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I find it remarkable that the choice of key sizes is so limited. The PASK Piano site (Pianos with Alternative Sized Keys) complains about almost half the world`s population being sidelined because their hands are too small to play a normal piano . Almost half the world`s population includes a majority of women with smaller hands than your average western male . What seems to be the obstacle ? . How about smaller plastic keyboards? It`s almost impossible to find a plastic one the right size . It`s a lockout . Half the world`s population are locked out of piano playing .Born on a planet where you are not welcome . No sympathy is extended to them. Small hands? Tough . Get over it .
Look up Pask Pianos and see what I mean . There are some graphs to illustrate the problem .
I think the rapid progress being made by digitals seems to be the best alternative .
I have a great deal to do with piano history, (which incidentally is supposed to be the subject of this forum) and it has often been said that the keyboard evolved long ago to become suitable for most people. Some things in the world are not going to change, you only have to look at the antiquated and limiting system used for music notation, or the fact that a line of a song does not line up with a line of notation. Certainly there are Yamaha keyboards with a smaller key scale, but these are too small for most adults to play at their best. Again, I have to ask what is so important about stretching an octave?