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What is the tonal difference of a piano with ivory keys?

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The keys do not actually make the tone that you hear on a piano. They are simply the levers we press to engage “hammers” with dense felt heads. read more

No difference in tone due to the keys, but if you’re in the U.S and playing a piano with ivory keys, it’s pretty old, at least 40–50 years. That could make a difference either way, depending on the quality and maintenance of the piano. read more

I am familiar with the feel of real ivory keys from the days when my main piano was a Bösendorfer. I also know exactly what you mean by the feel of fake plastic keys on digital pianos, and my main piano lately is a Yamaha Clavinova with synthetic ivory keys. read more

Plastic keys were cheap, white and stronger than the ivory keys. Even billiard balls, dice, cutlery handles, fans, parasols, back scratchers, teapot handles, hair combs, glove stretchers, Chinese snuff bottles, crochet hooks, gavels, pistol grips, gaming counters, checkers markers and tobacoo accessories used to be made with ivory. read more

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