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#1528441 - 10/05/10 05:52 AM Digital Key Piano Thump
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Registered: 09/13/10
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Loc: Yorkshire UK
How does this compare across the ranges, as im totally new to all this i do notice it at low volumes, but im presuming its normal on Digital Pianos, Does a normal Acoutic also do this ?

Does it have a name/feature ?


thanks

Basics are if volume is low u can hear it, pump it up and of course you cant but not always ideal.
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#1528523 - 10/05/10 09:27 AM Re: Digital Key Piano Thump [Re: Littleted]
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I think it greatly depends on the dp. (or accoustic!)

For Kawais the thump and the sound of pressing the keys reach my ear at the same time, and so the thump is less noticeable. - this is the same as I would expect from an accoustic.

I found Yamaha Clavinovas more thumpy when the keys were made of wood.

I found the key noise on Rolands just unplayable (hp207 models, I haven't tried the 307). I could always hear the thumping no matter what the volume was. I was also aware of the thumping when playing through headphones.

Here is another thread that discusses thumping:
http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1330472/1.html

If there is a dp you are thinking about buying then see if you can take the thumping when you play it. Some people don't notice it and others (like me) can't stand it.

Andy T


Edited by AndyT (10/05/10 09:33 AM)

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#1528527 - 10/05/10 09:33 AM Re: Digital Key Piano Thump [Re: Littleted]
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I think they all do it, even an acoustic. The difference is that with a DP when using headphones, so the external sound is muted, it becomes obvious to other people, and possibly you with the headphones if it's a noisy action.

The new HP3xx Rolands have quite a bit of thump. When I test played them I found the action very reassuringly solid, even the thump. Kawai tend to have quieter actions especially the CA and CN series. My Casio is in between the two, and I can't really say about Yamaha's.

I tend to play with the volume quite high, as high as an acoustic, that way you can practice the dynamics. So, at ff you certainly don't hear the key above the notes, and again at pp you won't because the key is being played softly.

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#1528585 - 10/05/10 11:25 AM Re: Digital Key Piano Thump [Re: Littleted]
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I think all pianos make a thump when the key bottoms out. Even acoustic pianos but with those the sound of the note drowns out the thump sound. I think the effect varies some make more noticable noise but they all do to some extent. Also the thump might get louder over time as the felt gets pounded down thinner


Edited by ChrisA (10/05/10 11:26 AM)

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#1528636 - 10/05/10 12:39 PM Re: Digital Key Piano Thump [Re: ChrisA]
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Its a Roland with the Ivory touch III, i hadnt really noticed it until my Dad pointed it out.

I presumed it was normal, its not a digital thump but the actual key even in the off state u can hear it.

its nothing major i just wondered if this is something the manufacturer replicate for relism.

Thanks for all the responces.
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#1528768 - 10/05/10 04:04 PM Re: Digital Key Piano Thump [Re: Littleted]
LesCharles73 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Littleted
Its a Roland with the Ivory touch III, i hadnt really noticed it until my Dad pointed it out.

I presumed it was normal, its not a digital thump but the actual key even in the off state u can hear it.

its nothing major i just wondered if this is something the manufacturer replicate for relism.

Thanks for all the responces.


Nope, not abnormal in the least. Just a necessary evil when you use real weighted "hammers". The sound you hear, as others have eluded, is the key weight striking the felt covered bar (in many models). Other models make the noise when the bottom of the key's face hits the felt lining at the bottom of the keybed. Some actions, like those in my Kurzweils, make the [loudest] thump when the key returns to resting position. 'THUMP!'


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#1528783 - 10/05/10 04:24 PM Re: Digital Key Piano Thump [Re: LesCharles73]
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Yeah thats what i hear its the return to rest, but i have to admit the weight of the keys feels great.

Im learning smile
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