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Were Piano keys ever really made from “Ebony” and “Ivory”?

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EVERYone had a piano in those days and just like the selling of cars, they made them with rare and expensive elements and also low end pianos with with cheaper pine, spruce and basswood. read more

Ivory keys are made in three pieces–key, stem and front, where as plastic keytops only have two pieces–the top and front. If you look closely at the keys, you can see the fine line that is the joint between the keytop and the stem. read more

The black and white keys of the piano are made of wood covered with veneer. Most pianos that were made before 1960 have white keys with thin ivory tops. The black keys are traditionally made with ebony. read more

Wikipedia says about ivory piano keys:"Piano keys are generally made of spruce or basswood, for lightness. Spruce is normally used in high-quality pianos. Traditionally, the black keys were made from ebony and the white keys were covered with strips of ivory, but since ivory-yielding species are now endangered and protected by treaty, plastics are now almost exclusively used. read more

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