Isn’t the potential market for narrower keyboards very small?

Recent peer-reviewed research shows that around 87% of women and 24% of men have hand spans that are too small for the current ‘standard’ keyboard, assuming they want to play a wide range of advanced repertoire without inadequate hand span being a handicap.

A recent survey of piano students in an American university found that 75% wished they had larger hands. Playing a keyboard with narrower keys effectively gives the pianist ‘larger hands’.

Unlike their counterparts learning string instruments, children are currently forced to learn on an instrument designed for men with large hands.

Providing choice would lead to an expanded market overall, as those who start learning the piano would be less likely to give up in frustration or due to injury, and would also be more likely to continue playing into old age.

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