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#1313232 - 11/27/09 10:18 AM Breaking in New Piano - Is this normal?
Rob Peloski Offline
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Registered: 11/26/09
Posts: 14
Hello. First post for me on these forums.

I recently upgraded my aging used Willis upright to a nice new Yamaha T118PE. I love the sound from the new piano and the action is a million times better than the old piano. It is very enjoyable to play for the most part.

Anyhow, this is day 3 of me owning it. It was serviced before leaving the warehouse but I'm finding a few little "glitches" here and there. Something seems to vibrate inside the piano if I play middle C repeatedly and loudly, I also have a couple of keys that started making a little noise (one a faint "scraping" another a very faint "clicking")

Lastly, I think the damper pedal needs a bit of adjusting - I think there is a little too much play when the pedal returns to the top position and it makes a little noise (although not noticeable when playing)

My thoughts are that the Piano is brand new out of the box and is thus getting "broken in" and "used to the environment" (I'm planning on getting a dampp-chaser but currently humidity in the room is 40%). I have the technician coming reasonably soon to make some adjustments.

However, I still wonder if this is "normal" for a new piano or not as I don't have any experience with a brand new piano.

Any thoughts would be welcome!

Rob

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#1313236 - 11/27/09 10:24 AM Re: Breaking in New Piano - Is this normal? [Re: Rob Peloski]
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It is normal.

Just be sure to point them out to the tech.
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#1313279 - 11/27/09 11:56 AM Re: Breaking in New Piano - Is this normal? [Re: Steve Cohen]
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Steve is right, Rob; these kinds of settling-in issues are perfectly normal and occur with any new acoustic piano. The best advice I got was to keep a notepad near the piano and just write down every little buzz, squeak, or odd thing I noticed. If the list is very long, you may want to give the dealer/tech a heads up when you schedule your first visit so they can budget a little extra time to deal with them.

Congratulations on your new piano! smile
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#1313302 - 11/27/09 12:39 PM Re: Breaking in New Piano - Is this normal? [Re: Monica K.]
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also.. play the dickens out of it... with lots of power and repetition.

simply giving it a good workout will work out at least a few of those bugs.. many of the noises will just dissappear as the things settle in.
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#1313368 - 11/27/09 02:02 PM Re: Breaking in New Piano - Is this normal? [Re: apple*]
Rob Peloski Offline
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Thanks for all the response!

I know it is not a Steinway Grand (or equivalent if you prefer another brand) but it is still what I would consider a decent sized purchase. I lurked around here, shopped around, tried a bunch of pianos in the same price range (and above, there was a 30yr old Steinway and I also tried a Yamaha C7 amongst other higher end uprights) and found that I liked the Yamaha the best. I then had my aunt (who happens to be a piano tech) take a look at it (she gave it the thumbs up). At the start though, I'm using the dealers technician since it is included as part of the service.

I'm looking forward to enjoying it for some time to come...even tracked down my childhood piano teacher and she's interested in me resuming some lessons (I tinker a lot on pieces above my level but need proper instruction) I'm damn nervous for tomorrow since I know I've forgotten some theory/technique but I hope I can get into it again quickly.

If I eventually outgrow it (I'd have to be extremely good by my own standards), I'm happy to know that I'll still have an excellent second piano for the house (or for someone in my family). Of course my next house will have to be considerably larger to house a grand.

For anyone else who is still shopping, don't get too scared by some of the more experienced people who will "nit pick" everything to death. I don't mean that in a derogatory way to them either...if you eat/sleep and breathe piano all your life you earn the right to be very detail oriented when it comes to your instrument. In the end it still comes down partially to personal preference...two high end pianos can sound different without one being "better" I'd take note of "poor quality manufacturers" but in the end get the instrument that feels and sounds the best to you in the price range that you can comfortably afford.

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#1313371 - 11/27/09 02:10 PM Re: Breaking in New Piano - Is this normal? [Re: Rob Peloski]
Rod Verhnjak Offline
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Originally Posted By: Rob P
Hello.

My thoughts are that the Piano is brand new out of the box and is thus getting "broken in" and "used to the environment"

However, I still wonder if this is "normal" for a new piano or not as I don't have any experience with a brand new piano.

Any thoughts would be welcome!

Rob


Normal for being out of the box, if a dealer preps the piano before delivery it would not be normal.
You did ask for any thoughts.
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#1313449 - 11/27/09 04:50 PM Re: Breaking in New Piano - Is this normal? [Re: Rob Peloski]
Monica K. Offline

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Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Originally Posted By: Rob P

I'm looking forward to enjoying it for some time to come...even tracked down my childhood piano teacher and she's interested in me resuming some lessons (I tinker a lot on pieces above my level but need proper instruction) I'm damn nervous for tomorrow since I know I've forgotten some theory/technique but I hope I can get into it again quickly.


I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly it all comes back to you. And now that you have your piano, come join us on the Adult Beginners forum. It's for restarters, too, and you'll find lots of company and support there. smile
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