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Common Questions
What is Regulation?
The inner playing mechanism of your piano is called the action. The action is an amazingly complex and sensitive machine and needs to be kept in adjustment so that it works and feels the way it is supposed to. Every key on your piano has over 25 points of adjustment which all work together to produce the sound you hear when a single note is played. To compensate for wear, compacting of cloth and felt, and changes in wooden parts due to humidity, periodic adjustments must be made. These adjustments, called regulaton, will make the action function smoothly and evenly as well as help to eliminate any sluggish or sticking keys and to reduce the development of unwanted noises such as squeaks, rattles buzzes, and so on.

What is Voicing?

Every piano has its own unique sound or voice- But over a period of time, the hammer felt that strikes the strings wears down, compacts, and becomes misshapen. These changes can cause the tone to become too harsh or bright making it difficult to produce a wide or even range of expression. In other situations, the piano may sound dull or lifeless. In either case, by treating the hammers in various ways such as aligning, shaping, careful needling, or hardening them, it is possible to reestablish a more pleasant-sounding tone to your piano.

What is involoved in the cleaning of a piano?

Pianos are targets, over time, for a lot of dust and greasy buildup. Buildup under the keys, on the pins that they ride upon, and in the inner playing mechanism will cause sluggishness or sticking in response to the player and may lead to damage to fine parts. Buildup on the soundboard causes the sound to be muffled and lack resonance.  What I will do, is remove the action and the keybed and clean out debris using compressed air, vacuum and small brushes. I will also clean the soundboard to remove any dust or debris that has collected there. Before replacing the action, I tighten all screws, polish the metal friction points, and lubricate the moving parts.

What can be done to prevent humidity related damage to the piano?

Pianos are designed to perform within an environment that has a relative humidity (RH) of 42%. A Dampp-Chaser Humidity Control System installed in your piano keeps the humidity comfortably close to this ideal humidity. As a result, the thousands of wood and felt parts of your piano remain significantly more stable, leaving tunings and regulation much more stable as well.  Proper humidity control also helps prevent or eliminate rust build-up on the strings and tuning pins, sticking keys, sluggish action, loose tuning pins, split pinblocks, cracks in the soundboard and/or bridges, and numerous other problems. Installing humidity control in your piano may be the most important investment for your piano.

 

 

 

 

 

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