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    Does anyone have a preference for a particular material for keyboard tops? Plastic, bone, ivory or some type of wood?

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    For the naturals, my preferences from highest to lowest are:




    ivory
    bone
    top quality synthetic ivory
    ebony
    hardwoods other than ebony
    plastic




    For the sharps:




    ebony
    hardwoods other than ebony
    top quality synthetic
    plastic


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    • #3
      Ivory naturals, Wood naturals just feel strange to me.

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      • #4
        Anything but plastic. I like wooden keys and inverted colors.

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        • #5
          Inverted colours! Oh, I just love it. I have no idea why.
          But, for materials: Anything but plastic.
          Ivory, if possible (but not the cheap imitation, meaning you would have to go antique/vintage to get it) and wood, second.
          I'll have to ask the guys what the keys of the Wenatchee 2/10 Wurlitzer are made out of, as they had been worn so far most of them were replaced. They have a nice feel.

          Additional thoughts: In our church, I play a Hammond. Hammonds have plastic keys. I am surprised how much this affects my playing abilities. Often, I have so much trouble that I just up and go to the piano, get the muscle memory down there, and then go back to the organ. (Not during the service, of course! Just during practice).
          Last edited by zylstra555; 08-11-2010, 12:01 AM.
          My instruments:
          Home: A late 50's to early 60's Conn 720 (tube powered, of course)
          One reed organ; in pieces at the moment pending a helping hand to do some gluing.
          Two pianos (upright grand and a spinet) and an accordion (Hohner)
          Church:
          Hammond A-105 with Leslie speakers
          1979 Allen 123-C (MOS1) digital computer organ

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          • #6
            I enjoy my bone naturals (and ebony sharps) at home. I do prefer ivory, but I was lucky to get bone. The ebony is nice. It is not solid black, but rather has dark brown highlights (so to speak) in it.

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