Now that we have addressed let off, drop, and repetition lever spring adjustment in our previous discussions, rounding out the four primary adjustments is the back-check.
The back check itself is a small wooden block covered with a small piece of felt, over which, a strip of leather is stretched. It is mounted to the back end of the key with a wire that provides easy adjustment.
Buying a piano can be a thrilling experience. However, if you are not careful, you could make a few of these mistakes:
Research: There is a lot of research that goes into buying a piano. There are multiple questions you will have to ask yourself. Do you want an acoustic piano or a digital one? Should you get a vertical piano or a grand piano? Should you go for a new piano or a used one? Finding the answers to these questions requires research
This is a question I get asked quite frequently and it is an easy one to answer.
Now remember we are talking about a full rebuild not a cosmetic restoration.
The difference between the two is vast and needs to be explained.
We previously discussed how great a significance the correct let-off distance is in the control of the instrument, allowing the pianist to play pianississimo. The next adjustment that we will consider is referred to as “drop”. You may have noticed that when you were slowly raising the hammer to view the let-off distance, when the hammer would rise no further, it fell away from the string. This fall is referred to as drop.
That is a question I have answered over and again for many years and for the most part the answer is a resounding no. Once you realize how many things that can go wrong, most people agree with that friendly advice. Pianos can weigh up to 1100 pounds, even a small upright can weigh in at 400 to 550.
At our International Piano Gallery in Tempe Arizona, we have a vast collection of instruments from around the world.
From our smallest console pianos to our largest concert grand instruments they all share one thing. They are all composed of various types of wood and thus are all susceptible to changes in humidity.
Without a doubt Steinway instruments command a lot of respect among pianists, amateurs, and piano aficionados. For those looking to purchase a used or rebuilt Steinway a broad array of options is available. The market for pre-owned Steinways actually became so big that even Steinway HQ in New York realized it was missing out. They eventually opened a separate department, Steinway Restoration Services, and entered the lucrative restoration market themselves.
Welcome to our informational series called tech talk. I will be guiding you through a series of posts helping you better understand the piano from multiple viewpoints, as a pianist, performer and piano technician.
Many people ask, should I rent a piano before I buy one? or even, should I rent a piano instead of buying one altogether?
The answer to both is yes, and no, simply put there are different programs available and everyone’s specific circumstances must be addressed to fit those needs.