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I've bought a brand new Yamaha P95 digital piano, and after playing a while I've noticed that all the black keys and some of the white keys bounce a bit when pressed. The bounce isn't bad enough to affect the sound and doesn't affect the playing speed, it just feels slightly "bouncy" for the fingers.
What I'd like to know is if this is normal, or if I should get the piano replaced? I didn't experience this when trying out another P95 in the store, but maybe I wasn't paying that much attention.
Is this a brand new model (as in unboxed) or was it an ex-display model? If it was the latter, all the demos and try-outs from interested customers may have helped break it in.
What I mean with bounce is that when I press a key down (especially a black key) and hold it down, I can feel a short series of upward bounces, or pushes if you so will, immediately after having pushed down the key.
Also when I release a key, there is a DOWNWARD bounce from the key. So it goes both ways.
I've heard that this is to be expected from digital pianos, since their keyboards and mechanism simply aren't as good as acoustic ones.
Yes, this varies from brand to brand - I notice it more on Rolands for some reason - but this is a normal feature of the key counter-weighting on some and possibly most stage pianos and digital pianos.haecceitas wrote:What I mean with bounce is that when I press a key down (especially a black key) and hold it down, I can feel a short series of upward bounces, or pushes if you so will, immediately after having pushed down the key.
Adrian Thomas Music Services
I'm very glad to hear that my particular piano doesn't have some production fault, and that the bounce is completely normal.
If I upgrade sometime in the future, is there any digital piano that doesn't have this "bounce" and has a keyboard that feels identical to a good acoustic piano? Or will digitals always be a compromise rather than a substitute?
Digital Piano keyboard actions are undoubtedly more positive feeling than acoustics; the latter tends to have more control and you are more conscious of the hammers and consequent counterweight. As is mentioned on this forum from time to time, a digital piano is usually an alternative but, as yet, is not an successful copy of what you will experience when playing an acoustic.
Technology is always improving and perhaps some day we will be able to say differently. I would recommend you have a look at Yamaha's Clavinova range, particularly the CLP340 and CLP370 to compare keyboard actions. The former has the GH3 keyboard action and the CLP370 has the NW (Natural Wood Action) which often receives high praise - I would have to check but I think that both these actions would be higher spec than the action of the P-95.