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#1735545 - 08/18/11 01:36 AM digital piano wear and tear
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Registered: 03/16/10
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I'm not familiar with the construction of digital pianos so I would like to ask the experts this question:

What is stopping the keys on the bottom and how much playing can cause decrease in performance in this mechanism? I mean nearly all things are bound to break at one point or another, with something like a piano key which is pressed copious number of times on a daily basis, do the sensors wear out?

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#1735593 - 08/18/11 04:26 AM Re: digital piano wear and tear [Re: durden365]
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If you can wear out a DP by practicing, you'll become a pianist.

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#1735604 - 08/18/11 05:17 AM Re: digital piano wear and tear [Re: durden365]
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Everything wears out eventually - every piano, whether it's a pure acoustic, a digital or a hybrid.

The construction of pianos and even digital pianos is a mature technology. I wouldn't worry about future wear, I simply buy a new digital piano every four years or so, not because of wear issues, but because I get the greatest return on my investment.
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#1735650 - 08/18/11 07:26 AM Re: digital piano wear and tear [Re: Dave Horne]
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Even beeing a mature technology I would´nt say that nothing will ever happen. My old CLP-950 broke after not even 2 years of playing. And at that time it was a mature technology also wink. My real upright piano had no issues after almost 10 years.

But I think Yamaha had some issues on this CLP model at that time.

I have a CA63 from Kawai and hopefully soon my CLP 370. I know the CA63 has some issues since a tecnician came to fix some keys. And DP´s are in my opinion not that "perfekt" compared to the action and build of real piano- or grand actions made of wood. I still have issues on my CA 63 which will mostly not be solved.

Mostly the action of DP´s is made of plastic with some felt to absorb the energy of the key pressing down. Then you have some sensors or a sensorbar, perhaps some bearings for the plastic hammeraction.....
Maybe you will even have the wooden keys in some models, but this does not make a difference since all mechanical parts are 99% plastic

In the areas where you have mechanical and moving parts there will allways be wear and perhaps a failure. Here in Germany we have a 2 year warranty on DP´s and 5 years on uprights (at least for Yamaha). I think that quite shows how convinced Yamaha is about how long these things will last on everyday use. I would guess that one out of 10 DP´s will have some issues.

BUT. THis should´nt have influence on your decision. If you want a digital then just go for it. It is more affordable than the real thing and has some other benefits.

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