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Description: S This application is based upon and claims the benefit of priority from the prior Japanese Patent Applications No. 2009-154764, filed Jun. 30, 2009 and No. 2009-154768, filed Jun. 30, 2009, the entire contents of which are incorporated hereinby reference.BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to an electronic keyboard instrument, such as an electronic piano. 2. Description of the Related Art As described in Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open (Kokai) Publication No. H05-73029, an electronic keyboard instrument is conventionally known that is configured to achieve a key-press feel similar to that of an acoustic piano. In thiselectronic keyboard instrument, a heavy hammer member, which is provided under a key in a manner to be rotatable in a vertical direction, rotates against its own weight in response to a key depression operation, thereby applying a predetermined actionload to the key. This type of electronic keyboard instrument is structured such that a hammer switch that is turned ON by a hammer member is provided on the lower surface of a switch board, and a key switch that is turned ON and OFF by a key is provided on theupper surface of the switch board. As a result of this structure, in consecutive key-striking such as a trill in which the same key is repeatedly struck, a musical sound can be generated even when the same key is depressed before the key and the hammermember return from a final position to an initial position after rotating. In an electronic keyboard instrument such as this, after a key is depressed and the key switch is turned ON thereby, the hammer member rotates to be displaced towards the final position, whereby the hammer switch is turned ON, and an instructionto start generating a musical sound is given. In an ordinary performance, when the hammer member and the key rotate to return from the final position to the initial position, the key switch is turned OFF after the hammer switch is