Our main focus lies on transportability, low space consumption, and affordability. We wanted our piano to fit in every vehicle (which is generally 1m wide), and that is precisely the width of a 69 keys piano. Admittedly, we are well aware that many people prefer 88 keys. Yet, the upper octave and the lowest 1/2 bass octave are not frequently used in most pop, jazz, and early classic piano literature. In other words, it fulfills the needs of beginners as well as more advanced players. Given that this is our first instrument, we chose to focus on compactness and practicality - we might develop an 88 key version later if we get the chance.
Q: How much does the Keybird piano cost?
You can see our current price on our webshop. We are still optimizing our production process and negotiating with suppliers, so our prices may change in the future. Our goal is and always will be to offer an acoustic piano that is more affordable than other acoustic pianos. This is also why we plan to develop a DIY version of the lightweight piano.
Q: Why does the Keybird piano have an open design? Won't the strings get damaged?
Part of our design philosophy is to give people a closer connection with their piano by allowing them to see much of the mechanics that occur behind the scenes. The strings used on the Keybird lightweight acoustic piano are made of metal and are therefore much more durable than most things that might come in contact with them. Furthermore our open design allows the user to reach every corner inside of the piano, meaning that you can easily clean the piano and don't have to worry about accumulating dust inside the piano.
Q: Can I tune the Keybird piano myself?
Yes you can! One of the key design elements of the Keybird piano is that you should have full control over your instrument. With the help of a digital app that we will have as a partner, you will be able to get your piano in tune almost as easily as you would with a guitar or another instrument. We hope that this gives you a new understanding and appreciation of your Keybird instrument and makes you more engaged.
Q: Is the Keybird piano a good option for students and beginners?
Due to its affordability, portability and classic feeling and weight of the keys, we believe the Keybird acoustic piano is an excellent choice for both beginning and intermediate piano players. The Keybird piano produces a quality of sound that you are used to from large upright and grand pianos, while providing you with the ease of use and transportability of a digital piano. Moreover, with 69 keys students and piano beginners will be able to play most if not all of the pieces in the first years of their education. Being experienced piano players ourselves, we also believe that unless you are a concert pianist the Keybird piano will fulfill your more advanced piano needs.
Q: It appears that the Keybird piano lacks some type of soundboard and acoustic case?
The Keybird piano does have a soundboard, but the strings span across more distance on the soundboard than they do on a regular piano. As such, there is now the unique option to keep the top of the Keybird piano open. Moreover, the acoustic case on the piano is actually not all that important - pianos generally sound better with an open lid as is often the case with grand pianos, or without the cover plates as seen on the typical upright piano.
Q: What will the headphone option be like? Will I be able to have custom samples and instruments to use with my Keybird acoustic piano?
We are working with external manufacturers for the development of the headphone option, and are definitely planning to offer sounds of grand pianos and other instruments. We also want to dedicate ourselves to provide support for custom / third-party samples, as well as samples from the Keybird piano itself.
Q: Why is the piano so lightweight? How come no one has thought of this before?
Because of the unique design in general and the use of lightweight construction principles, we are able to keep the piano at a very low weight at only 35 + 15 kilograms (Soundbody of 35 kg can be transported separately). We used modern simulation methods to optimise the material usage for stiffness and reduced the amount of strings, so that the tension on the structure is reduced. We envision that this instrument will be primarily used in a domestic context, therefore the loudness of the instrument is a disadvantage rather than an advantage as it was back when Mozart wanted the piano to be as loud as the orchestra.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the Keybird piano! Learn even more about our history amd design process on our Our Story page. You can also get in touch right now using the contact information on the About Us page. And if you haven't already, you can help us out by telling us about your perfect piano in our research survey!
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