Five signs that your piano needs some work
- You can’t play your piano really loud and you can’t play really soft.
- When you are trying to play soft, all of the sudden you get no sound or the sound is suddenly loud.
- You can’t repeat notes fast and consistently.
- When you play a note , it makes a bobbling sound, like a cur-plunk or a ba ba boom.
- The piano keys feel sloppy, difficult to control. Or they feel hard.
Many Points of Adjustment
The graphic above is a cut away of one note in a grand piano. It shows all the moveable parts and points of adjustment. A vertical piano works in a similar manner. The points of contact in this machine we call a piano are usually made of leather or felt. As the piano is played over multiple hours or years, the felt and leather compress and wear. This causes carefully designed measurements to be off. The note, which is basically a system of levers, becomes inefficient. Your piano plays, but it doesn’t play well.
The process that makes a piano play well again is called a regulation. All the points of contact are adjusted in all 88 keys. Each key should feel the same. The end result of a regulation should be evenness, predictability, a wider dynamic range between pianissimo and fortissimo, and faster repetition of notes. Often in a regulation some work is done on the felt that hit’s the string (the hammer) to make it softer or harder. This work evens out the tone.
A Small Investment
If you could make an investment of a few hundred dollars in your piano and make it play like new or sometimes even better than new, would you do it? A skilled piano technician can do that for you. It is a worthwhile investment to get the maximum enjoyment out of your piano. Start playing to your highest potential and get the most enjoyment out of your piano.