The sheen is how shiny the finish is. Sheens range from: flat - matte - satin - eggshell - gloss - high-gloss - mirror. The sheen options for laminates is a little more confusing because laminates also have options for texture. Since we don't generally use any of these more exotic texture options, we'll politely ignore them. Until recently we've only used high-gloss and matte, but a new product offered by Wilsonart is a fingerprint resistant finish and it looks really good. Below are some real photos taken of the various sheens in black.
Razor blade scratch
Keyhole piano shells got its start focused on mobility. Our experience has been that filing the edges of the laminate back help prevent the hazards of chipped or peeling edges. These edges, when filed back, can expose the underlying bare material. The result is usually a dull brown color along edges. It is practically unnoticeable in a stage performance environment. Since widening our market to include home use we have discovered a desire to leave some of the edges a little more vulnerable in exchange for a crisper look. Please be sure to let us know if this is more appealing to you. Lastly, we offer a paint pen (available only in black or white). It is a professional grade paint pen (not a 'sharpie' or marker) that gives you safer edges while having them look good too! Ask us about doing the paint pen application for you.
For regular cleaning we recommend a mild soap and water. Scrub pads can scratch the gloss sheen. Go easy on the decals (logos) as they are just vinyl stickers. If you need something stronger, we use mineral spirits in the workshop to clean off the excess adhesive before packaging.
Laminate is tough. It's the stuff that is still commonly used to cover and protect kitchen and bath countertops. It handles water fine but chemicals allowed to leech in at the edges will cause adhesive failures. Extreme heat should be avoided because it can soften the adhesive or cause excessive expansion of the material over the substrate. We've left pianos in our gear trailer in the cold Michigan winters and they've survived without any problems.
Working with laminate has its challenges. The glue requires good contact and pressure by hand with a J-roller. We have arms like bears here. The high gloss sheen is especially difficult. Simple handling in the workshop can cause scuffs and scratches that while very mild, would be non-existent in other sheens.
all keyhole pianos include
AMS - accessory mount system
Add accessories to make your performance go smoothly.