Casio SA-76 Review (2021): A Fun, Feature-Rich Early Beginner Keyboard


Casio SA76 44 mini Sized Keys 100 Tones

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The Piano is a fairly recent invent...
The Piano is a fairly recent invention!

The Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard not only has half the keys of a standard piano keyboards, but the keys themselves are smaller to make this keyboard ultra-light and portable. It’s designed to get children interested in playing music, and in making their own music. Despite the compact size, it is rich in features that a young beginner will love. The built-in songs, tones, and rhythms invite exploration, while the drum keys make learning easy and fun. In this Casio SA-76 review, we will learn about the features, specs, and pro and cons of this keyboard. Let’s get started!

Casio SA-76 Overview

Casio SA76 44 mini Sized Keys 100 Tones

Having children learn to play an instrument is a life-long gift, and can enhance their musical appreciation forever. It also teaches hand-eye coordination and inspires creativity. However, it can be tough to get young kids to sit still long enough for a conventional piano lesson, and small hands may not be able to effectively master chords on a full-size piano.

 With the Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard, getting kids started with playing music doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it’s such a fun, approachable instrument that many  kids can’t stop playing with it, taking it along on car rides and even to school. Because of battery power, that kind of portability is easy with the fun, compact little Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard.

Video Overview of Casio SA-76

Specifications of Casio SA-76

Specification

Description

Keys

44 keys

Weight

Just over 3 pounds in weight without batteries

Display

Built-in LCD screen

Onboard Songs

10 songs in onboard song library, including:

  • Ode to Joy
  • Little Brown Jug
  • Minuet in G Major
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Yankee Doodle
  • The Nutcracker
  • Greensleeves
  • Jingle Bells
  • Silent Night
  • Ethnic Tune

Length

Less than 24 inches long

Tones and Rhythms

  • 100 built-in instrument tones
  • 50 built-in rhythms

Jacks

  • Headphone/audio output jack
  • AC power in jack

Power

Can be AC powered, or uses 6 AA batteries

Who the Casio SA-76 Most Suitable For?

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The Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard is a musical instrument that just happens to look like a toy. The Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard is designed for children, and the small keyboard and small sized keys are perfect for little hands, and drum pads, and built-in songs and rhythms are fun to explore. It’s not a formal piano lesson keyboard, however; it doesn’t have split keyboard function, has almost no onboard learning modules, lacks a metronome, and the display isn’t large enough for meaningful education. Those are all features you would want in a keyboard intended to provide or supplement piano lessons.

The Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard is designed to come before piano lessons. It’s meant to engage young children in playing, creating, and performing music. Because of its affordable price, if a child doesn’t want to later play or pursue the piano, the risk is low. If the Casio SA 76 44 Mini Keyboard does stimulate a child’s interest and engagement, they can then upgrade to a more robust beginner piano, with more support for learning and education. It’s the perfect little keyboard to introduce children to music and pique their interest.

What’s Included in the Box of Casio SA-76?

T-Power 9V (6.6ft Long Cable) Ac Dc adapter Compatible with Casio ADE95 AD-E95100L ADE95100L Replacement Switching Power Supply Cord Charger

The basic Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard bundle doesn’t come with anything, even a power cord. You will need to purchase a power cord separately, and the Casio ADE95100 is the best power supply for this keyboard, because it fits the best and is the most reliable.

Features of Casio SA-76

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The Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard has a to offer in a compact, fun little package.

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Design

This keyboard features a 44 keys setup. It is small and lightweight, and the small sized keys are perfect for a small child’s fingers and lap. Battery power makes it easy to take anywhere, play anywhere, and practice anywhere. It comes in a choice of colors to suit children’s tastes.

Sound

100 built-in instrument voices and 50 built-in rhythms encourage learning and exploration. The 5 drum pads are fun for even small children, since they can play with them without managing a menu or settings, and get the immediate response of the buttons. 8 levels of polyphony are excellent for beginners.

LCD display

The LCD screen and clear labels mean that a person can navigate the menus and settings easily, without having to refer to a manual.

Features

The Piano/Organ button allows you to quickly change modes without navigating a menu. You can adjust the tone or tempo to further customize the sound of the keyboard, and express yourself your own way.

Pros & Cons of Casio SA-76

PROS
  • colors and expressive design are appealing to children, inviting them to play and learn
  • Compact size, light weight, and battery power make it easy to take, practice, and play anywhere. Small sized keys and compact size also make it especially friendly for children
  • 100 high quality instrument voices sound better than one would expect at this price range.
  • 50 built in rhythms with tempo control have a wide range of styles and effects, for fun exploration.
  • 5 drum pads create even more rhythm possibilities and add a new layer of sound, music, expression, and creativity to the keyboard
  • 10 built-in songs have a good range of styles and complexity, making it easy to start learning to play along with the songs. Melody off ability allows you to take the lead and play the songs your own way, practicing finger techniques with your right hand
  • 8 max levels polyphony are very good for an early beginner keyboard
  • Tempo and tuning controls are also more advanced than one might expect in a beginner keyboard
cons
  • An AC adaptor is not included and you will have to buy it separately.
  • Doesn’t have a port for digital devices
  • Doesn’t have any onboard memory for recording or adding to the song library

Casio SA-76 Manual

If you’d like to check out the nitty-gritty of the Casio SA 76 44 Key, here’s a link to the model’s manual:

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An Alternative Product to Consider

Casio SA76 44 mini Sized Keys 100 Tones

The Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard isn’t quite a beginner piano keyboard, and isn’t quite a toy, making it an unusual and excellent gift for a young child, starting them on their musical journey at an early age.

If a child is a true wanna-be rock star, a good alternative might be the Ywin Kid’s Piano Keyboard. Like the Casio SA 76, it’s portable and kid-friendly, but also has real instrument and musical functions, so it’s not just a toy. The included microphone will definitely appeal to kids who like to sing along with their favorite songs. USB connectivity allows it to interact with a whole world of digital devices, greatly expanding the core capabilities of this keyboard.

Kids Piano Keyboard Musical Instruments Toys with Microphone and Audio Line,61 Key USB Power or Battery Operated Toddler Portable Piano for Kids 2 3 4 5 6 Years Old Educational Toys Gifts (61 Key)Advantages of the Ywin Kid’s Piano Keyboard over the Casio SA 7661 compact-size keysRecording and playback functionsComes with external microphone, and has an audio in portCan be powered by USB input or 4 AA batteriesHas two learning modules with left- and right-hand practice modesAdvantages of the Casio SA 76 44 Keyboard over the Ywin keyboardMany more tones, rhythms, and songsHas a drum kitMore compact and portable sizeBetter sound

Both keyboards are affordable and give kids a great way to explore making music. The Casio has a much wider range of musical capabilities and features than the Ywin, but the Ywin’s microphone and recording features are a great option, and it has simple onboard learning tools.

Additional Accessories

Casio SA-77 44-Key Portable Keyboard

Almost everyone notices that the Casio SA 76 and SA 77 seem virtually identical. The truth is, they are actually identical, including the price. The Casio SA 77 is a version of the Casio SA 76 that has been customized for the South Asian market, particularly in India, where Casio keyboards are incredibly popular. The SA 77 is identical to the SA 76, except:

  • Instead of the one-touch Piano/Organ button of the SA76, the SA77 has it labeled “Piano – Harmonium/Organ.” The button operates in the same way, but is labeled slightly differently
  • In the Casio  SA 77, the built-in song that is labeled “Ethnic Tune” is called an “Indian Tune”
  • In the SA77, four of the existing tones and rhythms are labeled as “Indian”, and two of the percussion sounds are labeled as “Indian.” However, the tones and rhythm sounds are exactly the same in both versions

In other words, the SA76 and SA77 are the same identical product, with some of the labeling language adjusted for the different market. There are some who claim that the SA77 has a slightly better sound than the SA76, but that is probably an illusion, since the internal technologies are the same.

Accessories for the Casio SA-76 44 Keyboard

There are a few accessories that the Casio SA76 44 Keyboard simply can’t be without, and it makes sense to buy them at the same time as the keyboard itself.

Power supplyCasio ADE95100LU Power Supply - ADE95100B

While we love that the  Casio SA76 44 Keyboard can operate on batteries, there’s simply no need to continually purchase batteries to play with the keyboard. The Casio ADE95100LU power supply is reliable and affordable, and can be bundled with the keyboard or purchased separately with no difference in the price. An AC adaptor saves money and energy, and is better for the planet.

Headphones

Particularly when kids are having fun playing with the drum buttons on the Casio SA76 44 Mini Keyboard, parents will need headphones. A good pair of headphones not only allows a person to play the keyboard without disturbing others, but it also filters out background noise to improve concentration.

For the Casio SA76 44 Mini Keyboard, the Elecder i37 Kids Headphones are a great option. These over-the-ear headphones have comfortable padding over the years and an adjustable padded headband for hours of comfortable wear. 

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They are foldable and lightweight, so they are just as portable as the keyboard and can go anywhere you do. They also have good sound and bass response, and with a good ability to filter out background noise and distractions and prolong practice.

The cloth cord is durable and tangle-free, and they come with a one-year warranty. These headphones are available in a wide range of bright colors, some of which just happen to perfectly match the Casio SA76 keyboard.

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Conclusion

So, In this Casio SA-76 review, we conclude that this keyboard is a fun and simple way to stimulate a child’s interest in music, and create a life-long love of playing an instrument. It’s an engaging and interactive instrument that will improve creativity, hand-eye coordination, and provide hours of amusement, even if they don’t go on to formally play an instrument.

It’s so accessible and affordable, that it’s a great option to give a child who expresses musical interest, but may not follow through with lessons or practice.

Casio SA76 44-Key Mini Personal Keyboard

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And some kids love these keyboards so much that they insist on taking them everywhere. It’s a better and more meaningful gift for a child than a toy, and may positively impact their whole lives.

Maurice

I am intrigued by how music affects the brain. I created this site to share my fascination with music in general and piano keyboards in particular.

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