Why did Nord decide to build the Grand?
The opportunity of using a triple sensor keybed with Hammer Tracking inspired us to do a new exclusive take on our Stage Piano range. The Nord Grand has a Kawai Responsive Hammer action that has been exclusively customised for Nord.
And how does this differ from a non-hammer action keybed?
On this keybed the triple sensors track the movements on the hammers rather than the keys. In practice it means that the dynamics of each stroke translate to sound in a way that is very close to a real grand piano. A lot of work was put into the three keyboard response curves, and they are completely customized for this keybed. It makes a surprising difference to the dynamics and feel.
Are the keys themselves wood or plastic?
They're plastic to keep the weight down, with Ivory Touch surfaces.
Not real Ivory though?!
Who is the main target customer? Stage/ home / studio?
The pianist/keyboardist that want an exceptional piano playing experience and feel of an acoustic grand. The Grand has a new design but it is still a live focused instrument with an intuitive user interface and it is still portable! Of course it is perfect for the studio as well. The elegant retro look might attract new customers as well and some might put the Nord Grand in their living room but that is not the main target.
Do you have any further background on the White Grand that has just been released?
It is a large grand with a shimmering sound and a lot of character, built in the 70s. It's our largest XL version so far. You can hear it in action here: