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The keys on a musical keyboard are arranged in octaves of twelve keys apiece. Each 12-key octave consists of seven white keys and five black keys. The traditional piano contains 88 keys; each manual on an electronic organ usually has 61 keys. Portable synthesizers often have 61 keys, and studio synthesizers normally have 76 or 88 keys.
Traditional keyboards are known for their rich, full tones; they are also touch sensitive. This means that how hard you press the key will affect the sound. Traditional keyboard pianos include spinets, uprights, baby grands, and grands. Most pianos and organs are quite large and heavy, and they are not very portable! A piano's weight is largely due to its cast iron plate, which anchors the piano strings under great tension.
Perhaps the most famous music keyboard is the Steinway grand piano, the instrument of choice for most professional pianists. Steinway piano cases are available in several traditional and exotic wood finishes, with the veneers for each case carved from a single tree. Steinway pianos are comprised of more than 12,000 parts; some of these parts help create the musical sounds while others alter the quality of these sounds.
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