Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage

Posted by: motifmm6

Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/25/12 10:19 AM

I own and play the yamaha CP300. Flagship model, GH keys, well respected DP. However, the some of the keys are starting to click, esp for the lower registers. This means that when the volumm is turned off, you hear a "click" sound when the key is depressed.

From my experience, I know most DPs have this problem of clicking keys, once they are played on alot repeatedly, or due to excessive pressure applied to the keys.

It isn't a big issue, coz when the volumn is turned up, you can hardly hear the click sound and the action feels almost the same, with or without the click.

Does your DP have clicking keys? Do you get them replaced? Is the replacement cost high?

I am thinking of switching back to an acoustic.....maybe with silent feature... but it'll cost alot more.
Posted by: leemax

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/25/12 10:38 AM

I got my DP, a Celviano 620, for about 800.00 off because one of the key cover slider pins was bent a little, which, until I fixed it, had caused the cover to catch on the keys when you opened it. It seems that the catching may have knocked some of the keys out of whack because about 10 or 12 of them clicked against each other. I solved that by getting a piece of white, adhesive backed felt and putting a small strip of it (about 1cm. by 2 cm.) between the offending keys. That was all it took. If the clicking on yours is because the edges of the keys are touching, maybe the same fix would work for you.
Posted by: gvfarns

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/25/12 10:47 AM

I'm not sure there's a single unique cause of clicking keys. It does seem to be a relatively common problem, if there is such a thing with digital pianos. I have seen clicks fixed by as little as adding some of the white grease they use on internal stuff. Others indicate some plastic mechanism has broken.

Pretty sure Kawai's AWA PRO and RM3 actions never develop a click. having seen the insides, I'm not sure what could happen that would cause that. So in answer to the title of the thread, no I don't think clicking happens to all dp's.

If your piano is not under warranty, try opening it up and isolating where the clicking is coming from. It might be an easy DIY fix.
Posted by: spanishbuddha

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/25/12 03:19 PM

Don't all mechanical movements suffer from wear and play? This will manifest itself in different ways. Going back to an acoustic isn't an answer for this since you have to get the action regulated to keep it sweet.
Posted by: galaxy4t

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/26/12 01:04 AM

There's most likely a reason you are hearing clicking from the key.Something may be broken or misaligned. You would need to take it apart to investigate.
Posted by: galaxy4t

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/26/12 01:06 AM

leemax,
You should register your Casio on their website and then see if they will fix it under warranty. The problem you have is a defect that Casio will fix probably by replacing the keybed.
Posted by: leemax

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/26/12 09:29 AM

Originally Posted By: galaxy4t
leemax,
You should register your Casio on their website and then see if they will fix it under warranty. The problem you have is a defect that Casio will fix probably by replacing the keybed.


Good suggestion, but I got it "as-is" from musicians friend, so no warranty is available. I understood from the outset that it might have some issues, but for $500.00 I was willing to take the chance. Straightening the bent cover pin and shimming a few of the keys was definitely worth the savings, and now the piano looks and plays like new. I think musicians friend may have changed their "as-is" pricing, because recently I saw some 620s for $700.00 where, for instance, all of the bass keys didn't play! I was very fortunate.
Posted by: galaxy4t

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/26/12 11:20 PM

I would still register the piano and then see if Casio will fix it. Musician's friend has nothing to do with Casio's warranty. It is up to Casio and if you are within the warranty period the problem you have is a defect that they should fix.
Posted by: Upright

Re: Do all DPs keys start to click after repeated usage - 06/27/12 09:28 AM

Originally Posted By: spanishbuddha
Don't all mechanical movements suffer from wear and play? This will manifest itself in different ways. Going back to an acoustic isn't an answer for this since you have to get the action regulated to keep it sweet.

In my opinion all plastic keyboard actions are prone to key noise, clicking and alike. The keys of an AWA Pro, RM3 and those of an acoustic can be regulated, and repaired. Plastic key can only be lubricated or replaced.