Photos are of the 2nd Gen prototype that we are starting to micromanufacture (if it were a whiskey I’d call it Ragland MIDI Small Batch). It is a MIDI controller, based on the older QRS KS-1B system, with a brand new, genuine acoustic piano action complete with hammers. The only acoustic action component it does not have is the damper head felt (since there are no strings) but the damper levers are there to preserve the authentic feel (something that CAN be felt in the keystroke of an acoustic piano). The keys are set to 13/32″ keydip (distance the keys travel down when pressed) and the action has escapement (“letoff) and the dampers disengage halfway through the keystroke (slightly increasing touch weight) for a true acoustic piano touch/feel. The 88 keys are full size, actual acoustic studio piano keys. The action is a genuine, full size acoustic studio piano action. Felt hammers strike against felt blocks since there’s no strings and that minimizes action noise. The touch is actually user adjustable – the key touch can be set to a slightly heavier or slightly lighter physical touchweight. There is no sound module/generator or speakers included with this setup. You will have to connect it to something in order for it to generate sounds you can hear. It’s very simple and inexpensive (if you already own an iPod or iPad) to use the Garageband app and a set of headphones. You’ll need what Apple calls a “camera adapter” to connect to our system which uses either a 5 pin MIDI port or USB (we include the cord that adapts from the 5 pin to the USB). Of course, you can also connect a sound module and whatever speakers that module supports. I recommend against anything Bluetooth due to the lag time from pressing a key to the sound coming from a speaker. Stick with wired unless/until technology eliminates the associated lag time. Can the MIDI controller be upgraded from the KS-1B? That’s the great thing about dealing with the actual company doing the manufacturing, you can request changes to the specs which of course usually requires changes to the price… Would you rather install your own MIDI controller and order just the action and keys with no sensor? Can we put it on a stand or in a fancier cabinet? Can we put it in your great grandmothers old upright piano that can’t be tuned anymore? Yep – and it can look completely original (if that’s what you want). We put digital piano mechanisms in former acoustic piano cabinets all the time – and have for over 20 years. We are very, very experienced at this and are glad to discuss this with you. It is 55″ wide, 19-1/2″ deep and 13-1/2 tall. I’m Howard Gustafson and I’ve been a piano technician 33+ years, specializing in retrofitting digital systems for most of that time. Your success using my products is extremely important to me so I welcome. ANY questions or suggestions! You have regarding this setup. Below is a video showing a very similar setup we used to bring a dead Baldwin Hamilton back to life. The tuning pins were no longer tight enough for the piano to stay in tune, and the original action and keys were worn out. We paired it with a Casio PX870 and the video gives a brief glimpse of what turned out. Baldwin Hamilton converted to Digital Piano – YouTube. The item “Custom MIDI Controller with Authentic Acoustic Studio Piano Action/Keys/Hammers” is in sale since Thursday, December 27, 2018. This item is in the category “Musical Instruments & Gear\Pianos, Keyboards & Organs\Parts & Accessories\Other Parts & Accessories”. The seller is “ragland” and is located in Texarkana, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.
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