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Thank you Sea. Not much inventory here in my little corner of Florida. Will need to take a ride to Orlando and play a few different brands.

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I’d try cleaning the keys first. Oils can build up over time.

Cleaning hands also can help.

The matte keys seems a bit less slippery. Simulated ivory I suppose.

Some keyboards have a texture like the new Casio s3000. I would definitely try that keyboard before buying it. It is out of the norm in several ways,

Personally I like a little slide on the key.


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I wish it were that simple. Its been like that from day one. I just didn't know any better.

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
Did you know ... Here in western Pennsylvania the word is "slippy".
Originally Posted by Pete14
... the final result is a more porous and non-slippery surface as compared ...
In Texas we say slickery. Or I might have made it up. Can’t recall. :-)


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One of the "features" of my Casio PX-350 was its keytops:

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The Simulated ebony and ivory keys offers the luxurious feel and texture as well as the smooth touch of a grand piano keyboard. The minutely detailed crimp surface finish inhibits finger slippage due to sweat and gives the sensation of a perfect fingertip fit, even when playing for extended periods.

The keytops are fairly heavily textured -- they look and feel like heavily-worn ivory, with the grain of the bone evident -- and they were noticed in several reviews. I grew up with an acoustic piano with shiny keytops, which I just accepted as the way things were. So they were a departure, for me.

I noticed them for a few minutes, and then just enjoyed playing the instrument. I didn't notice any more sweat, or any less sweat, and my style didn't involve much sliding across keys. So _for me_, they were (are are) no big deal.

I'm tempted to say to the OP:

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Get whatever DP feels best. If it has shiny keytops, and they bother you, get some fine sandpaper or steel wool, and turn them into matte keytops.

But that might get plastic dust into the action, and would certainly complicate getting warranty repairs. (Steel-wool scratches might also be quite different from a molded-in pattern.)

It's not something that _I_ would get hung-up about. But (as we know!) people differ.

PS -- FWIW -- When I played a P-515 for a few minutes, my immediate reaction was:

. . . "Oh -- this is really nice! Much closer to an acoustic piano,
. . . than a P-125."

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Originally Posted by MacMacMac
Did you know ... Here in western Pennsylvania the word is "slippy".
Originally Posted by Pete14
... the final result is a more porous and non-slippery surface as compared ...


..... yeah but in western Penn there are many who go to EatNPark, ostensibly to eat, then park, especially on weekends when the roads are slippy.

After 4 tours there over 30 years, i’m now back home in south by-God central nowhere Penn ..... “Alabama” according to some talking heads, where i prefer to park, then eat, before piano.

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I thank everyone for their insightful comments. It sounds like most of you feel the P515 would be a good one to check out along with a couple others. I will take a drive to Orlando and play what they have. Have a great 4th of July everyone! Play happy smile

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I thank everyone for their insightful comments. It sounds like most of you feel the P515 would be a good one to check out along with a couple others. I will take a drive to Orlando and play what they have. Have a great 4th of July everyone! Play happy smile

Take care, drive safe and have a great 4th!


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