Yamaha Plastic Keytops
By Charles Flaum
|Craig Brougher writes:|
> I think it should be mentioned that there are plastic keytops, and then,
> there are *Plastic Keytops*! Most new key jobs will be with plastic
> keytops, because ivory is very expensive. Both styles have to be fitted
> properly to look good. The tops with the rounded edges and the sharp
> mold line under the front of the key, in my opinion just look awful.
> I agree with Bruce Clark completely!
> On the other hand, you can't really say "Ugh! Oh how awful" when you see
> a new Steinway or Yamaha, either. It is an absolutely gorgeous, inviting
> keyboard that just says, "play me." That is the kind of keytop to buy
> when you are not trying to match an original keyboard sometime. Those
> tops are never quarter-rounded, but are one-piece tops having the front
> molded on with a beveled edge and no mold-line.
Sorry, but no sale. My informants tell me that Yamaha glues the fronts first, then the tops. The glue they use forms such a strong bond that if a key top ever broke it would probably chip the front along with it. Maybe this is where the misconception lies. In my experience it's the one-piece tops and fronts that are low quality - that's what APSCO sells.
Charles Flaum, RPT
CMF Piano Accessories
(Message sent Wed 29 Jan 1997, 22:01:27 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)