me, sir mai bahut confuse hun ki mai kya Karun? or sir mujhe ye bhi lagata h ki 6300 me feature Jada h i425 ki tulna me or sir agar sound ki baat kare to wo bhi tej h baki sir aap bataiyega ki mai kya lun??????

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