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#2329506 - Today at 03:15 AM Digital piano key noise
bigsmile Offline
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Registered: 03/09/14
Posts: 7
I have a Casio PX100. I'm otherwise happy with it but the one thing that bothers me a lot is the noisy keys. It's so loud that you can hear it even if you are playing with medium volume. It just shouldn't be. I have researched on this a little and it seems that quite some brands of DP have various degree of this problem. I have compared my PX100 to an acoustic piano, and in comparison, the acoustic one had much quieter keys.

I'm thinking about upgrading to a better DP now, I wonder if anyone has one that doesn't have this noise (or at least not very bad), and I'd really like to know what brand it is.

The noise I'm talking about is produced when the keys are released and the weight drops to it's resting position, in the process it hits the back of the case and makes this very loud noise.

Edited by bigsmile (Today at 03:17 AM)

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#2329514 - Today at 03:40 AM Re: Digital piano key noise [Re: bigsmile]
spanishbuddha Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
Posts: 2359
Loc: UK
As a generalisation Casio seems to be worse than the other brands, perhaps exacerbated by the plastic casing. Roland recently made efforts in their latest models to reduce key noise. You almost never hear complaints about Yamaha or Kawai. All actions make some noise, so check them out yourself in person.

Also someone has started a 'reducing key noise' thread, check it out.

#2329516 - Today at 04:42 AM Re: Digital piano key noise [Re: spanishbuddha]
peterws Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 3615
Loc: Northern England.
I THINK WE ALL HAVE KEY NOISE WHICH IS ACCEPTED as part of the playing process. I play quietish (small room) and don`t really notice.

What I did notice however, was that even when I recorded the sound internally (on wav.) there was key noise in the recording which was designed into it. Sounds right to me.

Enjoy your key noise! It ain`t gonna go away . . .
"I'm playing all the right notes — but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe


#2329538 - Today at 06:49 AM Re: Digital piano key noise [Re: bigsmile]
dire tonic Online   content
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/17/11
Posts: 1281
Loc: uk south
My Casio px-150 is noisy but it's a decent keyboard to play and to practice on productively. The wooden Kawai's are very quiet, quiet on the down and almost silent on the up (the casio is as noisy up as down).

#2329587 - 8 minutes 46 seconds ago Re: Digital piano key noise [Re: bigsmile]
fizikisto Online   content
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Registered: 02/13/12
Posts: 517
Loc: Hernando, MS
In my experience, yamaha, roland, and kawai are all pretty good about having an acceptable (normal) amount of key noise. My old Casio was pretty thumpy, and my Nord is AWFUL about keybed noise (I assume that other Fatar based keyboards are often similarly noisy). It annoys me because it seems like a lot of that noise could be damped out with 30 cents worth of felt and maybe just a bit of rubber dam to isolate the keybed mechanism from the chassis of the instrument. I've been tempted to try to open up my nord and see if I can do something to reduce the noise, but I'm too scared to. Normally I'm not shy about taking things apart to tinker with them, but it's so expensive I would cry if I messed something up. smile
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