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#1215880 - 06/11/09 03:14 PM dampers stick more when humid
dschwoyer Offline
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Registered: 10/24/08
Posts: 135
Loc: Williamstown,NJ
My console has developed a condition where some the notes in the contra bass continue ringing when released only when humid.
It will stop if you press the neighboring key.
David Schwoyer
Dave's Piano service
Piano Technician

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#1215923 - 06/11/09 04:49 PM Re: dampers stick more when humid [Re: dschwoyer]
Silverwood Pianos Offline
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Registered: 03/10/08
Posts: 4263
Loc: Vancouver B. C. Canada

The humidity might just be a coincidence. Sounds like a center pin is sticking out of one side or the damper head is bent slightly maybe. Could be a pin in the whippen too on one side. Pull the key lever out and have a closer look…....this will let the whippen fall farther than normal....
Dan Silverwood
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."

#1216091 - 06/11/09 10:54 PM Re: dampers stick more when humid [Re: Silverwood Pianos]
Dave Stahl Offline
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Registered: 05/06/07
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It could also be a monocord damper slightly out of alignment so that it rubs on the neighboring damper. There are other things it can be as well. Just start trying things and eliminating them as possibilities as you go, and you'll get it. This is good practice for your diagnostic skills--one of the most valuable tools in your kit!
Promote Harmony in the Universe...Tune your piano!

Dave Stahl, RPT
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San Jose, CA

#1219284 - 06/18/09 05:03 PM Re: dampers stick more when humid [Re: Dave Stahl]
dschwoyer Offline
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Registered: 10/24/08
Posts: 135
Loc: Williamstown,NJ
I've taken a peek at those dampers.It appears the tips of the felts are contacting their neighbors.
For a fix,could those felts be trimmed,or should they be replaced?
David Schwoyer
Dave's Piano service
Piano Technician


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