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#1330232 - 12/20/09 10:33 PM Ugh... not again...
meowmix52 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/09
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My piano (Kawai GS-30) seems to be emitting a mysterious "clunking" noise whenever individual keys are depressed and released.

It doesn't happen to my Wurlitzer vertical between seasons and I certainly haven't noticed this on my piano before...

Interesting...

My hypothesis is that -- due to the heat being on for the winter -- the piano's wooden parts are contracting/expanding quite frequently, causing in friction between the action parts.

Can anyone confirm this? I just had this piano regulated a while ago... and haven't noticed this problem before.

I just hate it when everything is going perfect, and then you notice this one minor detail, and the whole device (whether it be a piano, an iPhone, or a BMW) is ruined for you. Things will never be the same frown Maybe I just need to consult a therapist.

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#1330238 - 12/20/09 10:45 PM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: meowmix52]
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it'll go away probably.. mine just a click thing going on the other day.

pianos are sensitive
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#1330248 - 12/20/09 11:08 PM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: apple*]
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I'd go the therapist route if I were you.
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#1330255 - 12/20/09 11:13 PM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: Pianolance]
Jeff Clef Offline
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I think a call to your tech would be cheaper than a nervous breakdown--- they are quite expensive.
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#1330263 - 12/20/09 11:28 PM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: Pianolance]
meowmix52 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Pianolance
I'd go the therapist route if I were you.

Haha, good suggestion. I don't know why I need to be such a perfectionist when it comes to my possessions... I'm certainly not a perfectionist when it comes to work...

Originally Posted By: Jeff Clef
I think a call to your tech would be cheaper than a nervous breakdown--- they are quite expensive.


Yup... already called him just last week due to another problem with my vertical -- a squeaky sustain pedal. Couldn't get him here this weekend due to a blizzard in NYC ._.

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#1330439 - 12/21/09 05:12 AM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: meowmix52]
Dan Wilson Offline
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Registered: 06/24/09
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Therapists are typically MUCH cheaper than piano techs! I'd suggest the therapist too, lol! (on a serious note, can ya describe the "clunking" noise?) Have you noticed any lost motion in the keys AFTER it was regulated?
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#1330804 - 12/21/09 04:30 PM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: Dan Wilson]
meowmix52 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Dan Wilson
Therapists are typically MUCH cheaper than piano techs! I'd suggest the therapist too, lol! (on a serious note, can ya describe the "clunking" noise?) Have you noticed any lost motion in the keys AFTER it was regulated?


The noise I guess is caused in part by both the noise and the feel.

Like, there isn't any lost motion, but the key just feels different. Almost like a car, on a cold day, a clunk... maybe its not a clunk (not good with onomatopoeia)

And this happens throughout the entire keyboard.

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#1330814 - 12/21/09 04:43 PM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: meowmix52]
John Chan Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Keeping your room temperature and humidity constant is the only solution. The constant shrinking and expanding caused by fluctuations is the root cause.

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#1331201 - 12/22/09 02:59 AM Re: Ugh... not again... [Re: John Chan]
pianobroker Offline
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Registered: 05/14/07
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Though it could be many things or a combination thereof,your action felts and or your knuckles on your shanks are getting hard with age. I've had many many GS30s and 50s. A tech can soften them somewhat if thats the problem.
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