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Topic: New Digital Keyboard for Small Hands at NAMM Show 2022  (Read 2705 times)

Offline smallhands

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I have small hands and have been paying attention to keyboard developments specially designed for small hands for many years. Id like to share with you the news about an upcoming digital piano controller Narrow Keys that fits smaller hands www.narrowkeys.com. It has slimmer keys with a reduced octave width of 5.5 inch, so an octave feels like a 7th interval on a regular keyboard with 6.5 inch octave. It has 88 full-length weighted keys and is portable.

Narrow Keys will be exhibited at NAMM show on June 3-5, 2022 (Anaheim, California). If youre planning to attend NAMM, please check it out (booth 10602). Id love to hear some feedback.

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Re: New Digital Keyboard for Small Hands at NAMM Show 2022
Reply #1 on: May 03, 2022, 12:52:19 AM
That is quite interesting.

I wonder do people make pianos for large fingers, but for regular sized hands?

I have always found playing black notes and playing in the keys difficult because my fingers are fat, but I can only barely reach an 11th since my hands are not really that long. Seems like their most be some type of market for pianos that are custom made for certain types of hands.

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Re: New Digital Keyboard for Small Hands at NAMM Show 2022
Reply #2 on: May 03, 2022, 01:50:25 AM
In the small-handed pianist group that I belong to, there have been a few people with fat fingers that complained about the narrow space between sharps. They don't necessarily have big hands. A well known artist with fat fingers and not that big hands is Elton John.

I'm not aware of any commercial products for fatter fingers. The major piano manufacturers do not seem to be interested in changing the keyboard size to suit different hand shapes. They don't believe there's a market.

I can think of 2 possible options for fat fingers: (1) Have a custom acoustic piano keyboard built with narrower sharps, by a keyboard maker. (2) Modify the keys by sanding down the sharps a bit (if sharps are made of wood/ebony) or have a qualified piano technician replace the black key tops with slightly narrower and more tapered sharps. Both options are certainly not cheap and hard to find the right craftsman to do the job.

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Re: New Digital Keyboard for Small Hands at NAMM Show 2022
Reply #3 on: November 14, 2022, 10:03:24 AM
My fat fingers have always made it difficult for me to play black notes and in the keys, and even though my hands aren't really that long, I can barely reach an 11th. It seems likely that there is a market for pianos made specifically for different types of hands.

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Re: New Digital Keyboard for Small Hands at NAMM Show 2022
Reply #4 on: May 04, 2023, 07:13:59 AM
For those with tiny hands who find it difficult to play on traditional-sized keyboards, the Narrow Keys digital piano controller sounds like an inventive and useful alternative. While the user can still enjoy the feel of a high-quality piano thanks to the full-length weighted keys, the reduced octave width and slimmer keys provide a more comfortable and natural playing experience. Another essential benefit of the keyboard is its portability, which enables artists to take their gear with them wherever they go.

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Re: New Digital Keyboard for Small Hands at NAMM Show 2022
Reply #5 on: May 04, 2023, 10:18:14 AM
Oh dear god... I thought this thread died a long time ago.

I don't think we need to resurrect this decrepit corpse of a thread.
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