C-30

Digital Harpsichord

Q.On the C-30, why hasn't the color of the black and white keys been reversed as in the previous C-50 and C-80 electric harpsichords?

A.Harpsichord keyboards were never standardized. The colors and materials of the sharp keys (ebony on the piano) and natural keys (ivory on the piano) varied depending on the maker and instrument.

Using black for the natural keys was a very distinctive feature of certain harpsichords, and is found in late-period French harpsichords and on many Flemish instruments. Various reasons have been given for this. At the time, women were the primary players of harpsichords, and some say that a dark background accentuated a woman's hands. Others say that precious ebony wood was used to increase the luxuriousness of the instruments. On the other hand, Italian harpsichords almost always followed the light and dark pattern of the piano. Even so, the materials and coloration of the keys of different instruments was often very distinctive.

In the current development of the C-30, as a statement that the sound and expressivity of the instrument are equal to the piano, the color pattern of the keys has been made the same.
On the C-50 and C-80 the key colors were reversed, but the keys did not have a great feel. This time, using the conventional piano coloration, the black keys have also been made matte and have an improved feel. The styling of the instrument has also been redesigned in a virginal format. To go with the simpler design, a simple, conventionally patterned color layout was adopted.

(2008/07/10)

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