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Keyboard "thud" #2667996
08/14/17 06:24 AM
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Would really appreciate your input folks, and here is the question: can you recommend a keyboard (preferably weighted and 88 keys) that doesn't "thud" when the keys hit bottom. I'm playing "live" in our theatre's open "bio-box" within 2 foot of the closest patron and all the thudding from the keys tends to carry enough to be a distraction to what is going on on-stage. Yes, it's a small theatre, and it only is a bother to the row of patrons closest to me, but it's still a problem I'd like to fix. I had thought that maybe I should get used to a touch-sensitive but non-weighted keyboard as they don't tend to have that thud on bedding the keys. Love to hear suggestions---and please, if you offer me models, please include the brands as I'm not up on all the keyboards available. Many thanks.

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Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2668000
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Lucky you! I had the same problem; living in a small bungalow, such sounds can carry particularly at night.
I bought the Roland FP50, and that was one of the main reasons for so doing. The FP80 fair rattled as well as thunked. And when you try 'em all out in the shop switched off, you know!
I've had her two years now, and she's still quiet.
Unlike the missus . . .

I imagine the FP30 will be quiet, as well.


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Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2668004
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The best thing you can do is go to a music store and go play them with very low volume (or off) and listen for the thud. Realistically there's always going to be a thud, but there definitely is a difference in volume.

For what it's worth when I was looking at digital pianos I was mainly looking at 3 models:

Kawai CA67
Roland HP603
Yamaha CLP575

From what I can remember the Yamaha seemed the quietest, the Roland the loudest, and the Kawai somewhere in between. I found the Roland slightly annoying, but the Kawai/Yamaha were both fine. This doesn't necessarily mean that all models from these manufacturers will follow the same pattern though as they have lots of different key actions, and keys can become louder/start to click if they're not well maintained.

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Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: peterws] #2668009
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Originally Posted by peterws
I've had her two years now, and she's still quiet.
Unlike the missus . . .


Still nagging for that divorce is she Pete?

Yamaha P255 has a reasonably quiet action.


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Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2668065
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This older Roland model does not thud. Roland FP4 (not newer version FP4F.)


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Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2668180
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Thanks for all the replies---shall follow up as recommended.

Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2668243
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Are you playing through a PA system, or using the onboard piano sounds or both? Most of the time you notice thudding when the volume isn't up, so if you're using a PA system where the sound is coming from separate speakers, those close to the keyboard will hear the thudding more pronounced.


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Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2668357
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Originally Posted by Morodiene
Are you playing through a PA system, or using the onboard piano sounds or both? Most of the time you notice thudding when the volume isn't up, so if you're using a PA system where the sound is coming from separate speakers, those close to the keyboard will hear the thudding more pronounced.


PA or not the people up close are hearing the thud and a solution is to find an instrument that is thud-free, right?

Originally Posted by yamaha nut
...I'm playing "live" in our theatre's open "bio-box" within 2 foot of the closest patron and all the thudding from the keys tends to carry enough to be a distraction to what is going on on-stage. Yes, it's a small theatre, and it only is a bother to the row of patrons closest to me, but it's still a problem I'd like to fix....

Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2669900
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Correct, yes; all output runs through the mixing desk fed to the "house" p.a.---we ( the muso's and the sound tech) are at the rear of the (small) theatre. We actually monitor all the sound through headphones in order to co-ordinate accurately with the cast on stage....their sound sent to us from shotgun mics. also through the sound desk.

Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2671831
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I have a P255 and it is the quietest keyboard I have ever tried. Had the FP80 a short while and returned it for several reasons, one of which was key noise. Besides the quiet keybed, the P255 also has the best tone and touch of any kbs I've tried.


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Re: Keyboard "thud" [Re: yamaha nut] #2672199
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I recommend Roland FP-90 and I play it using open headphones in a quiet room and I hear no thud, I like a lot the action of that keyboard. I tried the P255 before but the piano is not customizable and has not customizable eq, only fixed sliders (not acceptable in year 2017) so I discarded it, but is better if you can test them by youserlf.

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